Johannesburg - Responsible travel has become a popular term in recent years with everyone talking about it, trying to do it and becoming socially more aware.
It’s not surprising then that tour operator Abang Africa Travel and Open Africa, a non-profit organisation that uses tourism as an economic platform to create and sustain jobs for rural communities throughout Southern Africa, have teamed up.
With Abang Africa’s vision of responsible and sustainable travel, setting up group and self-drive tours, itineraries and incentives in a responsible way, and Open Africa’s work creating self-drive travel routes aimed at creating and sustaining jobs for marginalised communities throughout Southern Africa, the synergy was evident from the start. Ten itineraries have been drawn up to suit all budgets and travel tastes for visitors to southern Africa.
With everything from cultural experiences and discovering the Big Five at some of the best game reserves to overnight homestays and volunteering at non-profits along the way, the new itineraries incorporate the best of South Africa’s top attractions.
To date, 62 routes have been developed in six countries in Africa, with 2 161 participating businesses; 80 percent of results have been in South Africa, two-thirds of the beneficiaries previously disadvantaged. - Saturday Star