Giving back while traveling allows you to connect on a deeper level with the planet, local communities and philanthropists aiming to improve the world in which we live, Elite Traveler has rounded up the best resorts and lodges around the globe that allow guests to actively participate in and support programs that do good.
GROOTBOS Villa 2, South Africa
Located just two hours outside of Cape Town, South Africa, the eco-friendly Grootbos helps protect more than 6,000 acres of one of the world’s six ﬂoral kingdoms (regions recognized for their diverse plant species), and the Cape Floral Region in the Fynbos Biome. Situated among colorful rolling hills ﬁlled with exquisite ﬂora, the enchanting Grootbos property seamlessly blends into the landscape and has a beautiful modern design.
The four-bedroom Grootbos Villa 2 can only be rented for exclusive use, and it has a private inﬁnity pool, kitchen, sauna, large gym, entertainment room, airstrip, wine cellar and indoor-outdoor living — all with views over the stunning landscape. Outdoor adventure reigns supreme: Go on a botanical-focused 4x4 tour to see more than 800 types of plants, including newly discovered species; forage for food (later on, a private chef will cook your bounty); visit beehives with a resident beekeeper; go horseback riding; or indulge on a private wine tour.
Lifelong philanthropist Michael Lutzeyer has dedicated more than two decades to conserving land in the Fynbos Biome. In 2003 he founded the Grootbos Foundation to further protect this critically endangered area’s ﬂora and fauna, and also educate, employ and support local communities.
During your visit, plant trees as part of a reforestation program, go out in the ﬁeld with entomologists, prepare meals for children and families, or partake in an after-school activities program or the youth-development canoeing program. Nearly 11,000 people beneﬁt each year from the Grootbos Foundation’s work.
Rate from $50,000 for ﬁve nights
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