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Who is certified
 

The coveted "FTTSA-certified" status is currently awarded to 66 tourism businesses in South Africa. These include accommodation of all standards, activities, attractions and volunteer tourism programmes!

Contact details for each of them are listed below. View all of them at once, or select a province from the drop-down menu. Or… find them on the map and learn more about each of them on the main FTTSA website: www.fairtourismsa.org.za.

 
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Business !Khwa ttu San Cultural and Educational Centre
 
Region Western Cape
Location Near Yzerfontein
Contact tel +27 (0) 22 492 2998
Contact email info@khwattu.org
Website http://www.khwattu.org
Description Located just 70km north of Cape Town, !Khwa ttu introduces visitors to the descendants of the first indigenous people of southern Africa – the San. !Khwa ttu provides fantastic medicinal plant and cultural tours through the property as well as an outstanding museum dedicated to the history and current controversy around treatment of the San people. !Khwa ttu aims to educate the general public about the world of the San and to restore San heritage through socio-economic and cultural activities.


Business !Xaus Lodge
 
Region Northern Cape
Location Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 701 7860
Contact email info@xauslodge.co.za
Website http://www.xauslodge.co.za
Description !Xaus Lodge is a community-owned lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that offers an upmarket experience where guests can also learn about (and how to live with) the natural, local environment within the lodge's "tread lightly" philosophy. It is located on a 50,000 hectare concession within the Park that was awarded to the Mier and Khomani San communities through a historic land claim settlement in 2002. !Xaus is now operated under a management agreement with a private partner, Transfrontier Parks Destinations. Thus, while !Xaus Lodge is an attractive destination for international and local tourists alike, it is also an asset that the beneficiary communities can be proud of and are involved in, both operationally and as suppliers of beautiful hand-made crafts, for example.


Business African Shark Eco-Charters
 
Region Western Cape
Location Simon's Town
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 785 1947
Contact email airjaws@mweb.co.za
Website http://www.ultimate-animals.com
Description These educational shark trips offer an ocean-based experience that provides insight into Great White Shark predation, breaching, viewing and cage diving. African Shark Eco-Charters not only demonstrates a commitment towards operating in an environmentally responsible manner, but also complies with Marine and Coastal Management’s requirements and regulations. They offer ongoing, systematic education about Great White Shark conservation to staff and guests. They also make excellent use of local and black-owned suppliers in the immediate area and continuously investigate new procurement opportunities. In addition, African Shark Eco-Charters belongs to "The Great White Shark Protection Foundation".


Business andulela experience - Cape Malay Cooking Safari
 
Region Western Cape
Location Hout Bay, Cape Town
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 790 2592
Contact email info@andulela.com
Website http://www.andulela.com
Description A small company facilitating day tours in and around Cape Town whose commitment to responsible tourism means sharing South Africa’s natural and cultural riches while contributing positively to communities and environments affected by tourism. Andulela’s Cape Malay Cooking Safari is a day tour that takes place in the heart of Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap – or Malay Quarter – and captures the spirit and culture of a community known as the Cape Malays. This “hands-on”, informal cooking experience celebrates recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. The tour also entails a guided walk exploring the culture, architecture, religion and recent political history of the Bo-Kaap community.


Business Antrim Villa
 
Region Western Cape
Location Cape Town
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 433 2132
Contact email info@antrimvilla.com
Website http://www.antrimvilla.com
Description Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, only a 10-minute walk from Cape Town City Bowl, Antrim Villa’s motto is “Think local, buy local”. In line with this, the business consciously strives to purchase local goods (and organic, wherever possible) that offer a uniquely South African ‘flavour’ to the guest experience. In addition, this small business assists local, emerging entrepreneurs by utilising their services for airport transfers, garden services and spa treatments. New local suppliers are researched and utilised on an ongoing basis and guests are referred to local attractions and businesses in the area.


Business AWOL - Masiphumelele Bicycle Tour
 
Region Western Cape
Location Near Kommetjie, Cape Town
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 788 1256
Contact email info@awol.travel
Website http://www.awol.travel
Description AWOL offers this fabulous bicycle tour operating in a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, which involves local community businesses and provides opportunities for tourists to interact with local people. AWOL’s Responsibility Policy was developed to include community investment, an environmental strategy and support for organic products and sustainable seafood – ensuring that the business encourages maximum benefit and spreads the word about how we can minimise the potential negative impacts of tourism on local communities.


Business Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
 
Region Western Cape
Location Near Riebeek Kasteel
Contact tel +27 (0) 22 448 1820
Contact email info@bartholomeusklip.com
Website http://www.bartholomeusklip.com
Description This 4-star guesthouse is located on a property in the Western Cape that incorporates a working farm and nature conservation corridor. Bartholomeus Klip is a habitat for many rare plant species, a population of endangered geometric tortoise and zebras from the world famous Quagga Project. The business provides employment for generations of residents on the property, while also supporting community projects and environmental education for staff and their families through an extensive recycling programme.


