Meet the team of the people that give their everything every single day to make DAKTARI the best it can be.
Our team consists of both paid local staff and international volunteers that devote 6 or more months of their life to our cause.

Ian and Michèle met at Tshukudu Lodge many years ago and fell in love. After getting married, they created DAKTARI in 2006. Michèle’s favourite animal is a dassie and Ian’s an elephant.
Camilla, 25 years old, holds the position of Director at DAKTARI. She ensures the smooth operation of everything related to DAKTARI, including the well-being of animals and volunteers.
Sales & Bookings Manager
Pretty is 29 years old and comes from Turkey Zone 1, South Africa. She has been at DAKTARI since November 2016 and her favourite animal is a porcupine.
Camp maintenance Manager
Lucky is 38 years old and lives in Enable. His favourite animal is a elephant. His passion is to carve wooden animals.
Animal Care Manager
Laurie is from Toulouse in France! She’s 28 years old and takes great care and loves every animal at DAKTARI. Her favorite animal is a Kudu!
Office Manager
Patience is 26 years old. She comes from Turkey zone 1 and has been working at DAKTARI since January. Her favourite animal is a meerkat.
Volunteer Coordinator
Lebo is 30 years old and comes from Turkey zone 1. She started working at DAKTARI in May 2019. Her favourite animal is a lion.
Outreach Manager
Ronja, 21 years old, is from Germany and serves as the Outreach Manager. Her favorite animals are lions and meerkats, and she enjoys meeting diverse people while embarking on new adventures.
Head cook
Khutso is 31 years old and comes from Turkey zone 1. He diligently prepares meals for everyone at the camp.
Camp Maintenance
Thabo is 34 years old from Turkey village. Thabo knows the Merrifield’s since he was 14 years old. He is working at DAKTARI since January 2022. His favorite animal is the bushbaby.
Nakedi is 26 years old and lives in Turkey Zone 1. He started working at DAKTARI in May 2021, under the Yes4youth programme for 12 months. and his favourite animal is a cheetah.
Fundraising manager
Ana is 22 years old and comes from Spain, enjoys engaging in sports and savoring drinks with friends. Her favorite animals are horses and lions.
Marketing Manager
Charlotte, is from France, has a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures. She runs our social media!
Project Manager
Noemi is 28 years old and comes from Italy. She loves cooking and exploring new recipes. Her favorite animal is the zebra.