San Francisco Event 2018 – October 24, 2018 – 6:00 PM

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Tour and tasting for two guests at all three PlumpJack Group Wineries: CADE, PlumpJack and Odette. Enjoy the beauty of these stunning Napa Valley wineries, and experience their celebrated wines. Includes one bottle (750ml) of current release PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, one bottle (750 ml) of CADE Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignonand one bottle (750 ml) ofOdette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (presented at the end of the tour).

Value: $830



A treasured holiday tradition for the whole family.

Four premium orchestra seats to a performance of San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker” on Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at 2:00 pm, plus other San Francisco Ballet related items (DVD of SFB’s “Nutcracker”as seen on PBS, SFB baseball cap, SFB T-Shirt, SFB tote bag, Nutcracker Souvenir Program, 2018 Season Program Book).

Value $750



Value $4,000



Four night stay, for 2 adults and 2 children, in Kruger National Park. Discover the wildlife of this region, which is renowned for spectacular Big Five game viewing and encounters with hippos, cheetahs, spotted hyena and herds of giraffes, zebras and wildebeest.

Guests have the option to stay at one or both of andBeyond’s two private game reserves in Kruger National Park: Ngala Tented Camp or Ngala Safari Lodge. At Ngala Tented Camp, the romance of safari comes to life. Nine modern tented suites along the Timbavati River offer a tranquil place to view game wandering down for a drink, and guests enjoy true African hospitality within unspoiled nature. Ngala Safari Lodge offers a timeless, unhurried atmosphere within the African bush. Guests can relax in the beautiful main lodge areas overlooking a private watering hole frequented by elephants and enjoy the elegance of their own private safari cottage. Families will enjoy the fun-filled children’s program and the special attention given to young travelers.

You and your family will have an opportunity to visit a local community near the safari lodges.  This classic experience is ideal for first-time adventurers and returning safari travelers alike.

Value: $14,048



Four night stay, for 2 adults sharing, at andBeyond’s Benguerra Island in Mozambique.

Benguerra Island is an idyllic barefoot paradise off the coast of Mozambique. The lodge is set in a protected marine conservation area and offers pristine beaches and unspoiled coral reefs teeming with marine life. The warm Indian Ocean waters of Benguerra are a snorkeler’s and diver’s paradise, host to a large variety of tropical fish, devil rays, sting rays, dolphins and turtles, as well as Africa’s only herds of the endangered and elusive dugong. Sun-washed days on Benguerra Island can be as active or leisurely as you desire, and activities and meals can be tailor-made to your wishes. andBeyond Benguerra Island was featured as an island paradise in Vogue Magazine and included in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Hot List.

Value: $10,000



Six night stay in Tanzania, for 2 adults sharing: 2 nights at andBeyond Klein’s Camp, 2 nights at andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp and 2 nights at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.

Experience the celebrated Serengeti plains on a Tanzanian safari, which offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa! This extraordinary package is inspired by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

Klein’s Camp is one of the most strategically positioned wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Overlooking the wooded hillsides, rolling grasslands, lush marshes and forested riverbanks of the Serengeti, this beloved camp offers excellent year-round leopard and cheetah sightings. Guests will also enjoy exceptional viewing of elephants, lions, buffalo and birdlife. Continue on to Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, situated along a riverbank in the remote western Serengeti.  It is renowned as the site of the Great Migration, the dramatic, seasonal journey of an estimated three million wildebeest crossing into the Masai Mara in Kenya. Throughout the year, this region is home to numerous species, including cheetahs, lions, hyenas, hippos, some of Africa’s largest crocodiles and the spectacular pied colobus monkeys, found nowhere else in the Serengeti.

Once a giant volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Safari goers will encounter the endangered black rhino, elephants, lions and flamingos, among the 25,000 mammals that reside within the protected rim of this caldera. The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched above the cool, swirling mists of the crater and is one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa.

Value: $17,820

Robin James Award


To mark the 25th year of Africa Foundation, we have launched the Africa Foundation Robin James Award.

About the Award

The award in the name of Robin James, honours one of Africa Foundations trustees, and chair of Africa Foundation (UK), who passed away in 2016.

