IT’S MORE THAN THE SAFARI OF A LIFETIME
... we’re offering a future
Journey with Purpose
A FAMILY-OWNED AND RUN LUXURY COLLECTION OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN SAFARI LODGES, ISLANDS, AND BEACH WILDERNESS LODGES, WITH A 28-YEAR LEGACY OF RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
The Luxury of Space and Time
Experience the essence of Southern Africa safari lodges and reconnect with nature and with yourself. Make time when you are not available to the rest of the world, that’s our definition of luxury, we call it safari luxury. We give you the sense of space you need to live in the moment. Our luxury safari lodges are a celebration of pristine wilderness, and we have chosen the very best protected areas in Southern Africa. We always build from anew and tread gently. Join our family in exploring. Your journey is our journey, whether you are discovering the wonders of turtle tracking or gently walking alongside a giraffe. We select iconic game reserves, marine sanctuary beaches, protected lakes, rivers and islands where the ecosystems are undisturbed and the African wilderness experience is notable. Our luxury Southern Africa safari lodges offer you a chance to feel truly alive in the optimism of nature.
A legacy of communities & conservation
The Isibindi experience is constant and authentic. We have been pioneers in community conservation for twenty eight years. In partnering with our neighbouring communities in our game, marine, lake and river reserves we have protected the future of these conservation areas for further generations by making conservation worthwhile for rural communities.
“People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile” -David Attenborough
An Isibindi journey is experiential with meaningful engagement with the essence of a place and also its people. When you travel with Isibindi Africa Lodges you become part of the family that has as its purpose saving our planet for our children's children. This purpose drives us all at Isibindi Africa Lodges, whether it's our shareholding partnerships with rural communities, removing single-use plastics, creating micro-economies in our neighbouring communities to supply our lodges, replacing plastic water bottles with reusable ones for guests, investing in huge solar energy farms, refusing to serve seafood at our beach lodge that is not ethically harvested, creche feeding programmes, bushveld alien vegetation control, re-building schools, coral reef monitoring, K9 anti poaching units, and turtle tagging…
A Collectionof Luxury Safari Lodges
Our Collection of Luxury Lodges celebrates the comfort and connection we have in observing nature. Carefully curated to establish a sense of peace and place, these bespoke safari lodges in South Africa and Zimbabwe are a homage to the joy of life in Africa.
The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, the first private concession in this park, is famed for its rhino conservation and the game viewing of the big five. An elegant and contemporary 32-bed lodge wrapped in glass and wood, oozing organic safari chic with breathtaking surrounds. A memorable Southern African safari experience that looks to the future but honours tradition.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Thonga Beach Lodge is the only private concession on the beach in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park a World Heritage Site, a 24-bed lodge where beach chic meets original barefoot luxury. Remote, exclusive and eco-conscious, Thonga is a happy place of barefoot beach summer holidays, an immersive and luxurious experience of nature and exquisite cuisine
The Zambezi National Park
Tsowa Safari Island is situated in the middle of the Zambezi River in the quietest part of the Zambezi National Park. Neighbouring Matetsi and a 40 minute drive from Victoria Falls towards Chobe game reserve, this 16-bed sublime tented camp offers a bespoke luxury African safari under canvas.
The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve
Situated in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, a true wetland wonder, this comfortable 16-bed Kosi Forest Lodge has an incredible choice of guided activities, from exploring the Raphia Forest and hippo lake trips on the crystal clear channels, swimming and snorkelling in the turquoise waters of the estuary mouth and canoeing on the Sihadla River. A birder's paradise.
How we foster an eco-conscious community
All of us at Isibindi Africa Lodges are fiercely committed to incorporating eco-conscious interventions wherever possible at each of our safari lodges, including:
1. Replacing all single-use plastics
2. Investing in solar energy farms
3. Sourcing supplies from neighbouring communities
4. Sharing unused lodge food with neighbouring children’s homes
5. Choosing to only serve ethically harvested seafood
Your greatness is not in what you have, it’s in what you give!
Saving our Rhinoin the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
The Isibindi Foundation alongside Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge has launched a campaign to assist in the protection of rhino within Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HIP) by supporting the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife HIP K9 Unit.
Overview of the campaign
sThe Isibindi Foundation alongside Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge has launched a campaign to assist in the preservation of rhino within Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HIP) by supporting the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife HIP K9 Unit. K9 Units require substantial funding as the training of dogs and handlers is expensive. The approximate cost of a trained dog is in the region of R90 000.00, and handler training is R39 000.00. The total combined cost for dog and handler is R129 000.00. The areas where the funds raised will be used include the following:
A. Firstly, the expansion of the unit (our goal is to add 3 more dogs and handlers to the unit)
B. Secondly, to ensure the longevity of the unit by ensuring its long-term sustainability and maintenance.
The Isibindi Foundation was established in 2019 to consolidate our 23 years of community and conservation projects, and to also create a purpose-driven entity to assist these initiatives. The Foundation allows our guests to be philanthropic travellers and to journey with purpose. We administer these funds and collaborate with our communities and conservation authorities on all projects.