If you’ve been to Nambiti Hills before, then you will most certainly recognise this face. It’s the warm, welcoming smile and his bubbly character that makes Bryce such a great host. We asked him a few questions about life, his loves and everything in-between to find out a little bit more about the man behind the smile.
What happens in a typical day in the life of Bryce?
Typical? There’s no such thing. Every day for me here at Nambiti Hills is a different one. The day could take me from being out in the bush, fighting a water pump, to arranging a romantic proposal for a guests who wants to surprise his girlfriend, to meeting suppliers and sampling all the delicious ingredients, ensuring the best quality tastes and flavours for our guests. As the lodge’s General Manager, I’ve got a pretty multifunctional role, and I love it that way.
What is your favourite thing about Nambiti Hills?
Definitely the people – both the ones who work here with me, and the ones we get to meet from around the world. I’m a people’s person and I love getting to know guests, listen to their incredible stories from afar and join them as they discover African wildlife at its best.
Which of the Big 5 is your favourite?
The Elephant. Did you know that their brains develop as they age? Similar to humans, the older they get, the wiser they become. No to mention that they’re just awesome creatures; big, beautiful, powerful and very in-tune with their families.
Did you always want to be doing what you’re doing now?
Not at all. My life before Nambiti Hills was a bit all over the place. I was young and fresh out of school and not all that sure what to do with myself. So I studied law for a while and then geography and environmental management until I finally settled on a culinary arts course which I thrived at. I came to Nambiti Hills for my first job as the in-house chef and grew in experience and life skills. After a while though, I realised that I needed to be out there with the guests, that’s where I am the happiest. It took me a while to realise it, but I am so thankful that the path has led me to where I am today.
What do you do when you’re not making people happy at Nambiti Hills?
I live in Kloof, a small “village” about 30 minutes from central Durban. My dad, my brother and I are all very close, so we spend a lot of time together just relaxing around a fire and catching up every time I go home, which is about once a month.
What could you not live without?
Fresh air! And Franklin… my best buddy. He’s a Basset Hound and he lives with me at the lodge. He’s my inseparable partner in crime.
What do you love about South Africa?
What’s not to love? We are so lucky here, with the beauty and diversity of our country – the people, the animals, the scenery and landscapes. We live in an amazing place.