Jeremy was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he enjoyed many fishing trips with his father and mother. He moved to Port Elizabeth at age 7 and later to Mozambique where he finished his high school. He worked at Lanzerac Hotel and Spa as assistant Front Office Manager and in various other departments. He also worked at Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa as General Manager of The Villas. After seeking a new adventure and wanting to get back to the bush, he joined Sanctuary Retreats in May 2011 as a camp manager. After working his way up to General Manager at Stanleys’ Camp, he moved to Chobe Chilwero Lodge as Assistant General Manager. Jeremy has been promoted to General Manager in 2014.
Deon and Crystal
Deon and Crystal grew up in South Africa where they were both exposed to the bush from an early age. They got married in 1991 and thereafter, due to their love of the bush, moved to Botswana in 1994 and started working at Shakawe Fishing Lodge on the Okavango panhandle. Since then they have worked at various camps and lodges in Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, and Tanzania, including Tsaro Elephant Lodge, Xugana Island Lodge, Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp, Kasazanya Mobile Camp, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma and Sanctuary Baines' Camp. Their most recent adventure has taken them to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero and we are delighted to have them here!
I grew up in a village called Molepolole, located south east of Gaborone. This is where my great grandparents settled when they travelled from South Africa during the time of the “Groot Trek’ in the early 1800s. I went to boarding school in South Africa and that is where I matriculated. Thereafter went to study International hospitality Management In Stellenbosch. I then worked during my studies at Lanzerac Hotel & Spa, Relaix & Château Asara Wine Estate & Hotel and Rickety Bridge Wine estate.
I joined Sanctuary retreats in 2011, where I was based at Stanleys Camp up until May 2013 when we celebrated the birth of our son Blaine. We are now based in Kasane at Chobe Chilwero.
Onalenna "Ali" Tiego
Ali, born and raised in Maun, has been with Sanctuary for almost ten years now, He started his career at Sanctuary Chief's Camp and recently moved to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero. He is one of Sanctuary’s highest qualified guides. His depth and detail of knowledge, scientific and behavioral, about the delta and its fauna and flora, is second to none and he has a marvellous ability to bring this across to his guests. Ali is a true professional in every sense of the word when it comes to guiding and you would be hard pressed to find a better guide.
Chika joined the Sanctuary team in 2001. With twelve solid years of experience behind him, Chika stands out to be an invaluable asset for the lodge. In 2009 he was confirmed as an Honorary Wildlife Warden by the Botswana Government in recognition for his maturity and exemplary behavior in issues concerning wildlife conservancy in the Chobe National Park. His loves taking guests out on river cruises during the peak elephant viewing period (July to October) and enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion about these gentle giants of the African bush.
Kebby (Keabetswe) Arabang
Before he joined Sanctuary, Kebby taught design technology and woodwork. He then travelled around the USA while working for Disney and loved Florida the most as the climate reminded him of Botswana. When he joined Sanctuary, just over five years ago, he worked his way through the different guiding levels until he reached his Level 4 guiding license. His favourite part of his job is “talking to people”. Kebby believes that a quality guide should have knowledge and be an entertainer as well as a leader.
Mushe was born in Hwange, a coal mining town in the northern part of Zimbabwe. After working at a few Delta camps he joined the Sanctuary team and discovered that there was a lot more to learn as he embarked on the extensive guide training program. Mushe finds joy in being part of a team of guides regarded as the best in their field in the country. His free time is spent in the bush watching the wonderful intricacies of nature. Otherwise he is also quite content in front of the television watching cricket or soccer.
Poniso who was born and raised in Kasane is a true teacher and gentleman of the bush, and has a wonderful calming manner about him that puts his guests at ease, as well as a keen sense of humour that warms people to him, and instils great confidence in his guests through his calm, gentle manner. Poniso also has a special love for birds and birding and enjoys reading, listening to music, writing or kicking a soccer ball around. He has an incredible and intimate knowledge of the animals and birds of the bush.
Phinias joined Sanctuary Lodges in October 2008 as Executive Chef at Chief’s Camp. Originally from Shurugwi-Midlands in Zimbabwe, he began a chef apprenticeship in 1994 in RTG Hotels Group. After 3 years intensive training he graduated and started work in the Rainbow Hotel as a junior section chef, eventually working his way up the ranks to junior sous chef. He has worked at various hotels before joining Sanctuary Retreats in 2008 as Executive Chef at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero.
Cyril was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and is a citizen of Botswana. Cyril worked as a Maintenance Manager at Thamalakani Safari Lodge before setting up on his own as a Director of Bosch Fresh Produce from 1997 to 2007. He was appointed as Maintenance Manager for Engine Filling Station at Charleshill, Ghanzi before going back to the Safari Industry at Trail Blazers Safari as General Manager and Maintenance Manager. He joined Sanctuary Retreats Botswana in 2014 as a Maintenance Manager for Sanctuary Chief's Camp before transferring to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero.
Beatrice Duduzile Ndlovu
Beatrice Duduzile Ndlovu is Zimbabwean. She did her National Diploma in Beauty Therapy at Silvana Academy of Beauty Therapy in Harare. She also obtained ITEC and CIDESCO international qualifications. She started her Beauty Career at Total Relaxation Beauty Parlour and then moved on to Cleopatra Beauty Salon in the year 2000. She broadened her horizons and moved to the UK for 3 years where she worked at Angela Health and Skin Care Clinic. Africa called her back to Zimbabwe where she worked at Naturalle Day Spa for two and half years. Thereafter she moved to Botswana to join sanctuary lodges, in September 2006, at Chobe Chilwero Spa as a spa therapist. She works incredibly hard and has worked her way up to Spa Manager.