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New appointments at QWABI Private Game Reserve

QWABI Private Game Reserve announces several key appointments at its new lodges in the Waterberg. These include the appointment of a General Manager to oversee LETAMO and BABOHI Lodges, two Executive Chefs and a dedicated Sales Manager.

Taking the lead as GM of QWABI Private Game Reserve is Kurt Peter. His role will be to oversee both LETAMO and BABOHI Lodges on the reserve. Previously a Divisional Director of Sun International Resorts, a GM of Casinos of Mauritius and GM of GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Kurt is a seasoned hospitality executive that brings more than 35 years of experience to this new role.

Kurt’s history with Newmark Hotels & Reserves dates to 2014 when he worked closely with the hospitality management company to spearhead the Rupert Foundation’s R100 million redevelopment, restoration and expansion of the Drostdy Hotel precinct in Graaff Reinet. At the time Kurt held the position of General Manager and Project Co-Ordinator of the hotel. In 2023 when Kurt returned to South African from a work project in Mauritius, he officially joined the Newmark Group, stepping in to manage Lakowe Lakes Golf and Country Estate in Nigeria when Newmark signed its first hospitality management deal in West Africa.

“Now I have been challenged to raise the profile of QWABI Private Game Reserve and its beautiful new lodges, LETAMO and BABOHI. Together with the Newmark team we’ll be promoting QWABI’s luxury accommodation options and our excellent Big 5 game viewing in a malaria-free environment. I also want to create awareness about QWABI as a MICE destination. The reserve is just three hours outside of Johannesburg and can comfortably accommodate up to 200 people for incentives and smaller groups for conferences. LETAMO is also an excellent lodge for family safaris while BABOHI’s romantic setting is very popular with couples,” said Peter.

Executive Chef appointments

Heading up the food experience at LETAMO Lodge is Executive Chef Dion von Wielligh who brings 24 years of national and international experience to the role. Von Williegh has previously held Executive Chef roles at Valley Lodge in Magaliesburg, at Galagos Country Estate in Pretoria and at Urban Hip Hospitality Group where he oversaw the food offering for Critchley Hackle Lodge and The Highlander Country Hotel in Dullstroom.  

At BABOHI Lodge Karien de Villiers has been appointed as Executive Chef. She brings extensive game lodge experience to the role having previously worked as an Executive Chef at Jaci’s Lodge, Phelwana Game Lodge, Kilima Private Game Reserve and Sheppard Boutique Hotel.

The Reserve has also appointed Nasrin Hoosen as its dedicated Sales Manager. Based in Johannesburg Nasrin is working hand-in-hand with the Newmark sales team to bring in bookings for the two lodges. Hoosen has held a number of senior industry roles including that of Operations Director at GRID Worldwide, Cluster Assistant Director of Sales at Marriott and Sales Manager at Tsogo Sun Group.


About Newmark Hotels and Reserves 

Newmark Hotels & Reserves lives by the promise of “Experience authentic”. It creates memorable and unique experiences for guests – authentic to the location, environs, and people of each of its properties. From gracious boutique luxury hotels, vibrant city hotels, inspiring safari lodges run according to sound conservation principles, to blissful island getaways – Newmark is a curator of occasions that excite, serve, soothe and take care of its guests. Occasions that are complemented by sensorial cuisine directed by Newmark’s Group Head Chef and enhanced by the Group Sommelier’s selected wine choices.

Established in 2007, Newmark Hotels & Reserves has its roots in Cape Town, and continues to expand throughout Africa. The hospitality management company’s South African footprint includes Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront, the magnificent Cape Winelands, the open skies of the Karoo, the green hills of the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere and the vast Kruger National Park where lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard roam free. Further afield Newmark’s guests can experience West African golf experiences, the majesty of the Great Migration, and the opulence of Mauritian and Zanzibar beach resorts.

About QWABI Private Game Reserve

An authentic safari destination set in one of only two UNESCO-declared savannah biospheres in Africa, QWABI Private Game Reserve presents you with a unique, immersive safari experience. Here, you will be surrounded by a vibrant ancient landscape coloured with a water-rich ecosystem, remarkable sightings and scenery, and bespoke luxury at one of two exclusive lodges, LETAMO and BABOHI.

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