Posts – Responsible Tourism

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.


Hippos find New Holme in the Karoo

  • 22 April 2014 by Tara Turkington

More than 200 years after they were shot out by hunters in the 1770s, hippos are again wallowing in deep waterholes in the Karoo’s Seekoei River.


Mdumbi beach showcases local living

  • 17 April 2014 by Cassidy Parker

The crescent-moon beach of Mdumbi is just one of the many reasons you should meander down the gravel roads that lead you to this exceptional part of the world – adventure and insights into local life are others.


Finding solace in Nature's Valley

  • 10 April 2014 by Cassidy Parker

Nature’s Valley, situated just off the Garden Route some 30km east of Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, offers that forever-chased-rarely-caught experience: the sheer joy of simply being able to be.


Hlokomela: Changing, enriching and saving lives

If, like me, you’re the kind of traveller who is looking for that human connection that makes a trip unforgettable, then Hlokomela’s tours might be a good place to start…


Mad Cows and Hams

The MAD (making a difference) journey began two-and-a-half years ago when she moved to Hoedspruit and needed a new interest, says Clare Wilkie-Girardin, co-founder of the sustainable sourcing and responsible procurement business that includes a craft and coffee shop in the Limpopo town of Hoedspruit.


Olive oil and upliftment

Durbanville Hills wine estate in the Western Cape makes truly brilliant wines, but now it is also branching out into olive oil – with direct benefits for the farm’s employees.


Pack for a Purpose

By setting aside only 2kg of your luggage space, you can take badly needed supplies to communities at your destination.