Lodge Manger & Co Chef
Meet Our Manager and back up chef, Fungai. She started her career at Qambathi in 2012 and I don’t believe that there is a job at the lodge that she hasn’t done, from housekeeping, through front of house and being a chef to now proudly a Manageress. Fungai knows the lodge like the back of her hand and was absolutely instrumental in the success of Qambathi, and so helpful in our first days of taking over the lodge where we didn’t know where anything was 😂 Fungai is from Zimbabwe and is a proud mum of two amazing boys. She always has a smile on her face and loves working with people and going the extra mile to make our guests feel welcome.
We are super excited to introduce our new chef, Nomonde! She has fitted in so well at Qambathi and with our team we feel like she has always been a part of the family. Her recipes are already legendary and we had most wonderful feedback about her talent for cooking from our guests. Quick with a wit she has the ability to keep Mandoza in check😆 and that’s a talent on its own
Front of House & Wine Master
Mandoza is such a special soul at Qambathi. He walked down our driveway looking for work a couple of days after we took over the lodge and his smile and sincerity quickly crawled into our hearts. Mandoza very quickly progressed from our gardener through general assistant and now our front of house and wine expert. Make sure you ask for the details of what has grown to be know as “Mandoza story” next time you stay at Qambathi.
Nhlanhlo is definitely a Magic Maker at Qambathi. If you ever wondered who set up your room so beautifully for your romantic arrival or who is a master at romantic turndown look no further! Nhlanhlo also known as Shosho for those of us who struggle with our Zulu pronunciation is also an assistant to the chef- but we do keep her away from the chilli as she grew up in Durban and sometimes thinks we can all take the heat.