Our Rangers

Philip joined the Mateya Safari Lodge team in 2006 in the position of Assistant Manager & Head Ranger and has been the General Manager at the lodge since 2009. He started his career in 1995 in the Madikwe Game Reserve after completing 3 years military service in the Kruger National Park, being part of the anti-poaching unit.

Spending the majority of 15 years within the Madikwe Game Reserve, he has also guided in some of the most beautiful and world renowned reserves in Southern Africa, these include the Madikwe Game Reserve, Kruger National Park & Surrounding Areas, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.

18 years on, he is still sharing his knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for nature and Madikwe Game Reserve with his guests, with emphasis on animal behaviour and photographic safaris. Philip is a published wildlife photographer, guiding guests specializing in wildlife photography and birding being there main interest. His wildlife photography has been published in the Getaway Magazine, 2 coffee table books and numerous websites.

He has completed a guiding/rangers course at the beginning of his career and were evaluated by FGASA, to conduct Safaris & Trails Guiding in “BIG 5 & Dangerous Game” areas. Philip has also completed the advanced weapons handling course.

Werner was born in Johannesburg, South-Africa and has been intrigued and drawn to the African bush and its wildlife from a very young age. Werner got his first manual film camera combined with some photography lessons from his dad at the age of 11, sparking his interest in photography. He completed a Photographic Diploma teaching him the finer points of fine art photography.

He completed a Photographic Diploma teaching him the finer points of fine art photography. Later on Werner did a formal Field Guide qualification to enable him to conduct private guided and photographic safaris in “BIG 5 & Dangerous Game” areas, both from a vehicle or on foot, after completed the Advanced Weapons Handling course set out and assessed by FGASA. Werner followed his passion and guided in the world famous Kruger National park.

Growing up Werner visited many of Southern Africa’s national parks and spent many an hour observing animals in their natural habitat, learning animal behaviour to enable him to get “that perfect shot”. Werner’s love for the natural world led him to work for an American based cruise line company that enabled him to travel and photograph the world.
Werner is currently living his dream and has been with Mateya Safari Lodge since 2009, as the Assistant Manager and Head Ranger, spending hours in the bush every day sharing his love for African and her wildlife and photography with his guests.

Francois Rademeyer started his career, and calling, as a guide in 1995 in Kruger national park. An adventure which has taken him all over Africa in search of new discoveries and sites with fellow naturalists. He is a FGASA qualified trails (walking) guide, a passionate and dedicated amateur astronomer and wildlife photographer.

He took short sebaticals from the African wilderness through the years to pursue other adventures like yachting in the Caribbean and along the US East coast, diving professionally in the Seychelles and in recent years consulted mining companies on implementation of environmental management systems. His moto is “you can never stop learning, so every game drive is a new adventure”.