All Out Africa employs a network of over 40 field and office staff in more than 4 countries. Together we work as a team, to ensure the success of the project, as well as the enjoyment and fulfillment of the volunteer.

The Team listed below highlight some of the core areas of this network but do not in any way account for all the others who work so hard to make the success of our projects possible.

Kim Roques

Kim Roques

Founder & Director

Kim is the Founder and Director of All Out Africa. He grew up in rural Eswatini and attained his MSc in Conservation & Ecology. Before starting All Out Africa in 2004 he spent 7 years working on various conservation and community development programs in Eswatini. Kim’s professional interest is in developing sustainable entreprenurial solutions for conservation and community development in Africa. His personal interests include his family, sport, wildlife, travel and people.

Roland Thorne

Roland Thorne

Director of Tours and Expeditions

Roland is our Director of Tours and Expeditions, based in our Tours Department office in Malkerns, Eswatini. Rols is an environmental tourism practitioner from Eswatini with interests in responsible travel, tours and expeditions, community development, conservation, program management and entrepreneurial development.

Projects Head Office | Eswatini

Eunice Nkambule

Eunice Nkambule

NCP Coordinator

Eunice works for All Out Africa as the NCP (Neighbourhood Care Point) Coordinator in Ezulwini, Eswatini and provides invaluable support as well as lots of laughs with her outgoing personality in the office and out in the field with the volunteers.

Michael Mkhonta

Michael Mkhonta

Building Coordinator

Michael is originally from Mbabane, Eswatini and works in Eswatini as the Building Coordinator. He has 15 years of building experience in the private sector. He enjoys working with volunteers because after guiding a team in local building methods, they work passionately to finish the project. Michael also serves as the Siswati teacher for interested volunteers and backpackers. He has been with All Out Africa since 2009.

Tiphiwe Vilakati

Tiphiwe Vilakati

Accounts and Administration Officer

Tiphiwe holds a Diploma In Call Centre Management and Interpersonal and currently pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Business Management at Mananga Centre. She has just joined the All Out Africa Team and is excited to understand and appreciate the culture of different people from different countries.

Simise Masilela

Simise Masilela

Marketing Assistant & Team Leader

Simise is a true jack of all trades. He joined us as a local intern where he excelled in photography. He was so impressive in his work ethic and passion for what we do at AOA that we just couldn‘t say goodbye. Now Simise works as our marketing assistant and Team leader for all incoming volunteers when he isn’t behind the lens.

Xolile Dlamini

Xolile Dlamini

Office Cleaner

Xolile works for All Out Africa as the head office cleaner in Ezulwini, Eswatini and provides invaluable support as well as lots of laughs with her bubbly personality in the office. She‘s recently picked up the nickname "Dorothy", but no matter what we’re calling her, she’s our ray of sunshine with the best giggle to match.

Tours Team | Eswatini

Lindo Motsa

Lindo Motsa

Travel Consultant

Lindo is our new travel consultant at All Out Africa Adventure Tours and was recruited after successfully completing a 7 month internship with us. Lindo has an Associate Degree in Tourism from Limkokwing University in Swaziland. She has a keen interest in travel and is looking forward to learning more as she helps others with their bookings and travel plans. Lindo dreams of running her own travel agency one day.

Nana Shili

Nana Shili

Finance & Administration Coordinator

Nana has a BTec in Tourism Management, a Certificate in Front Office from Tshwane University of Technology and is currently working towards a degree in Business Administration. Nana is passionate about traveling, loves meeting new people and is a lively member of the Tours team! She joined the All Out Africa Tours team in November of 2014 and has developed good relationships with our suppliers and partners ensuring the successful running of ours scheduled tours. Nana’s main responsibility is our financial procedures and record keeping - watch out Tours team if your reconciliations are incomplete, Nana will be in touch!

Bob Motsa

Bob Motsa

Lead Guide for Tours and Expeditions

Bob is a well-loved and respected tourism practitioner from Eswatini, and the lead Tour Guide for All Out Africa. His interests include backpacker travel, tours and expeditions, wildlife guiding, cultural guiding and community development. His relaxed nature puts volunteers at ease, his knowledge of wildlife and cultural facts ensures that volunteers get the most out of their tours and his patience allows for everything to run smoothly.

