One of us: Chanelle Diergaardt, Leisure Travel Team Leader


What is your background?

At the moment, a white wall… Just kidding…
I was born and bred in Cape Town, finished High school and then went on to do a Bachelors degree in Tourism Management.
In my 3rd year, I did an internship at Tsitsikamma National Park and while finishing my 4th year of studies, I started working for a tour operator for 8 months. Shortly after I started at XO Africa, which is now almost 7 years ago.

How would you define your job?

A mixture of sales and operations. Selling our beautiful country to very curious clients, closing the sale and then starting with the admin side of their holiday.

Why did you choose this job ?

I think the job chose me. As a 21st birthday present, I received a glass world globe with my key  (editor’s note: In South Africa, to symbolize transition to adulthood, at the 21st birthday, parents offer their child a key with a special object according the person, here a world globe). Looking back, it was the perfect gift for my career.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Cape Town?

I have 2 – for a night out with hubby it would be Cape Town Fish Market. With my 3-year old daughter, it would be Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard.

Tell us one of your best travel memories in Southern Africa

The highlight so far would definitely be the trip to Victoria Falls & Botswana last year. It was beyond amazing (to say the least) especially because I said I would never go to Botswana, and now I want to go back every month!

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