Our team is inspired by YOU!

It’s true – at Pan African Lodge & Safaris, everything we do is with our guests in mind. We work hard to make your stay with us as awesome as possible, and to that end, we also offer as many tours and activities under one roof. We are thankful to have a great, cohesive team that is professional and looking forward to welcoming you! Meet the Team:

Modou Ndiaye - Owner

Born in Senegal, Modou has had a deep love of nature and animals all his life. South Africa stole his heart in his early twenties, and being a people-person, Modou wanted to share the beauty and hospitality of Africa with people from all around the globe.

As a well-respected African art and Taxidermy dealer, Modou originally intended the lodge just as a place where his international clients could visit and relax. Now, it has become a special luxury destination that offers guests an all-in-one immersion in an unforgettable African safari adventure. Modou has travelled the globe and also served as a member of the Senegalise Parliament for 5 years, where his portfolio was focused on the diaspora.

Modou’s love of people, combined with his big-picture approach to life, makes everyone feel welcome and is a driving force in providing a superb holiday experience for the whole family.

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Beatrice Pharoe-Ndiaye - Owner

Beatrice works hard to bring their guests the best possible luxury holiday experience, and although she grew up on the KZN coast, she appreciates the beauty and tranquility of the bush.

She brings strong guest relation and organizational skills to the team, and her impeccable style and attention to detail is evident throughout the Pan African Safari brand.

Beatrice loves it that so many of their guests become family, and has the vision to always give their guests more value and choice in their holiday experience.

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Louis - Guide

Louis’ journey as a safari guide began in 2012 at Timbavati. Having grown up in a rural area, he and his friends shared a love of nature, and becoming a professional guide was a natural progression.

Louis loves what he does and gains huge satisfaction from sharing his national wildlife heritage with visitors from around the globe. He says every day is different in his wild office, and despite the choice of animals in the game-rich southern part of Kruger Park he works in, the majestic giraffe is his favorite animal.

His most memorable sighting ever, was a standoff between arch enemies, lions and buffalo. There were no fatalities that day, but it was unforgettable. Louis looks forward to helping you make some of your own special memories in Africa.

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Thuli - Chef

For Thuli, family is everything, and so it comes as no surprise that her artistry in the kitchen is a work of ‘heart’. Thuli agrees with her mentor’s belief that cooking is more than a technical ability. To be excellent, it requires imagination and creativity – both of which she has in abundance!

Thuli appreciates that Pan Africa Lodge is situated in a very special, unique location, and enjoys seeing guests enjoy the beauty, tranquility and African experience – of which her culinary creations are a delicious part!

She admits to also finding great joy in the surprise visits that the local giraffes make to the lodge gardens.

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Manuel - Groundsman

Manuel loves being outdoors and his appreciation of nature inspires him to maintain the beauty of the lush gardens at Pan African Safari Lodge.

The sparkling pool that invites our guests to relax under the bright African sky with a refreshing swim, is also Manuel’s labor of love.

He says his job is more than just a way to provide for his family – he loves what he does and joyfully contributes to making our guest experience as wonderful as possible.

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Patience - Housekeeping

Patience agrees with Louis and Thuli – giraffes are the best, and she delights in seeing guests experience these wild visitors to the lodge gardens too.

Guest comfort and service excellence are top priorities for Patience and aside from the practical aspects of the African hospitality the lodge prides itself on, Patience loves the exchange of cultures that happens with guests – not just sharing local traditions, customs and language, with guests, but also learning more about the cultures of guests travelling from other countries.

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Happiness - Housekeeping

Happiness has an apt name, as she brings her own special brand of sunshine to the team.

She delights in her housekeeping roles and in creating a welcoming environment for guests.

Happiness loves being a part of the Pan African safari team, who, according to her, are more like family. She does however disagree with the majority’s local wild favorite, and says that for her, Zebras are the best! She loves their playful energy.

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Maissa Ndiaye - Barman

Walking in his father, Modou’s footsteps, Maissa has returned to his country of birth, SA, in his early twenties. He is receiving a crash course in English as he tends the bar at Pan African Safari Lodge.

He also shares Modou’s love of wildlife and nature, and although his favorite animal is a lion (which is also what Ndiaye means), he has a soft spot for the warthog family that have made their home at Pan African Safari Lodge too.

He is embracing the beauty of Kruger National Park and thrives on new experiences and meeting new people.

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Riaan - Skipper & Tiger Fishing Instructor

Boats and fishing were a big part of Riaan’s life from an early age, and ever since then, his addiction to the sport has only grown stronger!

There is nowhere he would rather be than out on the water, and he is passionate about helping other people discover the tranquility of being on the boat, and the challenge and excitement of fishing – and especially reeling in ‘the big one’.

Riaan loves being immersed in nature and his career choices have included everything from diamond diving to owning a deep-sea charter service. Tiger Fishing is only possible in two locations in South Africa, and Riaan looks forward to making your Pan African Safari Tiger Fishing expedition unforgettable.