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Sharon Meyer-Theron (Minnaar) passed away in Cape Town, 25 August 2014, in the arms of her husband Ralph Meyer-Rust, losing her fight with cancer. 

Sharon started her outdoor career in Botswana in the eighties and continued following her dreams in Namibia from 1996 to 2007, before setting off on another adventure of a lifetime, in the islands of Seychelles. 

In 2013 Sharon and Ralph returned to Namibia, the country Sharon so dearly loved, to again become engaged in conservation and the tourism industry. 

Lianshulu Lodge which awoke a passion for Namibia in Sharon.

Lianshulu Lodge which awoke a passion for Namibia in Sharon.

She found a beautiful place in the Namib, but after extensive surgery in Europe this year, could not continue the journey. 

Sharon will always be remembered for her passionate engagement in the East Caprivi, through both good and difficult times. 

Her bubbly smile and boundless vitality lit up the lives of both tourists and communities for a decade. 

No request, no hardship was ever too much to deal with  for Sharon.

Her love for nature and wildlife was deep and boundless, as was her commitment to conservation causes both in Namibia and Seychelles.

Privately, Sharon channeled her quiet and gentle energy into outdoor travel, nature photography and the past seven years, fly-fishing in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. 

Should you wish to send a message to Sharon’s husband, please feel free to do so. Send him an email to Ralph Meyer-Rust at

A brief look at Sharon’s Career

Sharon was  born  in  Natal,  South  Africa,  and  spent  most  of  her formative years in a small town environment on the coast, with vacation time  spent  in  the  bush  or on  farms,  pursuing  the outdoors and  related activities.

After completing her studies in the Cape, Sharon’s passion for the  outdoors  lead  to  her  working  as  a  teacher  at  an outdoor  school before moving on to conventional schooling.

Following her dreams, she took  up  a  position  in  the safari  industry  in  Botswana.

Later,  due  to marriage  commitments,  she  again  joined  the  mainstream  business environment  and  excelled  at  managing  an  office  furniture  outlet  in  a budding  area  of  South  Africa,  where  she  established  herself  as  a businesswoman and contributed to her community through her service in various organizations, while assisting her husband to run a farm and retail outlet.

Zambezi River at Lianshulu.

Zambezi River at Lianshulu.

When the opportunity presented itself to start up a business in a more remote location, she took up the challenge and helped to grow the safari industry in her chosen area of Namibia, from where she moved on to another remote wilderness area in Namibia, assisting with the running of an acclaimed group of  lodges.

A commitment  to the conservation of the area became her passion, and coupled with her determination to instill the need for conservation in others, she was able to make her mark on staff and local communities, especially schools, while living her chosen lifestyle.

Sharon last lived on Mahe as Operations  &  Logistics  Manager  and  Assistant  to  the  Managing  Director  of  Great  Plains  (Seychelles) in Seychelles.


Travel News Namibia
Travel News Namibia
Travel News Namibia is a high-quality glossy Namibia travel and lifestyle magazine tasked with promoting Namibia to the world. With riveting stories, first-hand encounters and magnificent photographs showcasing tourism, travel, nature, adventure and conservation, TNN is the ultimate and most comprehensive guide to exploring Namibia. Travel News Namibia is published in five different editions per year. These include four English- language editions and one German. Travel News Namibia is for sale in Namibia and South Africa.

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