about us

Incentive travel specialist Simone Godfrey and financial administrative expert René Lanfear, who interestingly both have economics-based degrees, started The Cycle of Life™ Travel business in 2015 after connecting through their combined fundraising efforts for rhino conservation in The Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Simone Godfrey

Director

Simone was born in Germany and moved to South Africa in 1997, after completing her schooling and a degree in Economics in Tourism in Germany. Her travel-friendly family and various exchange programmes enhanced her language skills (English, French and Spanish) and ignited a love of adventure and exploring different destinations all over the world. Her first job at Lufthansa in product development, allowed her to combine her work and passion for travelling. In 1994 she began to work in Cape Town for an incoming tour operator and this launched her on her journey, travelling extensively through Southern Africa, executing incentive tours, corporate conferences and events for well-known international companies.
She married a South African and made SA her home. Their two SA born children were introduced to the bush from an early age and her whole family developed a deep desire to conserve wildlife. Through various fundraising drives she became aware just how much was needed to support existing conservation efforts. Her love of rhinos grew and their desperate plight moved her to sign up for the 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour (an annual event in Cape Town in March) – one of the largest cycling events in the world. She launched a fundraising drive with René and close friend Faye Elliott and The Cycle of Life Charity was born!
Simone soon realised that there was an international market in need of a local, professional tour company combining sport activities and unusual adventures, whilst supporting conservation projects and promptly launched The Cycle of Life Travel business.

René was born and raised in Port Elizabeth and graduated there with a B.Com degree in Business Economics and Industrial Psychology. From there she moved to Cape Town and joined Standard Bank and over the next 17 years she worked in the corporate sector, had children and took on a small property management portfolio which still enabled her to spend time with her family.
She has always been a passionate philanthropist and helps raise funds for a halfway house for abandoned children near Cape Town as well as cycling in the Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise funds for rhino projects in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
With her strong financial and negotiating skills she plays an active role in co-ordinating clients, contractors and suppliers for The Cycle of Life Travel and her attention to detail and perfection makes her the ideal person to oversee the compilation of unique travel itineraries.
She loves working as a team with both the client and suppliers, visiting the various venues and travelling with or hosting groups.

René Lanfear

Director

Mary-Rolph-Lamontagne

Mary Rolph Lamontagne

Sales Representative, Montreal, Canada

Mary knows all about planning the perfect trip. This is largely thanks to the ideal combination of a passion for traveling and extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

30 years ago, Mary started her career as a public relations director of a US Hotel group. This was soon followed by training and working in the kitchens of the Ritz in Paris and then owning a hotel in Stowe, Vermont. 

Mary and her family moved to Cape Town in 2005 where she became a food consultant for the Protea Hotel group, as well as for various upscale South African Bush camps.

Over the last nearly two decades, Mary has spent time traveling and working in Southern Africa, East Africa and the Middle East. This has allowed her to become an expert in navigating these areas as well as narrowing in on the perfect way for visitors to experience them.

Having now moved back to Montreal, Canada, Mary is thrilled to share her love of Africa with her clients. She looks forward to creating memorable trips throughout the Continent and beyond.

Tina Boast

Tour Coordinator, Cape Town, South Africa

Tina is a born and bred Capetonian living with her husband and their two children on the West Coast for most of her life.

She is passionate about the ocean, nature and the environment.  She is a keen sports woman who enjoys open water swimming, cycling and hiking.    She is a Theta certified cultural guide with a NQF level 4  has been working in the tourism industry for the past 10 years as a tour guide and operator in addition to previous work experience in the sales, customer service, hospitality and public relations fields; working in the Film Production, aadvertising, sports equipment and hospitality industries.  

Tina has a natural way with people is an enthusiastic, energetic tour guide with an outgoing, friendly and caring personality.

Tina-Boast

René Lanfear

Director

René was born and raised in Port Elizabeth and graduated there with a B.Com degree in Business Economics and Industrial Psychology. From there she moved to Cape Town and joined Standard Bank and over the next 17 years she worked in the corporate sector, had children and took on a small property management portfolio which still enabled her to spend time with her family.
She has always been a passionate philanthropist and helps raise funds for a halfway house for abandoned children near Cape Town as well as cycling in the Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise funds for rhino projects in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
With her strong financial and negotiating skills she plays an active role in co-ordinating clients, contractors and suppliers for The Cycle of Life Travel and her attention to detail and perfection makes her the ideal person to oversee the compilation of unique travel itineraries.
She loves working as a team with both the client and suppliers, visiting the various venues and travelling with or hosting groups.