Our Company

The Cape Verde Experience is part of Serenity Holidays, an independent travel specialist with 36 years' experience.

In addition to offering holidays and flights to the Cape Verde Islands, we also operate programmes in The Gambia, Senegal, Goa, Corsica and Sardinia.

During the past 36 years the owners, Stephen & Sandra Wilde, along with their staff, have developed a vast knowledge of the destinations which we offer, building good relationships with hoteliers and can now offer many properties or room types exclusively.

We have an agent team in Cape Verde and UK based staff regularly visit the country. Some members of staff have worked for the company for over 20 years and have even lost count of the number of times they've been to our destinations.

Serenity Holidays was set up in the late 1980’s by Stephen and initially offered just flights and holidays to The Gambia in West Africa. The Gambia continued to be the main area of specialism for Serenity until 2003 with the acquisition of Sussex based tour operator, Holiday Places. This then added a range of European destinations to the company, including mainland France and the island of Corsica.

In recent years a mix of further acquisitions and organic growth has seen the introduction of Cape Verde and Senegal along with Sardinia to the Serenity Holidays portfolio.

Today Serenity Holidays employs around 70 staff in the UK at our offices in Fareham, Hampshire. Whilst we are still independently owned Stephen and Sandra have stepped back from the day to day running of the company. Managing Director, Chris Ayling, now oversees the daily operation of the business in the UK and in our Resort areas.

Reasons to Book With Us...

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, customer care and treating clients as individuals, both before you travel, and whilst you are on holiday.

On arrival you will be taken care of by our specially selected partner and agent, who have offices throughout the Islands and English-speaking guides or representatives to assist you

  • Over 35 years experience of holidays to West Africa
  • Experienced UK reservations team with first-hand knowledge of the Islands
  • Hand-picked hotels
  • Customer reviews of our hotels
  • Local representatives in Cape Verde
  • UK airport lounge access included with our holidays
  • Private transfers with most holidays
  • ATOL financial protection

When you contact our office you will be able to talk to our staff who have been to the Islands and they will use their first-hand experience to recommend the holiday that is best for you.


We believe that a great team is key to delivering the best experience to our customers, and look for people who share in our passion for providing them with excellent holidays and customer service.

We always welcome applications and CVs for office-based positions, and would particularly like to hear from you if you already have experience in the travel industry.  Our offices are based in Fareham, Hampshire and are just off of junction 9 of the M27.

Please visit our parent site Serenity Holidays to view our current vacancies and send your CV.


Our Family of Products

The Gambia Experience The Goa Experience Corsican Places Sardinian Places 

For more information about our sister products, please click on the relevant logo above.