Meet some of our team

Sonia Hambo

Sonia Hambo

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.

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

Boas Hambo

Boas Hambo, dedicated local conservationist, who started as a field officer for IRDNC and is now field coordinator for the conservancy rhino ranger project.

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.

Garth Owen-Smith

Garth Owen-Smith

Garth Owen-Smith, 2015 winner of the Prince Willian Lifetime Conservation Award, who has spent more than 40 years pioneering community-based conservation in the Kaokoveld and Zambezi (Caprivi) region.

Garth guides a limited number of expeditions for CSN each year. His ARID EDEN safaris are specially popular following the publication of his book, An Arid Eden, (Jonathon Ball) - a personal conservation history covering 40 years in the Kaokoveld. Garth also co-leads Conservation and Culture specialized tour with his partner, Dr Maggie Jacobsohn.

He is internationally recognized as a founder of community-based natural resource management in southern Africa and he and Maggie have won some of the world’s top conservation awards for their work in Namibia’s two most remote corners – the NW Kunene Region and Caprivi in the north-east. Garth started working in arid Kunene in the 1960s – even though he trained as a forester – and has dedicated his life to implementing community-based solutions to conservation in Africa. He is well known and respected by communities across Namibia.

See this interview with G. Owen-Smith on the WWF channel: http://makeyourfootprintcount.com

Dr Margaret Jacobsohn

Dr Margaret Jacobsohn

Dr Margaret Jacobsohn, anthropologist, writer 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 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 and has written numerous articles and texts on Himba social organization and on community-based natural resource management.

Kakuu Masuso

Kakuu Masuso

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.