Posts – Responsible Tourism

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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Let’s have no MOOP

Ever been to a music or other kind of festival the day after it’s happened? Chances are it will look like a war zone. Not at AfrikaBurn, however.

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Try a marine eco-tour in Cape Town

If you have an interest in marine biology or simply enjoy the idea of going out to sea on a yacht for a cruise, you should take a tour on the Ocean Adventurer in Cape Town.

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Paul Geiger and Motswari

I was poking about Motswari’s website recently, impressed by the fact that this game lodge is accredited by 2 organisations – Green Globe and Fair Trade in Tourism.

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Responsible travel in South Africa – top 10 tips

You enjoy travel, you want to come to South Africa, and you want to make a positive impact. How do you start?

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Fair Trade Travel Guide

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) is among South Africa’s best initiatives. Started in 2002, it certifies those destinations that really make a positive difference.

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Leave it alone

Once, while exploring an old strandloper midden, I made a serious error in judgment. I sort of knew it was a mistake at the time, but I really didn’t expect to regret it as much as I did.

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Help groundroots tourism through luxury

As Open Africa puts it: ‘Communities and travellers connect – travellers sustain rural communities’ livelihoods and communities enrich the lives of the travellers.’

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Roadside Encounters: The Pedi potter

Just behind the kraal was a pit Joanna had dug to fire her pots, using cow dung, dry wood and grass for fuel.

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