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About your hosts

Francois and Paul are business partners running the commercial side of Maninghi Lodge, and are the founders of its parent company, Nature Escapes.

Francois Kroon

Francois Kroon

Francois is a bush natural: born and raised on a farm in the Orange Free State, he developed a deep love for animals and the outdoors, which saw him become a FGASA-accredited guide, and has been professionally guiding for the last eight years in many luxury five-star lodges around South Africa. His passions in life are wildlife, birding, horse riding, and fishing..

In addition to being an excellent guide, Francois takes special pleasure in interpreting the African bush, trees and grasses, as well as making guest's experience unique and special, and can be called upon to tweak your requirements to upgrade your stay from memorable to unforgettable.

 

Paul Slyer

Paul Slyer

From a young age, Paul had always been fascinated by the natural world. After finishing school, and working for a while in IT, he spent eight years travelling the world: visiting twenty nine countries before returning to South Africa, and becoming a FGASA accredited guide. Over the last five years guiding in 5 star lodges, his three major passions: photography, birding and walking in the bush have accentuated his vast knowledge of the African bush.

As an expert photographer, Paul has an eye for detail, whether it be attending to guest's specific needs, or working out the best f-stop for shooting a sunrise or lions on a kill. A professional birder and Lead Trails walking guide, Paul is more than happy to share his skills and knowledge.

Should you be interested in a multi-day Private Guided Safari - you can enquire with Paul on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Victoria Hiley

Victoria Hiley

Born in the small town of Standerton, Vicky later went on to study and obtain a diploma in Hotel Management, whereafter she worked at the five-star Nambiti Lodge. She also diversified by serving at various other lodges in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

A self-professed people's person, Vicky loves the outdoors, and having the opportunity to share Africa's unique natural heritage with guests from all around the world.

At Maninghi, Victoria heads up reservations, marketing and is a fantastic chef, serving up delicious authentic South African dishes to our guests!

For reservations or enquiries, Victoria may be contacted on +27 60 525 8571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.