JOURNEY WITH PURPOSE
When you travel with Isibindi Africa Lodges you become part of the family that has as it's purpose saving our planet for our children's children. This purpose drives us all at Isibindi Africa Lodges whether it's 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, recycling unused lodge food into feeding schemes for our neighbouring creches etc.
Travel is powerful when it connects us to a purpose and a community.
The founders of Isibindi Africa Lodges, Brett and Paige Gehren, both come from a strong conservation background. This has and always will be our authenticity. Twenty five years ago we began with pioneering community conservation establishing one of South Africa's first lodges in a protected wilderness sanctuary with the local community as joint shareholders. Today we own a number of lodges scattered around Africa in world-renowned protected wilderness areas and we partner with many neighbouring communities. Our purpose is to create a human fence between our wilderness areas and neighbouring communities so that the flow of benefits to these communities motivates them to protect these resources. Neighbouring communities need to share in these flow of benefits. Without this they have not only lost their ancestral lands but also access to its resources.
When travelling with Isibindi you will be supporting a host of community projects that rely on the lodges you will be visiting, to flourish and improve people's lives.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
JOURNEY WITH PURPOSE
Our conservation programmes range from supporting conservation of the endangered turtles on Mabibi beach (tagging, guide training, monitoring) to our children's environmental programmes in rhino education in rural neighbouring communities and financially and logistically assisting the anti-poaching units.
For greater detail on the projects we support and the work we have done please click on the button below!
THE RHINO RIDGE FAMILY
The warmth of the local community comes through in every interaction with the staff and management of the lodge and you will feel their enthusiasm as they welcome you with a refreshing drink and warm face towel. Experienced wildlife guides delight in sharing their natural world with you on morning and evening game drives or guided bush walks.
My experience in the service industry started from the age of 16 where I obtained my first job in the restaurant industry. I have always been a passionate, independent and social individual, the service industry and management thereof, has always suited my personality and skill set. In my younger years, I thrived mostly in the restaurant industry and worked contract work for big event caterers and 5-star lodges in the Durban area. After school, I went to study thinking that, life outside of the hotel world would be the path I would take, how wrong I was. I studied both at Varsity College in Westville toward an LLb and at Howard College in a degree towards Geography and Environmental Management. Having decided that neither option was a fit for me I finally settled on Studying a Diploma in the Culinary Arts at 1000 Hills Chef School, a well-known chefs training school based in the Botha’s Hill Area along the comrades Route. It was here that I excelled. The hands-on working, interaction with members of the public and providing the absolute best in food quality for the patrons both inspired me and drove me to focus on the industry I love and thrive in. I eventually graduated 2nd in my class. After chef school I was directly employed at Nambiti Hills Private Game lodge, a game lodge in the Ladysmith Area of KZN South Africa. I entered in at the base level of CDP and through hard work, dedication, loyalty and determination found myself six years later having been the General Manager for 3 years. In July of 2017 I moved Her to Rhino ridge Safari lodge, being a bigger lodge with a much bigger staff base my skill have been put to the test over the last two year, I challenge which I both enjoy and find extremely rewarding. I take great delight in the community interaction and development thereof and really applaud Isibindi for this initiative