With travellers increasingly turning towards responsible travel and participative experiences becoming more mainstream, luxury travel operator &Beyond has launched a selection of philanthropic itineraries that highlight the company’s ethos of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People. Providing an enticing glimpse into &Beyond’s land and wildlife practices, as well as their people development projects, the tours are designed to provide the opportunity for guests to gain some first-hand experience in conservation and community initiatives. Lifting the veil around responsible luxury travel, the tours in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania combine high end accommodation with the opportunities to give back to the people and wildlife that make Africa a unique tourism destination.
The 10-day Travel With Purpose in South Africa adventure includes a safari at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, as well as the scenic marvels of Cape Town and Hermanus. At the game reserve, travellers get up close and personal with one of Africa’s most iconic species as they participate in a rhino notching conservation experience. They 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. They will later have the opportunity to contrast this with the projects in Cape Town, one of largest urban areas, which include early learning centres, urban agricultural and environmental programmes and more. After exploring the highlights of Cape Town, travellers move on to Hermanus. Here they will be introduced to the work done in an educational training centre, as well as an agricultural project, in between enjoying whale watching and exploring the spectacular landscape.
A similar 12-day Travel With Purpose in Kenya tour introduces guests to the wildlife and the people of East Africa. Guests can adopt an elephant at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and hand-feed a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre. The contrast between rural and city life in once again explored with opportunities to meet with students from the Community Leaders Education Fund bursary programme appearing alongside the chance to immerse yourself in the traditional Maasai way of life at Chyulu Plains National Park. The wildlife sanctuaries at Ol Pejeta and Lewa Downs, home to chimpanzee and rhino sanctuaries, round up the journey.
Across the border, the Travel with Purpose in Tanzania experience begins in Arusha, spending time with the disabled workers at the Shanga project and visiting two of the city’s health programmes. Travellers will explore the farming and fishing communities on the edge of Lake Manyara and get to know a local school. In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, guests will gain insight into protection the local lion population from the team at the KOPELion project. A visit to an authentic Maasai boma will provide a glimpse of local life. In between, travellers will enjoy some of East Africa’s most iconic landscapes and wildlife conservation areas.