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Ruan Reyneke [15.03.89 – 08.04.15]

Ruan Reyneke [15.03.89 – 08.04.15]

“Enjoy every moment. It’s often the smaller ones that stay with us the longest!” (Ruan Reyneke, “Top 10 tips for a memorable safari’ February 2014

It is with great sadness that we notify you of the recent passing of Camp Jabulani Ranger, Ruan Reyneke – a member of our team for many years (he originally worked at The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre).

Ruan was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February this year, and went in for an operation on Monday 6th of April. There were unfortunately complications, which resulted in swelling on his brain. He passed away on Wednesday morning, 08 April. He was just 26 years old.

Those who knew Ruan will not be surprised to learn that he leaves a living, breathing legacy behind. His organs were donated, and have already saved the lives of 4 people.

Although Ruan’s life was all too short, we take comfort in the fact that he was able to do a job he loved, in a place he loved with his most loved at his side. Many live a full lifetime without these blessings.

Our hearts are with Anneli, Ruan’s young wife who is also part of our team, and we will do everything we can to support her during this impossibly difficult time in her life. Our sincere condolences also go to his family.

Ruan was one of Camp Jabulani’s most experienced rangers and took an immense pride in making his guests’ African safari experience nothing short of spectacular. He was an expert at finding game, and seemed to have an uncanny knack for seeking out the elusive leopard. Over and above his spotting and tracking ability, Ruan was marvellous company and great fun to spend time with in the bush or back at the lodge. He took a personal responsibility in ensuring that every aspect of his guests’ stay was as perfect as possible, and we always received consistently wonderful feedback about him as a ranger and as a person.

Even after his diagnosis, he remained completely dedicated, and although he was signed off from driving guests, he still preferred to come to work and help out with lodge duties rather than rest at home. He was a key member of the team and will be very sorely missed by his Camp Jabulani family.

During his life Ruan made dreams come true for so many people. We stand proud to have known such a passionate and amazing young man, who gave so much of himself to others.

Ruan, you are missed and will never be forgotten.

Your Camp Jabulani Family

7 Comments
  • Rosemary Warmennhoven
    Posted at 12:35h, 15 April Reply

    Shock and much sadness today. I spent 2 days with Ruan last November. They were 2 of the best days of my life. My heart goes out to all of Ruan’s family. May he rest in peace.

  • Tony Smith
    Posted at 09:24h, 16 April Reply

    It’s very sad to hear the news about Ruan. He wad our guide when we stayed at Jabulani in August 2012 and was just fantastic to us, we still talk about our time at the camp. His love of the animals, environment and people shone through, as well ashis love of sport. He admitted he even liked watching Australian rules football so we sent an Australian football to him for Xmas 2012. He said he’d try and get Jabulani to have a kick of the ball!! He will be remembered by us forever. Tony & Kerrie Smith and Pam & Garry Stephenson

  • Kimberly Cotter
    Posted at 15:33h, 16 April Reply

    It is with great sadness I hear this news. I had the pleasure and honor of having Ruan for my guide during my four day stay there shortly before his marraige. His knowledge and skills made my trip and stay over the top. My thoughts are with his wife, family and Camp Jabulani. He was a truly wonderful and unforgettable person.

  • Tom Lemery
    Posted at 02:25h, 17 July Reply

    The news of Ruan’s passing came as such a shock. We are deeply saddened by his passing. We spent 4 wonderful days with him last year and we learned so much as he shared his knowledge of the animals, plants and wildlife, which he truly loved. He made our stay at Camp Jabulani very special. Our sincerest condolences to his wife and family. He enlightened our minds and touched our hearts. We will never forget him. Tom & Gail Lemery

  • Laura Eberly
    Posted at 17:21h, 23 August Reply

    We spent 4 wonderful days with Ruan last August. He had just gotten married and was so excited about their future. Ruan taught us a great deal about the animals, his knowledge was vast. He was humble and so easy to be with, I never felt like I was asking a “dumb question”. He loved people and the African wildlife, you just felt it. He was so proud of HESC and all the accomplishments and the newest endeavor with the orphan (now 2) Rhinos.
    Our last night he took us on a night safari where we sat with some hyenas. It was remarkable. On the night we rode the elephants as we were leaving their stable we came across a large male Rhino. Ruan was so careful, he only had the headlights on for a blink of an eye as he was worried there could be poachers and he did not want to give the Rhinos position away. I think his time at HESC truly helped make him the best Ranger we have ever had. We will miss him, our hearts go out to Annelli, his family and the Camp Jabulani family. Well Done Ruan, Be Tho At Peace Jon and Laura Eberly

  • Steve and Ursula Fitzgerald
    Posted at 03:17h, 01 September Reply

    We just learned today from Ruan’s wife, Anneli, that Ruan had died. Totally stunned by this news. We spent 4 days with him last September and had the vacation of our lives. He drove us all over the preserve in the mornings, afternoons and then again in the evenings. True to his reputation, he found and we saw all of the Big 5 and so much more including a Bush Baby on a night drive. Besides finding the animals, he spent considerable time educating us. Anneli, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Anneli Reyneke
    Posted at 22:01h, 30 March Reply

    As it comes closer to the 1 year mark since we had to say our final goodbyes to my stunning and amazing husband, I came across all your heartfelt messages once again.
    With tears in my eyes, I would just like to thank each and every person for all your condolences through this unimaginable sad and heart-breaking time we had to endure. I can ensure you that he was honoured to share his passion for the bush and animals with each and everyone of you. His passion will always be with us and I am so proud of what he has achieved in his 3 years at Camp Jabulani as a ranger, and that he could touch so many lives by living out his passion. I truly miss the nights he came home, so excited to share with me what he saw on drive with you guys. Steve and Ursula, the Bush Baby was one of his top high lights and the video made it to Cape Town as well:-) Ruan was one of the most sincere and genuine people I have ever met in my life and I’m truly privileged to have had him in my life on earth for 4 years and as my husband for a short time of 11 months. He has left a legacy behind that will stay with us for many years to come. “Enjoy every moment. It’s often the smaller ones that stay with us the longest!” (Ruan Reyneke)

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