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 26 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 for the past 6 years. 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.

CHARLEEN NIENABER

Front of House Reception

Chaleen was born in Amersfoort, a small town in Mpumalanga. She then moved to Heidelberg in Gauteng, where she was brought up and completed her school years. After she matriculated she pursued a career in flight attending where she obtained her Cabin Crew licence. Then after working in the Motorcycle & Entertainment industry, Chaleen was introduced to the Hospitality industry. Following her first visit to Leopard Hills she was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the African Bush. In October 2013, Chaleen joined the Leopard Hills team in Front of House Reception. She has a great passion for the outdoors, animals and meeting new people from all walks of life.

STEVEN SHABANGU

F&B Manager

Steve has been born and Raised in the Kruger National Park. His passion for people, fine wine and food has 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.

TAMMY ERASMUS

HOD Relief Manager

Tammy has grown up on the East Coast of South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal. She loves heading the housekeeping department and is currently studying Rooms division management at a leading Hospitality School. She loves the family orientated and friendly environment at Leopard Hills and enjoys being able to work with her Husband, Jacques Erasmus who is a Senior Sous Chef at Leopard Hills. Tammy is also one of our talented Spa Therapists and after working at some of the most exclusive Safari Spa destinations in South Africa she has found her spot at Leopard Hills and really enjoys the African bush and learning as much as possible about all the animals that live around her.

RICHMAN

Head of Housekeeping

Richman joined the Leopard Hills Team in 2009 as Gardener/Grounds Man, and 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 arouse. In his own time, he learnt the role of watering and bar service, and at the first opportunity as soon as a position became available, Richman joined the Waiter/Barman Team. Not wasting anytime, Richman again pushed himself further and in his spare time spent time in Reception grasping the Computer Work, and learning from the other Heads of Departments their roles within the Operation. Rich has now been promoted into the Head of Housekeeping Position, and we are incredibly proud of his achievements over the years, a real example to all, that hard work and self-motivation pay off in the end.

STUART HUNTER

Executive Chef

Stuart grew up in Gauteng South Africa and began his career as a Chef in the South African Defense Force. Having worked his way through the ranks to a Head Chef position, he wanted to focus on more the “Fine Dining” aspect of the Industry he loves. Since then, Stuart has had a long and illustrious career as a Chef and has worked for many world renowned establishments in his 34 year career. Stuart has featured in various magazines and books throughout his career and continues to create variety of innovative and creative dishes here at Leopard Hills. Stuart loves the chance to be intimate with his guests and enjoys the relaxed and open atmosphere at Leopard Hills.

JACQUES ERASMUS

Senior Sous 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 Executive Housekeeper and therapist.

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 been at Leopard hills for the past five years and loves new challenges and meeting new people every day. Sammy enjoys the simple life and the stress free environment that Leopard Hills offers to him.

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 he ended up at leopard hills where he has been part of the family for the past 4 years. 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.

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