|Day 1:||Arrive in Cape Town where you'll be met on arrival and transferred to your guest house. The rest of the day is free for you to relax after your journey or start exploring.|
|Day 2:||A morning city tour will orientate you to this vibrant city. The tour will include places such as Table Mountain (though not the cableway tickets, which need to be bought locally), the Castle, the market, the Houses of Parliment and many more. We will also visit the Cape Malay district of Bo-Kaap. The rest of the afternoon is free. (B)|
|Day 3:||Today you will enjoy a full day Peninsula tour including the famous Cape of Good Hope. You'll also visit beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay and see the penguins on Boulders Beach. En route back we stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving back at your guest house. (B)|
|Day 4:||This morning you have a special half day private tour with a charity called Uthando based here in Cape Town. Uthando helps development projects in the area such as urban agriculture, youth development, singing and dancing, economic empowerment, protection and care of children, women and the elderly ... You will be taken to the townships around Cape Town to see a few of their projects and meet some of the people they help. The trip is designed to inform and inspire, and respects the dignity of the people involved as well as bringing money to the charity and offering you an experience to treasure. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax. (B)|
|Day 5:||This morning you will be driven to the Winelands district and to your comfortable country house where you will be staying for the next two nights. You have the day to relax and enjoy the lodge's facilities or perhaps explore Franschoek.|
|Day 6:||Today you will go on a full day tour of the Winelands, exploring a variety of esatates, and you will get to try a variety of wine from a number of different wineries and take a cellar tour, as well as tasting some delicous cheese, olives and chocolate! (B)|
|Day 7:||Today we will get you back to Cape Town airport in time for your onward flight arrangements. (B)|
Uthando is an innovative non-profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited company. The aim of Uthando (which means Love) is to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in South Africa. On this trip you have a half day in Cape Town to enjoy meeting some of the people and seeing some of the projects which Uthando backs. It will be a highlight of your trip.
The company that organises this holiday is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism. In terms of information, all travellers are given guidelines on Travelling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment.
Carbon Offsetting: Every person that travels with this company automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest, a project of registered charity, The Tribes Foundation. The Travel Forest plants indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on holiday. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and also aims to combat environmental degradation
In the UK: The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).
Eco-ratings & community tourism: The company works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have eco-rated about 300 properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues. They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.
Travel Philanthropy: The company backs a charity called The Tribes Foundation with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.