Robin James’ childhood interest in wildlife grew into an adult passion for conservation and the upliftment of rural communities. At Africa Foundation the legacy of Robin James began in 1992, when he provided the initial funding and vision for the organisation’s work. Thereafter Robin remained an active ambassador for Africa Foundation; his influence and inspiration, invaluable to the organisation’s continued growth. His daily dedication was unwavering and his years of service to the cause is unparalleled by any other.

The Africa Foundation Robin James Award aims to recognise people who show the same commitment to empowering people through access to education, health, economic opportunities and conservation. The award celebrates those who embody the same foresight, wisdom and sustained commitment that enabled Robin James to have an extraordinary impact on the lives of others.

More about Robin James

Robin James was born in 1945, and  spent his childhood growing up in Natal.  His  father, Ted James, was a Director of the Natal Parks Board, and through this involvement Robin developed his love for the outdoors and his fascination with birds. After finishing school at Michaelhouse, Robin spent a year in the Navy before attending the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg, followed by a long and successful career in financial services in South Africa,  London and latterly the Isle of Man. Robin died suddenly on 17 May 2016.

The African bush was Robin’s sanctuary from the world, and it would be here where you would find him most relaxed and at peace. Robin photographed every aspect of bush life, and this love of the African bush set him on a philanthropic path 25 years ago.

In 1992,  he was a part of the visionary team of investors with Mark and Tara Getty that founded Africa Foundation after the creation of the Phinda Private Game Reserve.   Back then, Robin had provided the organisation’s initial seed funding and he remained instrumental in charting its course to present day, as a Trustee of the Africa Foundation in South Africa and Chairman of the Africa Foundation UK.

Below are just a few examples of the wonderful photographs Robin took:

Robin James Bee EaterRobin James Wildebeest
Robin James LeopardRobin James Yellow Bird

Selection Criteria for the Award

It is in Robin James’ name that Africa Foundation has chosen to recognise people who:

  1. Have had a significant and sustained positive impact on communities in which Africa Foundation is active.
  2. Have demonstrated the key aspects of the Africa Foundation methodology to empower communities by: doing things with people and; always building on the capacity and local wisdom of the community, to ensure sustainable solutions.
  3. Embody the key qualities of Robin James – humble; wise; persistent; positive; gentle; measured, with a long term outlook.

The Judges

The judging panel have been selected for their experience of Africa Foundation in action, their knowledge of the communities in which Africa Foundation is active, their valued professional insights and varied perspectives from regional and international positions

For more information about the judges click here.

The Award

  1. A sculpture, especially created by famous South African sculptor Dylan Lewis
  2. A cash prize
  3. A cash prize to be donated to an Africa Foundation community project of the winner’s choice.

Meet the 2017 Award Winner:

Mrs. Nomusa Haslot Zikhali, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Africa Foundation Robin James Award winner

Mrs. Zikhali first became known to Africa Foundation when she applied for support in 1999. For 2 years she had been running a school, teaching 60 children under the shade of trees in Mnqobokazi. Her commitment to and love of children, combined with sustained determination and strong leadership, led to Nkomo School today being a full service primary school for over 1000 pupils, of which she is the principal.

Her community focus meant that she was also integral to the development of Khulani Special School in Mduku. Mrs Zikhali raised funds for its construction and played a key role in the consultative processes with community and the Department of Education. Her involvement has ensured the long term success of the school which serves 300 pupils living with disabilities.

Mrs Zikhali went on to secure funding to build a centre for orphaned and vulnerable children, based at Nkomo School, which provides after-school care for children attending Nkomo and other neighbouring schools.

Recognising the importance of conservation and the role of education in protecting the environment and wildlife, Mrs Zikhali is a leader in the Eco School programme, and Nkomo serves as a training school in the area.

As an ambassador for the Africa Foundation methodology for community empowerment and sustainable change, Mrs Zikhali mentors school principals in the area, illustrating how to take ownership of their own sustainable growth.

Mrs Zikhali is recognised by the judges as a humble leader, visionary teacher and a devoted community member.