Local living in Knysna

“You cannot call a quick drive through the township a cultural experience – you have to participate and not just be a spectator”

So say Knysna Tourism in their promotional material for the ‘living local’ programme in this area of the Garden Route. Liesel and I decided to find out for ourselves and drove the long distance from Cape Town to meet the people of Knysna and find out what their community tourism experiences are all about.

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Wine, walking and wide open spaces

I was fortunate enough to be invited to sample the Green Mountain Trail recently and despite some wet weather was delighted to have discovered this unique activity. The trail is a collaboration between various accommodation owners, local guides and the regions wine farms. The combination of guided trails through spectacular mountain scenery and evening wine tastings with local winemakers works perfectly. What makes the trail even more interesting is the excellent conservation and community involvement that is implemented along each stage of the route.

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Cape Town to launch Biodiversity Showcase Garden at Green Point Park

A Biodiversity Showcase Garden is being created near the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. It is a special educational garden featuring over 250 plant species, artworks and interactive displays. This garden is one of the City’s Green Goal 2010 projects and a legacy for Cape Town. The gardens will be officially opened to the public at the beginning of November.

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Community Tourism at Bulungula

I recently had the privilege to join a press trip to the remote Wild Coast to visit some of the FTTSA accredited community tourism projects in the area. One of the establishments we visited was Bulungula Lodge, situated on a remote stretch of the Eastern Cape coast, overlooking a deserted beach and surrounded by rolling hills and coastal forest. Read more

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South Africa’s World Cup Legacy

As the football world cup comes to its successful end questions remain regarding what the legacy of the tournament will be. For the people of South Africa the tournament has brought a respite from the continual doom & gloom that is expressed in the world’s media. We can look back now and laugh particularly at the British tabloid newspapers, who predicted race war, lions in the streets and even earthquakes. In the event, the tournament passed off with crime levels lower than in previous European tournaments and with people of all races and nations coming together across fan parks and grounds everywhere in the country.

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Favourite Five - Post World Cup Rest & Relaxation

Every now and again, the Uluntu team sit down to discuss and share new experiences, destinations, places of interests, and anything fun and exciting that we came across during recent site visits, educationals, holidays or weekend getaways (yes, we LOVE to sneak out of the office as often as we can to visit and experience a new guest house, lodge, restaurant or tour). We have decided to share some of our favourite places with you, so please keep visiting our blog in future to see what we have been up to.

Today’s Favourite Five - The best destinations to visit to recover from post World Cup fatigue (and boy do we need to rest our tired feet after many miles on the Cape Town Fan Walk, and soothe our sore throats after hours of cheering in support of our favourite teams).

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Tourism Safety Initiative

The Tourism Safety Initiative (tsi) is a crime prevention and victim support programme for the Tourism industry in South Africa. The tsi is working closely with Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA) and other tourism industry partners to use combined resources to assist the South African Police in fighting crime.
Read more about the Tourism Sector Strategy on safety and crime in Natalia Thomsons article published in today’s Tourism Update

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Serengeti Under Threat

The government of Tanzania has approved a major commercial truck highway across the Serengeti National Park, linking the Lake area Victoria with eastern Tanzania. Conservation organizations have warned that the highway would be destructive to the Serengeti ecosystem, as it will cut across the path of ancient wildlife migration routes. The Wildebeest Migration is widely regarded as the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, and the Serengeti National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist destinations in East Africa.

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Whales, wines and sustainability

Last weekend, Paul and I travelled to the Walker Bay area to see if the annual Southern Right Whales’ influx had started yet. However cliché it might sound, to me it is still one of the most magical and exciting experiences to witness these gentle giants resting and feeding in the sheltered waters of Walker & False Bay after an epic 2000 km long journey, pregnant mums waiting for their babies to be born in the next few months and adults waiting to find that perfect partner to mate with. The Cape is unbelievably privileged to have this take place on their doorstep every year. Read more

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20th Anniversary of Hostels to Homes Project

Dalukhanyo and several other pre-schools in Langa and Guguletu celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Hostels to Homes Pre-School Projects on Saturday 22nd May 2010 with a well deserved party. Read more

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