Our Zangarna Team
The Zangarna Student Program is a program launched by Gerhardt Lorist. He has extensive experience of running student programs and some of his work was done in the Big 5 Mkuze Nature Reserve and Welgevonden Game Farm.
You will be in good hands!
Gerhardt Lorist – Manager
Gerhardt has an absolute passion for the bush. After his schooling in Pretoria and some travels abroad, he qualified and worked as a Trails ranger / Field guide in the Kruger National Park. Through the years his passion and love for the natural bird life led him to run his own birding safari company for a few years. He also got involved in surveying the final component in a 3 year university study in mapping the biodiversity of one of South Africa’s Nature reserves. The research component led him to manage a volunteer/student based ecological research programme in the Welgevonden Game reserve in the Waterberg.
As a family man, the management of a single property appealed to him not only to put into practice all his experience as an ecologist and conservationist but also to be able to raise his two daughters in the bush.
Dewet Erasmus – Guide / Game Ranger
Dewet is a hardworking and enthusiastic young man with a passion for nature and all its elements. He loves to explore and engage in new areas of interest. After his schooling years in Pretoria, he is still currently busy in his studies in nature management and nature conservation while working at Zangarna.
He grew up on a farm harvesting crops and working with animals hence the start of his passion and fascination for nature and wildlife. Living and working in the bush with its wide variety of vegetation and animals has always been his dream and goal in life.
Now having been provided the opportunity, he’s looking forward to continue learning to achieve greater heights.
Jarine grew up on a farm in Middelburg in the Mpumalanga province. Her passion has always been to live and work in the bush. After she finished school, she went overseas to take a gap year and see a bit of the world. On her return, she attended a field guide course and started living out her passion. She worked in the Kruger Park as a guide for a private company and there she met the love of her life, Gerhardt Lorist.
She moved to the Waterberg area with her husband in 2009 and continued to work as a guide and lodge manager on the big 5 reserve Welgevonden.
Gerhardt, Jarine and their 2 girls Rune and Narina moved to Zangarna in 2014 and are happily living there ever since.