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Meet Cleo! Senior Field Guide at Kariega Game Reserve

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Cleo has been at Kariega Game Reserve since December 2012. His love and passion for wildlife coupled with a focused dedication to the mastery of interpersonal skills and meaningful interaction with his guests make him an exceptional field guide.

We are grateful and privileged to have Cleo as a member of our Kariega family.

Who is Kariega Senior Field Guide Cleo?


 Cleopas Sandile Mdletshe


 Senior Field Guide

Field Guide Qualification: 

Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA) Level 2 and Full Trails Guide qualification.

Currently Working At:

Kariega Main Lodge


Bird watching and wildlife videography. When he is not working Cleo is a passionate football and rugby spectator.

Best Part of Job: 

Walking with guests in the bush and bringing the wonder of nature to life for them.

Favourite Animal: 


Most Memorable Sighting:

The lionesses killing a zebra in October 2016 near The Homestead at Kariega Game Reserve.

Kariega Field Guide Cleo Loves New Experiences

Cleo describes himself as an observer with a keen eye for detail. He believes in getting out and doing things, rather than just talking about doing them. Needless to say, he loves new experiences.

Cleo is well travelled, speaks multiple languages and is constantly reading and expanding his knowledge. For him confidence is the source of success.

Was Cleo your field guide on your Kariega safari? If you would like to reconnect with him write a comment on Facebook or post a photo to Instagram.