The Khanyisela Project

We believe that the only way to make a real contribution to our community is through education and The Cavern family has long been involved in providing aid to schools, crèches and communities in the Amazizi area. Together with donations and assistance from other resorts, guests, friends and businesses, we hope to give the local children a sound foundation for future learning.

We support 15 crèches in the Amazizi Village by providing porridge for each child daily, organising teacher training and teacher workshops, and by purchasing educational equipment and games. We have also built new classrooms and helped with on-going maintenance of school facilities.

Empowering Communities

Khanyisela is a Registered Non-Profit Organisation. Registration No.: 190-132 NPO

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Royal Drakensberg Primary School

In addition to the crèche project, we have helped establish an independent school just 500m from The Cavern. At the turn-off to Sungubala, there once stood a roofless sandstone barn. Built with blocks from the surrounding hills, this lovely old building had stood empty for many years. It has emerged as our beautiful primary school – The Royal Drakensberg Primary School. Standing proud and glowing in the sun, this double-storey thatched building looks out over the valley it now serves.

There is a great need for holistic education of a world class standard in our area. Conditions in these rural areas are poor and the teachers lack resources and infrastructure.Providing children with an excellent foundation will help them learn to read so that they can read to learn and this will give them a chance to excel in life. Hopefully they will then be able and willing to give back in some way to the community in which they grew up.

The other important role that Royal Drakensberg Primary plays in education in the whole area is that it serves as a model of what is possible. If parents and teachers in the area can see what is possible, they may strive to attain a similar standard in their own situations. The Royal Drakensberg Primary School staff is involved in out-reach training for teachers from the local schools where they share ideas and resources aimed at providing a higher quality of education for all.

The Royal Drakensberg Primary is a registered section 18A Public Benefit Organisation
PBO Reference number: 930030293
Income Tax Reference number: 9116654170
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The Aim of the programmes is to assist in the creation of a network of educational facilities that are in keeping with national and international standards. We hope to give learners a solid foundation for life-long learning, ultimately creating a community with a sense of self-respect and empowerment.

Our Team

We work as a dedicated team in the Northern Drakensberg and have a small committee:

Megan BedinghamThe
Loretta MecklenborgAll Out AdventuresManaging
Catherine CarteMontusi Mountain LodgeFront office
Dave ThurlwellKhanyisela ProjectAdmin &
Daphne ThurlwellKhanyisela ProjectAdmin &

Administration and Corporate Governance

We have a large support network of family and friends and we keep the administration costs down by doing the ground work ourselves. All donations received go straight to the cause where they are most needed.

If you are donating from the UK please advise us, as you can donate through the Retford Rotary Club and receive a tax certificate.

Mailing list
If, like us, you believe that the only way to make a real contribution to our community is through education, join us on this journey as we provide aid to schools, crèches and communities in the Amazizi area. Sign up to receive updates on the projects:

Contact Us:

Dave and Daphne Thurlwell – Administration and Fund-raising.
Tel: (+27) 36 438 6270 – E-mail:
Dave: (+27) 83 512 0146
Daphne: (+27) 83 653 3830
Cavern Resort Tel: (+27) 36 438 6270
Pack for a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you forfeit just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.

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