Prince Harry Dances, Cooks with Kids In South Africa

02/27/2013 at 08:30 AM EST

Prince Harry in Lesotho
Prince Harry, in Lesotho
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From the slopes of the Alps to the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Prince Harry is now giving back.

Just returned from his skiing holiday with girlfriend Cressida Bonas, Harry is spending a couple of days in Africa, to work with the Sentebale charity he set up with Lesotho's Prince Seeiso.

Early Wednesday, the Prince, 28, visited the Kananelo Center for the Deaf just outside the capital Maseru, where he was welcomed with a huge "Hi Harry" sign on the chalkboard.

As he attempted to learn some sign language from the children, he quipped to his friend Seeiso, "I'm never going to get this right."

The two princes, who set up the charity (Sentebale means "Forget Me Not") in honor of their late mothers, were then taken to the school's kitchen, where Harry slipped on a purple apron decorated with teddy bears before they tried their hand at making Sotho sweet bread cooked in boiling oil – also known as "fat cakes."

They also got down on their knees to join the kids in a dance.

Following that visit, the pair headed to St. Bernadette's School for the Blind in the capital, Maseru. There, Harry was welcomed with a song sung in the Sesotho language.

The charity supports tens of thousands of children who are either suffering from HIV/Aids, have been orphaned, or have disabilities.

Later, he is to be guest of honor at a fundraising dinner in Johannesburg.

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