Amaganyane Anti-poaching Unit Update

We have shared the latest update on our conservation journey, the development of our Amaganyane anti-poaching unit, in a short video.

The formation of the Amaganyane anti-poaching team in mid-2021, which aligned with the Gardiner family’s conservation vision, was a huge investment for the family and Matetsi Victoria Falls as an organisation.

In 2022, the development of this team to being a 50-strong team has shown the family’s continued commitment to conserving the vast wilderness that is Matetsi Private Game Reserve. 

Over the past 18 months, a team of dedicated men and women have been recruited and trained to endure the rigours and complexity of conducting conservation activities.

The team works with communities to educate against illegal fishing and poaching, they conduct regular patrols, day and night to ensure both people and property are protected and remove snares wherever they might be found.

The team relentlessly pursue any sign of illegal activity within the concession, often tracking poachers for ten to twenty kilometres (15 miles) at a time. Helping them track is an in-house K-9 unit comprising rescued dogs trained and cared for by members of Amaganyane.

Together they continue protect and conserve the Matetsi Private Game Reserve.


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Sara Ellis

Sara Ellis is an incredibly dedicated and hard working member of our Matetsi family. Having been our Head Pastry Chef for over four years, Sara transitioned to her role of Quality Assurance Manager in early 2022, bringing with her a wealth of experience and an unparalleled attention to detail. Sara works primarily behind the scenes, supporting all departments to ensure that the Matetsi Magic shines through brightly in every one of our guest’s stays with us.

Sara holds a Cordons Bleus Grande Diploma from Silwood School of Cookery, Cape Town, and has worked at some exceptional Southern African establishments, including Ellerman House and Singita Pamushana, as well as on private yachts.

Sara is mother to two wonderful boys, wife of our Executive Chef, Shane Ellis, and an individual who shows great commitment not just to Matetsi Victoria Falls, but also to our local community in many ways, including standing on the Parents’ Association and driving fundraising initiatives for a local primary school.

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