As a Fair Trade approved tour operator we pride ourselves on delivering on the promise of responsible tourism in and around South Africa. Following the principles set out by the Fair Trade Tourism organisation, we are proud to offer a number of tours that incorporate Fair Trade Tourism accommodation and activities.

Fair Trade Tourism is the leading organisation representing responsible tourism in Africa. Fair Trade Tourism grows awareness about responsible tourism to travellers, assist tourism businesses to operate more sustainably and facilitate the Fair Trade Tourism certification and membership programmes. The Fair Trade label stands for best practice responsible tourism – defined by fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.

A world in one Country, South Africa is one of the world’s most diverse and fascinating countries, with a range of experiences to enthral every visitor. Whether they are looking for a Big Five adventure in the Kruger, a cultural immersion, a culinary escape or an artistic revelation. And while the options for accommodation, activities and experiences are endless and travellers are spoilt for choice. By choosing a Fair Trade accredited product or partner you are directly benefiting local communities and economies, and supporting tourism businesses committed to fair, responsible and sustainable tourism practices.

There are some amazing accommodation options around Southern Africa who are “going green” by using water pumped from nearby lakes, solar power for electricity, and wood and thatch for infrastructure and décor. The appeal of camping safaris is also on the up because these create much less of an impact on local environments.

Recently a popular accommodation option, !Xaus Lodge, was named as the place to stay in National Geographic Traveler’s list of the 25 best places in the world to visit in 2020! !Xaus Lodge is located in a remote UNESCO World Heritage Site and designation as a Dark Sky Sanctuary, where the heavens light up and the stars are countless.

Our Responsible Travel itineraries offer opportunities to see the best of the region. Some top picks are an adventurous back to nature experience including a cultural san experience, a malaria-free Big 5 Safari in the Amakhala Private Game Reserve, a 4 day experience at Pafuri Camp (Northern Kruger), safari in the wilderness of Timbavati in the Kruger and many more! Take a look at these two popular itineraries, both of which are Fair Trade Certified, so you can be sure that customers will not only have a great holiday but also aiding the local economy.

11 Day South Africa Adventure & Safari: Visit Cape Town (just voted best city in the World for the seventh year running by the Telegraph Travel Awards), the Whale Coast (famous for spotting whales and sharks) and a safari in the wonderful Kruger National Park (most well-known safari destination in the world along side the Masai Mara in Kenya).

The 12 Day Cape Natural & Cultural Splendour: Visit Cape Town, Elandsberg Nature Reserve (home to an array of flora & fauna, including some indigenous species and animals such as eland), Oudtshoorn (home of the Cango Caves and the famous ostrich farm), Plettenberg Bay (a pretty coastal town surrounded by mountains, beaches & animal sanctuaries) and Breede River Valley (one of South Africa’s top wine producing areas).

If you would like more information Responsible Travel packages on offer or sample itineraries showing how Fair Trade Tourism can be incorporated into a holiday destination, you can contact us and we will help find the most suitable package to suit your needs.

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