South Africa

Renovating schools

luxury family trip philanthropic volunteering

By joining in you will provide much needed manpower and assist us to make the local schools look and feel like a better place to learn! Many of the schools in Knysna’s townships are in an extremely poor condition and this does not provide a safe or inviting place for children to learn – and as we all know, education is the key to developing underprivileged communities. Construction & Maintenance You will be assisting with manual labor activities – tasks may include digging, plastering walls, putting up shelves and clearing of debris.
Your role may include any or all of:
• Upgrading of current school facilities
• Building of new school buildings
• Necessary maintenance of the interior and exterior of current schools
• Plumbing
• Painting
• Carpentry and woodwork projects
• Building tables, shelves, cupboards etc.

Food Gardens Visual Upliftment You will be making schools in poorer areas look and feel like a better place to learn.
Your role may include any or all of:
• Creating Educational posters and resources such as visuals of the alphabet, flashcards etc.
• Painting and decorating interior and exterior of schools
• Being creative! Successes
• Play areas at 3 local pre-schools have been constructed and painted
• An educational art mural has been created, along with construction and installation of shelving at a local pre-school
• Guttering and water tanks at 5 local pre-schools have been installed in association with Knysna Education Trust

Accommodation in Garden Route

luxury family voluntourism Uplands Homestead and Melton Manor

These two exclusive-use villas within the Kwandwe Private Reserve are ideal for families. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife in your own private 4×4 safari vehicle, and be looked after by your dedicated ranger, personal chef and butler. At Uplands Homestead, this elegant 1905 farmhouse has been lovingly restored to retain all the charm and grace […]

luxury family voluntourism Tsala Treetop Lodge

The magical Tsala Treetop Lodge consists of 10 raised suites just outside Plettenberg Bay. Take a short walk from reception along an elevated walkway through the peaceful forest and your suite is revealed, along with a private deck and your own infinity pool. This part of the world between Knysna and Plett is fabulous for […]

luxury family voluntourism River Bend Lodge and Villa

Located on a private concession adjacent to Addo National Park, this comfortable lodge has 8 rooms plus there is a separate, exclusive use villa that sleeps 8 people. Children of all ages are allowed on game drives, so this is a great option for families with young children, and perfect to round-off a self-drive trip […]

luxury family voluntourism Kurland

This classic country house between Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley is surrounded by rolling fields with horses, and plays host to regular polo matches over the summer. The atmosphere is down to earth and welcoming and its twelve rooms are enormous; traditionally decorated with antiques and oil paintings. It is very child-friendly, with play-rooms, playground, […]

luxury family voluntourism Gondwana Lodge

The design is that of a thatched homestead, and the twelve oversized suites overlook Bellair Dam as well as the Anysberg Mountains. The lodge runs a well-respected programme for children, so it’s a great place for families. There’s also a children’s playroom and a spa for the adults.

Luxury voluntourism Family Vacation Morukuru Ocean Lodge

This exclusive-use villa is in a sublime location inside De Hoop Nature Reserve, in between Hermanus and Mossel Bay. There are four rooms, all with ocean views, plus large dining, indoor and outdoor areas – you are made to feel completely at home by the considerate, attentive and discrete hosts. This is an amazing space […]

meaningful luxury travel The Plettenberg

A superb property jutting out on a spectacular rocky outcrop in Plattenberg Bay. The ocean views are of course a highlight, especially in whale watching season. The rooms are bright, modern and airy, and the range of activities includes mountain biking, fishing and golf.

Meaningful luxury vacation Turbine

The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old Knysna power station into a boutique hotel – the result is a quirky wow factor hotel! Some of the rooms are not huge, but they are of acceptable size. The Turbine Hotel is surrounded by water on three sides and comprises 24 […]

Garden Route

The woodlands, rocky hills and waterways of this region make it a must-do drive for visitors. There are any number of charming villages to stop off at and sample the local produce. See especially the Wilderness National Parks Lake District and the lagoons around Knysna.