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Website Community Choice Award - ballot list - 2016

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BRIDGEMAN ZULU - guide at Biyamiti Camp, Kruger National Park:
BRIDGEMAN ZULU, a guide at Biyamiti, is very popular when it comes to sunset/night drives, and morning walks, so much so that he is seen as a legend by some overseas visitors. See here for an example.

Another example where he was thanked for his outstanding guiding abilities on a morning walk, here.

He also posts pictures of sightings on the forums here.

He also posted an invitation for a midnight dinner at the lookout point on the S139 road here.



CHRISTA VON ELLING - camp manager, Shingwedzi Camp, Kruger National Park:
I nominate CHRISTA VON ELLING at Shingwedzi Camp, Kruger National Park.

The cleanliness, tidiness and efficiency of the camp is due to her. Christa can be seen most days, walking around with a clipboard, pad and pen, noting any things that need attention. She stops to talk to visitors and asks them if they have any comments. On our last stay at Shingwedzi, Christa came past our unit and I told her that our shower drain was blocked. She went away and within 10 minutes a maintenance chap arrived and sorted out the problem.



DORRIS KHOZA - Tshokwane Picnic Site, Kruger National Park:
I would also like to nominate, for the second year in a row, DORRIS KHOZA at Tshokwane Picnic Site. She continues to greet everyone with a beaming smile, her toilet block is as spotless as ever and made more welcoming and attractive by the flower arrangements that she places inside, her gardens are growing beautifully; they now no longer need covering with thorns as the aloes have toughened up and when we were there, they were all just about to come into flower - I'm sorry I missed that. Her pride is not just that she won an award last year, her pride is in continuing to put her all into improving the surroundings and making them a pleasure for all visitors. She is an exemplary employee.

Another nomination for Dorris Khoza:
I would like to nominate DORRIS KHOZA of Tshokwane Picnic Site, Kruger National Park.

Dorris is responsible for cleaning the toilet blocks at the picnic site. This she does extremely well, but her real claim to fame is her amazing flower and wood arrangements. She adds so much more to the area with these beautiful creations. She is also very friendly and a pleasure to chat to.



ELINA MONA - Tsendze Rustic Camp in Kruger National Park:
I would like to nominate ELINA MONA of Tsendze Rustic Camp in Kruger National Park.

I have not stayed at Tsendze, but have read so many compliments from visitors that I feel Elina is worthy of a nomination. She and Rodgers run a fantastic camp and make all their visitors welcome and comfortable.



ERIC MINNIES - camp manager at Urikaruus, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park:
I would like to nominate ERIC MINNIES,camp manager at Urikaruus. Urikaruus underwent major construction by building a new unit, and maintenance to the four other units during September 2015 until June 2016. During this period he had to manage various complaints about a noisy generator and contractors, and had to keep visitors happy. Proof that he did everything possible to keep the visitors happy can be found in the following link.

Due to Eric's way of handling this problem, no complaints were sent through to SANParks regarding any unhappiness at Urikaruus during this period.



FRANK MABASO - Pafuri Picnic Site, Kruger National Park:
I nominate FRANK MABASO at Pafuri Picnic Site, Kruger National Park. He keeps the picnic area and toilet blocks absolutely spotless and supplied with plenty of toilet paper and paper towels. In addition, he is accredited by Bird Life South Africa due to his knowledge of birds. He is very keen to walk around with visitors, pointing out "special" birds.

Another nomination for Frank Mabaso:
I nominate FRANK MABASO at Pafuri Picnic Site, Kruger National Park. You can see that the picnic site is his pride and joy.


JAN NEELS - Kalahari Tented Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park:
I would like to nominate JAN NEELS at Kalahari Tented Camp in Kgalagadi National Park.

Last year during our stay in the camp, we had 3 lions in camp the morning at gate open time. 2 of the lions decided the swimming pool is the place to be. Jan handled the situation extremely well. We as guests were warned in time to stay at our chalets and the way the lions were handled to get them away from the swimming pool, again showed me how passionate he is about his camp and conservation.

