Chris has been working in the travel industry since 1994 and holds a diploma in Conservation and Level 2 Trails Guide. Chris loves fishing, walking, travelling and birding. He has worked throughout South Africa but always wanted to work in Tanzania so he feels very privileged to be working at Swala. Chris enjoys guest interactions and has very dry sense of humour. Quiet amd serious at times but has a very contagious laugh.
Mina is from South Africa and one if five kids. She has worked in the Tourism Industry throughout South Africa and is always seeking adventure. She enjoys guest interactions and has a keen love of the bush. She is continiously learning and hoping to do her Level 1 Fgasa soon. Not much of a traveller in the past but keen to see some new places. Mina hopes to see a bit more of Africa through her working career. Has an amazing sense of humour and always laughing.
Driver and Guide
When Dominic is not out in the bush with his guests, he is brushing up his knowledge on plants, trees and animals. He joined the Sanctuary Swala team twelve years ago and believes flexibility is very important to keeping guests happy. Dominic finds it fun that everyday is different when looking for game. One never knows what to expect. Bush management combined with lodge management is how he sees his future. What he also enjoys is teaching his young children about the bush. He hopes one day, one of them will follow in his footsteps!
Gabriel started his career in the travel industry in 1987 working for Abercrombie & Kent. In July 2009 he began working as a chef at Sanctuary Swala and still enjoys working in the kitchen and loves recipes learning new recipes and trying new ideas. He particularly enjoys making pizzas and desserts.
Obedi was working as a driver before he joined Sanctuary just over a decade ago. Today he is the camp's storekeeper and has exceeded his own expectations by finding and following a career path. He enjoys performing his daily duties, which include meeting and greeting the guests. If he wasn't working for Sanctuary he believes he would still be at home farming.
Raymond started out as a waiter just over eight years ago. While on leave he would study management skills and today he is the Service Manager at Sanctuary Swala. A large part of his job is meeting people from different countries which is something he really enjoys. He likes to remind his staff that the most important thing about their job is "hospitality and good service. Treat everyone as a VIP”.