We are proud to introduce you to Johanna, a member of the Makweti family who was born in Vaalwater, 45km away from the lodge. Johanna is one of four children and is also a mom to her own beautiful daughter, Letta, and wife to Solomon Mongane, a mechanic from Vaalwater. She is also a proud grandmother and loves spending quality time with her entire family.
Johanna is a part of the Makweti kitchen team and takes extreme pride in her work. Her table settings are creative and imaginative and it’s these small details that surprise and intrigue guests, as they change with every meal.
Johanna’s fascination with the bush is what brought her to Makweti. One of the highlights of her work with us at the lodge is being in such close proximity to the monkeys. She loves their cheeky nature and sees them as the children of the lodge. She adores them so much that she feels a little sad when they’re not around. We have to admit that they do add an exciting and fun element to every day.
If you’ve ever had the honour of meeting Johanna, you would know that her smile lights up the room. Make a point to meet her in person on your next visit to the lodge.
Photograph: Ross Wilson