Posts – Responsible Tourism

Fair trade and what it means for tourism in South Africa

  • 31 August 2014 by Stuart Dickinson

Fair Trade Tourism was established 10 years ago to help ensure ethical tourism practices are upheld in South Africa, providing a win-win solution for both tourist and tourism operator.


Helping ensure our tomorrow: The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

At the internationally recognised Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, rare, endangered and vulnerable animal species find a new life and new hope.


FreshStart's Smutsville Recycle Swop Shop

For six- to 16-years-olds in Sedgefield’s Smutsville township, rubbish is currency, thanks to an innovative swop shop that’s empowering young people to help themselves.


Leshiba Wilderness: The art of fulfilling travel

  • 05 July 2014 by Willem Steenkamp

In this age of convenience, we’ve become accustomed to not working for the things that turn us on intellectually and emotionally – but sometimes a little effort makes them even better.


Tips to cut your travelling carbon footprint

  • 03 July 2014 by Lynnette Johns

Do your bit to save the planet by being mindful of your carbon footprint when you travel. Here are some tips on how to reduce your footprint ...


Look out for the tea caravan in the Overberg

Jessica Bonin and Thaya Bedford will be highlighting ethical, conscious and green businesses, movements, projects and more on their week-long #GonzoTeaTrek campaign to create awareness around ecotourism the Overberg, Western Cape.




The Cape route less travelled

  • 30 June 2014 by Lynnette Johns

Take the road less travelled with Coffeebeans Routes and get a taste of the Cape that you will never forget. Choose whatever takes your fancy: a jazz safari visiting legendary jazz musicians in their homes, or one of the other routes showcasing revolution, storytelling, food, art, music and design.


Life on the edge

My brief visit to Forest Edge, a green retreat with five self-catering cottages run by a former Johannesburg Stock Exchange executive, was an eye-opener. It is run on completely sustainable principles, while owner Ronel Pieterse’s warm welcome and incredible personal journey make this a classic #MeetSouthAfrica story.


A little voluntourism goes a long way

  • 17 June 2014 by Cassidy Parker

Volunteering while you’re travelling through South Africa offers some unique perspectives on the country, and there are a couple of options right outside Johannesburg to help you on your way.


How tourists help wildlife conservation

  • 15 May 2014 by Lynnette Johns

Game farms can be heavily involved in conservation, including breeding and rehabilitation programmes. These farms typically fund the programmes from income generated by services they offer to tourists.