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The Team

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Rissington Inn - Chris Harvie

Chris Harvie

Chris is the owner and founder of Rissington. An inveterate traveller and a well-known South African travel writer, he loves nothing more than to engage with intelligent like-minded people for a good chat in the bar and to share travel stories. Chris knows Southern Africa as well as almost anyone and he’s full of suggestions, wild ideas and a fair bit of history too. Looking for recommendations for future travels? Ask if he is around and he will help you with your planning. And tell you what to avoid too…

Hlengiwe Thabethe

Hlengiwe Thabethe

Hlengiwe has been the brains of Rissington for more than fifteen years. She is an efficient, charming and highly effective manager. She is also in charge of all the reservations and the admin and she’ll keep everything running smoothly before, during and after your stay. Ask her about her lunch with the Zimbabwean Minister of Tourism…

Shirley Mabuza

Shirley Mabuza

Ebullient Assistant Manager and front of house guru Shirley has been at Rissington for almost twenty years and she is one of life's incorrigible enthusiasts. A flashing smile from the top of the steps as you climb out of your car, she may giggle and bubble (and look a bit like Barbie) but Shirley is highly capable as well as good fun and she is in her element booking days out and enthusing about the wonderful Rissington weather. It is always a good day when Shirley is around.

Thandi Nyalungu

Thandi Nyalungu

Thandi is Rissington’s Head Chef and started at Rissington when we opened in 1995. She is a natural foodie and a popular and inspirational leader in her cheerful kitchen domain, where she and her five willing cohorts prepare reliably delicious meals day after day after day.

Sipho Mhlanga

Sipho Mhlanga

Sipho is a gentle soul and he has been Rissington’s driver since the day we opened. By his own reckoning, he has been responsible for keeping the lodge equipped and supplied with the use, over the years, of no fewer than seventeen different cars.



This is JJ. Chris brought up his father, so he is the grandson of Rissington. And he loves nothing more than to rope in similar fun-loving children and leap into the pool with them. JJ aims to be a game ranger when he finishes school and is an accomplished birder with an excellent knowledge of the bush environment he loves.

And a host of other smiling faces – more than thirty of us altogether! Come and meet us …

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