Neil Ratcliffe

As our fearless CEO, Neil’s “never give up” attitude is an inspirational driving force as he steers our team along the often bumpy roads of tourism in Africa. A regular day for him includes dealing with IT, finances, legal issues, operations, strategic planning, SEO, doing yoga and dashing up the mountain on his bike! He […]


Liesl Matthews

Queen Bee, tour operator extra-ordinaire and stickler for perfection, Liesl is a legend amongst our big family of past clients and friends of SD. She is a hard act to follow, but you can follow her on Google Plus. No stone is left un-turned and no ‘t’ uncrossed when Liesl is in charge of the […]


Vanessa Ratcliffe

Vanessa is the (almost) silver-haired founder of Southern Destinations (1996) and keeps a quiet and proud eye on operations, marketing and Social Media activities. She manages our CRM efforts and keeps abreast with new tourism products and industry gossip! A passionate ambassador for everything South African, she claims that when she retires, she’s going to […]


Lise Kargaard

Lise’s wealth of knowledge and experience in the Africa travel industry is intimidating! Her special skill lies in being able to match people and their expectations with places and experiences absolutely perfectly…and on budget. Lise has visited more corners of Southern & East Africa than most – as a beady-eyed agent as well as with […]

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Ilze Fox

Having travelled extensively and worked abroad in the UK and Taiwan, Ilze knows what makes Africa a stand-out destination. Her special skill is working with small and large groups where her thoughtfulness and unflappable nature are key to the success of complex tour itineraries. As a result she is responsible for many ‘thank you for […]

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Camille Rowe

Camille has a memory like an elephant for details such as what hotel room numbers face the sea or the mountain, and which lodges have the best cocktails. She goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure her clients get top value and the best travel experience possible. She has a critical eye for detail and thrives […]

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Michelle Meyer

Over 20 years ago, Michelle was bitten by the “Travel Bug” and has never looked back. She is passionate about Africa – its deserts, idyllic beaches, its incredible natural splendour, the African bush and it’s wild animals, and the warm spirit of hospitality of its people. She enjoys the challenge of perfecting a personalized holiday, […]

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Candice Petersen

Having started at the bottom of the ranks, Candice has blossomed into one of our most valued consultants. With her warm heart and ‘go for it’ attitude, she embraces hard work and always goes to extra lengths for our clients. Naturally curious, her ever enquiring mind is a mine of information for the rest of […]

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Dilaal Roberts

Dilaal has become a permanent fixture in our office and Lise in particular could not imagine life without her. She is focused and organised and gets her tasks done on time. She believes strongly in honesty and dislikes impatience (in others as well as herself). She has travelled internationally and has holidayed at lots of […]


Johann Coetzee

Johann is our revered accountant. Serious and often barely visible behind mountains of paper, Johann is a vital cog in our team. The only one of us without a history in tourism, he stems from an auditing background (thank goodness) and I’m sure he thinks that we are all a little bit mad! He commutes […]


Amanda Solomon

Amanda has two positions. Besides being a highly efficient bookkeeper, she’s our new Client Relationship Administrator! Admin is her game and she’s a whizz at it, The mountain of work she gets through in a day spent in our office is impressive and then whoosh… she’s off to fulfil her other commitments and interests. Amanda […]


Cameron Duncan

Cameron is our Social media Manager so be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW us. Growing up in Botswana, Cameron developed a love for the outdoors and wildlife from a very young age. Family trips around southern Africa further engrained his love for the continent and it’s inhabitants, human and otherwise. Now based in Cape Town, […]