Experiences and memories are created by people. People make places - they are the heartbeat and the soul of why our properties are so special. This month is all about celebrating some of those special people at the resorts and lodges we work with in Africa. From General Manager to Guides, to housekeepers and chefs every employee has a role to play in making memories for guests to take home and value for a lifetime.
Read on to find out more about just some of our clients' wonderful staff.
Along with new game vehicles, MalaMala has two new expert rangers. Read more about Sean's journey from a farm town boy from KwaZulu-Natal to MalaMala and the wide range of African countries that Brendon has lived in before his current role as Head Guide at Mala Mala. Read all about them here.
Kambaku have a very hardworking team but generally you only get to see those that are front of house. Those quietly toiling away in the background are often our unsung heros. Ageshia one of the kitchen team, is just that - an unsung hero. Ageshia is a proud and passionate woman and you can learn more about her here.
A special and poignant moment took place at Garonga when Bernie and the team said goodbye to Herfric who has retired after 27 years. A loyal and long serving member of the team, he was with Bernie literally from the beginning of Garonga. A gentle and jovial man who was a firm favourite with all guests; he will be greatly missed.
Read more about Herfric in this lovely message from Bernie.
Machaba Safaris prides themselves on the opportunities that they give their staff to grow and progress within the company. One such example is that of Mukamba Peter Rukuro (Peter for short) who is Camp Manager at Gomoti Plains. Find out more about where his journey took him before this key role here.
Betty stands for everything that is positive when a dynamic woman is empowered. She is hard working and entreprenerial with a passion for ensuring that guests realy enjoy the Cape St Francis experience whilst also benefitting her community. Betty is a hugely valued member of the team at Cape St Francis Resort having been at the resort for 20 years in various roles. Read more about Betty here.
Vernon Hearne is relatively new to Majeka House having started as General Manager in April this year. He brings to the team a passion for the personal service that guests expect from an Owner Managed boutique hotel such as Majeka House. Changes are afoot with Vernon at the helm! Find out more about him here.
This video from Cape St Francis celebrates the 2023 Adventure Racing World Championship in the Kouga region of the Eastern Cape. This amazing challenge sees teams of adventurers covering over 800km of the province by foot, bike, kayak, abseil with map-and-compass navigation.
How magnificent is the Blood Lily?
The Blood Lily is part of Amaryllis family, something you may recognise in the image. How often do you see a plant in the Garden Centre that you recognise from your trips to Africa? This striking flower can grow up to 500mm in height and has a red-brown spotted flowering stem and glossy green, wave-like leaves.
The inflorescence, which is 150 mm wide, has red to red-brown bracts which encircle the massive dark orange to red coloured flowers.
Where does the name come from? It is a reference to the bulbs, which look as though blood has been dripped on their sides.
Thanks to Kambaku Lodges for the image and information.
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