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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

Profile photo for Team member Malemia Banda Malemia Banda General Manager

Malemia started as a Store Clerk at CPL in 2001, and then moved into guiding/Assistant Manager 2004. He also helped with the operations of Zebra Plains in 2011. He is a learner photographer, Country head guide for Zambia and Manager. He has worked at all of our Sanctuary Zambian properties and has now been promoted as General Manager of South Luangwa.

Profile photo for Team member Killian Syalabonga Killian Syalabonga Assistant Lodge Manager

Killian joined Sanctuary retreats at Zambezi Kulefu Camp as a front of House Supervisor/Stores man, and he became very helpful in administration work till he was moved to Luangwa with the help of opening Zebra Plains Walking safari camp as a stores/Administration Clerk. After the closure of Zebra plains he moved to Chichele Presidential Lodge and has just been promoted to Assistant Lodge Manager

Profile photo for Team member Roy Kaputo Roy Kaputo Head Chef

Roy loves the creative process of cooking, saying “It makes me happy when people tell me they like my food”. Before he moved into the kitchen almost two decades ago, he was a porter and then a housekeeper. Now he’s been with Sanctuary for five years and he’s not only responsible for all meals, but also for training up new chefs. The kitchen staff knows when Roy is happy because he breaks out into song while he works. In the future Roy would like to attend a cooking school in Lusaka to learn more skills.

Profile photo for Team member Misili Phiri Misili Phiri Head Waiter

Misili joined Sanctuary five years ago. He loves singing – in particular the praises of his colleagues, who he says helps him to be the best he can be. When Misili was young he would see game vehicles going into the South Luangwa. Soon, he saw an opportunity to work at one of the lodges. He studied in South Africa while working as a dish washer and now with loads of hands-on experience he is the head waiter at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge with a passion for training new team members.

Profile photo for Team member Geoffrey Banda Geoffrey Banda Waiter - Head of Department

Geoffrey started his career as night watchman at a another camp in the South Luangwa and then moved on as a security guard. In 2007 Geoffrey joined the Puku Ridge Camp team and was trained as a waiter. Today he heads up the department. His duties now include welcoming guests and presenting menus and he looks forward to completing a few more courses to grow his skills.