Meet the Team


Hennie – Director

Hennie is the captain of our ship. After nine years of University studies and teaching, he decided in 1995 to join the tourism sector in Knysna. In 2002 he started Fleet Foot Safaris as tour operator company and successfully added Go Self-Drive Tours as a sister company. When it comes to advising on optimal wildlife experiences, not many know better than Hennie. Though you will mostly find him in his office perfecting logistics and doing business planning, he often goes on safari with clients where he shares his great knowledge of the African bush and wildlife. Hennie is an excellent cook, musician and storyteller, often recalling adventures from previous safaris in Africa.


Elmor – General Manager

Elmor is an all-round nice guy but takes his job very seriously. His world-wide travels, including living in East Asia for over eight years, and his constant curiosity have made him street-wise and extremely knowledgeable on many fronts of life. He is an adventurer of note. Apart from his intriguing real-life experiences he is quite the academic too having obtained degrees in both Law and Archaeology. In his free time, you’ll see him surfing, writing and playing music as well as planning his next adventure. Elmor is an invaluable part of the success of both Fleet Foot Safaris and Go Self-Drive Tours. He is also a wildlife & cultural guide, travel & tour planner, bush cook, logistical genius and expert problem solver. Africa runs deep in his veins.


Elaine – Tour Planner

Elaine is our tour and travel expert, guiding our clients through their tailor-made tours from start to finish. After completing an honours degree in Journalism in 2008, Elaine started travelling extensively and spent the biggest part of her twenties exploring countries far and beyond. Up until recently she was living in Shanghai, working as a web editor for a popular Chinese travel company. Elaine is an expert at creating unique tour routes and ensuring that itineraries are chock-a-block with every bit of info our clients need for an unforgettable travel experience. In her free time, she often plans adventures of her own such as wilderness camping or hiking trips.


Sadi – Tour Planner, Admin & Social Media

Sadi is a professional and well-loved member of our team. She is also one of our travel and tours experts and has been working in the travel and tourism industry for nine years. Sadi has a Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management and graduated top of her class in 2014 with nine distinctions. She has experience working for airlines, working with international group tours as well as extensive knowledge about scuba-diving destinations and tours. She has a passion for travel and nature and encourages eco-friendly, sustainable tourism practices as well as supporting local. As well as planning tours and itineraries, Sadi is also the creative mind in the team and is our social media, marketing and design guru in the office.


Charles – Maintenance, Inventory & Driver

Charles is our maintenance guy. He is the safari storage manager and expert in taking inventory! Not only does he keep our safari equipment and vehicles in tip-top condition, he is also Go Self-Drive’s airport driver and often helps with vehicle deliveries. With a heart of gold, always-ready attitude and friendly smile, he really is an integral part of our team.


Rachel – General Office Assistant

Rachel is an angel in the office, letting the light in every morning (literally!) and patiently keeping our workspace spotless day after day. She and Charles make a mean team and keep everyone’s energy levels high with their kick-ass fruit salad. She is also the only person who knows the secret to getting safari attire looking brand-new after each trip.