Business Birds of Eden
 
Region Western Cape
Location Plettenberg Bay
Contact tel 044 534 8906
Contact email info@monkeyland.co.za
Website http://www.birdsofeden.co.za
Description Birds of Eden is the world's largest free flight avairy and bird sanctuary. The unique two hectare dome spans a gorge of indigenous forest, which houses over 3500 birds. Their long term aim is to reintroduce groups of selected species of birds into their hom ranges. They also contribute annually a great amount into the local economy.


Business Buccaneer's Lodge and Backpackers
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Chintsa West
Contact tel +27 (0) 43 734 3012
Contact email buccaneer@cintsa.com
Website http://www.cintsa.com
Description Family-owned Buccaneer's is known for its long-standing investment in the development of the local communities and for its good range of accommodation, designed to suit any type of traveller. Buccaneers is actively involved in a range of social contributions in the Chintsa area such as their extensive work at the Bulugha Farm School, which was built in the early 80’s and has been supported by Bucc’s for the past 20 years. With additional donations from guests, they were able to put in electricity, set up a computer room and a run a feeding scheme at the school. The program employs a cook and provides two cooked meals a day for almost 200 children. And this is just a start… In addition, Buccaneers’ contribution to environmental management includes capturing grey water in storage units of which a large percentage is used in irrigation and compost production and sending its organic waste to support a local pig farm.


Business Bulungula Lodge
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Wild Coast
Contact tel +27 (0) 47 577 8900
Contact email dave@bulungula.com
Website http://www.bulungula.com
Description A partly community-owned (Nqileni community) business on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape that prioritises authentic Xhosa experiences and linkages with local community businesses; actively committed to improving community health through the provision of drinking water and training on permaculture as well as organic farming to improve nutrition and create surpluses that can be sold to the lodge restaurant.


Business Calabash Tours - Real City Tour
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Port Elizabeth
Contact tel +27 (0) 41 585 6162
Contact email tours@calabashtours.co.za
Website http://www.calabashtours.co.za
Description These tours bring visitors to “real life” and fascinating history in Nelson Mandela Bay with guides who have exceptional local knowledge. Guest have opportunities to support local community development projects, which are aligned with the activities of the Calabash Trust to ensure that local and often disadvantaged communities benefit from the visits made by visitors. Tour highlights include community projects, local singing and drumming groups and township businesses, all of whom have long-standing relationships with Calabash’s operations.


Business Calabash Tours - Shebeen Tour
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Port Elizabeth
Contact tel +27 (0) 41 585 6162
Contact email tours@calabashtours.co.za
Website http://www.calabashtours.co.za
Description These tours bring visitors to “real life” and fascinating history in Nelson Mandela Bay with guides who have exceptional local knowledge. Guest have opportunities to support local community development projects, which are aligned with the activities of the Calabash Trust to ensure that local and often disadvantaged communities benefit from the visits made by visitors. Tour highlights include community projects, local singing and drumming groups and township businesses, all of whom have long-standing relationships with Calabash’s operations.


Business Calabash Tours (Volunteer Tourism): Community Care Programme
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth)
Contact tel +27 (0) 41 585 6162
Contact email tours@calabashtours.co.za
Website http://www.calabashtours.co.za
Description In addition to its tours, Calabash Tours facilitates volunteer experiences in two focus areas; education and HIV home-based care and support. The Calabash approach is structured around transfer of skills and attracts skilled teachers and health workers from overseas countries to share their skills locally to build capacity within township communities. Calabash Tours has also used its volunteer programme as a way to develop travel philanthropy models in conjunction with the Calabash Trust. This has resulted in the possibility of ongoing support from volunteers, once back home, as fundraising ambassadors for the projects. The result has been the development of school libraries, nutrition support in schools and preschools, and countless educational resources for schools.


Business Calabash Tours (Volunteer Tourism): Schools Support Programme
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth)
Contact tel +27 (0) 41 585 6162
Contact email tours@calabashtours.co.za
Website http://www.calabashtours.co.za
Description In addition to its tours, Calabash Tours facilitates volunteer experiences in two focus areas; education and HIV home-based care and support. The Calabash approach is structured around transfer of skills and attracts skilled teachers and health workers from overseas countries to share their skills locally to build capacity within township communities. Calabash Tours has also used its volunteer programme as a way to develop travel philanthropy models in conjunction with the Calabash Trust. This has resulted in the possibility of ongoing support from volunteers, once back home, as fundraising ambassadors for the projects. The result has been the development of school libraries, nutrition support in schools and preschools, and countless educational resources for schools.


