“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
Sustainable tourism lies at the very heart of Uluntu Africa’s operations and underpins the philosophy of the company. 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 create holidays that give your ethically conscious clients quality travel experiences that are both environmentally & socially responsible and benefit local communities.
Responsible or ethical travelers play a massive role in protecting South Africa’s natural & cultural heritage. These travelers support tour operators and lodges that operate in a responsible manner, and they have a real concern for the impact of their holiday on the environment and surrounding communities. It is our aim and responsibility to provide a service to the ethical travel community on an ongoing basis, by connecting them with our local community of likeminded service providers.
Uluntu Africa has received Fair Trade in Tourism (FTT) certification for five travel packages, facilitated by South African NGO Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). Uluntu Africa is now amongst one of the first South African based tour operators receiving the FTT stamp of approval for travel packages, which combines main and off the beaten track destinations like Cape Town, Garden Route, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Limpopo and rural Drakensberg.
Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) has facilitated Fair Trade certification of tourism businesses (accommodation, activities and attractions) in South Africa for close to 10 years. By electing to stay at or use the services of an FTTSA-certified establishment, tourists 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.
Since 2010, FTTSA also facilitates certification of packaged travel to South Africa. Buying a Fair Trade Tourism package guarantees that the holiday benefits workers and owners of tourism establishments by requiring long-term trading relationships, full prepayment and binding cancellation agreements. An additional amount (called a premium) will be channelled directly into a central fund and used for development projects across South Africa. Fair Trade Tourism also monitors that price levels and contractual agreements are fair and that they are being followed, ensuring a fair deal especially for small and emerging tourism businesses.
Through this initiative we hope to raise awareness amongst clients and other tour operators about the concept and impact of fair and responsible travel, and hope to inspire visitors to incorporate some of these elements into their holidays. They have therefore created short and medium stay packages that can easily be combined with almost any South African itinerary.
The FTT initiative has been endorsed by South African Tourism as well as Fairtrade International (FLO).
Please contact us for more information about our FTT certified packages.
Download our Fair Trade Travel Brochure or Sustainable Tourism Policy below or read more about our Environmental, Economic & Social commitment below.
In the Office ~ REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE ~
On our Tours ~ LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS - TAKE ONLY MEMORIES ~
~ THINK LOCAL - BUY LOCAL ~
~ TRAVEL IN THE SPIRIT OF UBUNTU ~