Steve grew up in Johannesburg and qualified as a Field Guide in 1996 after spending most of his childhood holidays in the Kruger National Park. Maryna hails from the Garden Route and studied a degree in conservation before qualifying as a Field Guide in 1997. They met at a private game reserve in the Timbavati in 1998 and left South Africa to guide and manage camps and lodges in Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania. They left Tanzania in 2011 after spending five years at Sanctuary Swala Camp. In 2017 Steve and Maryna returned to the Sanctuary team and joined Sanctuary Makanyane as Camp Managers.
Born and raised in beautiful Franschhoek winelands in the Western Cape. This is where he learned everything about the kitchen and culinary art. He found himself in the bush and has been based at Makanyane Safari Lodge for 14 years.