Business Chartfield Guesthouse
 
Region Western Cape
Location Kalk Bay
Contact tel +27 21 788 3793
Contact email info@chartfield.co.za
Website http://www.chartfield.co.za
Description Chartfield Guesthouse is committed to minimize their waste footprint as well as their energy consumption and to put in place recycling measures. Chartfield Guesthouse has increased their impact in the local community by buying all fresh produce locally; refering guests to local shops, restaurants and spas


Business Coffee Shack Backpackers
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Coffee Bay, Wild Coast
Contact tel +27 (0) 47 575 2048
Contact email happydays@coffeeshack.co.za
Website http://www.coffeeshack.co.za
Description A 30% community-owned backpackers where activities in the local area and maximum employment opportunities for the local people result in secured “buy-in” from the residents of Coffee Bay. Operational goods are acquired from local suppliers, especially fresh produce, enhancing benefits to all involved. In addition, the business makes concerted efforts to invest in its staff, helping them to advance through ongoing training programs and empowerment.


Business De Zalze Golf Club
 
Region Western Cape
Location Stellenbosch
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 880 7300
Contact email info@dezalzegolf.com
Website http://www.dezalzegolf.com
Description The only golf course (to date) certified by FTTSA, De Zalze engages in long-standing and ongoing efforts through fundraising and in-kind support of local community development initiatives. The business has also instituted progressive human resource, supply chain development practices and careful management of environmental resources on site.


Business De Zeekoe Guest Farm
 
Region Western Cape
Location Oudtshoorn
Contact tel 044 272 6721
Contact email info@dezeekoe.co.za
Website http://www.dezeekoe.co.za
Description De Zeekoe Guest Farm employ and give housing to 20 families on the farm. They aim to positively raise the standard of living and uplift the local community on an ongoing basis.

Generations of employees and their children have been educated by Zeekoegat Primary. Zeekoegat Primary currently schools 120 primary children and 90 pre-primary children.

Due to the bad conditions of the current school building (it has become unsafe and unstable), the Zeekoegat Primary School Trust is in the process of building a new school for the local community.

The trust was formed by the adjoining landowners of Safari Ostrich Show Farm (www.safariostrich.co.za) / Vanessa Engelbrecht - and Angela Olivier from the farm Welgeluk.

The trust's main aim is to raise funds for the new school project.



Business Dyer Island Cruises
 
Region Western Cape
Location Gansbaai
Contact tel +27 (0) 28 384 0406
Contact email bookings@whalewatchsa.com
Website http://www.dyer-island-cruises.co.za
Description Whale watching and eco cruises in the Walker Bay area are just a start. Environmental education initiatives in the local community, conservation projects including lobbying public support for 2000 artificial penguin shelters on Dyer Island to house dwindling endangered penguin colonies there, coastal clean-ups and support for local women through the Nolwandle skills development and craft centre project are what drive this team. The positive impacts made in conservation and socio-economic impacts are tremendous!


Business Farm 215 nature retreat & fynbos reserve
 
Region Western Cape
Location Between Stanford & Agulhas
Contact tel +27 (0) 28 388 0920
Contact email book@farm215.co.za
Website http://www.farm215.co.za
Description Impressive not least of all for eco-friendly construction, waste and water recycling, solar power and eco-friendly cleaning products, Farm 215 also employs only local people, whose development is of paramount importance. Commitment to staff, combined with alien vegetation removal and conservation of Cape fynbos – while encouraging neighbouring businesses to do the same – are what ensure Farm 215’s adherence to sustainability principles across the board.


Business Fundani Tourism
 
Region Gauteng
Location Cullinan
Contact tel 012 734 0406
Contact email peterson@fundanitours.co.za
Website http://www.fundanitours.co.za
Description Fundani Tourism cc is a 100% black owned, controlled and managed new generation enterprise ideally positioned to serve the domestic and international markets. The founder of this enterprise has the sincere desire to participate in the mainstream of economy and thus align himself with the role players who have the strengths to complement what they believe may be their weaknesses.


Business Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
 
Region Western Cape
Location Near Gansbaai
Contact tel +27 (0) 28 384 8000
Contact email info@grootbos.co.za
Website http://www.grootbos.com
Description Grootbos is renowned for its conservation of the pristine Cape fynbos (with more than 650 indigenous species) on this 1,700 hectare private nature reserve. Its conservation achievements are supplemented by the Grootbos Foundation’s extensive development activities including environmental education activities at the Green Futures school and support for local youth and sport, most notably through its Spaces for Sport programme.


Business Hog Hollow Country Lodge
 
Region Western Cape
Location The Craggs (near Plettenberg Bay)
Contact tel +27 (0) 44 534 8879
Contact email info@hog-hollow.com
Website http://www.hog-hollow.com
Description Hog Hollow is a country lodge located along the Garden Route that offers employment and career development to local people that enables them to reach levels required to meet international expectations of service excellence. Their commitment to procurement from local suppliers as well as their impressive eradication of alien vegetation are part of their exemplary responsible conduct in the industry.


