We are as ever aware of the changing of seasons, not only in the natural, but also in our lives. This is such a time at Buffalo Thorn Lodge. It is with some degree of sadness that we are saying goodbye to Jacques and Nerina. We take this opportunity to thank them for their loyal service to Buffalo Thorn Lodge and all of our appreciative guests, and we wish them everything of the best in their new adventure.
With goodbyes come hellos, and we are excited to announce that we have secured the services of John and Babs Lawrence. A heartfelt welcome to you both.
John and Babs began their journey to us when they were involved in conservation on a voluntary basis, working in the Pilanesberg National Park, before doing a course in conservation and becoming Honorary Officers with the Northwest Parks and Tourism Board. They were tasked with visitor management but were afforded the opportunity to work with the ecologist, with monitoring, darting and collaring lion, rhino and elephant. John was also involved with the Parks counter poaching unit.
They have worked in high end lodges in some of the iconic wildlife areas in Africa, including running a private game farm and hunting lodge in Limpopo for a Spanish family from Madrid. There they were also tasked with the refurbishment and maintenance of the original dwelling, gardens and surrounds to extremely high and exacting standards.
They are seasoned and experienced Lodge Managers who have just returned to the Pilanesberg from their last position with Exclusive Camps and Lodges in Uganda.
John, a professional hunter, is a qualified field and trails guide and has accumulated hundreds of hours of experience in various parks. With their extensive knowledge of the Pilanesberg, we know they will be a wonderful asset to Buffalo Thorn Lodge, and are looking forward to welcoming you on your next visit.
They have two grown children – Fraser who lives in Germany with his wife Klara, and Tracey who lives in Hoedspruit, South Africa.