Klaserie Sands is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Louis and Lee-Ann Rautenbach. After the devastating 2012 floods in the region, the Rautenbach’s building company was awarded the tender to rebuild the structures that pre-dated Klaserie Sands River Camp. After a mere month on site, they realised that they had completely fallen in love with the reserve and entered into an agreement with the landowner to develop and run a luxury, fully catered camp.
Today the brand has grown to comprise two intimate and distinct camps, both of which offer guests true immersion in nature, surreal tranquillity and unforgettable safari experiences. 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.
A true gem, Caswell joined Klaserie Sands in 2016 as our official 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.
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.
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 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 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.
With over 27 years culinary experience throughout Africa, Steven joined our team in 2017. With his delightful personality and world class cuisine, every dish he introduces to our guests is a theatrical experience. Steven is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
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.
Warmly known around camp as “Mama Africa”, Angie’s warm embrace and palpable kindness envelopes every guest who visits our camps. Angie joined our team in 2015 as a housekeeper and is now our Front of House and Concierge.
ELINAH, FLORENCE 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!
Aggie, our sculler, plays an important and supportive role to our chefs, Steven and Bongeni. She has a love for music and a beautiful voice that shines through in our traditional song and dance evenings.
Elnos has a love for anything green and is responsible for taking care of our beautiful gardens. He cares so passionately for every plant and entertains us daily with his witty personality - especially after the elephants have been through his gardens!