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Responsible tourism and volunteering

South Africa offers a wealth of voluntourism and responsible tourism programmes – the best of which are governed by standards to ensure valuable, worthwhile exchanges.

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Responsible Tourism Cape Town

Cape Town has been recognised as one of the world’s best responsible tourism destinations. A sustainable city is a great place to inhabit and visit.

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Top 10

Beach walks

1Sixteen-Mile Beach, Yzerfontein, Western Cape

A delightfully long West Coast beach far away from the madding crowds.

2Keurbooms Beach, Garden Route

Not too far from Plettenberg Bay, you’ll find this fascinating stretch of beach with its rocky outcrops… be sure to keep your eye on the tides.

3Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

This North Coast stretch of beach is great for lazy long walks, there is also a great promenade for power-walkers.

4Shelley Beach, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape

Hunt and gather ocean treasures on this shell-strewn shoreline.

5Morgan’s Bay to Double Mouth, Eastern Cape

One of the best walks around with ‘little known beaches and dramatic cliffs’. Walk it the other way and finish your day with a 3-course dinner at the Morgan Bay Hotel.

6Sacramento Hiking trail, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Round trip coastal walk through the Schoenmakerskop-Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve.

7Noordhoek Beach, Cape Town

Has 8 kilometres of white sand and a great place for getting that fitness regime started.

8The Bluff, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

A great walk for the whole family, and the kids will love the rock pools en route.

9Dog Point, Elephant Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

To access this wilderness requires a 4x4, but once there, you quite literally could have the whole of this spectacular beachscape to yourself.

10Wild Coast Amble, Eastern Cape

Any section of this hiking trail is worthwhile along the rugged coastline, starting at either Trennery’s or Seagull’s Beach Hotel.