Our Family

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

Sam Mathebula


Sam Mathebula

I was born in the Klaserie Nature Reserve, (a stone's throw away from Thornybush) I am 44 years young and a father to a son and two daughters.
At a very young age I had a keen interest in animals and at the young age of 19 I decided to attend a tracking academy. I obtained my level 2 tracking qualification, and got my first job as a tracker soon after I graduated.
I went on to obtain my level 3 and 4 tracking qualification over the next few years in various Nature Reserves. I am only one year away from obtaining the ultimate tracking qualification of becoming a Master Tracker.
Sam looks forward to welcoming you at Shumbalala with his warm friendly smile where you can experience his great skills out in the natural habitat of the big 5

Shumbalala Waiters & Housekeepers


Sheila has been with the family for almost 19 years and Gale joined us two years ago.
Their smiles would win any guest over long before their impeccable service does.
They are happy to serve and to share many special memories with our guests.

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!