Clyde Beaty

Clyde simply loves sharing his passion for Africa with his clients. When you speak with him you will soon realise this love for Africa, his wealth of knowledge and his devotion to his clients.

A Short Overview

Clyde is one of the founders of Tailormade Africa and one of the most knowledgeable and passionate safari planners in the industry. Clyde had a 14 year safari guiding career in most of Southern Africa as well as east Africa and a further 16 years designing safari itineraries.

Most Recent Trip to Africa

He enjoyed a family safari with his wife and kids in South Africa and prior to that the Gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda as well as other establishments in Rwanda.

Expert Destinations

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa

Clyde's Biography

Born in Norway, Clyde’s parents emigrated to Zimbabwe when he was seven years old. Aged seventeen, he started working as a fishing guide at the lodge they managed on the banks of Lake Kariba, and from there started his training to become a professional guide. He gained the much-revered Zimbabwe safari guide status in 1998 with specialist skills in elephant behaviour, ornithology and lepidopterology (butterflies and moths).

He freelanced all over Zambia and Botswana and during that time also managed several camps, operated canoe safaris and was part of an anti-poaching unit.

In 2001 Clyde set up his own walking safari company in Mana Pools National Park, but eventually it succumbed to the negative political situation in Zimbabwe, so he moved to Tanzania to be head guide and guide trainer for one of Tanzania’s finest safari companies and to realize a dream of “working” the wildebeest migration of northern Serengeti. It was on one of these photographic tours that he met Anne, who took him back to the UK as a souvenir and married him.

Clyde spent nine years working as a senior safari consultant with an Africa specialist tour operator and it was here he met fellow Tailormade Africa co-founder and good friend, Rob Morley. He left to become sales director at a smaller Africa-specialist company before deciding it was time to set up his own bespoke Africa travel company.

His experience in the safari industry spans 30 years and during that time he has explored Namibia’s wild Skeleton Coast National Park, canoed along the Lower Zambezi in Zimbabwe, flown over Botswana’s Okavango Delta by helicopter, and swum alongside humpback whales off Mafia Island, Tanzania, to name a few.

Clyde would love to chat with you about your safari and travel dreams. So, don't be shy and email him at or call him on +44 7809 726266.