Anders Du Plessis, or "Dup" for short, is a gruff Afrikaner with a big heart. He has poor hygiene and drinks to excess but that doesn't stop Caroline, Sarah's mother, from falling in love with him. He has a son Kirk, from an affair he had with a woman he met while deployed as a soldier in his twenties, and a granddaughter Amber. Despite the dissaproval he showed to the Trevanions when they first arrived he has created a strong friendship with Danny and a strong bond with Evan, Olivia and Rosie. He formed a working relationship with Evan, teaching him all the skills he needed to become his apprentice ranger. Dup seemed to be getting soft in his old age when he openly allowed Charlotte and Alice to stay claiming that they were the best thing to happen to Leopards den since the arrival of the Trevanions.