Posts – Responsible Tourism

Dogs, children and Stormsriver Adventures

Stormsriver Adventures near Tsitsikamma funds a project that helps animals. But children might be benefiting more than the dogs and cats.

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Top 10 Earth-friendly travel tips

As a traveller, can you save the world? Perhaps not, but the choices you make can make a positive difference in many lives.

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The Dew Catcher

There was a brisk, steady wind blowing off the sea, and the wind turbine over the Dew Catcher container at Durban’s beachfront was twirling around like an insane rotary dryer.

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Need a lift?

Travel down any highway in South Africa and you’ll see that most of the vehicles have a single occupant – the driver. If any of them gave a lift to another person, they’d be halving the costs (and the carbon footprint). But where to find such people?

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Heart-warming success stories

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa is putting up little ‘postcards’ on its website, describing the success stories that are the spin-off of responsible tourism operations.

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Out in the bundu

The villages and far-flung settlements of South Africa are set in some of the most scenic hinterland. Often the people here treasure interaction with people from the ‘outside’, and are delightfully hospitable.

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Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, Hartbeespoort Dam

The Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary at Hartbeespoort Dam in the Magaliesberg mountains gives former captive and pet monkeys a new chance of life in a pristine forest environment.

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A little school in the mountains

The rural areas of South Africa are places of startling beauty and uplifting stories. Just take the budding connection between a family-owned hotel and an underfunded school north of Mossel Bay…

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Fair play along the southern Cape

Ages ago, on the back of a shark-diving boat, I met an Englishman who came out to South Africa every year to spend his hard-earned pounds on sending his adrenalin levels into overdrive.

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Jack-in-the-box crayfish man

Paternoster, to the naked eye, is an idyllic seaside village. Set on the seafood-rich West Coast, it boasts pretty little white-washed houses with dark thatch and crayon-bright shutters.

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