After a break of 5 years, the Rotary Club of Knysna reactivated the Rotarians International Friendship Tours project (RIFT) in 2016. The object of the tours is to foster goodwill and friendship amongst Rotarians worldwide, as well as to promote a better understanding of South Africa, its peoples and their cultures. Since the project was started in 1985, more than 600 Rotarians from 18 different countries have visited South Africa on these tours. Funds raised by the tours help to support the Club’s many community programmes and projects in the Knysna district.
RIFT No 35 which took place in November 2016, was fully subscribed with 18 Rotarians from the United States, Canada, England and Switzerland and new Rotary friendships have been made across the globe.
Rotarians are now invited to participate in RIFT No 36 of South Africa, which takes place from 30 October to 17 November 2017. The itinerary includes some different attractions to RIFT No 35. Cape Town, the Winelands and three nights home hosted in Knysna by Rotarians are still part of the programme, but new destinations will be a luxury African Big 5 safari at a private game lodge in a malaria free area, the lavish Palace of the Lost City and in total contrast, a small fishing village on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Meetings and fellowship with several Rotary Clubs are included.
The group will be once again be accompanied by tour organizer Rtn Louise Pannell, a registered national tourist guide of South Africa, who has been leading these groups for 26 years and Rtn Vicky Tricker. Both are members of the Rotary Club of Knysna.
Group visiting Knysna Pre-School
Stop at Camps Bay