YOUR PASSIONATE TEAM @ LEOPARD HILLS

Making you feel part of the family...


DUNCAN & LOUISE RODGERS   Operations Director & General Manager

Duncan and Louise have been in the Game Lodge Business for the last 31 years, having worked at 5 Star Lodges throughout their careers.

They joined Leopard Hills at the beginning during the building and development stage in 1998 and together with many of the Leopard Hills Team Members have been here ever since. Duncan and Louise have a passion for Leopard Hills and creating a Family Atmosphere amongst the Guests and Staff alike, and this is most evident in the relaxed yet professional service at the Lodge.

Raising their two daughters, Megan and Kiara in the bush has been a blessing, and has allowed them to learn a holistic approach to life.

Duncan, Louise and the Leopard Hills Team look forward to welcoming you to this little bit of “paradise” they are lucky enough to be able to call home.


HEINRICH RÖNTGEN   Assistant General Manager

Heinrich grew up on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal & had the privilege of going on Safari in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin from a young age. By visiting this incredible part of the African Bushveld meant that there was no other way but to fall in love with this amazing environment. After finishing school, he was fortunate enough to attend the University of Johannesburg & complete both B.Com Law & LLB degrees. He is very happy to now be able to follow his passion by making Leopard Hills his home and started a career in the bush in 2010. The last couple of years have been the most memorable and it’s a privilege being able to share & spend them with the Leopard Hills Family.

The term “Living the Dream” comes to mind when thinking about being part of the Leopard Hills Team, it is a very humbling and incredible experience being able to support Duncan, Louise and the Leopard Hills Team as Assistant General Manager.


BRIDGET BLEM

Front of House Manager

Bridget has been part of the Leopard Hills Family since 2006. Apart from heading the front of house team, Bridget is also one of our most talented Spa therapists. She is a highly qualified therapist and offers a range of treatments to indulge and rejuvenate those guests looking for the ultimate relaxation experience while on Safari. Bridget’s solid work ethic and the world class service she gives to guests are traits that all her staff try to emulate.

STEVEN SHABANGU

F&B Manager

Steve was born and Raised in the Kruger National Park. His passion for people, fine wine and food have taken him across Southern Africa. He has worked for some of Africa’s finest lodges and has 15 years of 5 star hospitality experiences. Steve’s bubbly personality, warm character and friendliness have won the hearts of the Leopard Hills faithful and he loves the daily interaction with all of his guests.


RICHMAN MAVILANA   Executive Housekeeper

Richman joined the Leopard Hills Team in 2009 as a gardener/grounds man, but it soon became apparent that he had a very strong desire to progress through the ‘ranks’. As a result Richman pushed himself hard and took every opportunity when it arose. In his spare time he learnt waitering and bar service and as soon as a position became available, Richman joined the restaurant Team. Soon after this he again pushed himself to learn how to work a computer in reception and to learn as much as possible from the other heads of department about their roles within the operation. Rich has now been promoted to the head of housekeeping and we are incredibly proud of his achievements and dedication over the years. He is a real example that hard work and self-motivation pay off in the end.


THANDI MABUNDA

Relief HOD Manager

Thandi’s zest for life and love for people are what ignited her passion to work in Hospitality. Thandi joined Leopard Hills in January 2016 and worked in Food and Beverage service. Her sparkling personality and her drive saw her take on a promotion in the Front of House department.

Thandi hails from Swaziland and left Swaziland at the tender age of 3 to move with her family to a small village called Utah in Mpumalanga. After leaving school she studied Hospitality and Tourism. No stranger to the bush, Thandi has worked in the lodge industry for 7 years. Thandi has a passion for singing and her bubbly nature is enough to brighten up anyone’s day.

EMMA MOLIFE

Head Chef

Emma was born in Zimbabwe and had the privilege of spending part of her childhood in the UK. Having been raised by a father who shares her passion for cooking, she decided to join the industry and in 2007 returned to South Africa to study at the Christina Martin school of food and wine. She is an exceptionally passionate chef, absolutely loves her work and enjoys what she does. Being in the kitchen practically defines her . She is very ambitious, and hopes hopes to become the first chef to win a Michelin Star in Africa. With such goals in mind, she still has time to have fun in the kitchen.

MEGAN RODGERS

Receptionist

Megan has been blessed to call Leopard Hills her Home since the lodge first opened in 1998. Being born and raised in such a unique environment, has allowed her to follow her dreams of a career in the bush, affording her the opportunity to meet people from all around the World, and introduce them to this very special place she calls Home.

