Your Guides to Our African Wilderness...
JOHAN DE LE REY Head Ranger
Growing up on a farm with animals all 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, and it was during these tours my true passion developed for the African bush and its animals. After three years of touring my passion for the animals steered me to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and I started guiding here at the end of 2004, and for the last nine years I’ve worked in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. I started working at Leopard Hills on the 10th of May 2013 as Head Ranger.
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 a 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 a place to race around, we do that enough in the normal working life.
REECE VERDOORN Ranger
“Passion is the essence of life”, and I am proud to be living my passion as a Field Guide, interpreting and guiding guests through one of the oldest and most unique wilderness area’s in Africa, the Magnificent Sabi Sands.
I grew up around the Johannesburg area and since I can remember my passion for the African Wilderness has surpassed any other, stemmed from many a trip to the Kruger National Park.
As soon as I finished my schooling career I enrolled in a 1year Field Guide Training course in 2008 through The Bush Academy, and have never looked back since. My wonderful career in the bush has finally lead me to the Beautiful Leopard Hills in the amazing Sabi Sands which has been a life long goal of mine. I am currently level 2, Trails Guide and am very proud to be part of the very talented and energetic Leopard Hills team.
My other great joys in life are playing golf and Scuba Diving in my off time, as well as a newly found interest in photography, and what better place to be than at Leopard Hills.
JEHANNE VAN HEERDEN Ranger
Jehanne was born and brought up in East London, Eastern Cape. He then moved to a small town called Kirkwood to complete his schooling.
Jehanne’s passion for nature drove him to complete a Diploma in Nature Conservation at Sarsveld PE Technikon in George. He then moved to the bush and he has spent the last 12 years guiding at various game lodges.
8 months ago Jehanne joined the Leopard Hills Team. He is extremely passionate about guiding and meeting new people as well as educating them on the bush.
HUGO BREED 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 where he instantly fell in love with the lodge and its surroundings!