Travel with care

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

Offbeat attractions

1Ronnies Sex Shop

A regular pitstop for travellers to the Klein Karoo. Ronnies Sex Shop has nothing to do with sex, but everything to do with a practical joke courtesy of Ronnie’s mischievous mates.

2Jan Harmsgat se Agterplaas

This quirky destination in the small mining town of Cullinan consists of a gift- shop-cum-barnyard-theatre where most of the artworks are made out of junk. Great fun!

3Eco Shrine, Hogsback

A giant open air exhibition of cement sculptures, mosaics and oil paintings dedicated to Mother Earth.

4Horse Labyrinth

Celtis Lodge near the Magaliesberg is a great spot for new-age thinkers, there is even a horse labyrinth to help you work out life’s big questions as you go for a ride.

5The Baobab Bar

In Limpopo, province you’ll find the most unique bar around, it’s a bar in the middle of an enormous Baobab tree.

6The Big Pineapple

Go and pay your respects to South Africa’s biggest pineapple in the Eastern Cape Town of Bathurst – it’s 16,7 metres high and a major tourist attraction.

7Dick Heysteck’s Game Farm

This farm near Lydenberg has many giant size sculptures of the Big 5 and all the animals are hand-made out of concrete.

8Fred Turner Windmill Museum

Visit South Africa’s only windmill museum in Loeriesfrontein in the deep Karoo.

9Timewarp Surfing Museum

Pay a visit to this gnarly surfing museum, dude! This establishment traces the development of surfing in South Africa and is a must-see.

10The Owl House

The spectacular Owl House in Nieu Bethesda was once the home of eccentric self-taught artist Helen Martins and is ‘alive’ with phantasmagorical cement and glass sculptures.