Our team

It is our pleasure to introduce the heart and soul of Shumbalala Game Lodge. At Shumbalala we value everyone, mostly you as our guest but also every member of the team. Some will become very familiar to you and then some will be making your stay memorable by working behind the scenes which is equally important.

Meet the Team

Danielle Swan

Front of House

Danielle Swan

I have had the amazing privilege of being able to grow up in the bush since I was a small child.

I have always had a love and respect for nature and the animals.
I love working with people and am in the fortune position of being able to serve people every day.

I have not always been in the tourism industry, although my family has been involved in hospitality for as long as I can remember and it has always been a part of our lives.

Growing up in the tourism industry has taught me to put others first and to serve with a happy heart which I love living here at Shumbalala Game Lodge.

I look forward to serving you!

Danielle

Madelein Nel

Front of House

Madelein Nel

I grew up all over south African and worked at several lodges and hotels all over South Africa.
I have been in the tourism industry for 5 years and I absolutely love what I do.
I spent 2 years working on the Rovos Rails Train and managed to travel some African countries.
Working at Shumbalala is such a privilege because I love being in the bush and I love animals.
My passion is serving people and ensuring that they get to experience Shumbalala Game Lodge and the African bush in the best way possible.
I look forward to meeting all our future guests and making their stay memorable here at Shumbalala Game Lodge.

Darryn Gates

Ranger

Darryn Gates

I grew up on the South Coast of South Africa.
I have been working as a Ranger for the past 5 years, all of which were spent in Zulu Land.
It has been my main aim to work in the Lowveld since I started guiding.
I love the bush and greatly enjoy all the spectacular sightings that Thornybush has to offer.
I mostly enjoy birding and reptiles, and look forward to teaching my guest more about these as they are often overlooked when looking for larger game.
I am very privileged to live out my passion here at Shumbalala Game Lodge and I look forward to spending time with our guests in the bush and sharing my knowledge with them.

Jeanette Mmola

Chef

Jeanette Mmola

I started dreaming about becoming a chef after my mother instilled in me a love for baking while growing up.
After school I started my first job at other game reserves where I worked my way up from a scullery girl to waiter and eventually assisting in the kitchen and learning from the chefs in a hands-on manner.
Baking is my passion and I hope to become a master chef one day!
Shumbalala Game Lodge feels like home, it is where I belong and where I hope to be serving you someday.

Maggie Mapiyle

Chef

Maggie Mapiyle

I was born in Buffelshoek and joined the Shumbalala team in 2013. I enjoy surprising guests with my mouthwatering dishes and attention to detail. I am not scared to cater for any guest's needs and do it with a lot of passion. I always provide five star service with a smile. My favorite and most popular dishes are curries, oxtail and lamb shank.

Colbert Khoza

Tracker

Colbert Khoza

I was born and raised in Acornhoek in the Mpumalanga Province. As a young boy I was a cattle minder and decided I wanted to do more with my life.
I went to a field school at Londolozi Game Reserve where I was trained as a tracker.
From there I worked at several well known game reserves before coming to work at Shumbalala.
My job is my passion, I really love it and look forward to a great future here!

Shumbalala Housekeepers

Housekeepers

Shumbalala Housekeepers

From left to right:
Suzen Mathebula, Shielah Mnisi, Onicah Ngobeni and Eulender Zitha

These ladies are at your service and am responsible for your immaculate room which is serviced three times per day. Onicah and Suzen has been the longest standing family members, dating back since before Shumbalala has been revamped in 2001 while Shielah is the newest member to the family!

Maintenance & Gardening Team

Maintenance & Gardening

Maintenance & Gardening Team

Raymond & Isack ensures that the gardens remain in perfect condition and that all maintenance are of top standard to ensure that you, our guest have a care-free holiday.
They are continually in argument with the warthogs who considers Shumbalala their preferred bathing and grazing destination!