Business Jan Harmsgat Country House
 
Region Western Cape
Location Near Swellendam
Contact tel +27 (0) 23 616 3407
Contact email brinreb@iafrica.com
Website http://www.jhghouse.com
Description This stunning Cape Dutch country house in the hills of the Little Karoo / winelands is very active in ensuring local staff is given every opportunity to develop their skills and advance to new roles within the business. The business supports other small local business and community projects to further advance its positive socio-economic impact.


Business Kololo Game Reserve
 
Region Limpopo Province
Location Waterberg Biosphere
Contact tel +27 (0) 14 - 721 0920
Contact email info@kololo.co.za
Website http://www.kololo.co.za
Description Kololo Game Reserve and its team of employees are strongly committed to capacity building and social development in their local community. Initiatives include support for a school bursary, an educational programme and an orphans’ assistance programme operated by the local Waterberg Welfare Society (WWS). Guests can make both financial contributions and non-financial donations (e.g. books and clothes).


Business Kungwini Guesthouse
 
Region Gauteng
Location Bronkhorstspruit
Contact tel 013 935 1890
Contact email info@kungwiniguesthouse.com
Website http://www.kungwiniguesthouse.com
Description Kungwini Guesthouse supports community development projects on an on-going basis and believes in youth development. It provides hospitality training for interns selected from the community and further supports the youth in sports and events that appeal to both the community and tourists.


Business Kwaggas Pride
 
Region Gauteng
Location Cullinan
Contact tel 082 490 4082
Contact email kwaggaspride@vodamail.co.za
Website http://www.kwaggaspride.co.za
Description Kwagga’s Pride believes in promoting local development,through purchasing from local and small suppliers in the surrounding towns where possible. As a small business their community involvement centres around mentorship in that they use their own building and electrical skills to mentor local artisans and even our own staff.

Kwaggas Pride are very aware of keeping their environmental footprint to a minimum. They recycle as much as possible, conserve water through a variety of methods and have many energy saving measures in place. They are also concerned with conserving our African bushveld and are constantly involved in the clearing of alien vegetation.


Business Kwalata
 
Region Gauteng
Location Hammanskraal
Contact tel 012 711 8200
Contact email info@kwalata.co.za
Website http://www.kwalata.co.za
Description For the past 18 years Kwalata have been involved in community development and facilitating community responsibility programs. Kwalata initiative is an idea and concept which supports already existing entrepreneurs, schools and crèches (Pre-schools). The support is designed to facilitate funding, support in terms of infrastructure, equipment and marketing, stimulating sales or securing a sound customer base.

One of the things which makes Kwalata Initiative (Community Projects) so great is that the people who make the difference can come to visit the community and get an opportunity see the difference they make, for themselves.


Business Lebo's Soweto Backpackers
 
Region Gauteng
Location Soweto
Contact tel +27 (0) 11 936 3444
Contact email lebo@sowetobackpackers.co.za
Website http://www.sowetobackpackers.com
Description This emerging business in Soweto offers accommodation and an authentic immersion into life in this historically significant township. Local guides conduct bicycle tours through the surrounding area, giving guests an opportunity to experience local activities and people in their day-to-day lives.


Business Lebo's Soweto Bicycle Tour
 
Region Gauteng
Location Soweto
Contact tel +27 (0) 11 936 3444
Contact email lebo@sowetobackpackers.com
Website http://www.sowetobicycletours.com
Description Soweto Bicycle Tours is a unique concept of township tourism. The bicycle tour provides an opportunity to experience Soweto, its people and communities in an eco-friendly and personal manner, giving an insight in life, culture and history. All tours are guided by tour guides from Soweto passionate to show travellers famous historical sites as well as some of the hidden spots of the township. The tour is also an experience of the local township food, drinks and snacks.


Business Leeuwenbosch Country House
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Amakhala Game Reserve
Contact tel +27 (0) 46 636 2750
Contact email centralres@amakhala.co.za
Website http://www.amakhala.co.za
Description Leeuwenbosch is part of the Lion Roars portfolio on Amakhala Game Reserve. A number of the lodges there collaborate on community development, conservation, HIV/Aids education and other local priorities in order to maximise positive impacts of their efforts. In addition, they also appreciate the positive local impacts generated through cooperation by collectively supporting local businesses including a small laundry, a sewing entrepreneur and a beading group that generates funds towards a bursary programme.


Business Leshiba Wilderness
 
Region Limpopo Province
Location Soutpansberg Mountains near Makhado
Contact tel +27 (0) 15 593 0076
Contact email lesheba@lesheba.co.za
Website http://www.lesheba.co.za
Description As part of its strong commitment to preserving local culture, Leshiba offers a bush experience in a reconstructed authentic Venda village in the Soutpansberg Mountains, now a proclaimed Biosphere Reserve. Preservation of local Venda culture, enhanced by the establishment of the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge, is central to the business operations of this special place known as Leshiba Wilderness.


