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At Birkenhead House, we aim to support and uplift the local community. One of our projects is The Masibulele Crèche. The crèche was opened in 1993 and in 2000 Sweetness took over as the principal. Today they look after about 80 children from infants to 5 years old. They rely on the local council for support, but so much more is needed. There are 6 committed teachers. Parents pay a school fee of about R180 a month and this goes towards 3 meals a day, stationery, toys and toiletries. The vision is to uplift Masibulele crèche to where they can offer growth through education and in time offer training and support for other schools in the area.

Situated in the Zwelihle area, a 15 Minute drive from Birkenhead House we invite you to visit the crèche with us. Your transfer will be complimentary. You are welcome to make a donation towards an item on the below wish list or take a gift with you. We have gift packs of suitable necessities available to purchase from our curio shop for your convenience. Please note that the crèche is closed during weekends and school holidays.

Birkenhead House participates in the “Santa Shoe Box” project, which facilitates the giving of gifts to under-privileged children over the Festive Season. You can sponsor a Santa Shoebox for a child at R300.

In addition to ongoing support, Birkenhead House has with the help of very generous donations from our guests and suppliers, been able to complete the following improvements at the Masibulele crèche:


  • Front Fencing
  • Interior painting
  • Shelves


  • Refurbish Jungle Gyms & swings – R 4 500 – In the process
  • Built-in kitchen Cupboards – R22,000
  • Replacement of stoves for the kitchen – R 4 000
  • Interior flooring – R 10 000
  • Repairing of windows and safety gates – R 2 000
  • Front entrance tiling – R 500
  • Fixing bathroom taps – R 400
  • Fixing bathroom toilet seats – R 650
  • Paint bathroom floor – R 1 300
  • Replace bathroom door – R750
  • Replace Kitchen storeroom door – R300
  • Wire Gate and repair work of fence – R 1 500
  • Refurbish 1 x Sandpit – R 1 200
  • Outside building to be painted – R2000
  • Stationery – R1500 per term
  • Santa Shoe Box – R300 per child

100% of the donations received are put into the projects at the crèche.

Should you wish to learn more or make a donation please contact:


A Message From Liz Biden

Our thoughts are with those around the world battling the direct and indirect effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Even though our hotels remain closed, The Royal Portfolio Foundation remains committed to supporting numerous conservation and community projects through this difficult time including our counter-poaching initiatives at Royal Malewane and various Covid-19 Relief Feeding Schemes which need our help now more than ever.

We invite you to take the first step in planning your next trip by purchasing A Royal Portfolio Bond. You will receive an additional 25% in value and we will contribute ZAR2,500 to the Foundation on your behalf.

We encourage those with existing bookings to postpone rather than cancel their trips where possible. Our Reservations Team is available to assist with enquiries Mon – Fri | 8am to 5pm (GMT +2).

Thank you to our guests, staff, suppliers and business partners for your understanding and incredible support as we work together to get through this.

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We look forward to a time when we are all able to travel safely and responsibly once again and hope that you will remain inspired by the amazing natural beauty and wildlife of Africa during this difficult time.