The Kaba team is waiting to welcome you to the beautiful and tranquil Kaba Valley. We are here to ensure that your stay is pleasant and peaceful.

Owners:


Jim and Sheila Musto

Jim was born and raised in Zimbabwe. After completing a BSc Agric at the Univeristy of Natal he took up a research post at a Forestry Research institute and studied further. After 6 years of flirting with an academic career the calling to return north of the Limpopo became too strong. He and his newly- wed wife, Sheila, got on their bicycles and headed north. Several punctures later and after some hair-raising traffic experiences in Nairobi, they decided that for the sake of their sanity and their marriage it would be a good idea to lay down the bicycles and find some employment in Kenya, becoming dairy farmers in the Rift Valley. Jim has been involved in dairy farming for most of his working life since this time. They returned to Zimbabwe to farm tobacco and coffee, which was cut short after two years by Mugabe’s land plan, and resulted in a return to dairy farming – this time south of the Limpopo, near the village of Magaliesburg. The Musto tribe, now numbering 6, moved further south three years ago to the beautiful Kaba game farm. Jim is passionate about livestock and game farming and rangeland management. He also shares his wife’s passion for educating youngsters in the exciting business of life. He has cycled, run and kayaked competitively for several years and has also spent most of his life involved with horses – for work and pleasure.

Sheila was born and raised in the farming areas west of Johannesburg. The daughter of exceptionally dynamic  and innovative parents, Chippy and Cynthia Brand, Sheila has inherited that same passion and contagious excitement for life and for people. After completing a two year diploma in Biblical studies followed by a BA at UCT, Sheila travelled and worked in the UK and Europe for a year before returning to enrol for her HDE (Higher Diploma in Education) at the University of Natal.  She had been enjoying high school teaching at Epworth Girls College in Pietermaritzburg, when she was persuaded to join her husband on his north bound travels. She was recognised by both teachers and pupils as an inspiring and exciting teacher, and she has remained passionate about teaching young people. Sheila is also passionate about cooking and healthy eating and living – she thoroughly enjoys preparing healthy and tasty meals for guests.

Guides & Staff:


Dylan Weyer

Dylan grew up and was schooled in East London and continued his education at Rhodes University where he graduated with an MSc degree in Environmental Science. Before commencing his tertiary education, he spent four years working, traveling and volunteering across southern Africa and Europe. During this time, amongst other things, he did some field guiding, worked in an operating theatre in a hospital in England, did volunteer work in Angola and spent some time living with a Xhosa family in a small rural village in the former Transkei.

University exposed Dylan to a number of extramural activities. He now has a passion for cycling and running he has developed a keen interest in rock climbing and canoeing.  Through his involvement with Kaba Game & Beef Farm and Quest Africa, he has enjoyed the opportunity to incorporate most, if not all of his passions and interests. Some of these are the planning and execution of expeditions -or "epics" as we like to call them-, birding, general fun in the sun and the chance to build into the lives of young people.

All that aside, the things he holds most dear are his faith, his amazing wife Misty and his family and friends.


Dylan Davies

Dylan is a young man who is passionate about the bush and the natural environment. He is a qualified professional hunter and an avid bow hunter. His other consuming interest is spear-fishing. The skills and knowledge he has in these areas form a valuable contribution to the Kaba Game & Beef Farm experience. He is also a practical and competent hands-on person who has developed a wide knowledge in various fields through his hunger to learn and to master new skills.


Chitani Gopole

Chitani Gopole is a man of exceptional ability. He is able to absorb knowledge and learn new skills faster than anyone I have ever met. He also has the ability to make a plan when lesser men would have thrown in the towel long ago. He is quiet and unassuming but underneath the calm exterior is a determination and resilience that has allowed Chitani to achieve amazing things with the limited opportunities he has had.

Chitani left Zimbabwe about 5 years ago. He arrived at Jim's farm gate at the Musto's dairy farm in Magaliesburg with his brother in law desperately seeking employment. The only work Jim had for them was protecting his maize lands at night time when the local population were helping themselves to a degree that was becoming ridiculous. Jim's maize theft problem ended that very night – with some indignant locals having to admit they had met their match with these committed and tough Zimbabweans. Every opportunity he has been given since then he has grasped with both hands and become extremely competent in a range of skills which include all aspects of cattle management, veld management, workshop skills, welding, woodwork, sewing (clothes making, tent repairs) leatherwork and saddlery, horse riding, meat butchering, and all aspects of nature guiding. As a nature guide Chitani is competent in all aspects and his knowledge is broad and sound. His real forte is trees. A number of experts have spent time with him in this area and have been amazed at his exceptional knowledge of the trees in this area of coastal forest.

With the Kaba Game & Beef Farm guests Chitani is a patient and well-liked guide who spends several hours revealing to individuals a wealth of fascinating information about trees, grasses and the ecosystem as a whole. Chitani’s story and, in particular, his attitude to learning are a wonderful example of how much can be gained if one grasps opportunities with both hands.