Holidays where families can volunteer, without giving up all of their vacation time, are growing in popularity. Following the success of their current participation activities, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, situated in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape, is now offering guests of all ages the opportunity to participate in community projects during their stay for no extra cost. Ideally suited to families with teenage kids, activities are tailored according to individual and family interests and range in length from a couple of hours to a half day.
For luxury-loving families, Relais & Chateaux property, Kwandwe Uplands Homestead, offers sole-use accommodation. Prices start from ZAR3618 (approx. US$395) per person per night based on four people sharing. All meals, drinks and safari activities are included. Families are advised to notify Kwandwe of their interest in volunteering at the time of booking.
Families are invited to work alongside the reserve’s Mgcamabele Community assisting with gardening projects; parents can opt to give a reading lesson to children whilst teenagers can share their computer skills with community centre staff; others may prefer to participate in local arts and craft activities including bead and doll making at the day care centre; toddlers are welcome to join in playtime at the pre-school and the whole family can take on older school kids in a game that transcends all ages and backgrounds, football! These immersive experiences not only enhance children’s awareness and understanding of other cultures, but also provide an interaction that is both educational and rewarding.
Offering exceptional game viewing and a wide variety of safari activities, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a haven for adults and children alike. ‘Rangers in Training’ packs and certification; spoor tracking adventures; ‘minnow’ fishing trips; treasure hunts; chocolate animal moulding and ‘Big 5’ cookie making competitions are just some of the activities available exclusively to their younger guests.
Further still, just one of four small Relais & Chateaux properties in the reserve, Kwandwe’s Uplands Homestead offers a sole use accommodation option for families of up to six people and whose dedicated contingent of friendly staff, including a chef and butler, are always on hand to take care of their every whim. Guests staying here also enjoy the exclusive use of a 4×4 safari vehicle, ranger and tracker ensuring each family’s experience is a truly personalised one. Dating back to 1905 this restored farmhouse comprises a contemporary farm style kitchen, three spacious bedrooms and cool verandas. The house also features rolling lawns for active kids to run around on, a full size swimming pool as well as a host of kiddie friendly amenities such as a TV, DVD player, books & puzzles and arts & crafts kits.
Tel: +27 46 622 7897