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  • Lissa Christie

    Owner who takes excellent care of you while you are on the island

    In 1976, I was born to Greek / South African parents and grew up on a Litchi farm in Nelspruit. We moved as a family to Cape Town in my teens and I left to experience the world at 18.

    I studied fine art at Central Saint Martins and worked with a small charity which inspired me to create my own company with a friend called START; running large art workshops in underprivileged schools throughout London.

    During my studies, I managed a bar where I was offered the opportunity to join the creative team at Bestival and Camp Bestival. I did this for 8 years and loved it.

    After travelling for six months from Cairo to Cape Town in 2010-2011 with Claire, where I met my now husband Corne, I decided it was time for a change. So after 17 years in London I took the opportunity to develop something extraordinary with our family island. We decided to create a space of joy, beauty, creativity and healing so that everyone can benefit from the magic that I feel on the island.

    Claire Christie

    Owner that finds you great teachers, supports your bookings and getting you to the island

    I am Claire, Lissa's older sister and so also had the same begining in life! After completing school I left for India where I worked with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. Inspired my time there I decided to become a nurse! After qualifying as a general nurse I went on to specialize in sexual and reproductive health, tropical medicine and later emergency medicine.

    Nursing allowed me to fulfill my passions for working within the humanitarian/development sector and travelling. I have had the most incredible life experiences and journeys, and when our dad became ill with cancer, I chose another journey and headed back to Cape Town to care for him.

    With over 17 years experience as a Nurse, I know just how precious life is and how it can all change in a moment. Therefore after my trip with Lissa through East Africa, I gave up my job as a nurse, and chose to continue to create the life I want to live and so that is where my soul journey with the island began. You wont see me on the island as I take care of all the behind the scene things!

    Corne Uys

    Makes sure everything works and runs smoothly as well as being a master chef

    I am Namibian born and also grew up in South Africa just like the Christie sisters. I met the love of my life in Malawi, married her and now live on the island together building our dream life.

    Growing up as a farmer's son, I spent most of my childhood barefoot with the sun on my face and I feel that I relive many of these fond childhood memories here on this little gem, i call home, in the Aegean.

    This move to the island felt very natural as I have spend most of my life, sharing the magic of the African bush with travellers and tourists, as a guide and later a manager of safari lodges around Namibia and in Africa.

    I am passionate about mother nature and all her critters and creatures as well as cooking on an open fire under the stars. I also really enjoy sharing a good story in the shade of an olive tree.

    Ernest Modiba

    Is our Lion King, with the most beautiful of smiles and care taker of the whole island

    I am Ernest and like the others was born in South Africa, but a little before Claire, Lissa and Corne. I am a Swazi from the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. My home is in Nelspruit where I live with my wife Thandi and my four, now grown up children.

    I have been the trusted care taker of Silver Island for over 18 years, so have a lot of experience here. I spend 9 months of the year on the island and then 3 months at home with my family and friends.

    I am a builder by trade, and have been a part of most of the building and renovations you see on the island. With the girls, we have brought the island back to life and into the 21st Century! It is really wonderful to see all these people come and enjoy the island. It makes me happy. You will find me in the olive groves or vineyard or raking the beaches. On my days off, I enjoy relaxing and watching life go by as well as fishing off the jetty.

    *If we ever have any doubts as to how anything works on the island, the first thing you will hear is us calling... Ernest!?!

    Lulu and Kosma

    Lulu the dog and Kosma the cat are part of the family and live on the island with us. They were rescued from the village and are very friendly. If you have a dog or cat allergy, it is important that you know they are on the island.