Willem van der Merwe,
Wim grew up with a grandfather that encouraged hunting and gave Wim the opportunity to develop his love for the bush. Wim has been in the hunting industry for over 20 years and he started as a professional hunter after he did some formal training. After obtaining his Outfitter license he started Chacma Hunting Safaris on the farm Doornkom in Melkrivier. With many years of experience in South Africa as well as neighboring countries, he is a trusted and very reliable professional hunter that will always strive to give clients the best hunting safari experience he can. He has hunted many dangerous game and with the hours he has spent tracking and hunting, he is sure to get the trophies. His trusted “side kick” is named Jock. This partnership has saved many situations. Wim and his family want to ensure that every client owns an African adventure!
Professional Hunter, skinner and tracker.
Lucas grew up on the Farm Doornkom which is currently the base camp of Chacma Safari in Limpopo, South Africa and is a well-known and trusted person in the area. He is a very dedicated and knowledgeable person. His guiding and tracking skills developed from young and through training and experience he qualified as a professional hunter in 2012. Through the years he has also tracked and assisted with dangerous game hunting. He is a trusted professional who has guided numerous clients and everyone will compliment has manners and skills. Lucas has a wife, Joyce, who also works at ChacmaSafari and they have 5 children.
Skinner and tracker
James has been with us since 2003 and through training and experience have turned out to be one of the best skinners in the area. James’s skills have been complimented by clients and taxidermists alike. He has a quiet but thorough nature which have only helped him in developing his tracking skills. We can proudly say that we trust him with our clients and their trophies. James has a wife and three children.
General maintenance and gardens at lodge
William is the youngest and have been with us for about three years. William came to us just after finishing school. Through working with the more senior guys he has gained a lot of experience and skills. He is responsible for the gardens as well as the vegetable gardens at the main lodge. He has also developed some skills and will assist the trackers and skinners in their duties. William is a young man that is a quick learner and shows a lot of potential. He has a friendly manner towards guests and is always willing to assist where needed.
Our chef is originally from Zimbabwe but grew up in South Africa. He is enthusiastic about serving clients the best food and it very attentive to everyone’s needs. We prepare a variety of traditional South African dishes including venison and serve healthy wholesome food. Here at Chacma we attend to every client and a completed Food Preference Form will give us the ability to cater to client's dietary preferences.
Liesbet has been working for with us from before 2004. She is a very hardworking lady and she sings everywhere she goes. She is also the most senior member of housekeeping in the group. That does not stop her from being a good, hardworking person. She is like the others, a very trusted staff member and we rely on her for various responsibilities and duties.
Joyce has been working for our family and in the lodge since 2004. She is a very dedicated person and shows initiative and resolve. We have come to rely on her for numerous responsibilities because of her dedication, thoroughness and compassion. She is a caring mother to her 5 children.
Retha van der Merwe - Administration, marketing, catering and general management of lodge
Retha started her career in the Wildlife industry many years ago after she finished a diploma in Wildlife Management.
Valuable experiences over the years in wildlife management and veld management has given her the knowledge to help manage the area in which Chacma Safari operates. After she got married to Wim she started with her active role in Chacma Safari. For the last ten years she has been working with Wim to build a professional and lasting safari experience for clients.
Their daughter, Lyandi, is also her priority and keeping up with her is a full time job. The family is committed to their passion for wildlife, hunting and hospitality.