The start of the journey
Established in 1997 - iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
In 1995 the uMvumamvubu Development Trust were given the rights by the Bureau of Natural Resources (later to be amalgamated into Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife) to develop a lodge site along the Kosi Bay lake system. Isibindi Africa Lodges entered into an agreement with the Trust to build and operate a 20-bed lodge. The protected land is now proclaimed as part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Vulindlela Community Garden
The Vulindlela Community Garden is a collaboration between the Isibindi Foundation, Kosi Forest Lodge and 16 women from the Mnyayisa community. The Foundation has supported this initiative by providing initial infrastructure, including fencing a ½ hectare area, bulk water supply and storage for the garden’s irrigation, providing fertilizers, and an initial donation of 10 000 seedlings generously provided by Zululand Nurseries in Eshowe. The local woman will sell the produce in town to earn an income and to ensure the future sustainability of the garden into the future.
Mnyayisa Primary School
The Isibindi Foundation provides support to this school through supplementing the nutrition programme, as well as guest donations of various items including school shoes, stationery, and uniforms. Guides from Kosi Forest Lodge also provide the children with educational discussions on conservation.
Recycling and Plastic Awareness
Regular litter clean-ups are conducted within the river and lake systems of Kosi Bay with children from the local community. It forms a vital component of educating the youth within Mnyayisa on the importance of caring for our natural environment.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not!”
-The Lorax | Dr Seuss
All donations are always received with great appreciation and will take us a step closer to achieving our vision of investing in our communities in a conservation-oriented manner. All donations received will be utilized in one or more of our above programs. All project speciﬁc donations received will be allocated to the donor’s project of choice!