Cleo Aries

Travel Specialist

More about me

I am a firm believer in the saying ‘you are the company you keep’

I am a firm believer in the saying ‘you are the company you keep’, and I took that quite literally when I joined &Beyond many years ago. We share the same values and guest delight is what we pride ourselves on. My transparency, hard work, free spirit and go-getter attitude means I will stop at nothing in making a personalised itinerary to best suit a guests individual needs, and for them to experience Africa in all her splendour. Guests will have the peace of mind knowing that someone who has travelled Africa extensively, and to all our beautiful lodges, is planning their unforgettable safari.

Countries visited

I have travelled extensively in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique and Botswana.

A few things I love travelling with

My camera, comfortable sneakers, sunblock, sunglasses, peak cap, eye drops and my sense of humour.

Favourite destinations

Botswana is pure magic and one of my utmost favourite destinations. Where to even start: The Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta and some of the most incredible lodges in Africa. Mokoro rides, water lilies, reed frogs, fishing in the Delta, wild dog, Chobe elephants, breathtaking sunsets, boat rides, the sounds of Africa from your tent at night, a helicopter ride over the Delta, and the most amazing people I have ever met. Another highlight for me is Tanzania, from the vast open plains of the Serengeti, the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ – the Great Wildebeest Migration, to the white sands, coconut trees and turquoise waters surrounding Zanzibar, this destination has got it all: adventure, exciting game drives, Maasai tribes, hot air ballooning and complete rest and relaxation on the most romantic beach in Zanzibar.

There is no place like home and for me that is Cape Town. Beaches (surfing or sun bathing), Winelands (bubbly, wine, cheese, chocolate and ice-cream pairings), the best restaurants in the world, art galleries, the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point, African penguins at Boulders Beach, shopping, hiking, treetop canopy tours, Hout Bay Fishing Harbour, African drumming and singing, township tours, BoKaap and the Cape Malay Quarters, quaint cobble stone streets – all this in one amazing city. What more could you possibly ask for?


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