Business Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge
 
Region Limpopo Province
Location Near Louis Trichadt / Makhado
Contact tel +27 (0) 15 516 0220
Contact email boschsoe@mweb.co.za
Website http://www.mountainfarmlodge.com
Description Madi a Thavha empowers its staff through skills development and ongoing training in areas such as sewing, craft production, business skills and HIV/Aids awareness, to name a few. The business is extensively involved with its community, in particular through arts and crafts mentoring programmes, while the entire Madi a Thavha team participates in on site environmental education activities.


Business Marine Dynamics
 
Region Western Cape
Location Gansbaai
Contact tel +27 (0) 28 384 1005
Contact email dive@sharkwatchsa.com
Website http://www.sharkwatchsa.com
Description Marine Dynamics Tours provide White Shark cage diving activities that focus on the educational aspects of interacting with these apex predators and promoting the importance of ensuring their continued existence within the marine ecosystem. The business works in collaboration with other local businesses to enhance positive impacts of environment and community investment initiatives such as the Nolwandle skills development and craft centre project.


Business Masakala Guesthouse
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Near Matatiele
Contact tel +27 (0) 39 737 3289
Contact email masakala@telkomsa.net
Website http://www.mehloding.co.za
Description This community-owned (Mehloding Community Tourism Trust) business represents 25 villages in the surrounding area and offers authentic accommodation in traditional huts – specially designed and built using local architectural ideas and skills – and home-cooked meals with produce from the community vegetable garden. All of Masakala’s employees are from the local area and they work with local, registered guides to offer fun and interesting local activities.


Business Mashovhela Lodge
 
Region Limpopo Province
Location Makhado
Contact tel 012 991 6930
Contact email info@mashovhela.com
Website http://www.mashovhela.com
Description Tucked away in a steep valley, surrounded by impressive rocky outcrops, on the site of an abandoned Venda settlement, lies this small lodge which gets its name from the sacred Mashovhela rock pool, "Place where the drums beat". Mashovhela Lodge is globally recognised for its eco-friendly accommodation in South Africa.

In order to minimise the ecological footprint, the lodge was built on the already degraded site of an abandoned Venda settlement and roads and walking trails follow existing wagon roadways, footpaths, game and cattle trails.



Business Mdumbi Backpackers
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Wild Coast
Contact tel +27 (0) 83 461 1834
Contact email mdumbi@mdumbi.co.za
Website http://www.mdumbi.co.za
Description Mdumbi Backpackers offers simple & spacious accommodation in traditional Xhosa-style huts. Mdumbi simultaneously operates a non-profit organisation called Transcape to address development priorities in the immediate area. Current projects range from health and education to job creation. The NGO also assists people affected by HIV/AIDS through awareness raising, support, home-based care and treatment programs. Mdumbi also demonstrates its respect for the environment by utilizing a grey water filtration system, installing solar backup systems and solar water heating, monitoring of marine resources in collaboration with the local community and the University of Cape Town, production of organic fruit and vegetables and managing the recycling programme.


Business Mehloding Adventure Trail
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Near Matatiele
Contact tel +27 (0) 39 737 3289
Contact email mehloding@telkomsa.net
Website http://www.mehloding.co.za
Description Like Masakala Guesthouse, the Mehloding Adventure Trais is also owned by the Mehloding Community Tourism Trust. The Trail offers a truly spectacular hiking experience along the border of Lesotho using local, registered guides. Overnight stays along the trail in traditional huts bring further benefits to the broader area through job creation in various locations along the trail, with meals prepared with fresh produce from local community vegetable gardens. Additional activities in place to address alien vegetation along the trail and in surrounding areas.


Business Mercure Hotel Bedfordview
 
Region Gauteng
Location Johannesburg
Contact tel +27 (0) 11 622 1556
Contact email H2919@accor.com
Website http://www.mercure.com
Description A hotel group under the global Accor brand, Mercure’s company-wide policy of “People, Planet, Profit” reflects the triple-bottom-line of sustainability and is reinforced by their commitment to HIV/Aids education and being a signatory to The Code of Conduct Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism. Comprehensive policies and practices are in place to minimise impacts related to water, energy and waste.


Business Mercure Hotel Midrand
 
Region Gauteng
Location Midrand
Contact tel +27 (0) 11 312 2020
Contact email H2917@accor.com
Website http://www.mercure.com
Description A hotel group under the global Accor brand, Mercure’s company-wide policy of “People, Planet, Profit” reflects the triple-bottom-line of sustainability and is reinforced by their commitment to HIV/Aids education and being a signatory to The Code of Conduct Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism. Comprehensive policies and practices are in place to minimise impacts related to water, energy and waste.


