Posts by Characterstays

For the love of rivers

Tsowa Safari Island

Tsowa Safari Island Blog For the love of rivers “Brett has always been a river guy” says his wife, Paige Gehren of Isibindi Africa Lodges. This much loved couple are enthusiastically developing the new Tsowa Safari Island Lodge, set right in the middle of the Zambezi River. “By the age of 15 Brett had rafted…

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A heavenly escape

On her recent KwaZulu-Natal adventure, Portfolio Collection’s rock-star travel consultant Nicole Whitehorn was lucky enough to stay at some of our amazing Isibindi properties. Following visits to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge (read about that here) and Kosi Forest Lodge (read about that here), it was then time for her to head to her third and final stop, the incredible Thonga Beach Lodge – and what…

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Kosi Bay Magic

A trip to KwaZulu-Natal for a Portfolio Collection consultant just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the magical Kosi Forest Lodge on the Elephant and Zululand Coast. Being part of the Isibindi Collection, you can expect quality accommodation in a beautiful setting, not to mention top-notch service. Nicole Whitehorn was lucky enough to stay over during her recent trip…

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A taste of the wild

After attending her very first Africa’s Travel Indaba in Durban last month, Portfolio Collection’s passionate and travel-addicted consultant Nicole Whitehorn embarked on an epic journey through KwaZulu-Natal. From charming B&Bs to luxury lodges and gorgeous guest houses, she not only visited a number of the Portfolio places, but she also got to experience different areas of this amazing province…

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World’s most hardcore turtles choose Thonga to rest

At Thonga Beach Lodge we are privileged to host some of the most hardcore turtles in the world – the famous Leatherback. Of course, we do our very best to keep these rugged giants happy, keeping our beach in pristine condition so that when they travel so many miles to select just the right safe…

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Four great destinations for a family reunion

Family reunions don’t often happen, so when you do get the chance to meet up again, catching up and making more memories become special moments to treasure. The location’s so important as your reunion may end up spoiled if you make the wrong choices. With that in mind, let’s take a look at four great…

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Journeys with a purpose

Isibindi Africa Lodges is delighted to announce the launch of The Isibindi Foundation in March 2019. This is an exciting day for the founders of Isibindi Africa Lodges, who come from conservation backgrounds and have partnered for 24 years with our neighbouring communities on many pioneering community and conservation projects. The launch of the foundation…

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Channel your inner artist while on safari

By Kylee Ryers Going on an exciting safari at the Kruger National Park or enjoying a serene seaside escape at Thonga Lodge is a fantastic way to give yourself a reward but if you want to enhance this effect, make sure to create art during your stay! A Drexel University study has found that making art has a very…

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Contributing to conservation is easier than you imagined

Kosi Forest Lodge - Isibindi Africa Lodges

By Kylee Ryers The late Miriam Makeba, who was also affectionately known as ‘Mama Africa’ once said: “Africa has her mysteries and even a wise person cannot understand them. But a wise person respects them.” Apart from being one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, South Africa also boasts some of the…

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