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The people behind NYATI Safari Lodge do their utmost to ensure that you, as a NYATI guest, get the best possible travel experience.

The natural experience is the highlight of NYATI Safari Lodge, but it is equally important to us that the service experience is at its peak. We are proud that our staff at the lodge generally have high seniority, which ensures a sublime service level and a symbiotic relationship with our local community in South Africa.

NYATI Safari Lodge TEAM

Nyati Safari Lodge is managed by a South African family that now have three generations taking care of Nyati and a fourth being raised at Nyati.

Hettie De Klerk started the journey with Nyati as far back as 1998. In 2013 Hettie started handing over some responsibilities to her son Juan Weerts. Hettie served as General Manager until officially handing over all responsibilities as General Manager to Juan in 2017. Hettie however remained involved with Nyati training her granddaughter Leandri Staples as Financial Manger until early 2021 when she deservingly retired.

As General Manager Juan Weerts takes care of all the operational requirements, staff and guest well-being at Nyati Safari Lodge ensuring the overall wellbeing of our guests. Even Though Juan only started working at Nyati Safari Lodge in 2013 he has been involved and part of the Nyati since 1989.

Leandri Staples, Juan’s daughter is the Financial and Marketing Manager at Nyati Safari Lodge and stands in as Assistant Manager in Juan’s absence.

Sydney Staples, Leandri’s husband is the Head Ranger at Nyati Safari Lodge tracking all animal movement and wellbeing as well as overseeing all the guides and rangers at Nyati.

Sydney and Leandri have recently added a fourth generation to the Nyati family with the birth of their son Brian.

Eugene Weerts takes care of coordinating all maintenance activities making sure the lodge is kept in a pertinente condition.

Eugene & Audy
Taylor, Rome-Marie & Ashante
Simon, Natasha & Elsie
Office team
Our experienced ranger-team


At Nyati you will find a total of 15 rangers, all fully qualified with a long extensive ranger education behind them. A South African ranger is special educated in the South African nature and animal life, the Kruger National Park as well as protection of the animals. They are all looking forward telling you all about it during your visit to Nyati Safari Lodge.

Upon your arrival to the lodge, you will be welcomed with song and dance performed by the Nyati staff. You can rest assured that they will do whatever it takes to make this the most memorably holiday ever!

Nyati Safari Lodge is Danish owned, and is vital that the stadard always is 1st class!

Thank you for your interest in the people behind NYATI Safari. Common to the NYATI team is that our hearts are home in Africa.

We hope you will have the opportunity to go on a safari adventure with us!

Many warm safari greetings,

Jørgen Nielsen

Owner, Managing Director



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