Wild Coast trekking holiday, South Africa

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Wild Coast trekking holiday, South Africa

Environment

Our expeditions support and strive to create more interest in the less visited nature reserves of the Eastern Cape such as: Mkambathi, Silaka, Hluleka, Dwesa, & Cwebe nature reserves which all protect very important local biodiversity and administered by the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency. Through conservation and tourism, uplifting the local communities while conserving important wild areas incorporated in the Cape floral kingdom and marine protected areas.

We educate our guests on wise water usage, as South Africa is a water scarce country and where possible utilize rain water harvested at our base in Port Alfred for drinking as well as re-using drinking bottles throughout. We also educate our guests on the which products to buy from the locals which are sustainable and locally produced such as not supporting ocean harvesters with under size sea creatures for consumption.

Important ecological concepts are imparted to our guests and self-sustainability is our theme throughout. We only print onto paper when absolutely necessary at our base and re-use paper back and front before being used as firelighters on our trips. We refill our printer cartridges at our base at least 3 times each, saving on the plastic which is required in producing these cartridges.

Through training of our local guides we also send a conservation theme back into the local communities with an understanding of conserving the local surroundings as it leads to economic input through employment and tourism.

Community

Only local guides from the Eastern Cape are employed by us, fulfilling an important role in the different communities and our guides understand the local culture and tradition and take our guests through remote villages while educating our guests on the customs and traditions of the Xhosa people. Visiting different villages and bringing guests to these remote areas enables the locals to sell their special curios and interact with guests from foreign lands while supporting them economically.

We support local accommodation establishments that uplift the local communities through employment and tourism – such as White clay resort in Coffee Bay, Mazeppa Bay Hotel, and Wavecrest Hotel. On another level we also utilize local coastal self catering cottages all along the Wild coast who employ locals for servicing the cottages and purchase their fresh ocean harvests to add to our guest menu’s.

The local children on the wild coast, over the years of sparse tourist visits have obviously been given sweets as a gift in return for photo’s of them…When travelling with us we prefer giving fruit to the children with the same result for the guests but more healthy for the children and we are attempting to change the childrens cry of ‘SWEETS!’ to ‘FRUIT!’…

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