Marnus Scholly appointed Executive Chef at Tswalu
Recently we made the exciting announcement that Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen will be opening a restaurant on Tswalu called KLEIN JAN. Now we introduce you to the man he has appointed Executive Chef at Tswalu, Marnus Scholly, who has worked in the kitchens of both luxury bush lodges and upmarket restaurants.
Marnus’s love for fine dining began after he graduated from The Chef School for Food and Wine and worked at Roots Restaurant in Krugersdorp for the first time. He was to return to Roots for a four-month stint under Adriaan Maree, whom he describes as an inspiration.
During his career as a chef he has also spent three years at Singita in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, and another three as head chef of Savanna Private Game Reserve. Most recently he was head chef at Clico Restaurant at Clico Boutique Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Chef Marnus is inspired by internationally renowned chefs like Raymond Blanc, Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux Junior, as well as local chefs such as Bertus Basson and, of course, Jan Hendrik.
Says Marnus: “I am looking forward to working with Chef Jan Hendrik in defining the Tswalu culinary vision. We are focussing on a specific area of produce, working closely with local farmers, and we understand the unique challenges of the Kalahari region. Our offerings will be tailored to guest needs and will deliver a world class experience.”
White-backed vulture conservation
Several breeding nests of white-backed vultures were recently discovered on the reserve for the first time, during BirdLife SA's first audit of Tswalu since becoming South Africa's first Vulture Safe Zone.
When a pangolin sniffed my boot
One of the tagged pangolins became a central character in Leonie’s story. On her very first night, after several hours of following the pangolin’s tracks with the researchers through the dunes to its burrow, she had a once-in-a-lifetime experience.