Our Team

Klaserie Sands is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Louis and Lee-Ann Rautenbach.
Louis and Lee-Ann’s passion has rubbed off on their industry-leading staff, who are remembered by all guests for their gracious hospitality, warmth and unforgettable smiles.

CASWELL & MORRIS

A true gem, Caswell joined Klaserie Sands in 2016 as our tracker.  With more than 10 years’ experience within the Greater Kruger Park, his absolute commitment to finding big game, as well as the smaller inhabitants of our bushveld, has led to amazing sightings and memorable experiences for our guests. Caswell also leads our song and dance evenings with his incredible voice and unforgettable traditional dance moves.

Morris joined the our family in 2019, and loves sharing his passion and knowledge of the bush with our guests.  A master tracker in his own right with also more than 10 years experience, Morris has inherent wilderness wisdom and no sign or track goes unnoticed under his watchful eyes. He is a valued addition to our team.

ELLY

Elly grew up in both the UK and Australia but was born with an inherent passion for the African wilderness. As our lead Safari Guide, she delights our guests with her vast knowledge, “bundu-bashing” skills and friendly nature. Elly is a zoologist by trade. Her research brought her to Africa numerous times and we are thrilled that Klaserie Sands has captured her heart, ensuring her permanent placement in our family.

MATT

After Matt’s first private safari experience at the tender age of 8, he knew that he wanted to work in the bush. With over 7 years of dedicated safari walking experience behind him, he is lauded by the industry-leaders as “one to watch.” Matt’s innate ability to interpret the terrain and its plant and animal inhabitants offers Klaserie Sands Safari Trail guests an unforgettable walking safari experience.

NERISE

Nerise is our resident storyteller and photographer extraordinaire. Growing up on a game farm, she developed an early passion for the wild. She is a qualified guide, professional photographer, Padi dive master and official South African cultural guide. She delights staff and guests alike with her colourful stories and is a wonderful asset to our team.

IVY

Ivy has been part of Louis and Lee-Ann’s family since 2008 and is Head Housekeeper at Klaserie Sands. Her gentle spirit makes an immediate impression on everyone who meets her. Ivy plays a key role in our team, contributing significantly to the overall guest experience.

BONGENI

Bongeni was born and raised in Welverdiend and after completing his culinary degree, joined Klaserie Sands in 2015. He has a heart of gold and with his decadent desserts and wicked sense of humour, he keeps guests and staff smiling.

ELINAH AND ZODWA

These beautiful ladies are responsible for making sure all our guests feel like royalty when they step into their home in the bush. And nothing makes them happier than the surprises they plan for our honeymoon couples!

ELNOS

Elnos has a love for anything green and is responsible for taking care of our camp terrain. He cares so passionately for every plant and entertains us daily with his witty personality - especially after the elephants have paid us a visit and enjoyed foraging on his pot plants!

 

FLORENCE

Welcoming our guests with her beautiful smile, Florence is the most gracious and caring hostess. She loves planning surprises for our guests and is always on hand, ensuring for a most comfortable, relaxing and memorable stay with us at Safari Trails.

CARMEN

Carmen joined our team as Reservations Manager in March this year and is ready to assist you with your travel enquiries and arrangements for a stay at our camp.  She is passionate about the bush, is a FGASA Level 2 guide and loves sharing stories and a gin and tonic with our guests around the camp fire.

 

 

LIBERTY

A man of few words, and a gentle smile, Liberty turns every meal into an occasion!  Focusing on open fire cooking, using only fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce, Liberty ensures that our guests enjoy a truly authentic, South African culinary experience on safari.