South Africa is a vast and diverse country. While it is a wonderful destination for luxury travel, it is also a land with many challenges.
South Africa has fascinating cultures, magnificent landscapes and abundant wildlife. The Royal Portfolio Foundation was created to support numerous conservation and community projects specific to each of our hotel’s unique locations. Increasingly guests are looking for more meaningful engagement with the destinations that they visit. They want to get involved and enjoy a deeper connection and experience.
The Royal Portfolio Foundation Itinerary is a version of our 10 night Royal Itinerary that incorporates a number of community and conservation activities that are both educational and practical. An itinerary that allows guests to get beneath the surface of South Africa that can be tailored to your particular interests and passions.
3 Nights at The Silo Hotel | Cape Town
Relax and enjoy The Silo Hotel after your long journey and enjoy a welcome sundowner drink with a member of The Royal Portfolio Foundation with whom you can discuss the details of The Foundation and your itinerary.
After breakfast you will visit the Lalela Project which provides educational arts for at-risk youth. Many of their pieces hang in The Silo Hotel’s art collection.
In the afternoon, there is a chance to visit and help out with one of the local feeding schemes or visit Table Mountain or Robben Island.
A visit to the South Africa Council for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) where you will ‘adopt a bird’ in need, followed by a trip to the penguin colony in Simon’s Town. En-route you will stop at the Potters Workshop – a wonderful community craft project supported by The Silo Hotel.
2 nights at Birkenhead House | Hermanus
After breakfast at The Silo Hotel you will transfer to Birkenhead House (approx. 90 minutes) where you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Enjoy a half day Dyer Island Tour gaining fascinating insights into the marine world and the abundant life found in our oceans including whales (in season), penguins and sharks.
In the afternoon you are welcome to enjoy a guided walk through the Fernkloof Nature Reserve learning about its unique ecology, the fynbos and the spectacular birdlife.
2 nights at La Residence | Franschhoek
After breakfast you can visit Masibulele, an early learning centre supported by Birkenhead House. The Principal, Sweetness is the mother of one of our staff members – Sandile.
From there you will continue on to La Residence in Franschhoek (approx. 90 mins) and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Visit nearby Wes-Eind Primary school and plant a tree (500L celtis sinensis) in their ‘Quiet Quad’ for the children to enjoy and to assist in offsetting your carbon footprint in getting to South Africa.
In the afternoon visit the local community in Groendal with Madeleine – our resident flower lady and gain insights into local life in the Cape Winelands.
3 nights at Royal Malewane | Greater Kruger National Park
Time for your flight to Royal Malewane! In keeping with The Royal Portfolio’s Purpose and Values, The Farmstead at Royal Malewane is part of a broader project to uplift local communities. Support for the community and conservation of the environment are inextricably linked. The local community needs to realise the financial gains of tourism in order to see the value in protecting wildlife and the environment. The Farmstead land is leased from the local community and The Royal Portfolio has undertaken to employ and develop members of that community.
Take some time out enjoying your suite and your first game drive with the most qualified guiding team in Africa who will offer precious insights into the natural world and the basics of conservation.
Spend a Morning experiencing rural African education at the Sigagule Crèche, an early learning centre in the local village just 30 mins from the lodge. The teachers will show you their productive vegetable garden and the children love to have an audience to sing to. The younger children would love you to read a book to them, so pack one for your favourites if you would like to.
On the way home, you may wish to meet Brenda, the principal of the recently established Langutelani Crèche. She will share her story and her aspirations for her little school. The children are not accustomed to visitors so can be a bit shy, but Brenda will encourage them to show off what they have learnt.
In the afternoon you can join the Outdoor Wildlife Classroom where you will be part of a training walk with one of our apprentice guides/trackers and their mentors. You will accompany them as they walk through the wilderness tracking wildlife and learning a few ‘bush secrets’ along the way.
Visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (not open on Sundays) in the morning and in the afternoon meet the heroes of our highly specialised canine unit. Spend time with the dogs and their handlers who protect our endangered rhinos and other wildlife from poachers. They’ll share interesting insights into the specialised training of these remarkable dogs.
Spend your final evening talking to our expert guides and trackers around the fireplace. You will of course enjoy all the usual game drives and bush walks.
The Royal Portfolio Foundation Itinerary includes all transfers between The Silo, La Residence, Birkenhead House and Cape Town International Airport as well as a complimentary night at Birkenhead House.
It also includes all the activities mentioned above, the adoption of a bird in need at SANCCOB, the planting of a tree at a local school to help offset your carbon footprint and a R20,000 donation to The Royal Portfolio Foundation.
Royal Malewane & Birkenhead House are BOTH fully inclusive while The Silo and La Residence are on a bed & breakfast basis. Prices are per person sharing based on a Luxury (Royal Malewane & La Residence), Superior (Birkenhead House) or Silo room category and is subject to availability. Should another room category be booked a surcharge will be applicable. Flights and transfers to Royal Malewane are not included. Guests can fly into Hoedspruit and get a road transfer to Royal Malewane, or fly direct to the private airstrip at Royal Malewane. Road transfers from Hoedspruit airport to Royal Malewane cost an additional R1,390 per vehicle one way.
Contact our experienced reservations team who are on hand to assist with your travel arrangements every step of the way, including charter flights, domestic flights, private jets, road transfers, private security, car hire, concierge services, day tours and activities.