“A thing of beauty not shared, is valueless. Sharing this special place with guests gives our lives pleasure and meaning” – Nikki Meyer
At Rhino Walking Safaris we are passionate about conservation and people: from the General Managers, Nikki & Gerrit who have been here since it opened, to the cleaners, many of whom have worked up through the ranks over the years. Kindness and professionalism are the norm and firm friendships often flourish.
Nikki and Gerrit have lived in the Kruger Park since 1992, and have been managing Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Rhino Walking Safaris since it opened in 2003. Gerrit, a conservationist at heart, studied nature conservation, and has worked for Natal Parks, Mala Mala Private Game Reserve and South African National Parks. Amongst his greatest claims to fame are: being appointed to introduce public game drives in the Kruger National Park, leading a film crew to film a new born lion cub under the watchful eye of its mother and surviving an altercation with a black mamba in his son’s bedroom – during which his brand new vehicle was shot – by him! When he’s not in the bush, adding daily to his lifetime of bush learning, he is an enthusiastic golfer and photographer. He takes care of our environmental audits (achieving great results), roads, maintenance and guiding staff. Nikki has a background in public relations and education, with a strong interest in language and a passion for cooking. Her favourite animal by far remains the human being, and she has had numerous encounters with these, as well as other wild animals. She is the author of Game for Anything, which chronicles the first twelve years of their family’s bush-living. Her second book is pending…
Local celebrity of the African bushveld, Bernard Mhlangu is well known for his regular appearances on television and his combination of scientific and local knowledge. Growing up in the area surrounding the Kruger National Park, Bernard absorbed most of his bush and animal knowledge is his early years, passionate about the fauna and flora of this region even as a boy. Now 45 years old, he has 25 years of service in the Kruger National Park behind him. Formally qualified and FGSA registered, with additional certification in First Aid and Professional Driving, he has a restless mind which is always on the search for new information and skills. His knowledge of African traditional cultural practices and the indigenous medicinal use of plants is impressive. With a wicked sense of humour, he is a talented bird and animal mimic, with the creatures reacting to his calls and approaching him. He has had a regular slot on the South African wildlife television programme 50/50, as well as being featured on BBC TV (Safari 8) and has numerous very popular You Tube clips that have been put on the internet by his guests.