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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

Historical sites in the Western Cape

1The Castle of Good Hope

This pentagonal fortress in Cape Town is the oldest surviving structure in South Africa and was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company.

2Robben Island

Home to the prison where former President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, the island now welcomes visitors from all over the world to view his cell, and the cell of many other famous freedom fighters.

3Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

This entire street in the oldest town in South Africa has been declared a national heritage site thanks to its impressive buildings in the Cape-Dutch style.

4Groot Constantia, Cape Town

This imposing Cape Dutch homestead belonged to Cape Governor Simon van der Stel from 1699 to 1712 and has since become known for its fine wines.

5Bo-Kaap

Candy-coloured houses along the alleyways of this thriving Muslim community are a photographer’s delight, while the Bo-Kaap Museum explains the complex social history of the neighbourhood.

6Franschhoek

Franschhoek directly translated is ‘The French Corner’. It was settled by Huguenots (French Protestants) in the 1700s. This town is home to a fine museum and historical wine cellars that still bear French names.

7Sheik Yusuf Kramat

One of the most important spiritual shrines in the country. Sheik Yusuf is said to be the father of Islam in South Africa and lived in the Cape in the late 1600’s.

8Church Street, Tulbagh

Tulbagh’s entire Church Street has been declared a heritage site and features lovingly restored and maintained Cape Dutch buildings straight out of the 18th century.

9The Company’s Garden, Cape Town

In Upper Addlerley Street is the oldest garden in South Africa, established in 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck as a vegetable garden to supply fresh produce to passing ships.

10Bartholomeu Dias Museum Complex, Mossel Bay

Established in 1988, this museum complex is a tribute to the discoverer Bartholomeu Dias and boasts an impressive replica of his Caravel.