Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero - Botswana

Profile photo for Team member Jeremy Perie Jeremy Perie General Manager

Jeremy was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he enjoyed many fishing and hunting trips with his father and mother. He moved to Port Elizabeth at age 7 and later to Mozambique where he finished his high school. Jeremy attended the Private Hotel School in Stellenbosch, studying hotel management. He graduated with an International Diploma in Hospitality Management as well his Wines of South Africa and the World certificates. He met his beautiful fiancée Michelle in Stellenbosch in 2008 and they have been together since. 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 sadly left the camp he had grown to love, moving to Chobe Chilwero Lodge as Assistant General Manager. Jeremy has been promoted to General Manager in 2014. He also celebrated the birth of his first son, Blaine, and is still at Chobe Chilwero with his fiancée Michelle.

Profile photo for Team member Michelle January Michelle January Admin Manager

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.

Profile photo for Team member Andre van Vuuren Andre van Vuuren Concession Manager

Born in Swaziland and raised in Botswana, Andre moved to England for a few years after his schooling where he did various jobs in the building industry before moving back to Africa and completing a degree in Nature Conservation at the Saasveld campus of NMMU. He worked at a private game reserve in South Africa as the conservation manager, where he was involved with white rhino and general game management before moving to Zambia with Lara. He spent most of his 4 years there developing infrastructure, doing anti-poaching and general lodge development and management in the Kafue National Park with a brief stint in South Luangwa. On his return to Botswana in 2010 he spent a year in the Western Kalahari as a game ranch manager before joining the company at the end of July 2011, Initially employed as the NG32 Concession Maintenance Manager and based at Stanleys, he moved to Baines Camp where he oversaw NG32 concession issues as well as being an important part of the Baines management team. After Baine’s Andre was promoted to Technical Services Manager Botswana where he oversaw the technical services department for all Botswana camps. After spending two years based in the town of Maun he wanted to return to the bush life and has joined the Chilwero Team as Concession Manager.

Profile photo for Team member Francois De Wet Francois De Wet Lodge Manager

Francois, the South African ecologist & wildlife practitioner has an extraordinary conservation background and gained his hospitality experience at &beyond/Phinda Game Reserve, Sabi Sands and others. He is passionate about the magnificence of the African bush and enjoys any outdoor related activity as well as holding licensees as a bird ringer, falconer and FGASA Advanced Trails Guide.

Profile photo for Team member Phinias Kuchicha Phinias Kuchicha Executive Chef

Phinias joined Sanctuary Lodges in October 2008 as Executive Chef at Chief’s Camp. Originally from Shurugwi-Midlands in Zimbabwe, he began an apprenticeship in 1994 as apprentice chef in Victoria Falls with RTG Hotels Group. After 3 years intensive training he graduated in 1998 and worked in Victoria Falls at the Rainbow Hotel as a junior section Chef, eventually working his way up the ranks to junior sous chef. In 2000 he was promoted to full sous chef in the Mercuri Zambezi Hotel also in Victoria Falls. In 2001 he was promoted to head, staying until 2004, when he took up the position of Executive Sous Chef at Africa Sun Hotel in Victoria Falls. He then worked at the Kingdom Hotel until 2006, before moving to Cape Town as Senior Sous Chef at Fountain’s Hotel, until 2008 when he joined Sanctuary. He is currently Executive Chef at Chilwero.

Profile photo for Team member Chika Kachana Chika Kachana Professional 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.

Profile photo for Team member Onalenna Onalenna "Ali" Tiego Professional Guide

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.

Profile photo for Team member Beatrice Duduzile Ndlovu Beatrice Duduzile Ndlovu Spa Manager

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.

Profile photo for Team member Kebby (Keabetswe) Arabang Kebby (Keabetswe) Arabang Professional Guide

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.

Profile photo for Team member Mushe Loveridge Mushe Loveridge Professional Guide

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.

Profile photo for Team member Poniso Shamakuni Poniso Shamakuni Professional Guide

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.