Meet The Team

Gawie Grobler (Operations Manager)

Nature always intrigued him. That’s why he has such a passion for the African bush. Every day something new transpires in front of our eyes. We just need to open ourselves and see it.

Gawie has been a guide since 1999 and has been living in it ever since. Him and his family feel very fortunate that they have been a part of the MORE family for more than 12 years. During his years in the bush and with the support from his peers he reached some of the highest qualifications.

Gawie’s Qualifications: FGASA Level 3, SKS Birding, Tracker Level 3.

Phillip Wessels (Lead Trainer)

Growing up and spending his whole life in the bush, this burning passion is not something that can be taught – it is something Phillip was born with.

For him, a safari experience is feeling part of something that is far bigger than us, as what nature has to offer is beyond our control. Learning to accept and understand nature for its true perfection he finds utmost exciting. Phillip strives to give students as well as guests the best possible all-round experience as the bush is not just about the high-profile game but also about the small things. His biggest passion is walking, as being on foot gets you closest to nature. For him, a day in his “office” is always different from the next.

Phillip has been an active guide for 20 years, i.e. as the Head Guide at Lion Sands/Sabi Sands and has been involved in the management of lodges and reserves.

Phillip’s Qualifications: Specialist Field Guide (FGASA Level 3), Professional SKS Dangerous Game, Trails Guide, Advanced Rifle Handling, Tracks & Signs Level 4,Trailing Level 4, Professional Tracker, Range Officer and PFTC Assessor.

Arin Wessels (Camp Manager)

Arin is a hospitality professional. After studying Hospitality Management Diploma at the International Hotel School, she did practical training within each department of affiliated Safari Lodges, from the Housekeeping Department right through to cheffing, where she gained valuable experience in the Pastry, Cold & Hot Kitchens.

Arin’s love & appreciation for nature came from a young age as she grew up on a farm in KwaZulu Natal, were her parents farmed with cattle, sheep and citrus. She has been working in the bush since her 19th birthday at a couple of Safari Lodges, including the management of two intimate 5-star properties with Phillip.

Arin’s Qualifications: International Hotel School Diploma in Hospitality Management

Nicholas & Muchekei Damba (Chef/Housekeeping)

As Chef and Housekeeper these two are the backbone of the camp. Our little “family” on site appreciates their daily care.

Accommodation & laundry is perfectly looked after, menus are created on the principles of health and taste – and are always prepared with love.

David Mataboge (Housekeeper & Camp Assistant)

David grew up in the Ledig area close to Sun City. After completing High School he worked as a porter at the Cabanas Hotel at Sun City from 2002 – 2012.

He then worked temporarily at Marataba Safari Lodge as a casual housekeeper. NJ MORE offered him a position in March 2019, and he currently fills the position of housekeeper and camp assistant. He also loves football!

Godfrey Rwatirera (Maintenance)

After working as an experienced plumber in the mines, Godfrey was trained as a barbecue chef and worked at a restaurant in Lephalale. He then joined our team as the general maintenance hand on the college campus. He is an integral part of our wonderful team and invaluable since his skills are so wide and varied.