Today travellers seek experiences that allow them to interact meaningfully with their destination residents.
Driven by an increasing social awareness surrounding communities that are less fortunate, tourists are seeking ways to enrich their travel experience by lending a helping hand. These tourists are opting to include volunteering activities as part of their vacation experience.
One of the popular backpacking establishments on the Garden Route, Afrovibe Adventure Lodge, Myoli Beach is now offering visiting backpackers an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children living in the local townships. Their volunteer programme is partnered with Smutsville’s Masithandane, and Sizamile, both Sedgefield based non-profit organisations.
Sedgefield, a coastal Garden Route village is well-known for its various water sports. As many of these sports are inaccessible to the areas disadvantaged children, Afrovibe Adventure Loge owner, Lyle Katzen embarked on his Afrovibe Surf Outreach Project. It is wonderful to see some of Sedgefield’s top local surfers and many passing travellers given up their time to make a difference in the lives of these local youths.
Although this initiative is designed to offer disadvantaged children the opportunities and experiences they would not ordinarily have, the primary goal is to teach them valuable life lessons while having fun.
It is generally accepted that this surf school is the perfect healthy platform from where the children can learn about the importance of their natural environment and why they should respect it. Besides mentoring the children through numerous important life skills, the surf school offers children the opportunity to interact with positive role models, possibly something they do not have within their home.
It is clear to see that Afrovibe Surf Outreach Project Is making positive impact in the lives of many of these local children.
For more information contact: Afrovibe Adventure Lodge on 044 343 3217 or visit www.afrovibe.co.za
For many years the small seaside hamlet, Buffels Bay (fondly dubbed Buffs), just 20km outside Knysna, has lured those drawn to the sea and surf. This beautiful bay is a hub for water sports enthusiasts; surfers, Stand-up-Paddle boarders (SUP) and kayakers. These water lovers often frequent this relatively sheltered beach and during December it buzzes with holiday revellers.
If you head down to Buffs on any given day (weather permitting) you will see Donovan Smith, passionate surfer and owner of Trip Out Adventures. Don is a qualified lifeguard, medic, registered tour guide, surf instructor and avid lover of the great outdoors. He is further an ardent advocate for our area, which he calls “paradise” and loves to share this passion for the diverse splendour of the Greater Knysna with his clients.
While Trip Out offers a host of guided water and land based activities including kloofing, snorkelling, stand up paddling and boating throughout Knysna and surrounds, they are best known for having some of the most experienced surf instructors in the area. Buffels Bay, a year round surfing hotspot is rarely overcrowded and the vibe among the surfers is friendly and laid-back, making it the ideal place to hone your surfing skills.
Trip Out strives to provide all their clients with a memorable and safe surfing experience. Living up to their motto - “Surfing has never been so fun and easy”! Using boards geared towards beginners, Don guarantees that newbies will be standing on their first lesson. Trip Out teaches people of various ages, so if surfing has always been on your bucket list of things to learn, give Don a call and go shred some waves!
For more info: http://www.tripout.co.za/ or call Don on 083 306 3587