Team & Reviews


“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.

What Our Guests Say



  • Rhino Post Safari Lodge was excellent. We had a wonderful time. The staff was excellent. They all seemed to know our names even before we turned up. The food was truly exceptional. We were served by more than one chef. The food was absolutely top. I think that it is important to make sure that overseas clients understand that meals are included from you own marketing point of view. You might even want to beef up your online marketing with sample menus. This aspect is unusual and therefore represents a major budget saving which could make all the difference to a venue being in or out of budget. The guiding was excellent. We were guided by Joey. He was highly knowledgeable and made sure that we got the maximum value from the viewings that presented themselves. He did not rush or attempt to be the main attraction. He provided an excellent facilitated nature experience. Gerrit and Nikki provided a comforting back drop in the sense that one felt that one was being looked after by an experienced, dedicated and passionate team as opposed to merely cog in a money making machine. This intimate aspect is also a strong selling point for overseas guests who probably aren’t expecting it and are unlikely to be serial safari goers.
    Robert
    Gourmet Food Fan
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    Rhino Post Safari Lodge
  • Thank-you so much for offering me the opportunity to stay at Rhino Post Safari Lodge and to experience the walking safari at Plains Camp. I loved both lodges very much and all the guides are really great, however I particularly liked the walking safari experience, and Plains Camp. Bernard Mhlanga was absolutely amazing, he is certainly the best guide in the entire Kruger Park and beating all the guides in the Sabi Sands, and he is quite well known too, many lodges I visited know of him. I really liked him and he gave us the best walking safari experience ever. Please send him my sincere thanks! Plains Camp for me is such a wonderful, secluded camp, which still has all the luxuries guests need in their rooms or at the main areas. The food at Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp were both superb. Rhino Post was great too, rooms really spacious, perfect location and I loved the outdoor shower! Special mention must also go to Joey, great guy and he really does his best to get the sightings. Really knowledgeable too. Thanks goes to him too! Many thanks once again Michelle and Nikki, it was an overall wonderful experience, and I will definitely be putting your lodge on my priority list, and try and sell more!
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    Travel Consultant
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    Rhino Post Safari Lodge
  • I loved both lodges very much and all the guides are really great, however I particularly liked the walking safari experience, and Plains Camp. Bernard Mhlanga was absolutely amazing, he is certainly the best guide in the entire Kruger Park, and he is quite well known too, many lodges I visited know of him. I really liked him and he gave us the best walking safari experience ever. Please send him my sincere thanks! Plains Camp for me is such a wonderful, secluded camp, which still has all the luxuries guests need in their rooms or at the main areas. The food at Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp were both superb. Rhino Post Safari Lodge was great too, rooms really spacious, perfect location and I loved the outdoor shower! Special mention must also go to Joey, great guy and he really does his best to get the sightings. Really knowledgeable too. Thanks goes to him too!
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    Walking Safari Fan
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    Rhino Post Safari Lodge
  • We have just returned from our stay at Rhino Post and would like to let senior management know how very much we enjoyed our time there. It is a wonderful facility but its greatest asset is the staff, they could not have been more welcoming or worked any harder to make our stay a pleasurable one. Nikki and Gerrit were fantastic hosts and lead a team of professional, courteous individuals, to name a few: Colin, our Guide, who was very knowledgable about the many birds and animals we saw with him - amazing. Joey too with whom we had one drive but had sightings of lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, incredible. Dora and Sindy and their colleagues whose names I didn't sadly learn but, who all offered a first rate service in the restaurant, always with a friendly smile. Brileen and Anoushka that worked behind the scenes but who also offered a friendly welcome Chefs for the delicious food and surprise meal under the stars There are many others that I cannot name but all of whom made this a holiday to remember, we cannot praise them highly enough.
    JL
  • We had a fantastic stay at Rhino Post. From the moment we arrived the staff were wonderful. They accommodated all our requests for little Jonathan and the chef made him a special pizza for dinner – which he didn’t manage to eat ‘til the next day as he had already fallen asleep by the time they delivered it to the room. We asked if we could have our dinner on our deck which they arranged for us – it was a lovely evening for my husband and myself – with Jonathan fast asleep after all the fresh air and because he spent most of the afternoon “scaring” the staff with his plastic snake!! We didn’t go on game drive and it was lovely to stay in camp and enjoy the peace and quiet. The food at all the meals was superb! I am so glad that I was able to experience Rhino Post again – it was still as lovely as I remember it to be on my last trip there – over 10 years ago!! I will not hesitate to continue recommending Rhino Post to my clients and look forward to sending you lots more business in the future. Thank you again !
    Beverley, Louw and Jonathan
  • This was our third time back to Rhino Post, and perhaps the best. It now feels like our home in Africa, and that we are surrounded by friends, not staff. Each time, we stay for longer but each time, it's never enough. From the warm welcome from Marli, Emma and Anishka, to the comprehensive, informative and often funny game drives with Bonga, Joey and Colin to the sleepouts with Bernard and Albino and the walking trails with Doug and Amos we just love this place. General managers Gerrit and Nikki have been here since the beginning ( 2003 ) and their love for the Lodge, the Park , the animals and for conservation clearly shows in everything they have here. Brian also runs a top kitchen, every meal was excellent, as so many other reviewers have commented. Lulu, Mabel ( our leopard spotter ), Dora and Sindy do a great job too. I have talked about the rooms, game drives, Plains Camp, etc. in previous reviews so this one was intended only to praise all the staff and in particular Gerrit and Nikki for making Rhino Post the ONLY option for us when we visit Kruger. Hopefully, many people planning their first, second or third trip to Africa will also have the chance fall in love with Rhino Post.
    Pete and Linda
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    Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Our Team




Nikki, Gerrit & Martin
General Managers

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 & Marli Müller
Marli - Lodge Manager & Brian - Exec Chef

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 McGregor
Ranger

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 Vermeulen
Ranger

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 & Bonga
Bonga - Safari Guide & Ella - Assistant Manager

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.


Thandi Sibuyi
Housekeeping Supervisor

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.



Mable Mathebula & Sindy Ndubane

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.