African Travel: Returning To My Roots

I recently visited South Africa with my family and I was reminded of my native heritage and the diversity that South Africa has to offer. Africa is a destination that’s on everyone’s bucket list and one that even if you’ve had the opportunity to visit and experience the fascinating wildlife, vibrant cultures and beautiful coastlines, you will want to return because you no two experiences will be the same.

I spent time in a Sotho village and was reminded of my childhood growing up on the African savanna. It was an emotional experience for me which I shared with my partner and 4-year-old son. I was transported to my youth living under the African skies and fondly remembered my grandparents who took care of me and my siblings during our vacations. Delving deeper into my culture, meeting the locals and taking game drives reminded me why Africa is such a magical place and forever will be a part of my soul.
At African Travel, Inc., we’ve gone back to what’s important. Together with the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come, our focus for 2017 is our sustainability and responsible travel initiatives in Africa.

In celebration of Earth Month, I feel it is important to highlight the incredible projects we’ve been working on and how guests who travel with us can help to enrich the communities and environments that they visit.

Sherwin Banda
At African Travel, Inc., we are passionate about preserving, protecting and building a better future for the communities and environments we visit.

We also know the importance of providing guests with opportunities that will help them give back as well. We are very excited to announce that starting this year, when guests book Majestic South Africa, a $50 per couple donation will be made in their name(s) to go towards the building of a rhino boma at Shamwari Game Reserve. The rhino boma will be a safe haven to rehabilitate injured or orphaned rhino, until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild. To find out more about this initiative, please visit
Through our partnership with Me to We, guests can add the Kenya Community Experience extension after their trip with African Travel, Inc. They will spend 4-days in the northern Maasai Mara during an immersive volunteer experience and help to build a new school, learn about the local economy and interact with mamas in the community. Activities include participating in a water walk to fetch water with mamas to gain a better understanding of daily life, going on a sunrise hike with Maasai guides and learning the art of traditional Maasai beading from mamas. In Tanzania, guests can participate in other volunteer opportunities like dedicating a bit of their time by helping to build much-needed school furniture.

In most areas, three to four children typically share one desk, so new furniture is always appreciated. When construction is complete, guests will deliver the desk to a classroom in need. We are also very proud of the work we do with The Amy Foundation- a non-profit organization that offers programs to develop and empower youth living in the challenged and vulnerable communities within the Western Cape. Through African Travel, Inc., we work with the Amy Foundation by donating musical instruments and supplies to their after-school programs, and by giving guests the opportunity to tour and participate in activities like dancing and cooking with the children at the after-care centers around Cape Town.
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