About

The African Safari Consultants

The African Safari Consultants Team is passionate about Africa. With collective travel experience that spans all corners of the globe, you can be assured that you are in good hands. Africa is one of those destinations that you really have to “know” how to get around. The team at African Safari Consultants has been tailor making holidays and exclusive safari experiences to the African continent for years.

With the head office in New York and consultants working from the African shores, you have the best of both looking after your vacation details! This combination allows for superb service, relevant information, competitive pricing and on the ground experts to help you plan your perfect holiday.

Below you get some insight as to where everyone has traveled, favorite destinations and learn a little about what drives the African Safari Consultants Team!

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Liesl Matthews

Managing Partner

Before discovering the wonderful world of travel, Liesl worked extensively in the event planning industry where she learned how to get things done in a pressure-filled environment. Seeing the pivotal role and bright future that tourism had in South Africa, Liesl decided to launch her own travel company. It grew, merged, and is now a thriving safari consultancy, which led her to the role as one of the managing partners here at African Safari Consultants. Throughout her 11-year travel career, Liesl has made it a priority to see and experience everything first-hand.

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Neil Ratcliffe

Managing Director

Neil was lucky enough to grow up in Southern Africa and travel extensively as a boy: family safaris in Kruger National Park, beach holidays on the whale coast in Hermanus, and trout fishing in the Drakensberg Mountains. Travel stuck with Neil, and his love of airplanes and the aviation industry turned into a marketing job for a small air charter company based in Cape Town. From there, Neil started helping out with his sister's fledgling travel company and eventually grew into the managing director.

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Vanessa Ratcliffe

Managing Partner

After a short stint in the advertising industry, Vanessa started freelance tour guiding. She developed some wonderful relationships with clients in the US who ultimately referred their friends and family. One thing led to another and eventually Vanessa started organising safari trips as one of ASC's managing partners. Vanessa's combination of experience and passion have made her a driving force in the African travel industry in her 15-year career. Just beware, because the moment you start chatting to Vanessa, she might convince you to never leave Africa!

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Cameron Duncan

Social Media Manager

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, Cameron is passionate about music, writing and all things internet. Cameron joined the ASC team as Social Media Manager for African Safari Consultants so stay tuned and be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and read our Blog

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Camille Rowe

Tourism Consultant

Camille has enjoyed planning many clients trips to incredible destinations throughout Southern and Eastern Africa.Her fastidious attention to detail, super organizational skills and love for Africa shines through. Zambia is always going to be top of her list - with South Luangwa her favorite destination. Spending time on Lake Kariba, relaxing on a house boat with family and friends is also a firm favorite!

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Candice Petersen

Tourism Consultant

After finishing high school Candice successfully completed a degree in tourism. She joined Book Cape Town where she worked for 4 years before joining the African Safaris team. Flight attendant dreams have been put on hold for the moment as Candice has immersed herself into the tourism industry with gusto. A recent trip to the Kruger Park and a visit to Botswana, and with Mozambique as her next favourite destination to visit, Candice is getting to see a lot of Africa.

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Ilze Fox

Tourism Consultant

Ilze spend time traveling and working abroad once she had finished her studies. Working in the UK and far off places like Taiwan gave her fantastic opportunities to travel and she explored the world as much as she could.As with a lot of us from South Africa, we eventually realize that we have an awesome country that we would love to come home too. Ilze is passionate about Africa and spends many hours making sure that all her clients are superbly looked after, and they get exactly what they were looking for.

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Lise Kargaard

Managing Partner

Lise grew up in Denmark, coming to South Africa 11 years ago on vacation. She loved it so much that she decided to stay! Just her luck, a Danish tour company was in need of a consultant and Lise was the only applicant to speak Danish. She landed the job and never looked back; thus began her long, successful career working in the travel industry. Her love of Africa is so apparent that she has now evolved into one of African Safari Consultants managing partners, aspiring to show the rest of the world what Africa has to offer.