“A thing of beauty not shared, is valueless. Sharing this special place with guests gives our lives pleasure and meaning” – Nikki Meyer
At Rhino Post Safari Lodge we are passionate about conservation and people: from the General Managers, Nikki & Gerrit who have been at the lodge since it opened, to the cleaners, many of whom have worked up through the ranks over the years. Kindness and professionalism are the norm and firm friendships often flourish.
Nikki and Gerrit have lived in the Kruger Park since 1992, and have been managing Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Rhino Walking Safaris since it opened in 2003. Gerrit, a conservationist at heart, studied nature conservation, and has worked for Natal Parks, Mala Mala Private Game Reserve and South African National Parks. Amongst his greatest claims to fame are: being appointed to introduce public game drives in the Kruger National Park, leading a film crew to film a new born lion cub under the watchful eye of its mother and surviving an altercation with a black mamba in his son’s bedroom – during which his brand new vehicle was shot – by him! When he’s not in the bush, adding daily to his lifetime of bush learning, he is an enthusiastic golfer and photographer. He takes care of our environmental audits (achieving great results), roads, maintenance and guiding staff. Nikki has a background in public relations and education, with a strong interest in language and a passion for cooking. Her favourite animal by far remains the human being, and she has had numerous encounters with these, as well as other wild animals. She is the author of Game for Anything, which chronicles the first twelve years of their family’s bush-living. Her second book is pending…
Brian a South African German who was born Kwa-Zulu Natal gets his real love for food from his grandmother who taught him all the secret family recipes form a very young age. Living in the bush has been a life changing experience for Brian and he has many stories about close encounters with animals such as a Hyena in the kitchen & lions in the parking lot.This is also the place where he met the love of his life, our very own lodge manager Marli. The first sign that something was afoot was when we noticed little changes in the staff meals, then a bit of 'preferential plating' - and when little tidbits started showing up in the Assistant Manager's office (for tasting/approval/quality control - of course...) suspicions grew. Before we knew it there was an engagement, followed by a wonderfully happy wedding. Marli is a local girl who grew up in Nelspruit and spent almost every weekend and school holiday in the Kruger Park. It was always her dream as a young girl to become a game ranger in the Kruger Park. In addition to being a qualified FGASA guide she had just become a mother to baby Ginalee.
Colin was born in Malawi and then moved to Cape Town. He holds a Diploma in Game & Lodge Management and is a qualified Trails Ranger. He has had the privilege of working in a number of different parks and reserves; De Hoop Nature Reserve, Lalabela Private Game Reserve, Nambithi in KwaZulu Natal and the Addo Park in the Eastern Cape. Colin started work at Rhino Post in 2012 and besides being passionate about the bush and especially the Black Rhino his interests include cricket, rugby and cars!
Joey grew up on a farm in the Free State, studied with Eco- training in Hoedspruit, Makuleke and Botswana. He is a qualified back up trails ranger just waiting to complete his hours to become 1st rifle. He worked in the Northern part of Kruger at The Outpost for over a year and has been at Rhino Post Safari Lodge since 2012. His passion is Wild Life Photography, fishing and mountain biking and his favourite animals are Wild Dogs.
Ella and Bonga met on a game reserve in the Eastern Cape and moved up to the Greater Kruger area in April 2014 and fell in love with the Lowveld. They plan to tie the knot at the end of January at a beautiful bush location. Ella is originally from the UK but fell in love with South Africa and its wildlife whilst visiting numerous game reserves, her favourite being Kruger National Park. In 2011 Ella returned to South Africa to pursue her career in the tourism industry. Bonga hails from the Eastern Cape & is a member of the Xhosa tribe. He decided to pursue a career in guiding after starting out as a camp attendant in the Eastern Cape. Bonga’s favourite part of guiding in Kruger is the huge open dry river beds and the variety of habitats. His passions include fishing, photography and birding. Bonga intends to continue with his studies and complete a bird specialist course.
In the 11 years since Thandi Sibuyi who is from a local village has been cleaning the beautiful suites at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, she has never received a single complaint about the cleanliness of the rooms and she plans to hold this record while motivating other young cleaners to do the same. Her positive attitude and dedicated efforts meant that Thandi was noticed at a young age, growing in stature from a Room Attendant to now being the Housekeeper Supervisor, managing all the housekeeping at Rhino Post Safari Lodge. She progressed in her training to getting a Driver’s License and Computer Literacy Training so that she could become the manager she is today.
Some of our passionate local staff - Mable Mathebula has been working at Rhino Post Safari Lodge as a waitress since 2010 and Sindy Ndubane as a waitress since 2003. Both Mable Mathebula and her husband work in the Kruger Park. They are also very involved in the ZCC church where her husband is a Pastor and and she sings in the choir. They have two children, a daughterl Endzani and a son Nhemulo, but he likes to call himself Brian, after our Executive Chef Brian, who is his hero! Sindy Ndubane qualified as a chef before joining Rhino Post and is known in the kitchen as the “Queen of Omelettes”. She loves singing and she is the lead singer in her church choir. Her husband is a tour guide. They have 2 beautiful daughters - Jusanda & Sidonna.