Meet some of our team
Sonia Hambo, our bush chef whose fire-cooking skills turn meals into an open air culinary celebration.
Born and raised in Kunene, Sonia spent seven years’ as field catering and communications officer for the community-based conservation pioneering NGO, IRDNC. During the COVID years she has worked for the conservancy rhino ranger project.
Performing miracles on coals she will look after your culinary wellbeing with her mouth-watering bush cuisine. She doubles as a Herero-Damara-English translator as well as ensuring every guest's comfort on safari.
Boas Hambo, chief guide and technical adviser to the annual GOSCARs – Grassroots Owen-Smith Community Rangers Awards. Boas has more than 20 years’ experience working in community-based conservation, and has trained many of the conservancy rhino rangers who monitor and protect our black rhino in Kunene Region, with NGOs and government.Boas grew up in Kaokoland and Damaraland and worked as a natural resource management field officer for IRDNC before joining Conservancy Safaris. As well as guiding safaris, he is now also field coordinator of the conservancy rhino ranger project which is playing a crucial role in monitoring and protecting these endangered animals.
Dr Margaret Jacobsohn
Dr Margaret Jacobsohn, anthropologist, writer, Chair of the GOSCARs Panel of Judges and award winning community conservation pioneer.
Maggie, Namibian anthropologist and community-conservation pioneer, moved to Namibia in the mid-1980s to do anthropological and archaeological research in the north-west. She never left, became a Namibian citizen and founded the NGO, IRDNC with the late Garth Owen-Smith in 1989 just before Namibia’s independence. She spent five years living with a number of Himba and Herero lineages in the north-west in the 80s and early 90s and is regarded as family by some of the older people there. She obtained her PhD from Cape Town University. She is a published author of two books and has written numerous articles and texts on Himba social organization and on community-based natural resource management.
Kakuu Masuso, Etaambura Camp manager- Himba-born but better travelled than many.
Himba-born Kakuu Musaso, manages Etaambura Camp and a local staff of three. Kakuu gained international experience during two years in the United Kingdom where she worked in both the hospitality and the health industries. She was financial administrator for Sanitatus Conservancy for two years before joining CSN. She is proud of her Himba heritage and the fact that CSN is Himba-owned, as well as that a portion of every bed-night at Etaambura goes directly to Orupembe Conservancy within which the camp is located.