DANIELLE

1. What led you to Kichaka? 

I was working in hospitality in hotels. I started interning at game reserves and just knew it was where I had to be. I was working in hotels with 200, 300 rooms; it just didn’t agree with me. Once you get a taste of the bush, that’s it! 

 

2. How would you describe your job?  

I can’t ever give a job description because it changes every day! Sometimes I’m in involved in maintenance or housekeeping, other days I’m in the kitchen with the chefs. I never know how the day will go.  

 

3. What is your spirit animal? 

The elephant or the rhino, I can’t choose between both. I love elephants because of their nature. I read a book ‘The Elephant Whisperer’ and it completely changed the perspective. There’s also ‘An Elephant in my Kitchen’, it’s such a lovely book.  

I have to choose the rhino too because it’s a part of South Africa’s heritage that lots of people might never be able to see in 10 or 15 years. Being able to see them on a daily basis, if need be, that’s very special.  

4. The best part of being here at Lalibela?  

The people I’m with. They make you feel comfortable and at home. And also getting to be a part of everything. Like I said, I can’t give you a job description! 

 

5. What are your other passions?  

I recently really got into photography. I love taking photos but I can tell it’s going to be an expensive hobby! I love to photograph everything, from the grass to the sunrises to the sunsets to the wildlife. For me, the closer-up you are, the better.