Istene Rousseau

  • AGE: 31
  • nationality: South African
  • residence: Africa
  • athletic skills: Rocking Climb, Yoga, Slacklining, Motorcycling, Snowboarding, Sailing, Kayaking, Hiking and Flying Planes
  • hero status: The Godess of the Sky
  • hero statement: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone


I’m Istene Rousseau, Aspiring Adventurer, Avid beard enthusiast and lover of a good cup of tea. My life’s mission is to share my love for the world with every human I meet and eat good food along the way.

I was born in Pretoria where I grew up next to a small airport, this is where all the trouble started! I fell in love with flying and decided to take on the endeavor to become a Commercial Pilot. I obtained my commercial pilot license and quickly thereafter progressed to become a flight instructor. I eventually started working at an airliner at OR Tambo where I had many opportunities to excel in the industry. However, the corporate aviation world has never been where I saw myself “excelling” and I was a bit ambivalent about the entire situation, thus, I decided to do the most logical thing a 25 year old should do… quit my job and join teams with the three most brutish men to explore Africa.

My passions are cooking, followed directly by the consumption of great food, flying, music, people, adventure and excitement. I am an avid rock climber and hiker and I’m constantly seeking new peaks to conquer. I’ve rowed the Orange River and hiked the fish river canyon, but overlanding in South-Africa’s bordering counters is where I fell in love with the people and the cultures and I want to experience more!

I want to explore the tastes of Africa, learn how to cook all the weird and wonderful things this continent has to offer, outdoors over a fire (showing these men how to actually braai)! I want to experiment with the different herbs and spices found in Africa’s land and study their culinary, medicinal and other uses. I want to touch the lives of people we meet along the way while learning as much as I can, leaving them with a speck of a memory that will last a million lifetimes.


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