The Chitwa Team

Meet the people who make Chitwa Chitwa happen:

Stephanie De Villiers - Reservations


Stephanie grew up on a farm outside Whiteriver. While happy to have the odd city break, she has always loved the bush most and has an appreciation for the smaller things in life. She travelled from 2006 till 2011, worked in the United Kingdom, enjoyed occasional holidays in Europe and took cooking courses in Italy. She’s been around! She also started her Padi diving course in the Middle East and finished with my Divemasters in the Caribbean, after which she travelled through Central America before returning to South Africa to settle down. The South African bushveld will always be her favourite place in the world, and she loves meeting tourists travelling here. She has worked in ‘’back of house’’ hospitality for 5 years.

Angela Ciuchini - Marketing


With over two decades of industry experience behind her, Angela still loves experiencing all aspects of the safari industry. A people person, Angela loves meeting new folks and she also enjoys learning about cultures new and old and is a fan of the arts in every form. But when the day is done, Angela treasures above all else time spent with her family, she would rather be with her loved ones than any other place in the World.

Surprise Mathebula – Guide


Surprise grew up in a small village on the western boundary of the Sabi Sands, called Athol. In 2003 he started at Chitwa Chitwa as a bush clearer. It did not take long before we noticed that this young man was going to go far in life, and in 2005 he became one of our trackers. In 2007, Surprise completed his FGASA Level 1 field guiding course, and after showing much eagerness in the field, at the beginning of 2009 he was placed in the driving seat. Surprise has much knowledge to offer our visitors to Chitwa Chitwa, and he particularly enjoys taking bush walks, and teaching our guests about the dynamics of the lowveld.

Chantel du Toit - Lodge Manager


Chantel has been in the hospitality industry for five years. She was born and raised in the North East Free State in South Africa and it was here she developed her passion for animals. She worked at a sanctuary caring for abondoned and injured animals for four years before changing to the lodge industry. In her free time, Chantel is an avid scrap booker!

 

 

 

Hali Mnisi - Ranger


One of our most fantastic guides, Hali has been with Chitwa for 15 years. His guests are always amazed at the vast knowledge he has of the and the surrounding area and the history of the area. He takes time to sit and explain whatever it is the guest is interested in and is also a great host during pre-dinner and boma dinner sittings. He is a wonderful story teller, and usually has guests sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the outcome.

Moses Sithole – Tracker


Moses was born and bred in Thulamasha on the border of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. He spent his childhood dreaming of the day that he would follow in his fathers tracking footsteps. He has over twenty-four years of experience on the tracking seat, so need we say more! Moses gained extensive experience working at world famous lodges on the borders of the Kruger National Park, such as Motswari and Leopard Hills, but he has now called Chitwa Chitwa home since the 1st January 2003. Moses has a very gentle heart, and is totally dedicated to making sure that your safari with us is one that you will never forget.

Rexon Ntimane – Guide


Rexon really is as local as you can get! He was actually born on the farm next door to Chitwa, which is now currently known as Cheetah Plains, and spent his life growing up between the Sabi Sands and the village of Dixie just outside the Gowrie Gate. He started off his phenomenal career at Londolozi, as an assistant cameraman with Londolozi Productions. Some of you may know some of the famous documentaries that Rex assisted with, and even acted in such, as “River Dinosaur” as well as “The Tracker”

In 1997, still with Londolozi, he partook in their in-house field guide training course, and became a permanent guide with them. For Rex, 1998 took him north across the continent of Africa, where he worked for CC Africa at lodges in Kenya and Tanzania. After 2 years in East Africa, Rex guided for a short period at the world famous Phina Resource Reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal, before joining the team at our neighbours, Djuma Vuyatela in 2001.

In 2007, Rexon stepped into the limelight, as a presenter on Wild Earth Safari, which is an internet based live broadcast of game drives around the Sabi Sands. He has since accumulated a large fan base, and his fans follow his movements everywhere he goes.

He joined the Chitwa Team, much to the delight of the owners and our guests in April 2011. Besides his incredible knowledge of the dynamics of the lowveld, Rex is very much into sharing information with our guests about the local art and culture. He is also an advisor on the board of the Dixie Community Development Form, assisting and liaising with lodges to raise funds to uplift the village of Dixie.

For Rex, the Sabi Sands is his territory….so let him show you around.

Stefan du Toit - Lodge Manager


Stefan grew up in Pretoria, South Africa and has worked for 6 years in the hospitality industry. He spent most of his childhood holidays in the Kruger National Park, where his love for nature started and grew. His uncle was a walking safari guide in Kruger National Park for over 20 years so the love of the bush runs in the family ! He was a game farm manager for 2 years and a ranger for 5 years. Very passionate about the bush and photography and he’s an avid bird watcher.

