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Meet Godsave Mnisi – Chef, Serondella Game Lodge

6 Jan 2020 | By Author Thornybush | Team

This talented chef has been spoiling safari guests at Thornybush with incredibly tasty food for the last 11 years, and is one of the most senior and trusted members of staff at Serondella Lodge.

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Serondella has only 4 luxury chalets and can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests at a time, which is one of Godsave’s favourite aspects of his job. He loves the family atmosphere among the staff and enjoys the extra attention he is able to give to his meals with so few guests to attend to.

The rest of the staff at Serondella look up to Godsave as a trusted senior member of the team who is always ready to lend a helping hand in other areas of the operation.

Starting Out

Godsave was born in nearby Welverdiend where he still lives with his wife and 6 children. His family means the world to him and he considers himself fortunate that his son Rudolph works with him at the lodge.

After family, Godsave’s church life comes first, followed by his passion for tracking the exploits of ‘his’ team, Kaiser Chiefs, on the football field.

A Man of the Bush

Godsave’s career started out at Satara camp in the neighbouring Kruger National Park. Working as a chef in this busy camp, he quickly learned the skills required to please the palates of safari guests, which he impressed the team at Serondella with, when he applied for a position there.

Being in a safari atmosphere for so many years, Godsave has developed an abiding love for the bush and all its creatures. He does admit that the cheetah remains his favourite among all the species found at the Thornybush Game Reserve though.

Godsave and his cookery skills are always a hit amongst the guests at Serondella and many have tried to lure him away with them when they leave.

For now, visitors will have to be content with scribbling down his recipes when they visit. These he happily shares, but for now his home remains amongst the wild spaces that he loves (you can also find his recipes on our blog).

Meet up with Godsave and experience exclusive service at Serondella Game Lodge when you book a safari at Thornybush.