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MEET THE TEAM

OWNERS

LFGA is owned and managed by husband and wife team, Mark and Linky Stavrakis, a dynamic duo with many years of industry experience. Mark’s passion for training was the inspiration behind LFGA, while Linky has brought finesse and attention to detail to the product. Together they welcome new students to the industry and are always there to help before, during and after your stay at LFGA. Indeed they are the head of the Limpopo Family!

Mark
Director

Born in Namibia and raised in the rural Eastern Cape of South Africa, Mark was exposed to the bushveld at an early age by his geologist father. Regular field trips cemented the youngster’s dream of becoming a game ranger, and after completing University, that’s exactly what he did. Mark has been active in the guiding industry since 1996 and has spent most of that time involved in training and mentorship of guides. 

Mark now focuses on General Operations for the company, yet is still active with specialist training and assessment.

Linky
Sales & Marketing Manager

Linky grew up on a farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa, where her father ran an animal rehabilitation centre. With many different indigenous and exotic animals as her companions growing up, Linky had no desire other than to work in the field with people and animals. She established a successful guiding career before joining LFGA in 2006. 

Linky’s experience in the field, has enabled her to approach Sales and Marketing and student matters with inside knowledge. She is always available to assist with any student queries, before, during or after a course.

TRAINERS

​Jason van Zyl
Camp Manager & Trainer

Jason  was raised on the grassy plains of the Free State province of SA and always had a yearning for wide open spaces. Kick-starting his guiding career in 2006 with a FGASA course at LFGA, Jason quickly moved through the ranks at various high profile game lodges in Limpopo, North-West and the Greater Kruger National Park.

With guiding, training and management experience from these premier wildlife destinations, as well as higher FGASA, AFGA and CyberTracker levels, Jason fits right in to our top-level requirements for trainers at LFGA.

Passionate about tracking, birding and Dangerous Game guiding, Jason is a FGASA Lead Trails Guide and his wealth of experience is there to be tapped by all students who are fortunate to rub shoulders with him during their stay at LFGA.

Janesta Pullela
Trainer

Janesta has a wealth of experience from several different disciplines. Primarily a wildlife artist and author of the ground-breaking “Pathfinder” field guide book, Janesta worked in reptile conservation before qualifying as a field guide and birding specialist.

Janesta guides our students through the Birding intensive week and many a beginner has surprised themselves with a keen interest in birding after spending time in the field with her. Janesta is also “bush – mamma” to many a youngster and has bridged the gap for many beginners in the industry.

​Pioneer Moyo
Trainer

Pioneer hails from Zimbabwe, where he first gained experience in the hospitality industry. After moving to South Africa in 2007, Pines completed his initial FGASA levels before establishing a rewarding career in guiding at various game lodges as well as overlanding. Pines joined LFGA in 2016 and now holds the position of Trainer and Camp Manager.

Pines has a passion for teaching bush-craft, survival skills and practical guiding skills. Many a student has benefited from the practical skills that they learn through time in the bush with Pioneer.

We Boast The Best Trainers In The Field – Their Impressive Qualifications Are:

  • FGASA: Professional Field Guide ( Formerly: FGASA level 3) – Minimum requirement for lead trainer Level 3 Tracker
  • FGASA: SKS (Special Knowledge and Skills) – Dangerous Game and Birds
  • FGASA: Level 3 Tracker
  • FGASA: Endorsed Trainer and Evaluator of Field Guides (extremely important)
  •  CATHSSETA: Accredited Trainer and Assess20or of Nature Guides
  •  CATHSSETA: Highest Level Dangerous Game, Tracking and Birding Guides 
  • CyberTracking: Track and Sign Specialist and Level 3 Tracker
  • ETDP: Education and Training Department – Assessor of Nature Guides
  • PFTC: Weapon Handling  (Professional Firearms Training Council)
  •  AFGA: Trainers and Assessors of Field Guides

Note: We also use FGASA qualified Field Guides and Trails Guides for field excursions.

SUPPORT STAFF

Nicky Moyo

Nicky is in charge of the camp kitchen and ensures that students and staff are well catered for at all times. Nicky has gained experience from various game lodges and guest houses in Southern Africa and puts her skills to work by running the kitchen efficiently throughout the course phases.

Students have the opportunity to learn and practice bush cooking skills under Nicky’s watchful eye.

Jan Mathye

Jan is the mechanic and maintenance supervisor. He is in charge of running of the game viewers and general camp maintenance. With a wealth of experience from more than 30 years in the game lodge industry, Jan always has a smile on his face. Whether it is driving camp deliveries, servicing vehicles or fixing camp – Jan is always available.

He is from the local Hammanskraal community and part of our social investment.

Nomvula Mpinki

Also hailing from the Hammanskraal local community, Nomvula is the camp cleaner and housekeeper. She assists with all cleaning duties and has a hand in meal preparation.

Nomvula quietly carries on with camp duties while the students are busy with training activities, ensuring that the camp is neat and presentable at all times.

Lexie Cripps

Lexie is in charge of admin and logistics. Hailing from Zimbabwe, and with experience from the safari lodge industry, Lexie assists with bookings, general administration and camp logistics. She makes sure that things get done behind the scenes so that our training staff can operate efficiently. Ever helpful and always willing, Lexie is a vital link between camp and office.

Denise Eriksson

Denise is our LFGA Intern. Originally from Sweden, Denise has been involved in the African bush for several years, previously focusing on anti-poaching activities. She currently holds the much coveted LFGA intern position – an opportunity awarded to star students from time to time. Denise is a FGASA Back-up Trails Guide and CyberTracker Track and Sign Professional. She assists with all camp activities, as well as teaching Track and Sign and walking second rifle on our bush walks