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 32 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.
HUGO BREED Assistant General Manager
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! After five years as an integral part of the team Hugo was promoted to Assistant General Manager. He feels it is an honour and privilege to be part of such an amazing team and looks forward to his future at Leopard Hills.
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.
Millet joined Leopard Hills in 2016 as part of our Food and Beverage team. She grew up in the villages surrounding the Sabi Sands and from a young age had an interest in the Lodges and going on’s of the reserve. Her conscientious work ethic and friendly smile are what set Millet apart and she was soon chosen for a staff development programme where she once again tackled all the new challenges with passion and vigour. Millet has excelled at her position in reception and her keen attitude to assist wherever she can is a blessing to the team. Millet has a avid interest in the Beauty Industry and hopes to pursue this avenue in the future.
Megs 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, Megs started job shadowing in the various departments within the Lodge, learning the ropes. She particularly enjoyed the reception and guest relations aspects so when a full-time position became available, she jumped at the opportunity of joining the Leopard Hills Team and is thriving.
In between working full time and studying Hotel Management Megs still finds the time to pursue her passions of writing and music.
Your Guides to Our African Wilderness...
JOHAN DE LA REY Head Ranger
Growing up on a farm with animals around him, Johan learned to respect and love nature from a young age.
After school he started working at an overland company (tours across Africa) as a tour guide and travelled across the African continent on various tours, during these tours his true passion developed for the African bush and its animals. After three years of touring, this passion for wildlife and animals steered him to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve where he has been working in the Western Sector since 2004. He has been fortunate to be part of the Leopard Hills guiding team since 2013.
Johan’s hobbies include fishing, birding, photography and sports, so when the opportunity arises he loves to play a round of golf or a cricket match.
As a guide Johan loves to immerse his guests in the experience of the bush. He believes the bush is too special to race around, we do that enough in normal working life, so he enjoys taking the time to explain what guests are seeing; and not just ticking off the “boxes”
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. The moment an opportunity presented itself, Stuart was elated to have the opportunity of realising his childhood dream and took up the 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."
CAL BUTLER Ranger
Since a young age Cal has had a keen interest in wildlife and nature, spending time up in the mountains or around the wetland areas and oceans of Cape Town.
After completing his studies at Stellenbosch University and the Stellenbosch Business School, Cal worked in the finance sector for a few years.
Soon a love for wildlife photography started to take shape. Longing to be out in nature Cal decided to change careers and completed his ranger studies through Bushwise Field Guides and completed his practical at Karongwe Private Game Reserve.
An incredible opportunity presented itself and Cal has joined the team at Leopard Hills.