Did you have any experience in the hospitality industry before you became a property owner?

I grew up in lodges in Kenya.


Can you describe the journey you went on from the moment you decided you would like to acquire your own hotel/lodge to the moment it was official?

I spent 7 years as a cattle farmer until we could acquire the final land needed to form a reserve without fencing off 12 kms of estuary.

Have you ever had to open a hotel / lodge? What unique skills would you say it requires to do so?

Yes. Determination and a touch of stupidity. I would say this is the toughest industry of all.


From the day you become owner of your first property, until today, you must have learnt so much. If you could share any one piece of sage guidance, to new owners, what would it be?

Make sure you maintain your asset in the best possible condition at all times.


I imagine that owning a property in a small town would come with different dynamics to a property in a big city. The same would go for a beach property on an island or a bush lodge in a remote corner of the world. Can you share how one adapts to managing in different environments?

The bush and estuary adds logistical challenges but it also gives marketability.


What has been the most unexpected pleasure that has come with owning a hotel/lodge?

All the good reviews.


How important is it for owners such as yourself to visit and experience other properties?

If you have the time and opportunity – very.


How is your establishment contributing to the greater good & making the world a better place?

Tourism is the saviour of South Africa – it can be the biggest job creator and uplifter out of poverty. We are the second biggest employer in the area. We also create awareness to the masses of the importance of preserving the environment and especially the estuary – especially amongst the youth who we take monthly up the river for a river clean up and game drive.


What is your ideal or favourite holiday destination?

The Maldives.


What is your favourite wine or dessert?

Tranquil & brandy snaps.


What is your favourite savoury dish?

Portuguese peri-peri prawns and chicken combo.


What favourite hidden gem, near your establishment, should we visit?

The beaches in Kenton-on-Sea.