Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa

Motswari Private Game Reserve Marine Dynamics-Great White Shark cage diving Safari Lodge - in the Amakhala Game Reserve 7000 hectare Amakhala Game Reserve

By Kate | Travel
Posted Dec 3, 2012

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa NPC (FTTSA) is a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable tourism development through awareness raising, research and advocacy, capacity building and by facilitating the world’s first tourism Fair Trade certification programme.

FTTSA awards the use of special label to qualifying businesses as a way of signifying their commitment to Fair Trade criteria including fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing, fair operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and environment.

The FTTSA publishes a biannual guide that lists all of the incredible excursions and adventures that await. Some of our favourite excerpts are:

“Safari Lodge – in the Amakhala Game Reserve – is a five star thatched lodge with luxury safari huts inspired by African tribal design. The Safari Lodge is tucked away in a valley of indigenous bush at the northern boundary of the 7000 hectare reserve. This romantic thatched lodge is owned and managed by Mike and Justine Weeks. This family-owned business works with other lodges in the Amakhala Game Reserves in a commendable partnership that focuses its efforts towards local socio-economic development as well as conservation objectives – known as the Amakhala Social Development Programme. Examples of activities within the programme include: HIV/AIDS education and awareness raising for staff, their families and the broader community; support for the nearby Isipho HIV/AIDS orphanage; environmental training and education through the Amakhala Conservation Centre and the “3Cs” (Carbon – Community – Conservation) programme; as well as support to local schools. The group also makes a concerted effort to purchase as much as possible from the local area, maximising the benefits of tourism for the local economy.”

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“Marine Dynamics is a Great White Shark cage diving operation based in the fishing village of Gansbaai in the Western Cape. They are extensively involved in marine conservation. Local school children are exposed to the marine environment through educational tours and rural women are supported through the Nolwandle craft project. Marine Dynamics deliver quality experiences to visitors while respecting marine life and conserving the resource base upon which tourism to this very special part of South Africa.”

By electing to stay at or use the services of an FTTSA-certified establishment, travelers are assured that their travel benefits local communities and economies, and that the business is operated ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Read the current 2012 Travel Guide for more information and options!

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