South Africa is a big and truly beautiful country with a unique history. This holiday explores the wide-open spaces, culture and history of the Northern and Western Cape Provinces of the country. Visits to Fairtrade wine and fruit producers and a variety of other development projects help us to better understand life in this complex country.
After arriving in Cape Town and enjoying a few days in the university town of Stellenbosch, we fly north to Upington on the edge of the Kalahari Desert visiting dried fruit producers on the banks of the Orange River. As our journey takes us south we travel through the spectacular landscape of Namaqualand and visit a group producing Fairtrade Rooibos Tea. We then travel to South Africa's west coast and spend some time relaxing in an unspoilt fishing village which typifies the natural beauty and simplicity of the area.
From our final base in Cape Town we visit Robben Island, Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, Table Mountain, and Cape of Good Hope whilst also making time to enjoy the beauty of Table Bay, one of the most memorable bays in the world.
“An enjoyable, fulfilling experience and a great encouragement to continue working for fairer trade”
“It was a wonderful experience to have travelled in such a beautiful and contrasting country. I enjoyed visiting the Traidcraft organisations and meeting with the local people and understanding what fair-trade means to them and to me!”
“I appreciated the time the producers took to talk to us and was most inspired by their energy and enthusiasm”
“Craig was an excellent and very knowledgeable tour leader who was very sympathetic to the cause of fair trade. He didn’t give us just dry facts and figures about the country, its history and geography but gave them to us to provide a context and background to the projects we were visiting”
“The trip only strengthened our determination to continue to support the work of Traidcraft and other fair trade initiatives”
“Brilliant and unforgettable. We got to meet the people in a way we had done on no previous holiday”
“The trip really came up to its name in enabling us to meet the people”
“The township tour was very interesting. It has obviously had a lot of support and development and there seemed to be a real sense of community and people supporting each other”
“We went to a very interesting variety of places and got a good sense of the countryside and coastal splendours of South Africa”
“Craig’s knowledge of the flora, his perspective on the history and modern developments in South Africa were excellent. Very eloquent and intelligent guide”
All accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities
65% meals provided
1 internal flight
3 long road transfers
3 producer visits including 1 Traidcraft supplier
8 tourist visits
1 township visit
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