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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

Getaways in The Free State

1Clarens

A haven for artists, craftspeople, fly-fishers and food-lovers, Clarens has become a popular weekend getaway destination with a good choice of dining and accommodation options.

2The Golden Gate Highlands National Park

This national park showcases amazing sandstone formations carved out of the rock by wind, rain and time – particularly striking is the outcrop called the Sentinel; overnight in the park or in nearby Clarens or Fouriesburg.

3Flyfishing in the Kimberley Rivers

Some of the finest flyfishing waters in South Africa are in the lower Vaal and Riet Rivers near the Northern Cape town of Kimberley.

4Amphitheatre Heritage Hike

On the Amphitheatre Heritage Hike, Free State, in the northern Drakensberg you will find yourself at the top of the highest waterfall in Africa, with unforgettable views over this World Heritage Site.

5Fouriesburg

Fouriesburg, Free State is one of South Africa’s unsung gems where you can hike in the footsteps of dinosaurs, take horse trails and enjoy excellent accommodation.

6Zastron to Wepener

The villages of Zastron and Wepener, Free State, are part of the scenic Maluti Mountains Route. Adventurers, bikers and four-by-four enthusiasts who prefer to head off the beaten track will enjoy this getaway.

7Parys

Situated on the Vaal River within the unique landscape of the 2-billion-year-old Vredefort World Heritage Site, Parys in the Free State offers adventure tourism, golf, cheetah interaction and watersports.

8Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve

Shimmering in the foothills of the Drakensberg, the Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve attracts flyfishers, birders and nature-lovers to its biodiversity-rich shores.

9Vredefort Dome

Spend some time exploring this World Heritage Site. Enjoy hiking trails and the great outdoors. Overnight in nearby Parys with its many B&Bs.

10Rietpoort Guest Farm, between Bloemfontein and Cape Town

Situated near Trompsburg, 120kms south of Bloemfontein, this Free State Guest Farm offers traditional 'braais' or barbecues and a special Karoo Lamb dinner for its guests; wildlife wanders freely on this property that offers visitors a taste of Free State Farm life.