Sikelela

Sikelela

Fleet & Storeroom Coordinator

Sikelela is our All Out Africa Adventure Tours Fleet and Storeroom Coordinator who was born in Eswatini. Sikelela does vital support work for the drivers and guides, ensuring that the equipment and vehicles are in good order. As a holder of his Public Drivers Permit Sikelela is also able to help with transfers. He also plays a key role in comping operations for Bushfire Festival, World Challenge and Swazi Rally.

Kwanele Dlamini

Kwanele Dlamini

Freelance Driver

Kwanele is a Eswatini freelance driver who has worked for over 5 years driving groups around Eswatini and beyond. He holds his Public Drivers Permit and is qualified to drive our largest vehicle, a Mercedes Sprinters. This experience has been useful during events such as Schools Week at Bushfire and with our World Challenge groups that travel with us each year. A quieter member of the team you will be safe in his hands!

Thando Ginindza

Thando Ginindza

Freelance Driver

Thando has a great sense of humor and showed himself to be a fast learner when he started working with us. With a heavy duty license and public drivers permit he is able to drive all of our vehicles. Thando is related to two of our other drivers. Can you guess which ones?

Adriaan Begemann

Adriaan Begemann

Kruger/Komatipoort Operations Manager

Adriaan joined us in 2018 and has been developing our Kruger Operations as well as our Kruger Safaris. Adriaan has a number of qualifications relating to wildlife, conservation, and hospitality making him an asset to the team. He is Afrikaans, from a close family Adriaan and is a very friendly guy – with a lovely dog aptly named Kruger! Adriaan is a keen photographer and enjoys capturing those special once in a lifetime moments in Kruger and beyond. Check out our Instagram page to see examples of his shots.

Ruben Smith

Ruben Smith

Kruger Safari Guide

Ruben started working for Tours in 2018 and enjoys his role as a fully qualified Kruger Safari guide. Ruben enjoys wildlife and learning new things demonstrated in his extensive range of qualifications. He is happy to talk about trees, birds and all sorts of species on his tours. Ruben has been trained in leading trips to Eswatini and the Panorama Route and is enjoying learning more about Mozambique. Ruben likes meeting the volunteers on our scheduled tours and like Adriaan is a keen photographer.

Lidwala Backpackers Lodge Team | Eswatini

Phumie Mamba

Phumie Mamba

Lidwala Lodge Manager

Phumie is the Lidwala Backpacker Lodge manager, a lodge proudly owned and operated by All Out Africa in Ezulwini, Eswatini. He has always said that his primary goal is to give customers the best experience possible. He feels that his experience with hosting our volunteers is the best so far because you get to know them and make friends or know them enough so you get to know their characters so you can juggle what you can do to keep them happy while they are at the lodge. Phumie says, so far so good and is confident that team Lidwala can keep it growing from strength to strength.

Phetsile Ntuli

Phetsile Ntuli

Assistant Lidwala Lodge Manager

Phetsile is the assistant manager at Lidwala Lodge. She was born in Eswatini and has an undying passion for the hospitality and tourism industry. She joined the team in July 2014 as an intern and she became a full time part of the team as assistant lodge manager in October 2014. She has an Associate Degree in Hotel Management which she obtained from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. She strives for continued excellence in providing the best services at the lodge.

Cassendra Pamela Steenkamp

Cassendra Pamela Steenkamp

Assistant Lodge Manager

Cassendra Pamela Steenkamp holds an Associate Degree in International Tourism from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. I am passionate about travelling and meeting new people. I reflect a varied personality including ambition and the quality of generosity and thoughtfulness.

Nonhlanhla Dlamini

Nonhlanhla Dlamini

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Nonhlanhla is affectionately known as Mildred and is arguably Lidwala Lodge’s best cook. Her Eswatini Traditional meals on a Tuesday have people coming to the Lodge from far and wide around the valley and its surrounds.

Jabu Ngubane

Jabu Ngubane

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Jabu is an invaluable member of the Lidwala Lodge staff and people often refer to her as make (pronounced maa - ge) which means mother in SiSwati, the native language of the Kingdom. She is an incredible seamstress and she’d probably be able to pick out at least one item of clothing in the staffs weekly wardrobe that she has either made or tended to.