Leon & Claudia - General Managers


Modern nomads, Claudia and Leon have travelled the world, working in the skies, in the oceans, on luxury yachts and remote jungle islands.

For years they worked with sharks, rubbed shoulders with celebrities and led photographic expeditions to frontier destinations. Their diverse photographic artistry is widely known and regularly featured in a variety of international media.

And they were both bitten by sharks – but that is another story!

At Chitwa Chitwa you will experience their warm hospitality and impeccable attention to detail, making your stay truly unforgettable.

Dinho Pelembe - Bar Manager


Dinho is passionate about guest service and works daily at sharpening his skills in the food and beverage department. He is a true asset to Chitwa Chitwa and an absolute gem to work with. He has a gift for languages, being fluent in Portuguese, English and Shangaan as well as being able to get by with Spanish and Italian. Dinho has been in the industry for nearly ten years.

 

 

 

Victory Nyathi - Waitress


Guests love Victory, she has a welcoming way about her and will go out of her way to ensure that all their needs are catered to in the food & beverage area. She is always accommodating and smiles from within. She’s been in the industry for four years so far and is looking forward to many more.

 

 

 

Wilson Themba - Chef


Having learned his skill from his father, who is an accomplished chef himself, Wilson enjoys creating dishes that have guests coming back for seconds and thirds. His speciality is in his chilli sauce, which he prepares and cooks himself from scratch. He is a vibrant person, who brings lots of happiness to his working environment.

 

 

 

Texan Mnisi - Chef


Texan started in the scullery in 1978 and worked his way up steadily to the position he holds today. He is a dedicated member of the Chitwa Chef team and is always willing to go the extra mile when it comes to guest satisfaction. He specialises in boma and bush dinners, he prepares a pork shoulder to die for, and proudly announces the menu to the guests each night. He is a quiet person, who works very hard and never has a bad thing to say about anything or anyone. He can be called upon at any time of the day to lend a helping hand should we need him.

Gavyn Moore - Head Chef


Gavyn started his chefing career in the U.K. where he worked for 11 years, before returning to South Africa. He has now joined the Chitwa Team and has already started bringing in his unique style of preparing and creating mouth-watering dishes.

 

 

 

Rodney Mnisi


Rodney hails from the village just outside the Gowrie gate closest to the lodge. Rodney has been tracking for the past 7 years. Rodney is the newest member to the Chitwa tracking team. Tracking runs in his family and as a young boy his cousin already started teaching him the art. Rodney has very keen eye, especially for some of the uncommon birds in the area, adding that special touch to any safari.

 

 

 

Howard Makwakwa


Howard has been with Chitwa from 2010. Following in his brothers foot steps Howard went to Entabeni fgor tracking training. He started his tracking career in 2000 and has worked at several lodges in the area. Howard is from a village south of the reserve called Justicia. Howard’s calm and steady nature will put any first time safari goer.

 

 

 

Andries Mathebula


Andries is one of our most experienced trackers. Andries started his tracking career in a neighbouring reserve Thornybush. His father taught him to track in 1982 and from there his tarcking just gort better and better. There is not a track in the bush that Andries will not be avble to follow. Andries is from a village not far from the reserve called Hluvukani. Always ready with a joke or a interesting story Andries is a great asset on any drive.

 

 

 

Neil Jennings


As a young boy growing up, my families favourite holiday destination was the Kruger National Park. This is where my love for the African Bush and its animals started. It was always my dream and passion to one day work in the Kruger area, especially the sabi sands. After studying a sports science degree at the university of Pretoria, I realized the city life was not for me and i went off to study a game ranging and lodge management diploma and I also registered as a FGASA Qualified Guide. I have now been working as a guide in the Kruger area for the last 5 years and 3 of those spent in the sabi sands.I have a great passion for the predators of the area, especially Leopards. I’m also a very keen birder and enjoy sharing the cultural belief and medicinal values of our local flora.

Tammy


I grew up in the city of Pretoria but always knew I was not a city slicker, my heart belonged in nature. It was inevitable that I would end up in the bush as I grew up coming to the Kruger National Park every year with my family for as long as I can remember, It was my second home and I always told my parents that one day I would live here. I feel privileged and lucky to wake up each day to the sounds of our African bush. I’ve been in in the beauty/health industry for the last 4 years, I have an International Diploma in complimentary therapies and have also done a short course in Pilates.