Conservation

Fair Trade Tourism

Fair Trade Tourism was established in 2003 (originally as Fair Trade Tourism in South Africa) and the organisation has now certified dozens of responsible tourism destinations and activities. It guarantees that members pay good wages, recruit local staff, buy local goods, adhere to environmental stewardship principles, and generally operate on an ethical basis. more

Volunteer projects in South Africa

Volunteer projects in South Africa, be they wildlife- or community-based, enable participants to leave for their home countries with a heightened sense of achievement, self-awareness and understanding of the host country. Said one voluntourist: 'I now live in the present....' more

Boulders Beach penguins

The Boulders Beach penguins are about as famous as birds can be. They're also ever-more endangered. The birds, who draw crowds of visitors who can't resist their waddling ways, are under threat from loss of habitat, dwindling fish resources, and their human neighbours. more

Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area

Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area off the sleepy southern KwaZulu-Natal town of Umkomaas is one of the top dive sites in South Africa – in fact some say it’s among the world’s top 10. This is where ragged-tooth sharks congregate for months on end, along with dozens of other species. more

The Transfrontier Project

The Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Project protects the delicate high grasslands and craggy peaks of what some have termed Africa’s greatest water factory. The project also provides a sanctuary for rare birds, mammals and alpine flowers. more