Business Mercure Hotel Nelspruit
 
Region Mpumalanga
Location Nelspruit
Contact tel +27 (0) 13 741 4222
Contact email H2918@accor.com
Website http://www.mercure.com
Description A hotel group under the global Accor brand, Mercure’s company-wide policy of “People, Planet, Profit” reflects the triple-bottom-line of sustainability and is reinforced by their commitment to HIV/Aids education and being a signatory to The Code of Conduct Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism. Comprehensive policies and practices are in place to minimise impacts related to water, energy and waste.


Business Mercure Hotel Randburg
 
Region Gauteng
Location Johannesburg
Contact tel +27 (0) 11 326 3300
Contact email H3134@accor.com
Website http://www.mercure.com
Description A hotel group under the global Accor brand, Mercure’s company-wide policy of “People, Planet, Profit” reflects the triple-bottom-line of sustainability and is reinforced by their commitment to HIV/Aids education and being a signatory to The Code of Conduct Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism. Comprehensive policies and practices are in place to minimise impacts related to water, energy and waste.


Business Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
 
Region Western Cape
Location Plettenberg Bay
Contact tel 044 534 8906
Contact email •info@monkeyland.co.za
Website http://www.monkeyland.co.za
Description Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is the world's first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary and currently the top eco-tourism attraction on the Garden Route. Their long term aim is to reintroduce groups of selected species of primates into their home ranges. They also contribute annually a great amount directly into the local economy.


Business Moratiwa Tours - Soweto Fair Tourism Tour
 
Region Gauteng
Location Soweto
Contact tel +27 (0) 11 869 6629
Contact email info@moratiwa.co.za
Website http://www.moratiwa.co.za
Description This emerging business offers a vehicle and bicycle combination tour (in collaboration with Lebo’s Bicycle Tour – also an FTTSA-certified business) in Soweto, giving travellers the opportunity to see a lot as well as have a more personal engagement with local people in the various parts of this amazing, historical township.


Business Motswari Private Game Reserve
 
Region Mpumalanga
Location Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Contact tel +27 (0) 15 793 1718 / +27 (0) 11 463 1990
Contact email reservations@motswari.co.za
Website http://www.motswari.co.za
Description A commitment to local employment, staff development and community investment (including community health and education) are ongoing at Motswari, as is the business’ involvement in conservation research projects in the area. The lodge also maintains a “family friendly” staff village, which improves the quality of life for employees and is also an important strategy for combating HIV infection in the safari lodge industry.


Business Ocean Blue Adventures
 
Region Western Cape
Location Plettenberg Bay
Contact tel +27 (0) 44 533 5083
Contact email info@oceanadventures.co.za
Website http://www.oceanadventures.co.za
Description Ocean Blue Adventures provide whale watching and eco-marine boat trips that offer educational opportunities about marine ecology. This is supported by its involvement with the educational and research activities of the ORCA Foundation. Ocean Blue promotes a walking tour through the local Qolweni ensuring that the tour gets access to a market, with 100% of township tour proceeds going to the Qolweni Community Development Trust. Part of these proceeds has been used to build a crèche in the township.


Business Ocean Safaris
 
Region Western Cape
Location Plettenberg Bay
Contact tel 044 533 4963
Contact email info@oceansafaris.co.za
Website http://www.oceansafaris.co.za
Description Ocean Safaris is a boat-based whale and dolphin watching company in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route with one of the limited permits to approach Southern Right Whales within 50 metres! Because of this, they offer spectacular boat-based whale watching and dolphin discovery safaris as well as a variety of tailor-made and private marine expeditions.

This business contributes financially to the daily running of the SONOP Soup Kitchen in Kranshoek, Plettenberg Bay. In addition to this and other financial contributions to various schools and institutions, Ocean Safaris donates time and resources to a number of local businesses in the form of marketing support and prizes for fund raising activities, for example.


Business Para Taxi Tandem Paragliding
 
Region Western Cape
Location Cape Town
Contact tel 021 434 5428
Contact email info@para-taxi.com
Website http://www.para-taxi.com
Description Para Taxi was established in 2005 and is a small local company which deals in the adventure tourism sector, offering visitors and locals alike a once in a life time opportunity to experience fantastic scenic tandem paragliding flights in and around Cape Town. With their professional staff and qualified pilots they pride themselves as being one of the most reputable and safety conscious paragliding companies in the area. Paragliding itself is an extremely green activity with no engine fumes or sound contamination. Aside from job creation and skills development of historically disadvantaged individuals, Para Taxi puts a huge amount of effort into promoting the sport, respecting the environment and making flight possible for the disabled and physically challenged.


Business Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
 
Region Mpumalanga
Location Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
Contact tel +27 (0) 11 447 7172
Contact email res@sabisabi.com
Website http://www.sabisabi.com
Description Four lodges comprise Sabi Sabi’s operations in the Greater Kruger National Park area where community investment activities focus on long-term commitment to specific initiatives that benefit the communities in the areas where Sabi Sabi staff reside; including the Lillydale Environmental Education Centre. In addition, staff enjoy the benefit of programmes that include adult literacy, English proficiency, financial planning, business orientation, and HIV/AIDS awareness, among others.


