We source and support locally owned and run businesses wherever possible. We ensure the local people are well paid, feel valued and empowered.
We strive to expose our clients to several economic sectors when possible. For example in South Africa- we employ a local township resident to take clients on walking tours of the township. Clients then have lunch in a locally owned and run restaurant. They visit a local school and see where learners study and with what facilities. This leads to an awareness that might otherwise not be gained by tourists.
We strive to operate as a paperless company as far as possible, and recycle wherever facilities are available. We use toxic-free fair trade products wherever possible. Many of the resorts and operators we work with offer clients boiled water to refill bottles rather than buying new plastic bottles throughout their trips.
We select suppliers with environmentally responsible programmes. For example we use a game lodge in South Africa specifically selected because of its affiliation with the "Save the Rhino" campaign.
We also take clients to local food and craft markets where they can purchase locally grown seasonal foods and locally produced handicrafts.
Our favourite quote from Sir Richard Branson "We're not going to change the world. We're going to build a network of people around Earth who are going to change it."
Lekker Adventures strives to support local culture by exposing clients to it in a genuine and authentic way. We try to educate clients about the cultural heritage of a place, and visit local communities (be it for tours, workshops, meals etc).
All guides are local to the destination and can provide insight into the culture of the place.
We encourage home visits so that clients can experience first-hand the lifestyle of the average local person.
For example in Cape Town we takeout clients on a tour of Bo Kaap (The Malay Quarter). This walking tour is guided by a local resident. After the tour we all go to his home and eat a traditional meal prepared by his wife