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 33 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.
Front of House Manager | Spa Therapist
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.
Personal Assistant to Management | Spa Therapist
Having worked at exclusive Spa Destinations in South Africa Tammy found her way to Leopard Hills to join her partner at the time Jacques the Head Chef, who she has since married. Tammy originally started as a Spa Therapist however her interest in broadening her horizons was evident and in her time at Leopard Hills she has taken on additional work in several of the departments where her attention to detail and stellar work ethic has been an asset to the team. However, it would seem the Hospitality side pulled Tammy back to her roots and she has since found herself back in her niche. Tammy’s interest in all elements of Lodge operations has allowed her to grasp the opportunity of PA to Management and flourish. She enjoys a good challenge which is why she has decided to immerse herself in a Hotel Management Course in her spare time.
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.
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.
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.
Born in Welverdiend village to a single mother Trust is the definition of humble beginnings. Unable to attend full time tertiary education Trust began his career as a casual maintenance worker at the renowned Singita Lodges. Working himself up in the coming through the Housekeeping department, scullery division and volunteering in the kitchen and food and beverage departments in his spare time, Trust soon found himself in a permanent barmen position before several years later being promoted to the position of Banakeli. His will to succeed was evident when he became the first person to complete the inhouse Service Level 1 and Bar Level 1 training programme as well as obtaining his Administration Manager Certificate through correspondence studies. After 11 years spent with Singita the opportunity arose for Trust to join the Leopard Hills family as Restaurant manager. He is always looking for a new challenge and looks forward to growing with the Leopard Hills family.
MILLET MOHLALA Executive Housekeeper
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. In 2018 the opportunity became available for Millet to take on the Housekeeping Department which she has done with aplomb. Her attention to detail is evident and she has truly risen to the challenge.
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 kitchens in the Lowveld area before finding his niche at Leopard Hills where he has risen through the ranks to Head Chef. Jacques has been an essential part of the kitchen team and has been present through many of the accomplishments and awards received. He 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.
Senior Sous Chef
Born and raised in the Lowveld, Celeste has always had a passion for food and being in the kitchen. After making the move to study at Culinary School in the Western Cape Celeste, trained under some of South Africa’s best Chefs. She has worked in prestigious restaurants across the country where she gained invaluable experience and knowledge. In 2018 the perfect opportunity arose for Celeste to return to the Lowveld and join the Leopard Hills Team. Her personal imprint is evident throughout the kitchen and she has proven herself as a creative force and essential part of the culinary team.
Senior Sous Chef
Mavis was born and raised in Acornhoek in Limpopo and grew up with a passion for cooking for her family. After hearing about the prestigious Singita School of Cooking Mavis beat out the competition and reached the top 6 status of applicants for this highly sought after position. Mavis was employed full time in the Singita kitchens following her studies before the opportunity arose to join the Leopard Hills Team. Mavis quickly showed herself to be a force to be reckoned with and has steadily worked her way up the ladder into the Senior Sous Chef position. She is a strong influence in the kitchen and leader to her team.
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.
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.