Cape Town & winelands vacation, South Africa tailormade

“A tailor made vacation to the heart of Cape Town and its beaches, mountains and vineyards, with freedom to explore and time to meet local people, too.”

Highlights

Cape Town | morning tour | full day Cape Peninsula National Park tour | Clifton and Camps Bay beaches | penguins at Boulders Beach | visit Uthando charity and their township projects | full day Winelands tour | fully tailor made vacation with option to extend

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Departure information

You can either join one of our set departures (twice monthly), or this trip can be arranged at any time to suit you and adapted to suit your requirements
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Tailor made vacations

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and zipcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Uthando is an innovative non-profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited company. The aim of Uthando (which means Love) is to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in South Africa. On this trip you have a half day in Cape Town to enjoy meeting some of the people and seeing some of the projects which Uthando backs. It will be a highlight of your trip.

The company that organises this vacation is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travelers are well-informed, as an informed traveler tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveler. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism. In terms of information, all travelers are given guidelines on Traveling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment.

Environment

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

In the UK: The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).

Community
Eco-ratings & community tourism: The company works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have eco-rated about 300 properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveler wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues. They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.

Travel Philanthropy: The company backs a charity called The Tribes Foundation with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travelers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.
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1 Reviews of Cape Town & winelands vacation, South Africa tailormade

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Reviewed on 19 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


So many memorable moments. Capetown, the township tour, the teabag factory, the whales, the safari, the garden route and the caves.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Stay in a hotel half way between the city center of greenmarket square and the near the waterfront

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we were made aware of a water shortage in western cape and in capetown.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant

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