&Beyond adds philanthropic itineraries

Luxury specialist &Beyond has introduced a series of philanthropic itineraries in Africa, aiming to give guests first-hand experience in the company’s conservation and community initiatives.

Available in South Africa as well as in Tanzania and Kenya, the tours combine high-end accommodation with an opportunity to contribute to the local people and wildlife that make Africa such an extraordinary destination.

Among options is the 10-day Travel With Purpose in South Africa adventure which combines a safari at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve with the sights of Cape Town and the seaside town of Hermanus on the Western Cape. At the game reserve, travellers will be able to get a close look at one of Africa’s most iconic species as they participate in a rhino notching conservation project, in which a veterinary team gives an ear-notch and microchip to a rhinoceros for research and monitoring purposes.

They will also gain insight into the challenges facing rural communities as they visit education and healthcare projects, as well as local small business initiatives supported by &Beyond. This is also contrasted with projects in Cape Town, one of South Africa’s largest urban areas, which include early learning centres, urban agricultural and environmental programs.

A similar tour in Kenya offers a chance for guests to “adopt an elephant” at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and hand-feed a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre. In Tanzania, guests can spend time with disabled works at the Shanga project in the city of Arusha.