SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

I dream of Africa at peace with itself…I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.
We must never forget that it is our duty to protect this environment.”
- Nelson Mandela

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.” - Chief Seattle

Sustainable tourism lies at the very heart of Uluntu Africa’s philosophy and we like to refer to sustainable tourism rather than responsible travel or eco-tourism, as we believe tourism needs to be holistic, embracing a triple bottom line, a balance of sound economic, environmental and social best practice. By adopting this triple bottom line, we strive to develop a tourism industry that gives your ethically conscious visitor quality travel experiences that are both environmentally & socially responsible, and benefits local communities. However, sustainability starts at home and we also believe in practice what you preach. Please find more information below on our commitments to the environment, economy and local communities.

Recycled art

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

  • Energy saving practices, include use of energy saving bulbs, switching geysers on when needed, making use of natural light in office, turning off all appliances & equipment overnight and nothing left on standby, unplug battery chargers, and not operating aircon or dishwashers.
  • Water saving practices, include indigenous gardens, not using automatic watering systems, and only watering in evening and non-windy days.
  • Waste reduction practices, include ‘paperless’ office, communication by email and stored electronically, when required printing on recycled paper and double-sided, banning bottled water and use of plastic bags in office.
  • Recycling policy for office & home, including paper, glass, plastics, metals, e-waste, print cartridges, and organic waste is composted or used in worm farm.
  • Minimising carbon footprint as much as possible by limiting air & road travel and sourcing supplies locally.

Venda Pots

LOCAL IS LEKKER

  • Local procurement - sourcing goods and services from within a 50 km radius from our office & home.
  • Favouring ethical suppliers and local to Cape Town, who provide direct economic benefits to local communities through (skills) training & employment of previously disadvantaged people, buying their supplies locally, using local people for maintenance & refurbishment work, and/or investing in local community projects.

Girls with painted faces

UBUNTU

Both Paul and Louise are actively involved in community empowerment and environmental projects, as well as civic associations in the local area.
  • For years, Louise has been involved in the Dalukhanyo Pre-School project in Langa (Cape Town) and is now focussing her time & energy more on a social development project nearer to home in Masiphumelele.
  • Paul is heavily involved in MasiCorp, a local community project promoting empowerment through education. He writes regular posts for their blog and mentors one of their university bursary students from Masiphumelele.
  • Both Paul and Louise are also actively involved in local environmental issues. Paul provides scientific and technical advice to local community organisations and Louise is involved in the local civic association. She has been instrumental to the development of Round & About community blog. She is also actively involved in fighting inappropriate development on the Far South Peninsula through the Glencairn Action Group.