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In South Africa you can travel with care as you explore our protected areas, contribute to social and conservation projects, buy recycle art and stay green. South Africa is one of the foremost responsible tourism leaders in the world, with dozens of gorgeous destinations where communities are uplifted and the environment is protected. You’ll return home with a higher awareness of the interconnection between people and the earth. Plus memories of a really great time.
Read moreSurveys show increasing numbers of visitors want eco-friendly holidays that benefit local communities. Responsible tourism in South Africa is a marvelous way of making a positive difference through travel. You return home refreshed, carbon-neutral and culturally enriched, with memories to last a lifetime. One of the first environmental issues people think of these days is the impact of the flight. In South Africa you can offset carbon emissions while uplifting communities at the same time, through Food and Trees for Africa. After calculating your carbon footprint via their calculator, your donation will help plant fruit and indigenous trees in schools, clinics and the backyards of impoverished areas.
Another South African responsible tourism initiative allows you to check whether the seafood item you’re eyeing on the menu is endangered or not. The South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative [SASSI] gives you the simple option of texting your choice to a mobile number. Within minutes, you’ll have your reply. The fish may be labeled ‘green’ [feel free to order], ‘orange’ [in trouble, but legal to eat] or ‘red’ [kindly desist].
Becoming a responsible tourist can also be a matter of choosing the right accommodation. And there are plenty of choices, as you’ll find wherever you find the RT icon on this website. Just by staying at these destinations, you can ensure minimal impact on the environment, maximum positive social spinoff, and a feel-good factor all round. Similarly, responsible voluntourism or volunteer tourism is now also underpinned by standards that aim to ensure valuable input by volunteers and tangible benefits for the communities involved. As a volunteer, check that possible programmes adhere to this code. Fair Trade Tourism has an accreditation programme for volunteer projects.
A list of accredited programmes is available on its website.
South Africa’s environmental tourism initiatives have great social resonance so make use of them if you can…
some responsible tourism guidelinesBroadly speaking, here are some responsible tourism guidelines:
• Avoid waste and over consumption
• Use local resources in a sustainable way
• Maintain and encourage natural, social, economic and cultural diversity
• Be sensitive to the host culture
• Involve the local community in planning and decision-making
• Assess the environmental, social and economic impacts before embarking on tourism developments
• Ensure that communities are involved in, and benefit from, tourism.
Why visit South AfricaAffordable
During these tough times, who doesn’t want an affordable holiday? In South Africa, you can even afford luxury and have spending money for shopping and other treats!
South Africa’s scenic wonders are legendary. From Table Mountain to God’s Window, our mountains, forests, coasts and deserts will sooth your soul and delight you.
World Class facilities
Whether you opt for Afro-chic or authentic Africa, you’ll find it easy to get around, find a comfortable place to stay, have a great meal, connect.
South Africa is the adventure capital of the world. With over 130 adventures and counting, there is something for everyone from mountain walks to shark cage-diving!
In sunny South Africa, our great weather invites you to enjoy the outdoors, play golf year-round and take advantage of the nearly 3000km coastline…
The Rainbow Nation celebrates all its African and immigrant cultures. We’re known for our friendliness across the country.
Go almost anywhere in South Africa and experience the ultimate combination of nature, wildlife, culture, adventure, heritage and vibe – you’re spoilt for choice, so pack it in!
Warning! Watching wildlife is addictive. First you start with the Big Five, then you’ll soon be looking for whales, penguins, meerkats, wild dogs, birds, dung beetles…
Discover a nation’s struggle for freedom whilst following the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, Hector Pieterson and many other celebrated revolutionaries.
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Africa House at Royal Malewane
Africa on Foot, Kruger Safari Camp
African Pride 15 On Orange
African Pride Hotels
Africa Safari Camp Collection
Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari
Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa
Bitou Tourism in Plettenberg Bay
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve
Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Residence Spa
Ellerman House Cape Town
Fairmont Zimbali Lodge Durban
Grootbos Private Natural Reserve
Hermanus Whale Festival
Hotel Le Vendome
Idube Safari Lodge
Jenman African Travel
Kapama Game Lodge
Kapama River Lodge
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Mount Nelson Hotel
Mushara Bush Camp
Ngala Game Reserve