Upon completing her schooling at Leopard Hills, Megan started job shadowing in the various departments within the Lodge, learning the ropes. She particularly enjoyed reception duty where she loves getting to meet and spend time with our Guests.

When a full time Position became available, she jumped at the opportunity of joining the Leopard Hills Team on a permanent basis, and is thriving in her Position in Reception.

As well as working full time, Megan is also studying Hotel Management through the International Hotel School and is excited for her future.


JACQUES ERASMUS

Head Chef

Jacques was born and raised in Pretoria. He spent his holidays as a child in the Lowveld and fell in love with Mpumalanga and all it has to offer. After studying at the renowned Capsicum Culinary School he worked at various highly acclaimed five star lodges in the Lowveld area before finding his niche at Leopard Hills. Jacques is very passionate about food and loves experimenting and trying out new recipes and combinations of ingredients. He enjoys life at Leopard Hills with his wife, Tammy Erasmus who is also the Teacher, Therapist & HOD Relief Manager.

SAMMY MKANSI

Restaurant Manager

Sammy was born in Mozambique and Relocated to South Africa during the Last Civil war. Once safely in South Africa, he started working at the Protea Hotel in Kruger National Park and then studied at The Nelspruit Hospitality Academy. He then moved to the Sabi Sands and fell in love with Leopard Hills. He has since 2008 been part of the Leopard hills family and loves new challenges and meeting new people every day. Sammy enjoys the simple life and the stress free environment that Leopard Hills offers.

EVERT HANEKOM

Maintenance Manager

Evert was born and grew up in Newcastle in the east of KwaZulu-Natal. He went and worked in various places in South Africa before ending up at Leopard Hills where he has been part of the family since 2009. Evert loves the hands on approach when it comes to working at the lodge, and has earned the name “Mr Fix It”. He also has a passion for all animals in the bush, especially the small and creepy ones, and can often be seen around the Lodge at night with his torch and camera, photographing frogs and insects.



OUR RANGERS

Your Guides to Our African Wilderness...


HUGO BREED   Head Ranger

Hugo was born and raised in Pretoria. His passion and love for the bush, especially the lowveld, started at a young age while visiting the Kruger National Park during every winter holiday.

After completing his schooling, Hugo then studied Law and graduated. After completing his articles and being admitted as a lawyer, Hugo’s passion for the bush ignited and he exchanged life in the city for one in the bush.

Hugo completed his FGASA level 1 and Trails guide training at Entabeni Nature Guide Training and then joined the team at Leopard Hills in 2013 where he instantly fell in love with the lodge and its surroundings!


JOHAN DE LA REY   Ranger

Growing up on a farm with animals around me, I learned to respect and love nature from a young age.

After school I started working at an overland company (tours across Africa) as a tour guide and travel across the African continent on various different tours, during these tours my true passion developed for the African bush and its animals. After three years of touring, my passion for wildlife and animals steered me to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve where I have been working in the Western Sector since 2004 and I have been fortunate to be part of the Leopard Hills guiding team since 2013.

My hobbies are fishing, birding, photography and sports, so if the opportunity arrives I love to play a round of golf or a cricket match.

As guide I love to let the guests experience the animals and their behavior and explaining what they are seeing rather than just ticking the “boxes” the bush is too special to race around, we do that enough in the normal working life.


STUART BUY   Ranger

Stuart has been visiting Leopard Hills since he was 7 years old, and it was here he fell in love with the bush. Spending time in this beautiful piece of Africa, with the rangers and trackers, his knowledge and interest in all things flora and fauna grew into a passion.

After completing his training and qualifying as a guide in 2015, Stuart’s guiding career started off in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Recently an opportunity presented itself, and Stuart could follow his childhood dream taking up a position as a ranger at Leopard Hills.

Every day in this job is a blessing, and realising a dream just makes it even better.


NIGEL RIDGE   Ranger

Nigel was born into a nature loving family, so it is no surprise that he would make the bush his career and life. From a small child, he spent all his family holidays in the Kruger National Park, learning about the bush.

Nigel went to school in Pretoria and then went on to study a diploma in Nature conservation at Tshwane University of Technology. He is currently completing his B-Tech part time. He has also completed FGASA Level 2 and is a qualified Trails guide.

While completing his diploma Nigel did his practical year at Karongwe, where he became a permanent guide for 3 years, before the opportunity arose to join the Leopard Hills team.

Nigel is passionate about the bush and says he is “Living the Dream."


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