Each destination on this Trip with a Purpose shares a strong conservation ethos to preserve the country’s vulnerable wildlife and enrich the local communities. A great option if you are eager to make a positive impact with your travel spend.
Marataba Explorer’s Camp, part of the greater Marakele National Park, and Kwandwe Private Game Reserve’s Great Fish River Lodge combine for the ultimate safari experience on this tour. Each immaculate malaria-free location showcases its own unique biodiversity. Walking safaris and game drives provide thrilling game viewing and magnificent views of the reserves’ striking landscapes. Both destinations offer the unique opportunity for guests to take part in various projects run by passionate conservation teams. Most notably, their rhino conservation efforts.
In between the two safaris, sojourn in the scenic town of Franschhoek. The dubbed ‘gourmet capital’ of South Africa is renowned for its phenomenal food, wine, and art, as well as breathtaking landscapes and quaint architecture. La Clé Lodge will be your base from which to enjoy the Cape Winelands. Whether you’re after romance, adventure, quality family time, or all of the above, this tour is perfect for you. It’s an incredible way to make a difference, while enjoying every creature comfort of a luxury safari holiday.
Why Is This a Trip with a Purpose?
- At Marataba, take part in identifying, monitoring, tracking and collecting data on mega fauna such a rhinos and elephants, as well as predators like cheetah. Get involved in habitat rehabilitation through wire-barking special trees to prevent damage caused by elephants. Help set up a camera trap and take a behind-the-scenes look at what happens during the day and night.
- La Clé is a foundation sponsor of the The Kusasa Project and continues to support them long term. They work within the Franschhoek community to break the cycle of poverty by engaging disadvantaged children during the very important early childhood learning phase. Enjoying the meals at La Clé, prepared by Mel Shepherd the manager and chef, who supports local producers within a 30km radius.
- At Kwandwe, re-plant spekboom, a wonder plant that is endemic to the Eastern Cape, on game drives and walking safaris and observe flora rehabilitation in action. Volunteer your time by reading or telling a story during the pre-school morning ring, helping in the vegetable garden, assisting at afternoon homework club, or offering basic computer training for children and staff.