Meet Chef John Makgoba

Makweti Safari Lodge is world-renowned for our haute cuisine. We are a longstanding member of the (by-invitation-only) Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a hallmark of fine cuisine. The reason behind this is the imagination and ingenuity that comes out of our kitchen.

People like Chef John Makgoba make it possible to “wow” our guests with every lavish meal and each little nibble. We are so grateful to have such skilled culinary artists as part of our family.

Chef John hails from Magoebaskloof, an 80km drive from Makweti. He is one of three siblings, and chose to work in safari lodges as a means to learn more about the hospitality industry. He made the right choice, both for himself and for us, and has had many opportunities to enhance his skillset while being in the presence of such beautiful wildlife and nature.

Chef John is married to his wife, Tshepiso, and together they have three beautiful children: Lesiba, Thoko and Mohlago. Their home is in Polokwane, where John enjoys his leisure time, hanging out with his family and doing research into new meals and recipe books.

Chef John is extremely dedicated to his job, and it shows through his hard work and inspired dishes. His time at Makweti is teaching him new things every day and we are so thrilled to have his positive spirit around us.

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