Celebrating the Women of Morukuru Family – Meet Assistant GM Esmaralda Kloeck

August is Women's Month and our chance to celebrate women's achievements. Meet Esmaralda Kloeck, who is our Host and Assistant General Manager at Morukuru Family Madikwe. Find out what makes this coffee addict tick and why she includes family, sundowners and baking on her “favourites lists”.

When you were growing up - what did you want to be? Ever since I could remember, I have wanted to become a chef. After school, I pursued my dream, and in 2014 when I started at Morukuru, I was still an active chef. Little did I know being a chef was the start of a bigger dream.

August is Women’s month - what unique talents do you think women bring to Morukuru Family? Attention to detail in the work environment and support and empathy amongst colleagues.

Morukuru Family is famous for its great service levels - what does it mean to you to be part of a winning team? I am honoured and proud to be part of a team that puts its heart and soul into every aspect of guests’ experiences. To witness and work with that dedication every day is heart-warming.

You work in a nature reserve - what is your favourite view on the Morukuru property?There are so many breathtaking views at Morukuru, but my favourite is wherever I can see the sun set. No perfect day in a game reserve can end without a perfect sunset.

Do you prefer tea or coffee?  Coffee!!!

In your spare time - what do you like to do? I like to bake, have sundowners, and spend time with family. When we are on leave, my husband and I love to go camping in other game reserves.

Tell us about three women you admire and why?  Firstly my mother. She always puts other people’s needs above hers. Then my sister, who always pushes on no matter how hard life gets. And my three best girlfriends, who taught me that walking away and crying doesn’t make you weak. It makes you powerful.

Do you have any wise words to share with other women in your hospitality team?       Never let anyone define your worth. You are unique and beautiful. If you believe you can, then you are halfway there.

Where do you want to retire? In an eco-estate near Hoedspruit, a small town situated at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg.