Meet The Herd

THE HERD

Our herd has over 100 years of hospitality industry experience! We are experts within our field to offer a professional experience.

Just like Elephants we work together, and our values are based on a collaborative effort from our herd as we believe aligning your career with your personal values is the key to success.

OUR VALUES

COMPASSION – FREEDOM – BALANCE – HONESTY – PURPOSE

We give back to people & animals in some unique ways & even have a dedicated sustainability manager! We conduct work-ready workshops with the local community through partnerships with non-profits such as the Timbavati Foundation & the Thornybush Community. We support vegan non-profits & sanctuaries with free recruitment services and donate to The Sheldrick Trust in Kenya

Our entire herd works remotely which allows them both freedom & balance to do their best work.

We guarantee honesty with our candidates & clients & when giving feedback we do so in a productive & helpful manner taking time to share advice & tips at every opportunity.

We are very forward thinking in our approach to social & environmental responsibility, as a vegan owned company Wild Dreams is much more than just a business, we have a mission to help animals, our planet & our community. We pride ourselves on our services being a form of activism, justice & purpose with sustainability at the forefront of our decisions.

Hayley - THE COACHING MATRIARCH (Founder, Consultant & Coach)

Hayley has 25 years of experience within the Hospitality sector and has experienced life in bush camps, restaurants, golf clubs, movie/concert and commercial catering. She is still currently in 5 star Lodge Management & keeps up to date with hospitality & tourism trends.

She founded Wild Dreams in January 2017 from her office in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park. Being lodge based she has an in-depth understanding the logistics of reserve & hospitality operations.

Hayley is passionate about veganism & sustainable tourism and was the first certified vegan hospitality consultant in Africa, her vegan services include a Vegan Hospitality Consulting package as well as Vegan transition coaching to individuals & she is the author of ''Your Vegan Bestie ebook'' which you can purchase on the vegan coaching page.
Hayley is also the COO for global company veganhospitality.com & has worked with clients internationally in Europe & the US.

Hayley provides general F&B assistance, HR admin services, & consulting to new lodges or lodges that are looking to restructure or become commercial.

Having a values aligned career is everything to Hayley & with this the vegan Jobs side of Wild Dreams was created. Her passionate & enthusiasm for helping people, animals & the environment shows in everything she achieves. She is a certified career coach & offers 1:1 career & business coaching as well as group programs such as ''Aligning Dreams: Career Clarity''.

Hayley is WILD ABOUT rehabilitating animals, one of the main reasons she started Wild Dreams was to have an income to help as many animals as possible. Her motto is ''saving an animal won't change the world but it will change the world for that animal.''

For more information about any of her services reach her on hayley@wilddreams.co.za

Amore - THE RECRUITMENT MATRIARCH (Recruitment Operations Manager)

Amore joined Wild Dreams as a recruiter in the middle of the pandemic in 2020 & was quickly promoted in 2021 to Recruitment Manager, & then again in 2022 to Recruitment Operations Manager. During this time, she has assisted Hayley in growing & training our recruitment herd & she currently manages a herd of 6.

Her entire working career has been within hospitality & tourism, and she is extremely passionate about all aspects of the industry. She knew that after leaving her last position working in a Lodge that she still wanted to stay connected to this industry and all of the people within it.

She has over 7 years of experience working in a range of environments in both the city and the bush and she has now settled in the town of Whiteriver, getting the best of both worlds being a ''bush town'' not far from Kruger and many of our clients, but also having modern conveniences close by.

She has worked in restaurants, cafes, hotels as well as the safari lodge sector.
Having both 4 and 5 star working experience.

In addition to her work experience she has a diploma in Hospitality Management, HR, F&B and Digital Marketing, all aspects which enable to understand all ins and outs of the industry.

Her experience has also enabled her to work in many different departments, making her an ideal recruiter to help both our candidates find their dream jobs but also our valued clients be matched with staff that suit their establishment and requirements.

Amore is WILD ABOUT older vehicles & their capabilities, especially off-roading. She loves spending time in remote areas on her time off.

Amore handles all of our recruitment services so If you are looking for staff contact her on jobs@wilddreams.co.za

Angie - THE BRAND & MARKETING MATRIARCH (Assistant Recruitment Manager/Brand & Marketing Manager)

Angie started with us early 2022 & within just a few months she was promoted to Assistant Recruitment Manager & she works closely with Amore. Together they truly are the A-Team!

Her entire career has been centred around the hospitality industry. After completing her hospitality diploma, she jumped right in as an intern getting valuable experience in a range of different environments.

Being an adventure and travel lover, she decided to move to Zimbabwe where she worked mostly in F&B based roles, in functions and events including wedding coordination.

She has a base very close to Kruger, in Phalaborwa, an ideal location for a bush lover! But now spends more of her time in the Cape as she also loves being by the ocean, wherever she is working from she truly embraces the benefits of remote work.

She then started teaching English to Chinese students but soon gravitated back to her passion in hospitality and working with a team.

Angie is WILD ABOUT sunsets, adventuring outdoors & cooking yummy food.

Other than recruiting her main role with us is as our brand & marketing manager. She was the brains behind our 2023 re-brand on our social platforms which has taken our style to a whole other level - go & check out her work!

