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The Umlani Team

We have a close-knit family of staff whose primary aim is to ensure the comfort and relaxation of every guest.


Umlani Bushcamp is managed by Micaela Schiess who spent a lot of time on the property when she was growing up, She is assisted by Thembi Mathebula a veteran in the hospitality industry. Together, with their wealth of knowledge of the area and the industry they will ensure an unforgettable stay here at Umlani Bushcamp.

Our management team is assisted by Joana, who has both been with Umlani for many years and  has grown with the organisation to become an essential part of our management team.

We have a pair of new volunteer arrivals, Lina (short for Karolina) and Kobus, who are here primarily to help out with guiding work, to gain some personal experience and clock up hours to complete their qualifications and final guiding assessments


Marie-Louise is the co-owner and currently managing Reservations. With over 30 years experience she loves sharing her passion for Nature and Wildlife with our potential guests and is enthusiastic in playing her part to make guests reservations as straightforward yet exciting as they plan their dream Safari experience.

Rangers and Trackers

Elvis and Amos are Umlani's experienced rangers, who will keep you informed and entertained with their extensive knowledge of all the animals big and small and flora found in the reserve. The rangers are accompanied by qualified and highly skilled trackers – Ephraim and Clerence who go out their way to bring you closer to nature on your safaris.

General Staff

Our cooks, Manaseh, Lineth and Dumisile, will delight your taste-buds with their their blends of home-style South African meals. Umlani's house keepers Bongi, Cynthia, Cresselda, Shirley and Susan will ensure that your huts are beautifully maintained on a daily basis, from the warm welcome note written out in pebbles on your bed as you arrive to the lantern lights that lead your way at night, these ladies bring the magic that is Umlani.

Our ever smiling waitresses Suzan and Matimba will ensure and that you receive personalized, friendly service throughout your stay with us. Our mission is to make you feel that Umlani is your home in the wild!