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Responsible tourism: South Africa luxury vacation, Garden Route & safari
On this trip, you will see that Grootbos is about much more than just five star accommodation and eco adventures; itís about making a real and effective contribution to the unique natural environment of the Walker Bay region and its people. From the beginning, it has been committed to the conservation of the regionís biodiversity as well as the upliftment of the local community. The non-profit Grootbos Foundation was established during 2003 to run the Grootbos environmental and social development programmes and has as its mission: The conservation of the biodiversity of Grootbos and its surrounds & the development of sustainable nature-based livelihoods through ecotourism, research, management and education. Funds generated by the Grootbos ecotourism business, together with donations received from guests and other donors are invested through the foundation into implementing key conservation and development projects. In this way all guests are directly supporting biodiversity conservation and social upliftment in the Walker Bay region. The key projects developed by the foundation to achieve its goals are: Green Futures, Growing the Future, the Youth Development Programme and Future Trees.
The Grootbos Foundation supports the Youth Development Programme, which is an inspiring project that uses sport as a vehicle to promote education, health, social integration and participation amongst the culturally diverse communities of the Gansbaai area, especially the underprivileged youth. Identifying the need for a communal sport facility and seeing the opportunity for community development, the Grootbos Foundation played a key role in the establishment of the Gansbaai Communal Sports Centre, which includes a full-size artificial football pitch, two additional grass pitches, and several other world-class sporting facilities including a multi-purpose clubhouse. The Gansbaai Communal Sports Centre is intentionally situated right in the middle of the racially diverse communities of Gansbaai, serving as the perfect catalyst for social integration in a traditionally segregated area. A wide variety of sports including football, rugby, hockey, netball and athletics are offered to encourage a wide spectrum of participation. Our various accredited youth and adult education programmes use sport to address environmental awareness, HIV/AIDS, health, computer literacy, life skills training, career development and entrepreneurial development. Across the different sports and educational programmes, the project reaches about 600 children and adults from different racial groups in Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus every week.
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2016 by Dina Aly
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Everything! Hard to choose! The vast number of endemic plants, unbelievable diversity of flora, diversity of birds, both the endemic and the widespread, the Southern Right Whales, the seals, the Mountain Cape Zebra, the Meerkat and the Black Wildebeest. That being said about wildlife, the South African people were incredibly warm, co-operative and knowledgeable. They love their beautiful country and are perfect hosts to their visitors. I met 5 different guides in 5 different areas and every single one of them had incredible knowledge, patience and co-operation. All the details were beautifully orchestrated by Sharon, the director of the company we travelled with. She tailored the trip perfectly to our taste. She was also kind enough to bear with me whenever I asked for changes in the details of the itinerary. I was a bit anxious since I am an Egyptian based in Cairo, and her company is based in the UK while our destination is South Africa! Nevertheless, this long distance planning worked out awesomely well, thanks to God. I highly recommend Sharon, her sincere efforts were evident all through the trip.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
The whale trip can be bumpy so be ready for that. I would have loved to stay more but 2 hourstrips are the only available ones. Be sure to see the Meerkat in Outsdoorn, it is a beautiful experience. Don't miss the flora, Sharon got us in contact with excellent guides who know the flora very well.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
It must have had because like our country, tourism is one of the main industries in South Africa. We only went to places where the environment is appreciated and preserved, like Gondwana, where several key threatened species are protected like the Cape Mountain Zebra, and Grootbos, where the owner is constantly studying and preserving the native flora. Both are breathtaking private reserves.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?