the Isambane story
Isambane is the Zulu word for Aardvark, an animal as unique as our management style. We passionately believe in sustainable travel and tourism, good food, great friends, long talks, broadened horizons and, of course, an adventurous spirit. We maintain the belief that the world would be a better place if everyone spent more time in nature’s magnificence.
The story begins with the need to secure a future for the amazing wildlife, diverse cultures and incredible people living in and around Isambane. Our top priority is conserving the very land on which all of this depends. Our model is based on sustainability and therefore we have opted to keep our camp small and intimate. Isambane’s contribution is targeted at forging important socio-economic links, improving communities and building a brighter future for the next generation. By achieving our goals, we strive to be a part of the African heritage worth protecting.
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
- Chris Maser
becoming one with nature
Giving back to our environment is the belief that holds us together and is key to conserving the wonders that surround us for future generations. At Isambane, a sustainable world is one in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the Earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. Join us, and go on a journey that immerses the senses and awakens the spirit.
Meet the team
We pride ourselves in providing unparalleled guest service combined with premier outdoor adventures and stimulating activities under an expansive African sky. We aim to create experiences that transform our guest’s lives by providing innovative and creative exposure to the natural world of our majestic Africa.
Your connection to Nature
Your guides all share a wide range of knowledge, experience and background in both conservation and guiding across Southern parts of Africa. A warm approach in everything they do will make each activity whether it be driving or walking an unforgettable memory. Nature and everything it consists of is taken into account, providing a holistic experience to your stay and giving you a better understanding to how the small and large, living and non-living all fit together to become the place we call home.
We strive to restore, improve and protect the biodiversity of the ecosystems under our care to ensure they are functioning as close as possible to their natural, undisturbed state.
In order to stimulate the development of our staff and contribute to furthering our understanding of the natural environment, numerous research projects are undertaken on an annual basis. These include monitoring migratory bird species and recording the wealth of biodiversity occurring within and around Isambane.
All our sales are based on a giving back policy. Proceeds from our curio shop will provide for families and help toward the upliftment of the surrounding communities.
At Isambane, we rely on our Sun's energy to provide all power and electricity, and as a result our camp is 100% solar powered. To be as sustainable as possible we use on-site reverse osmosis filtration to produce high-quality drinking water, reducing plastic usage.