Marlies was born in Namibia and began her career as a safari guide. She soon moved on to a camp manager position in Botswana, then became a product manager for East Africa in Germany. In 2000, Marlies joined the prestigious Abercrombie & Kent safari company and moved to Arusha, Tanzania. Responsible for A & K’s Sanctuary Lodges, it was during this time when Marlies met Jörg. They fell in love and decided to make their dream of operating a unique safari lodge come true.

Jörg was born in Germany. At the age of two months he moved with his parents to Uganda, later Ethiopia, then to Northern and Southern India. He came back to Africa later – first to Kenya, then Tanzania. As a renowned travel writer, photographer and safari guide, Jörg has brought his love for the outdoors and his passion for conservation to Hatari.