Diana Granoux, Director
Diana was born in Zimbabwe, and started her life on the banks of the great Lake Kariba. She moved to South Africa when she was a toddler and grew up in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Diana has vivid memories of long winter holidays spent camping in Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa with her family. Her parents loved the bush and her father started his own tour operating company in 1992. He was an early pioneering specialist in bird watching safaris in South Africa.
As she grew up, Diana became aware of the big wide world outside of the African countries she knew so well, and she took her first solo overseas trip at age 14 to London to visit her father’s family. Since that moment she became fascinated with experiencing the world beyond what she knew. Diana has since traveled extensively through Africa, Europe, America and Asia.
Diana is married to a Frenchman and has two young kids, who are simultaneously developing a love for biltong & braai’s, and baguettes & brie.
After 16 years gaining valuable experience working for big corporates in South Africa, Diana decided to follow her passion for travel and start Leopard. She wants to create, with Leopard, a company that gives customers something unique: a curated experience of Southern Africa, made especially for them. She says, “From the moment they arrive in Africa, to the moment they depart, I want them to have a seamless experience. I want them to enjoy the best the continent has to offer, leaving with memories that last a lifetime.”
Anaël had the great good fortune to be born in the beautiful Provencal town of Avignon. He grew up within a stone’s throw of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where some of France’s best wines are produced. Food in France is specific to each region, and impartially speaking, Provencal food is some of the best – think pistou soup, ratatouille, aoli, tapenade and goat’s cheese. Anaël is now enthusiastically enjoying South Africa’s excellent quality food and wine.
Anaël has traveled extensively, living in London, Madrid, Paris and Mexico City before arriving in Johannesburg in 2012. One of Anaël’s favourite travel adventures was buying a VW Beetle in Mexico City and driving it through Central America, crossing the Panama Canal, continuing through six South American countries before finishing in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A chance call with an ex-colleague brought him to South Africa to start a strategy consulting firm.
He met Diana in 2012 and together they explored Southern Africa during their time off. Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and of course, all corners of South Africa featured extensively in their holidays. Anaël says “Leopard gives me the opportunity to share this beautiful, friendly and exciting region with other French people.”
Daphnée was born in France in the Hauts-de-France region of Lille. A passionate traveller, Daphnée has lived and worked in several countries around the world.
Firstly in the United States where she has family, then in England while studying for her Masters in International Marketing and finally in Oceania to do what is called “WWOOFing” where you work on a farm in exchange for room and board. She met a great love in Paris, who would later become her husband, and this made her come back to reality: find work and start a family in France!
Daphnée began her career in fashion marketing and in 2012, she created her fashion brand and took on all aspects of building a business.
In 2016, Daphnée and her family had the wonderful opportunity to live in South Africa. She remembers saying, “The question does not even arise, let’s go, that’s obvious!” Since then, they have had 3 children and are enjoying their life in Johannesburg.
Daphnée has worked in the tourism industry for 5 years, specializing in southern Africa. Her favourite countries are Tanzania and Namibia but she also fell in love with Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Chobe in Botswana. Her next family trip will be to Mozambique, that’s for sure!
Leopard Specialist Guides
One of our greatest assets is our extensive network of specialist guides. Finding the right guide for someone can make the difference between a good holiday and an unforgettable one. We are lucky to work with some of the best guides in the business.
In Cape Town we work with a guide who does extraordinary food tours of the city. She does only private tours and tailors her tour to the tastes of her guests. In Johannesburg we have a guide who is absolutely passionate about the city and its history. She is incredibly knowledgeable and does tours tailored to your interests from public art and architecture, to Constitution Hill and Soweto.
One of the things we look for in a great safari lodge is the quality and passion of their guides. If you prefer a private guide for your entire safari, this can also be arranged. One of our favourite day trips from Cape Town is the Peninsula Tour. Our exclusive, private tours with some of the best guides in the city, stand out above anything you’ll find online. In the wine region we have a brilliant tour guide who finds the best cellars to visit, and those only available for private tastings. For people with special interests we have excellent birdwatching, botanical, mountain biking and Anglo Boer War & Anglo Zulu War guides.