Safaris with a Purpose

6 nights: Madikwe Private Game Reserve and magnificent Cape Town

Many families today find a deeper meaning in travel if they give back to the people and places they visit. This ties in closely with our Timeless Africa Safaris philosophy of travel. Behind the scenes, we choose eco-friendly and ethical lodges that make a difference in conservation and community upliftment, and support programmes and activities that are in line with this vision.

For an itinerary where meaningful activities are the focus, your family travels to Madikwe Game Reserve where you are all immersed in a 3-part giving back experience involving conservation, community and research. The highlight is taking part in a real conservation procedure, such as collaring an elephant, notching a rhino, or collaring a lion, cheetah or similar.

Your first day begins with a private talk by imminent conservationist Rob Harrison White on his research and incredibly important conservation project with jackals. This informative experience and tour of his initiative is followed by lunch and afternoon game drive, where you can spot the Big 5 amongst many of the iconic African animals like giraffe and zebra.

The following day, you drive to nearby Molatedi Village, just outside Madikwe, for a visit to Molatedi School, where the headmaster explains more about the primary school and the various projects that the Morukuru Goodwill Foundation supports. Afterwards, you drive back to your house for lunch and some time to relax. Your afternoon is filled with an action-packed game drive with an opportunity to see more natural sights.

The big day comes when the whole family takes part in a live big game conservation procedure. You are all a part of the operation from start to finish. Excitement mounts as the helicopter takes off to find the animal, you hold your breath as professional vet darts the animal from the helicopter, and all of you walk up to the animal once it has been fully anaesthetized, giving you a rare close-up encounter with a wild creature. One of you is asked to assist in keeping the animal cool, another roped into taking some samples and measurements. After a successful operation the animal is woken up and you watch it get back on its feet and walk off. An exhilarating process of several hours.

The second part of your itinerary takes you to beautiful Cape Town, where you help in painting and uplifting a township; township garden planting; and building desks at a local school. Amongst these incredible activities, you take time off to visit the iconic sights like Table Mountain, Robben Island (prison of Nelson Mandela), Cape Point and the penguins at boulders.

Many of our guests ask us if there is anything they can bring to support the local initiatives. We try to match the interest or expertise of the guests with the needs of the programmes we get involved in. Let’s discuss what skills or goods you are able to share to work out where you can make the most impact. We have also seen children doing special fundraising projects at their schools at home, before they come to Africa, and we make sure your kids hand over their donation to the specific project they supported.

It is an incredible legacy to teach the next generation of world custodians of the importance of giving back. And also makes for a memorable and meaningful journey to Africa. Thank you for your generosity of spirit.

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