Responsible tourism experiences
Did you know?
South Africa was one of the first countries to have fair trade labelling on its tourism packages.
Responsible tourism in South Africa is a marvelous way of making a positive difference through travel. You return home refreshed, culturally enriched and having made a contribution to community upliftment, with memories to last a lifetime. So, plan your pre- or post-meeting tour and come find out a little more about the real South Africa.
Responsible tourism tours and packages are available through a number of consciously-minded tourism operators. The focus is on having an authentic experience that will make a difference on many levels. If you'd like your visit to South Africa to leave a positive impact on communities and the environment, seek out Fair Trade in Tourism (FTTSA) destinations and accommodation establishments. The organisation was established in 2003 and has certified a number of responsible tourism destinations and activities. By simply staying at a destination accredited by FTTSA you are ensured of making a positive impact.
Jennifer Seif, National Coordinator of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), says: 'The people whose culture, land and labour are used for tourism should get their fair share of the rewards. Their knowledge, heritage and natural resources make their destination unique. Fair Trade in Tourism SA humanises responsible tourism in South Africa. A holiday in this country becomes richer, more real, more local.'
Responsible tourism holidays are also available through an organisation called Open Africa, which specialises in inspiring journeys that improve the lives of communities in South Africa's rural areas. Open Africa's self-drive routes take you off the beaten track. There are over 40 routes to choose from including The Mothers of Creation Route (Western Cape), Footprints of the San (Northern Cape), Ribolla Open Africa Route (Limpopo) and the Zululand Sea Kayaking Route (KwaZulu-Natal).
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Fair Trade & Tourism South Africa (FTTSA)
Tel: +27 (0)12 342 2945/3642
34A Hatfield Corner,
1270 Church Street,
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 9639
Fax: +27 (0)21 683 8013
6 Elgin Terrace,