Ncobile Mgabhi

Ncobile Mgabhi

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Ncobile is arguably Lidwala’s friendliest face and has been with the team through highs and lows over the years. She will make sure that everything is spick and span for guests arrival and leaves her personal touch on all that she does.

Sibusiso Dlamini

Sibusiso Dlamini

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Sibusiso is the gardener with the infectious smile. Always ready and eager to help where he can and making sure along with his colleagues that the stunning sprawling grounds that make up All Out Africa Head Office and Lidwala Lodge are manicured and well kept all year long.

General Motsa

General Motsa

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

General forms part of the gardening team at Lidwala Lodge and is the one who skips to his own drum. Always smiling and upbeat, nothing seems to bother him.

Makhosini Mabegeza

Makhosini Mabegeza

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Makhosini is our gentle giant, towering over us all at a staggering 6ft 6", forms part of our awesome security crew. His charm and laugh gets everyone chuckling along with him, whether or not we’ve gotten the joke!

Solly Shabangu

Solly Shabangu

Lidwala Lodge Support Staff

Solly is the latest member to the gardening crew and is often referred to as the shy one. We understand, Solly, we are quite the eclectic and colourful family to fit into, you will too soon! All Out welcomes Solly to the team!

Savannah Research Centre Team | Eswatini

Mduduzi Ngwenya

Mduduzi Ngwenya

Assistant Swaziland Conservation Coordinator

Mdu as we all know him is All Out Africa’s local Assistant Savannah Conservation Coordinator and he has been out at the Mbuluzi Game Reserve where our research centre is based, since almost the beginning of it all! He is our tracker extraordinaire and conducted vast amounts trapping research on small rodents, birds and bats, collating invaluable data for the centre.

Phumlile Mabuza

Phumlile Mabuza

SRC Research Manager

My name is Simelane Phumlile from Nhlangano. I am currently working for the Savannah Research Center as an assistant coordinator. My interests are in ecology, wildlife and conservation. I hold a degree In Science (Biology and Chemistry), and a Master’s degree in Ecology and Conservation.

South Africa Team

Tristan Diedrick

Tristan Diedrick

Project Coordinator

Tristan Diedrick, originally from Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa and now reside in Hout Bay, Cape Town. I am 28 years old and have my diploma in Hotel Management. I am outgoing, family orientated and enjoy meeting new people.

Nqobile Khumalo

Nqobile Khumalo

Lodge Manager

Having studied Tourism Management, Nqobile fills the vital role of All Out Africa‘s Bookings & Administration Officer. Based in our Swaziland office, she has a passion for travel and sustainable tourism. She has a deep admiration for volunteers, citing them as some of the bravest people by their ability to leave their comfort zones and explore strange and exciting places, while doing good and giving back at the same time. She loves Swaziland for the generous spirit and harmony of the people, and is sure that our volunteers will likewise appreciate the locals’ warmth and hospitality that is so synonymous with the southern Africa culture.

Ruth

Ruth

Office Cleaner

Ruth works at Hout Bay Backpackers as the cleaner. She is from the Eastern cape and she has two beautiful children who love to visit the lodge every once and a while. She has been with Hout Bay Backpackers right from the beginning and has provided much needed support!

Mozambique Team

Katie Elizabeth Reeve-Arnold

Katie Elizabeth Reeve-Arnold

Marine Research Coordinator

Katie has a degree in Zoology from Trinity College in Dublin and a Masters by Research in Medical Science from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Her previous tropical and marine field experience focused on butterfly assemblage changes in response to disturbance in Sulawesi, Indonesia, parasite-loading in fruit and insectivorous bats in Uganda, sampling and processing for habitat mapping of the Irish Sea, and currently reef health and large marine fauna species off the coast of Mozambique. Katie is fascinated by scientific experimental design and data collection structure. She enjoys teaching and developing the capacity and sense of wonder and appreciation in others.

France

France

Social Projects Coordinator

France, a Mozambican native, works as the Mozambique Social Projects Coordinator. He has experience in the hospitality and community development fields. He enjoys exposing volunteers to the rich spirit and culture of Mozambique, while employing their skills in the much needed community development projects. Not only is he an expert on the area, but he is also a qualified Advanced Diver!

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