We are proud to introduce our team, all of whom play a vital role in ensuring you get the most memorable experience possible. Hard-working, dedicated and passionate - they are the heart and soul of Fort Governor’s Estate.
Founder and Director
Originally from Germany, Barbara bought Fort Governor’s Estate in 2014 and now spends her time equally between Germany and South Africa, restoring FGE back to her dream of a haven for both wildlife and people!
SEAN VAN ZYL
Managing Director and Head PH
With over 20 years of experience in the game & hunting industry, Sean is the driving force behind the running of the Estate. The “man with the big hat” is a fully qualified game ranger and PH and has a fair number of exciting fire-side stories to tell from his years in the industry.
JO VAN ZYL
Hospitality Manager and Reservations
Originally from the UK, Jo moved to SA in 2008 to work at a number of 5-star game lodges. With a keen passion for travel, cuisine and outdoor living, Jo runs the show for all things hospitality related and always likes to give her guests the best possible experience with a few hidden surprises!
Junior Farm Manager & PH
Hailing from Jeffrey’s Bay, Pieter joined the team in 2018 and is a qualified PH and dab hand at taking our guests out on a game drive, always with a smile on his face. Rumour has it he pours a fierce Gin & Tonic and can spot buffalo from miles away.....
Our very own Masterchef Siziwe is able to whip up some of the most beautiful, tasty creations this side of the Equator! Using the freshest, local & seasonal ingredients, she will create the most incredible meals to tickle your tastebuds.
Our friendly housekeepers, Sarah and Palesa are the cheerful faces that keep our lodges beautiful and clean and our linen crisp and fresh!
THE TEAM ON THE GROUND
We have a small but perfectly formed team who keep everything on the farm in running order. Silas, Deon, Javu and Melikhaya tackle all the necessary jobs, big and small, to keep our Game and Estate in great condition!