Marie-Louise - THE TRAINING MATRIARCH (Training Manager/Recruiter)

Marie Louise's first job was as a teaching assistant, this role found her working at a 5 star lodge in Madikwe running childrens activities & this is where she fell in love with the environment & the industry.

Over the last 8 years of working in top luxury lodges she was promoted several times, spending time working both front of house in guest relations roles as well as back of house as a housekeeping manager but ultimately with her wealth of knowledge she became a lodge manager of 4-5 star properties.

She left the industry in 2021 & most recently had an admin & HR role in retail managing a team of 120.

Marie Louise is WILD ABOUT sunsets, spontaneous adventures & going off the beaten track with her 4X4.

Luckily for us, her love of hospitality however kept her wanting to stay connected & this is how she came to join our herd in June, 2023 initially as a hospitality recruiter however her role soon evolved into training, an area she is very passionate about & she now heads up our staff training services.

Dominique - THE SUSTAINABILITY MATRIARCH (Recruiter/Vegan Recruitment Expert)

Dominique kicked off 2023 by leaving lodge life in the Sabi Sands to join our herd as a recruiter.

She has worked within the hospitality industry for her entire working career & after qualifying as a field guide & a coastal marine guide she had the opportunity to intern in a front of house role at a tented camp which quickly turned into a permanent position & her career has centred around guest relations positions within the lodge industry at various different lodges.

After 6 years of bush-life she decided it was time to venture in an exciting new direction that would enable her to have a bit more freedom and flexibility that remote work brings while still being connected to the industry that she loves as a hospitality recruiter helping people find their dream jobs.

Being vegan herself, she is also our vegan recruitment specialist which is a branch of Wild Dreams that has grown over the last couple of years & we work with the top vegan restaurants, sanctuaries & vegan organizations in the country.

Her sustainability management role involves engaging & working with various non-profits through our sustainability initiatives including community development, workshops on Cvs & interviews & 1:1 or small group mentorship in line with our social responsibility goals & values.

The fact Elephants are her favourite was just a bonus in her joining our herd.

Dominique is WILD ABOUT her dog, Daisy, spending time with loved ones & binge watching all the documentaries on Netflix.

If you are in a situation where you are looking to leave the lodge industry to try something different, she is a great person to talk to as this is exactly what she did when she joined us and what a great decision that was!

Rachel - CALF (Recruiter)

Rachel joined our growing herd in June 2023.

Originally from Zimbabwe she now resides in Zambia & has worked seasonally in the lodges in the region but it was time for a change in lifestyle & hospitality recruitment is the perfect way to still be connected to the industry she loves while working remotely.

She has a hotel management diploma and a BA (Hons) in international hospitality & tourism management but also has 5 years of work experience in numerous roles within the industry both in Africa & internationally in the Uk & Greece.

She has experience in events, operations, catering, reservations & camp management of remote lodges so she has an in-depth understanding of many different departments making her perfect to help as many job seekers as possible.

Rachel is WILD ABOUT spontaneous outdoor adventures & all things sport!

Stacey - CALF (Recruiter/Trainer)

Stacey's brings some unique experience to our herd originally coming from the spa industry where she worked as a qualified therapist for many years both locally at salons & lodges & internationally in the Uk at a well-known holiday resort.

Her role in spas transitioned into lodge management & reservations in Madikwe until she decided she needed a change & swapped bush life for ocean life & settled in the beautiful Eastern Cape.

She has a passion for learning & having new experiences & is currently studying (very hard!) for a diploma in hotel management with the international hotel school.

She also loves sharing her knowledge & enthusiasm for the hospitality & tourism industry with others making her ideal to join our herd as one of our recruiters & trainers & she started her journey with Wild Dreams in August 2023 after actually having a career coaching session with Hayley!

She covers in depth training in the following departments - front of house, spa, service & housekeeping. Details of which can be found on our consulting page.

Stacey is WILD ABOUT the night sky, family nights around a fire, travelling & her beautiful retriever best friend - Zeus!

Stacey P - CALF (Recruiter/Trainer)

Stacey P joined our herd early 2024 as part of our recruitment & training team. She is based in the heart of the Umbabat, part of Greater Kruger, so positioned perfectly to offer training to our lodge client base.

She has a wealth of knowledge & experience within the hospitality industry, she obtained multiple diplomas from the international hotel school & has hands on work experience both locally in city hotels & lodges as well as internationally working in the UAE.

She has experience in many departments with her strengths lying in F&B, housekeeping, finance & administration as well as HR & staff management. Being married to a reserve manager she also understands the industry from a conservation approach making her a great addition to our herd.

Stacey is WILD ABOUT the outdoors, hiking & conservation.

Lisette - CALF (Trainer)

Lisette joined us in August 2023 as one of our trainers as we saw the demand increase for staff training within the lodges.

Lisette, originally from the Uk started working in a pub when she finished studying, thinking it would be something to do while she decided what to do with her life, but like many of us that became her life & she soon found herself in 5-star country hotels.

In 2015 her life changed forever when she took a sabbatical to South Africa & never left! Now a husband & two children later she is very much settled in the Eastern Cape where she had been managing a luxury lodge, however when Covid hit she found herself heading in a slightly new direction starting her own cake business. Missing the industry & with her passion for training & development of employees she joined us to facilitate our staff training services in front of house, service & housekeeping.

Lisette is WILD ABOUT being outdoors & she loves the ocean & the bush, holidaying in Kruger any chance she can get.