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.
meet Nomonde our new chef! 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
Frontof 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.
Farm & Maintenance
Slash or Long Legs looks after the lodge grounds, farm equipment and vehicles. Also taking care of the general maintenance, working in the background but as important to the guest experience as our lodge staff.
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.
Nonko for short, this lady is our main housekeeper. Nonko takes her job very seriously and is a perfectionist.
Thabile, is very cheeky but full of spank. Thabile's nickname is Lwa and helps our housekeeping team on busy days.
Farm and Maintenance
Our most senior member of the team. Khwezi has a real presence and is well respected in the community. Khwezi takes care of our lodge grounds including general maintenance.
Sbu takes care of fences and counts all the reserves animals. He also checks on them to make sure all our animals are healthy and safe. Sbu also manages the reserves fire breaks, grass management and keeps a look out in the evenings.
Guest relations Officer
Milo is the first to great all our guests and is always happy to show the guests around. He is also the lead guide for hikes and will show you all the best routes. Milo takes payment in belly rubs and bacon.