RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Responsible Tourism

With the growing awareness of Responsible Tourism there is an increasing demand for travellers in supporting local development projects, environmental awareness, eco tourism, conservation & much more.

Africa Collection’s Contribution

It doesn’t take much to make a difference and we are committed to making a huge difference. By making small changes in our everyday way of life we can reduce, re-use and recycle quite a lot.

At Africa Collection We:

  • Recycle all paper, glass, cans and plastics as well as batteries and out of date brochures
  • We recycle our ink cartridges, use low watt light bulbs and have reduced water cisterns
  • Our milk is delivered in packets rather than bottles
  • During the summer months several of the staff cycle to work!
  • We support fair trade products
  • We work with suppliers that are committed in making a difference both environmentally and culturally including Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Hog Hollow and The Madikwe Collection to name just a few.
  • Lights, computers and printers are all turned off when not in use

In Addition To The Above We:

  • Promote the positives of Africa, and encourage our clients to participate in responsible tourism
  • We support several charities
  • For all educational trips we contribute by “giving back” – whether it is handing out clothes and school supplies or donating money to the local township schools – every little bit is appreciated.
  • We encourage cultural and community participation by visiting townships or cultural villages.
  • Supply our clients and travellers with up to date information on local customs, languages and beliefs

Fair Trade In Tourism South Africa

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) is a non-profit organisation initiative that certifies tourism businesses for operating according to the principles of 'fair trade'. FTTSA awards a special Trademark or label to qualifying businesses as a way of signifying their commitment to these principles (fair share, democracy, respect, reliability, transparency, sustainability) and related criteria, including fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing, fair operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and environment.

By electing to stay at or use the services of a FTTSA certified establishment, tourists can be assured that their travel benefits local communities and economies, and that the business is operated ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

We deal with many Fair Trade in Tourism accredited member properties.

Green Futures At Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Each year Grootbos Nature Reserve selects twelve thousand unemployed young people from nearby townships to participate in the Green Future horticulture landscaping and life-skills course. The course combines essential life skills with knowledge on environmental and conservation issues. One of the most encouraging aspects of the course is that all graduates have managed to find employment.

Africa Collection supports this foundation by participating in the Grootbos Foundations Responsible Tourism Package. Guests will be informed of the foundation with a welcome letter and will each receive a beaded coaster made by the Nolwandle Crafts project or a Fire Flower made by a local empowerment company. The client also participates in a two-hour responsible tourism tour which will include a visit to the Green Futures College, the Gansbaai Sports Project and a township tour. Each couple or family will be invited to provide an opportunity to plant a tree at one of the project sites.

Help Africa Collection Help Save The Rhino

As of November 2014 over 1000 rhino have been poached in South Africa alone in 2014. This is a frightening number, which seems to be spiralling out of control. Many organisations have been set up to help raise funds towards anti poaching units, improved fencing of reserves and getting specialist advice to name just a few.

Rhino Force - www.rhinoforce.co.za is one of these organisations - and Africa Collection has chosen to work with them for this great cause.

For every booking made with us, you will have the option to donate £5.00 to Rhino Force - and in return receive a beaded 'Save the Rhino' bracelet, and Africa Collection will match your donation. Even if you don't book with us - please log on to www.rhinoforce.co.za to see how you can make a difference.