The essence of the experience
There’s no better way to get a glimpse into real African life than by visiting one of its rural communities. A trip to one of the villages surrounding the Sabi Sand Game Reserve provides a glimpse into the challenges, hopes and dreams of this local community in a way that not only educates but also inspires.
&Beyond believes in making a meaningful difference to the communities that surround our game reserves and, with the help of generous donations from our guests, we have partnered with Africa Foundation on a number of projects in the surrounding areas. Visit some of these community-led initiatives to get a glimpse of the challenges and triumphs encountered by the local people.
In the Huntingdon community, meet the young learners of Hundzukani Primary School, where classrooms and food gardens have been build, allowing the school not only to ensure that pupils never have to attend school on an empty stomach but also to sell fresh produce to community members. Move on to the older children of Kurhula Secondary School, the first high school to be built in the area.
In neighbouring Justicia, meet the children of the Happy Homes Preschool, the only crèche available to the local residents. This preschool has grown from a corrugated iron shack where 28 children were cared for to a proper facility with brick and mortar classrooms that caters for no less than 212 children.
The Madilika Craft Centre, situated at the entrance to the Sabi Sand Reserve, is the community’s landmark success story. Beginning with a partnership between twelve craftspeople, business and financial skills training carried out here has allowed the group to expand their product range and target the tourist market.
A visit to any of these projects will leave you inspired and amazed at the commitment of this local community towards facing and overcoming the challenges that hold it back from achieving its goals of building a better future for themselves and their children.