The Noka Team

Ursula Montgomery

General Manager

Ursula was born and raised in South Africa where her childhood holidays were spent in the Kruger National Park...
Her love and admiration of the bush was instilled in her from a very early age and in 1995 she found herself in her first role at a game lodge. Since then she has worked at some of the most prestigious lodges in the country and learnt the in’s and out’s, do’s and definitely do not’s along the way from some iconic industry figures.

She brings to Lepogo Lodges her 24 years experience, a wealth of knowledge, passion, professionalism and understanding to ensure that her guests have the most incredible stay.
She also brings her knowledge of astronomy which will add a lovely element of surprise for our guests relaxing under the stunning African night sky at Lepogo Lodges.

Ursula and her team at Lepogo Lodges look forward to welcoming you to the lodge and offering you a personalised experience with extraordinary everlasting memories.

Harold Mauwane

Lodge Manager

Harold comes from the Limpopo Province and is a father of 3. Having started as a butler at a lodge he quickly showed his potential and he was trained up to be a camp manager...
With his wonderful demeanour and professional attitude, he was moved into senior lodge manager within 5 years overseeing 4 lodges. He then moved to a private lodge in the Kruger National Park where he worked as the lodge manager for 10 years.

We consider ourselves very lucky to have Harold join our team at Lepogo Lodges as the lodge manager. Harold has a wonderful personality and nothing is too much trouble for him.

He loves interacting with guests and will ensure your experience is unforgettable.

Thapelo Letsogo

Head Chef

Thapelo believes he was born into his career - he inherited his passion for cooking from his late grandmother and after meeting one of the great Chefs Zhan Steyn, he started to dream of having his own kitchen one day...
He won 1st place at his culinary college which sent him to England to work at the Fat Duck under the guidance of Heston Blumenthal (Michelin star restaurant) where he learnt immeasurable skills.

He is beyond delighted to be putting those into practice and can’t wait to show his guests his wonderful creations.

His passion for food and flawless service is enormous and he is excited to ensure every guests’ dining experience at Noka is truly memorable. He has also just won the Limpopo Chef of the Year 2019.

Daniel Hughes

Head Ecologist

Dan's love for the natural environment developed at a young age, when he would go on endless walks around the farm he grew up on. This love quickly grew into something more when he realised that he could spend his life protecting what he found so dear...
This passion has so far led him to work in Indonesia, Madagascar and Honduras in the battle to protect the natural world and he has now joined our team here at Lepogo Lodges.

He is looking forward to telling you all about our conservation projects which are keeping him very busy if you would like him to.

Natie Khoza


Natie is a brand-new father of twins. He has worked with Ursula over three different lodges and has a wonderful infectious smile...
He likes to spend time in the kitchen with the chefs and learn what they are doing so he can tell you exactly what you are eating and how it was made.

He is looking forward to welcoming you as his guests and taking care of you.

Joseph Papo


Jo grew up in Vaalwater and can relate many stories about the area for you. After visiting the Lapalala Wilderness School as a child, he decided he wanted to work in hospitality...
He has a wonderful sense of humour, is always smiling and singing.

He is also very much looking forward to welcoming you and looking after you.

Wilhemina Matjila


Wilhemina was born and raised in Vaalwater and has one daughter.

She is super efficient and enthusiastic, always smiling and singing to herself while she works...
Wilhemina looks after your villas making sure they are immaculate.

Sally Dikeldi


Sally was also born in Vaalwater. Sally has well over 15 years’ experience in housekeeping and is meticulous...
She takes enormous pride in her work and nothing is too much trouble for her.

She delights in making your villas perfect.

Josia Sibuyi


Josia was born in Mpumalanga, and is married with 2 children. Josia has learnt his amazing bush skills from his father and extended family since he was a young boy...
He put himself through the courses necessary to advance his position and has worked at some of the finest reserves.

All these years later, Josia is still doing what he loves best, delighting guests with his depth of knowledge, enlightening and educating them into his wonderful world of the African bush - all with fabulous humour and a great smile.

Hendrie Cloete


Hendrie spent his weekends as a child, on his family’s farm close to Lapalala Wilderness. He attended agricultural school and represented his country in hockey...
He qualified as a field guide with flying colours and over the years his passion and knowledge for the bush has become legendary.

His love and enthusiasm for what he does is hard to surpass. He is a keen photographer too and has plenty of tips to share with his guests.

David Modise


David was born on a farm next door to Lapalala, his father worked on the reserve and David learnt so many skills from him at an early age...
After school, he attended the Makhahalele Security training school and became part of the renowned anti poaching team. David’s desire to work closer to home has brought us an incredible tracker whose skills have been learnt over a lifetime. His ability to spot animals kilometres away is extraordinary.