Lucky Nhlahla Khumalo

Game Ranger, Shamwari Game Reserve, proud Zulu


Describe your life in one word?


Who is God?

Our creator, our saviour. I am a spiritual man and God is deep in my heart.

Describe your last day on this earth?

Not anything extra or different. I love what I do. Death is just a part of that. We are on this earth as visitors and death is part of the cycle. I live by the mantra “okungaphelu kuyahlola” which means – “all things will come to an end”.

What makes you sad?

People who have no respect for life – in all forms.

What is your greatest fear?

To lose my mind. I have spent much time investing in it.

What would you do if you had all the money in the world?

My needs are few – as long as I had the basics, it would probably not make a huge difference to me.

What do your friends say about you?

They say they want to be Lucky!

And your enemies?

Do I have any?

What advice would you give to an 18-year old whose heart was broken?

“Yomelela” – which means “be strong”.

What does it mean to be a man?

To take full responsibility for yourself, your family and your people.

Are you a Jack Russell, a Boxer or a Great Dane?

A Great Dane.

What is the greatest thing about women?

They are an African man’s weakness! My father had 5 five wives.

What is the most profound thing your parent’s taught you?

To respect the elderly. And remember that in our culture (Zulu), any adult is your parent.

What do you dislike about yourself?

Nah, nothing! I am cool with myself.

What has been the highlight of being a Game Guide?

Taking Tiger Woods out on a few game drives, and meeting Thabo Mbeki. I don’t have to travel out of South Africa, the world comes here!

What happens when you die?

There is life after death and you become accountable for this life. I think I am going to heaven.

Who are your heroes?

The two people who bought me into this earth. My mother and father.

What is on your gravestone?

We will always remember you, sleep in peace “Lala Kahle Siyokukhumbula”!

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