Business Safari Lodge
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Amakhala Game Reserve
Contact tel +27 (0) 46 636 2750
Contact email centralres@amakhala.co.za
Website http://www.amakhala.co.za
Description Safari Lodge is part of the Lion Roars portfolio on Amakhala Game Reserve. A number of the lodges there collaborate on community development, conservation, HIV/Aids education and other local priorities in order to maximise positive impacts of their efforts. In addition, they also appreciate the positive local impacts generated through cooperation by collectively supporting local businesses including a small laundry, a sewing entrepreneur and a beading group that generates funds towards a bursary programme.


Business Sani Lodge Backpackers
 
Region KwaZulu-Natal
Location Underberg
Contact tel +27 (0)33 702 0330
Contact email info@sanilodge.co.za
Website http://www.sanilodge.co.za
Description Nestled in the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains, Sani Lodge Backpackers provides a wide range of affordable accommodation. It is a peaceful country haven bordering directly onto the World Heritage Site, uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Sani Lodge Backpackers is involved in local business development and community tourism - educating the community about tourism, ensuring their product is in harmony with the community and that their product benefit the community. Environmentally they have been involved in tree planting at local schools, clean-ups on Sani Pass and are also involved in WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa).


Business Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge
 
Region Limpopo Province
Location Near Elim
Contact tel +27 (0) 15 556 3406
Contact email info@shiluvari.com
Website http://www.shiluvari.com
Description Positioned in the midst of local arts and crafts routes, Shiluvari demonstrates its long-term support to the local artisans and communities by promoting the various routes and stocking only local crafts in-house; staff development is given high priority and the lodge has a culture of staff participation and education; a significant achievement has been its success in establishing the Ribolla Tourism Association with the numerous artists that live in the area, which collectively markets the areas wide array of tourist attractions.


Business Southern Right Charters
 
Region Western Cape
Location Hermanus
Contact tel 082 353 0550
Contact email info@southernrightcharters.co.za
Website http://www.southernrightcharters.co.za
Description Southern Right Charters is a black empowered company based in Walker Bay, Hermanus, providing a boat based whale watching tour. Their motto is "Observing Not Distrubing", focusing on tourist education about safety and conservation of the whales.


Business Spier
 
Region Western Cape
Location Near Stellenbosch
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 809 1100
Contact email info@spier.co.za
Website http://www.spier.co.za
Description The responsible tourism ethic at Spier is exemplary, which is probably why it was one of the very first businesses certified by FTTSA. It has a comprehensive strategy to achieve triple-bottom-line sustainability targets (including carbon emissions, water and waste management, energy use and poverty eradication that are ambitiously addressed and then documented for public reference on their website (see their annual Sustainability Report).


Business Stormsriver Adventures
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Storms River, bordering Tsitsikamma National Park
Contact tel +27 (0) 42 281 1836
Contact email adventure@gardenroute.co.za
Website http://www.stormsriver.com
Description The team of this treetop canopy tour in the Tsitsikamma Forest demonstrates commendable commitment to the upliftment of local communities through skills development and HIV/Aids education, awareness raising, environmental education and food provision in local schools, development of local craft, distribution of clothing, and support for home-based care groups. In addition, Stormsriver Adventures is also the driving force behind a local recycling initiative as part of their sustainable development philosophy, ensuring the protection of the surrounding sensitive environment.


Business The Backpack
 
Region Western Cape
Location Cape Town
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 423 4530
Contact email backpack@backpackers.co.za
Website http://www.backpackers.co.za
Description The Backpack was voted one of the top 10 places to stay in Cape Town (Lonely Planet Cape Town City Guide 2010) and voted Best Hostel in South Africa and 3rd in Africa in 2008 and 2009 by Hostelworld.com. This 5* Backpack focuses on uplifting staff and community, commits to transparency in the workplace, high-level standards and profit sharing for staff, as well as an extensive community support programme. The business also adopts a positive and proactive attitude to working with staff affected by HIV/Aids.


Business The Peech Hotel
 
Region Gauteng
Location Melrose
Contact tel +27 (0) 11 537 9797
Contact email reservations@thepeech.co.za
Website http://www.thepeech.co.za
Description The Peech demonstrates a great commitment towards operating in an environmentally responsible manner. The business has solar-water geysers for the entire property in place and drinking water is filtered on site and they use refillable glass bottles (reducing the use of plastic bottles). Rain and grey water from baths and showers is processed and recycled for use in the Peech’s lush and leafy landscaping, which also has its own herb garden. The Peech has a long-standing and serious commitment to investment in the Little Eden Children’s Home. The hotel also donates relevant items (linen, crockery, etc) to the charity and allows the staff of Little Eden to stay at the hotel as an incentive for top performance.


