Our Team

Within the staff team of 15, the majority have worked at Jembisa for several years and are an important and integral part of it. Their passion for ensuring that every single guest has a safari holiday of a lifetime can be seen in the guest comments. Many of our guests describe their time at Jembisa as the best holiday of their lives.

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Terence Meise
Reserve Manager

I grew up in a small Eastern Cape town. Spending most my days on farms is where my love of nature started. As soon as I could hold a fishing rod, I was fishing, spending almost all my weekends on the rivers and dams in the area. After studying Game Ranch Management, I worked on a Breeding Program to breed disease-free Buffalo from diseased Buffalo and Nyalas.
Jane Leonard
Manager, Jembisa Bush Home

I am a local girl - Limpopo province born and bred! I joined Jembisa in 2009, and shortly afterwards married Steven. I enjoy hosting guests from all over the world and getting to know each guest. Nothing beats being out in the bush. I’ve been blessed by working at an amazing place such as Jembisa, where I am able to enjoy it all!
David Kekana
Head Chef

I started work Jembisa in 2004 as a waiter and soon worked up to the Head Chef position in the kitchen. I am married and have one daughter called Tetelo. Working in the kitchen is my life and I have a passion for the meals I create. I retire one day from the kitchen.
Edmar Dupper

My passion is guiding, and sharing my knowledge with guests. I love photography and outdoor activities - in particular sleeping out in the bush with guests, around a campfire - and fishing. I enjoy catching snakes and doing snake presentations. I have guided in Pilanesberg National Park and on a private game reserve near Hoedspruit, and am completing my Trails Guiding qualification.
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Portia Lebelo
Pastry Chef

I started at Jembisa in 2004 and am the Assistant Chef/Pastry chef. I love cooking and baking – and my Brown Chocolate Cheesecake is the best! I also make a very delicious Focaccia bread – freshly baked in the Jembisa kitchen. I am married with 3 children called Itumuleng, Mphai and Mathapelo.
Ameé Stern
Lodge Manageress

They say that once you set foot in the African Bush, you become addicted to it! I have been living my dream of living and working in the bush for the last 5 years, managing and guiding at game lodges and conservation centres. I joined Jembisa in 2013 and enjoy teaching guests about the natural wonders of God's creation in the African Bush!
Thomas Ngomane
Head Waiter

I have been at Jembisa for 15 years, firstly I worked for the family in the gardens and now I enjoy being head waiter. I love telling riddles and jokes and I am coach of our football team – the Jembisa Eagles. We are very successful!
Cliff Sabola

I started work at Jembisa in 2004. I am one of the waiters and like to chat and joke with guests. I also enjoy cooking in my spare time. I am married to Miriam and have a daughter called Kimmie. I really enjoy working at Jembisa and there are lots of opportunities.
Housekeeping and Kitchen

(From left to right)
Back: Maria Maropola, Maggie Moshidi, Caroline Monyeki
Sitting: Portia Lebelo, Paulina Mafodi
Game Rangers

(From left to right)
Back: Chadrick Manganye,Thompson Hlungwani
Front: Sonnyboy Matshebele, Frans Moshidi