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  • An African Cultural Safari At Tikondane

    In Zambia, a country where wildlife safaris rule supreme, does an immersion in African culture really rack up against watching lions, elephants, hippos and the fast-disappearing rhino? In the case of a cultural safari run by Tikondane Community Centre – yes it does! ‘Cultural safari’, is a term that can be used pretty loosely. But this one is guaranteed to please, enthral and even have you put your dancing shoes on. Read More

  • Orphanage repair work update May 2015

    The first stage of the refurbishment and repair work of the badly dilapidated orphanage in Galle, Sri Lanka has been completed, thanks to the generosity of donors. The work focussed on the toddlers’ dormitory and included repairing doors and broken windows, painting, building tables and shelving, retiling the washing area, replacing toilets and sealing the building. Read More

  • Mudslides around Ella community Sri Lanka

    Tragically, monsoonal rains late last year caused mudslides in the area around Ella, where our housing program is located. The actual town itself was relatively unaffected but in the wider community both homes and lives have been lost. The worst landslide during the recent rainy spell occurred near Badulla, about 30km north of Ella. Read More

  • In the Spotlight – Mossel: Tikondane Intern

    Meet Mossel, an intern and one of Tikondane’s more extraordinary characters. He is a tour guide, runs the internet cafe and is resident DJ when the Tiko crew kick up their heels. Mossel is about to get married and has a young daughter who rides on the back of his bike every morning to Tiko. Read More

  • Rhino poaching in South Africa

    The merciless poaching of rhino has gathered momentum in South Africa, with Kruger National Park bearing the brunt. In 2014, 1020 rhino were killed for their horn – over half in Kruger. Read More

  • Update on Housing Program (January 2015)

    We are currently in the second phase of our housing program in Ella community, Sri Lanka. Repairs and extensions to two of the three houses we have targeted for assistance have been completed. Read More

  • Update on Housing Program (October 2014)

    Thanks to the generosity of our film night donors, and the Planet Wheeler Foundation, our housing program is going full steam ahead! We are repairing and improving three houses for families without adequate shelter around Ella in central Sri Lanka. Read More

  • Responsible Safari Travel

    As part of a regular blog series on travel in Africa, this month Alan (RoundTrip Founder) examines responsible safari travel. Does the choice of safari operator, and decisions taken during a safari, have repercussions for conservation and local communities? And what can you do about it anyway? Read More

  • In The Spotlight – Tikondane Interns

    RoundTrip Foundation is a strong supporter of the internship program at Tikondane Community Centre (Tiko) in Zambia. In coming months we will feature various interns ‘in the spotlight’, who talk about their lives, what working at Tikondane means and how being an intern has transformed their lives. Anne, a volunteer at Tiko, gives the following background on the program and the people. Read More

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