Business The Soweto Hotel
 
Region Gauteng
Location Soweto
Contact tel 011 527 7300
Contact email reservations@sowetohotel.co.za
Website http://www.sowetohotel.co.za
Description The Soweto Hotel is based at Freedom Square. It is a comfortable four star hotel which is decorated with many historical photographs, local poetry and recent photography etc. They train many young people from the local area in the hotel industry and hire a huge majority of HDIs


Business Three Tree Hill Lodge
 
Region KwaZulu-Natal
Location Ladysmith
Contact tel 036 448 1171
Contact email reservations@threetreehill.co.za
Website http://www.threetreehill.co.za
Description Three Tree Hill Lodge is situated between Ladysmith and Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, overlooking the historical site of the Battle of Spioenkop. Three Tree Hill Lodge has comprehensive procedures and systems in place to reduce energy use (including a solar oven!) and to manage waste responsibly. To maximise the positive impact of their environmentally-sensitive measures, all Three Tree Hill Lodge staff receive a sustainability induction training, raising awareness about lessons that can also be applied in their homes and communities. They also concentrate on maximising the benefits to the local area by purchasing most goods locally and being actively involved in community fundraising and training.


Business Tswalu Kalahari
 
Region Northern Cape
Location Kalahari
Contact tel +27 (0) 11 274 2299
Contact email res@tswalu.com
Website http://www.tswalu.com
Description Tswalu is dedicated to its staff and community as well as to the conservation of the Kalahari. Considerable resources are invested in community health with a clinic being available on site to all staff, their families and the surrounding community. In addition, adult education is provided via the full-time employment of an ABET teacher to assist staff in advancing the education of members of staff. There is an extensive team at Tswalu dedicated exclusively to conservation and research activities, with the establishment of the Tswalu Foundation to support related conservation research.


Business Umlani Bushcamp
 
Region Mpumalanga
Location Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 785 5547
Contact email info@umlani.com
Website http://www.umlani.com
Description Umlani focuses on staff development through training and contributions to a collective education fund. The business also invests time and financial resources to support a local orphanage and by facilitating staff HIV/Aids education as well as voluntary counselling and testing. Emphasis on supporting community-
based suppliers includes a sewing business and a local laundry.


Business Uthando South Africa
 
Region Western Cape
Location Cape Town
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 683 8523
Contact email info@uthandosa.org
Website http://www.uthandosa.org
Description Uthando is a unique model for traveller’s philanthropy, providing local and international tourism businesses (e.g. tour operators) and individuals with a reliable and trustworthy mechanism to implement their social investment programmes. This FTTSA-certified initiative showcases beneficiary projects to travellers in an authentic and sustainable way, further increasing their prospects for fundraising and other forms of assistance.


Business Volunteer Africa 32° South: Wild Coast Community Schools Programme
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Chintsa East, Wild Coast
Contact tel +27 (0) 43 738 5523
Contact email info@volunteerafrica.co.za
Website http://www.volunteerafrica.co.za
Description This volunteer programme works with schools in the Chintsa area of the Eastern Cape. It facilitates computer literacy classes, playing a supporting role for teachers and complementing the existing curriculum, and it provides a vital resource for learners to gain hands-on computer skills that will prove invaluable as they progress through their education and eventually seek employment. The schools involved are all part of the “Ecoschools” programme – initiated by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to give children access to environmental education via computer applications.


Business Whalesong Lodge
 
Region Western Cape
Location Gansbaai
Contact tel 0283841865
Contact email stanley@whalesonglodge.co.za
Website http://www.whalesonglodge.co.za
Description


Business White Shark Projects
 
Region Western Cape
Location Kleinbaai
Contact tel +27 (0) 21 405 4537
Contact email bookings@whitesharkprojects.co.za
Website http://www.whitesharkprojects.co.za
Description Winner of the 2008 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Award in the Waste Management category for its Swop Shop Initiative, White Shark Projects is owned and managed by three South African women and incorporates a staff shareholding scheme as well. Based in Kleinbaai in the Western Cape, this tourism business focuses on the conservation of Great White Sharks through responsible tourism and research. White Shark Projects is strongly committed to community development and upliftment.


Business Woodbury Lodge
 
Region Eastern Cape
Location Amakhala Game Reserve
Contact tel +27 (0) 46 636 2750
Contact email centralres@amakhala.co.za
Website http://www.amakhala.co.za
Description Woodbury Lodge is part of the Lion Roars portfolio on Amakhala Game Reserve. A number of the lodges there collaborate on community development, conservation, HIV/Aids education and other local priorities in order to maximise positive impacts of their efforts. In addition, they also appreciate the positive local impacts generated through cooperation by collectively supporting local businesses including a small laundry, a sewing entrepreneur and a beading group that generates funds towards a bursary programme.


 
 
 
 
 
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