Knowing and loving Africa as well and much as we do, we feel responsible. Everyone claims it, everyone talks about it, but we actually live it. Sustainable tourism is our top priority and when creating journeys, we always take vital aspects concerning sustainability into consideration. We care about and focus on the environment, wildlife and the communities. The following organisations have all been chosen consciously as we know them all personally and have been directly involved in some. Being locals has helped us forge close relationships with trailblazers in sustainable tourism over the years. With our hands-on mentality we have been privileged to support many projects in Southern Africa actively and on site.
Uthando is a non-profit organization which was founded by James Fernie in 2009 and has become an integral part of the Cape Town community. Their community development and social entrepreneur projects focus on different social issues. Just to name a few: Abused women and children/domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, nutrition and elderly and aging.
James and his team have won multiple awards and is a true model for Responsible Tourism and Travel Philanthropy. Uthando has established a large network of valuable partnerships in tourism and in community development. This is the overarching goal: to link the two sectors and create magic together. We can highly recommend one of Uthando’s tours: look forward to fruitful discussions on South African history, Apartheid and its influences until today as well as all other political, social, economic and cultural issues currently in South Africa. On the tour you will get a chance to visit 2 or 3 of their projects to witness the positive impact. Naturally, the earnings from the tour will go straight to those projects.
So, if you are in Cape Town, take an afternoon off to experience this inspiring tour.
Visit their website for more information or to donate directly towards them. www.uthandosa.org
Greenpop was founded in 2010 by Misha Teasdale, a Capetonian who had the mission “to plant 1000 trees during the month of September (Arbor Month) in Cape Town’s under-greened, marginalized communities.
Out of this idea Greenpop was born. Greenpop focuses on sustainable urban greening and forest restoration projects, spreads environmental awareness, and activates people to become environmental stewards across Sub-Saharan Africa. Nowadays Greenpop is an award-winning non-profit organization and has projects across the Sub-Saharan Africa in the countries of South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania. Greenpop organizes regular events to involve the communities and everyone who wants to be part of the global and green movement and help planting or getting to know greener ways of life at workshops.
Since the foundation of Greenpop over 150,000 trees were planted and over 140,000 active citizens across South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania were inspired.
Did you know that at least 1 Rhino is killed in South Africa per day on average?
Our heroes from Black African Mambas are committed to save these animals from extinction. This is not only extremely dangerous as the poachers come heavily armed but also very cost intensive.
The Black Mambas are South Africa’s first all-female anti-poaching unit. They are 36 young African women which patrol the area of the Greater Kruger National Park. This area is the most affected area by poachers in the entire world. The Black Mambas have achieved an incredible 63% reduction in poaching incidents in their area of operation since being formed. The objectives of the Black Mambas are not only the protection of rhinos through boots on the graound and a presence on the frontline, but also through being a role model in their communities to understand that there are far greater benefits to them through rhino conservation rather than poaching.
Visit their website for more information or to donate directly towards them. www.helpingrhinos.org/black-mambas/
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