The people

Lorraine, Oliver, Winnet, Edith, David and Edward work at Sigurwana as a team. What would Sigurwana be without them? It is their friendliness, their laughter, their natural  attitude which makes working with them a real joy. The way they look forward to the arrival of guests and welcome everybody in a truly warm hearted way, shows their lovely personalities. They add happiness and spirit to the Sigurwana family.

Oliver, is the chef for hot meals. He has an amazing feel for the final “taste” and is proud of his creations.

Lorraine and Oliver are responsible for breakfast which gives everybody a kick-start. Lorraine’s baking is “out of this world” and her starters and deserts are something to remember.

Winnet and Edith are the most friendly and detailed housekeepers who look after all the needs of our guests from morning to evening.

David and Edward support all works around the Lodge. They are early morning birds, responsible for hot water, a lovely garden and keeping an eye on the vegetable garden.

They help wherever they needed.

Jack Patrick and Sunday are strong Venda men, working with us from the very beginning. They are the most reliable, humble working force in the reserve

They are all Venda people who make us truly proud.

The Manager and Head Ranger

Dawn and Danie
Dawn and Danie – the Manager and Head Ranger

The Soutpansburg is truly a magical mountain. Sigurwana is an extraordinary property that embodies the magic of the Soutpansburg, not only in its overwhelming and breath-taking beauty, but also in the loving hospitality of the staff who work here. Sigurwana boasts an incredible diversity of intriguing plants and creatures to be treasured and a symphony of sounds that draw one back to nature. Often, the mountain reveals herself when we take the time to be silent and just observe her wonders. It is an honour and tremendous joy for us to share the splendour of this incredible landscape and some of her secrets with our wonderful guests.

A passion for life on the Magic Mountain

Neil and Liesel Wright are the owners of Sigurwana- close to Heaven.

Neil is South African. He writes books, enjoys the company of guests, is interested in people, likes politics, economics, discussions and good food.

Liesel is German, lives her African dream in Sigurwana. “ I love the bush. If I could I would spend most of the day in the reserve, observe, listen, take photographs and write about it.

The conservation of this ancient reserve, sharing it with guests and working with Venda staff is unbelievable fulfilling.”

“ We are caretakers of this beautiful, unspoiled and rich Wilderness Reserve and share our passion.”