A holiday these days usually consists of a few tours, laying around at your hotel pool and sampling the local cuisine.
But thanks to WOWZULU, travellers to KwaZulu-Natal are getting more bespoke experiences- from a village walk and tracker ride up the mountains at eMazizini to a tour where a sangoma consults with bees in South Coast.
WowZulu, a subsidiary of Africa Ignite, was announced as a Sustainable Community Tourism Model at an event at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville at the weekend, and stretches across seven tourism destinations in rural and peri-urban areas of KwaZulu-Natal by Africa! Ignite.
Bongiwe Mlangeni, Manager of WOWZULU Tourism and Craft, said these marketplaces were operated by local, previously unemployed youths, and combine craft sales with local food tastings, storytelling, rural homestays, authentic tours and the opportunity for tourists to learn craft techniques.
She said this kind of sustainable tourism was good for the local environment, society and economy.