Meet The Team

Profile photo for Team member Deon and Crystal Deon and Crystal Lodge Managers

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 Chobe Chilwero and Sanctuary Baines' Camp. Their most recent adventure has taken them to Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma.

Profile photo for Team member Thamiwe Kalema Thamiwe Kalema Front Office Manager

Thamiwe has a number of duties and responsibilities at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma from checking in guests to liaising with the reservations office, managing the curio shop to room allocations. She has been with Sanctuary since 2007 where she started as a receptionist. Through hard work and dedication she is now able to run the lodge, supervise and coordinate every department on her own. Thamiwe is the “engine room and heartbeat” of the Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma operation. She is a 5th born of a Malawian man and a Zambian lady. Thamiwe recently got married.

Profile photo for Team member Lezinah Banda Lezinah Banda Manager

Lezinah looks after the housekeeping department. She has 35 years' experience and is a mother of a beautiful young lady called Thandi and is married to Andrew Banda.