Jan runs a wonderful camp and makes all his visitors feel very welcome. Driving by each and every tent in the evening, after gate closing, to make sure all guests are in camp and they are settled for the evening.

He is a person who loves his job and you can see this reflected in the way he handles his daily routine.



RODGERS HOBYANE - Tsendze Rustic Camp, Kruger National Park:
I would like to nominate RODGERS HOBYANE at Tsendze Rustic Camp in Kruger National Park.

I have not stayed at Tsendze (yet) but did once meet Rodgers, when he spotted my yellow ribbon and came over to talk to me.

By all accounts, Rodgers runs a wonderful camp and makes all his visitors feel very welcome. Rodgers is active on the Forum, reporting interesting sightings and posting lovely photos. He is also very active on Face Book - posting some great photos of the birds and animals he sees around the area. This is very good Public Relations for SANParks.

He is passionate about his job and appreciates and loves the bush and all it contains.


Another nomination for Rodgers Hobyane:
I second the nomination of RODGERS, as on our last trip, he was the most impressive person working in the park with his passion to help everyone feel welcome and his knowledge of the birds and nesting sites. He even took time out at about 21h00 to show me around the camp, and my 3 in 1 walk... Scops, Barred and Pearl Owls in 45 minutes!! Next day, came running as he had seen the roosting spot of the Scops so I could show Alison. A definite stop for a few nights next trip, only because of him. :thumbs_up:


SHIRLEY MDLULI - Mopani Rest Camp front office:
I should like to nominate SHIRLEY MDLULI. (Could someone very kindly check the spelling of Shirley's name?) of the front office at Mopani. We found her to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and she radiated grace and calmness. In particular, she was so very thoughtful and organised in ensuring that our transfer from one chalet to another was carried out with the least disruption to ourselves as guests, while accommodating the needs of the cleaning staff. This move was entirely our own fault as we forgot to make the other half of our booking on 1st June 2015, so although we had nights two three four and five booked in a BD4V, night one had to be in a non-perimeter one. Shirley made sure the transition was as smooth and stress free as humanly possible, and when we arrived at Mopani we were booked into the chalet closest to the BD4V to make the move even easier. She arranged that the cleaning staff would clean the BD4V as soon as the occupants left the next morning and suggested we go out for a short early morning drive, return and await the completion of the cleaning process before moving directly from one chalet to the other. It played out in exactly that way, and we were thrilled. We had thought our first day in Mopani might be wearying as we would have to travel around with our (considerable) luggage for the day so this made all the difference to our stay.

I would like to add that every year we have been to Mopani we have commented on the high quality of service by the front office staff, so for Shirley to have stood out is notable.



SURPRISE HLATSHWAYO - Duty Manager and Field Guide at Biyamiti Camp, Kruger National Park:
SURPRISE HLATSHWAYO, Duty Manager and Field Guide at Biyamiti. We visited Biyamiti from 23 - 26 October 2015. On 9 October 2015 we sent surpriseh an e-mail to request a specific unit to stay during this period. We received his confirmation on 10 October 2015. This shows the diligence regarding his work.

Surprise also opened a topic on the forum where he regularly posts pictures of sightings and reports on sightings from the bird hide at Biyamiti or on the S139. See here..



SYDWELL SHIRINDA - Punda Maria Camp, Kruger National Park:
I would like to nominate SYDWELL SHIRINDA at Punda Maria Camp, Kruger National Park.

Prior to our last trip to Punda Maria, I sent an e-mail to Sydwell, requesting either safari tent 2 or 3, as we did not feel up to lugging all our heavy boxes up to number 5! I received a very polite reply, saying he would do his best but couldn't guarantee that we could get 2 or 3 (the standard, correct reply to requesting specific accommodation). On checking-in, we were thrilled to be given tent 2 and it was beautiful. I have heard other good reports regarding Sydwell and Punda Maria Camp is great, partly due to him.
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Re: Website Community Choice Award - ballot list - 2016

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