Uthando South Africa has won numerous and prestigious local and international awards since the inception of the company in 2008. Uthando has graciously and gratefully received the awards. Still, they recognize not only the passion, hard work, and dedication of team Uthando but also the many people that contribute in different ways to the organization’s success. Thanks to the efforts and talents of passionate and talented people from South Africa and further afield, Uthando is a vibrant and vivid success.

2020

Africa’s Inspirational Responsible Tourism Awards – ‘Benefiting Local People.’

Our reason for being is to benefit local people, even when we’re not allowed to operate, due to the lockdown restrictions in South Africa. During the lockdown on a rather gloomy day, I received the news that Uthando (Love) South Africa had won the Gold award for the 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism Awards.

Invited to participate by Responsible Tourism to contend for this first-ever award, we were excited to submit for the new category award ‘Africa’s Inspirational Responsible Tourism Award 2020’. Our contenders, a carefully selected group of tourism products consistently awarded the Gold standard in the World Travel Market (WTM) Responsible Tourism between 2015 and 2019, were stiff competition. Three out of five awards are Africa-based, which is something special.

Responsible tourism awards Africa 2020 winner

Uthando wins Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2020

“Congrats, you’re a 2020 Traveler’s Choice Winner. Congratulations Uthando (Love) South Africa on being a Travelers’ Choice Winner. Each year, we comb through reviews, ratings, and saves from travelers everywhere, and use that info to award the very best. You’re part of an exclusive group, and we want to help you celebrate (and promote) this major accomplishment.” The Uthando Philanthropic Educational Excursion is now in the top 10% of attractions worldwide.

Responsible tourism awards Africa 2020 winner

WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards

Uthando named as one of 21 organisations globally recognized with the Highly Commended Award.

Responsible tourism awards Africa 2020 winner

2019

Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

Trip advisor certificate of excellence - 2018

2018

Award Winner : Cape Town Tourism Future Forward Thinkers for Community Benefit

The award recognizes Uthando for leveraging tourism to provide direct benefits to community organizations through funding and capacitation. They have raised funds for four early childhood development buildings since 2009, and fundraising is in progress for another two. They raise funds by offering philanthropic educational excursions to the community development projects it supports. While it focuses on making the experience fun for guests, it also safeguards the community through its guest code of conduct.

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Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

Trip advisor certificate of excellence - 2018

2017

An Ashley Award for Uthando – Nonceba Family Counselling Center

An Ashley Award for Uthando – Nonceba Family Counselling Center

Joint Winner “We Are Africa” Innovation Awards – Engage Africa

James Fernie with the award

African Responsible Tourism Awards – Winner Best Tour Operator for Impact in Urban Areas

African Responsible Tourism Awards – Winner Best Tour Operator for Impact in Urban Areas

Lilizela Cultural Tour Guide Award for Xolani Maseko

Congratulations to Xolani Maseko for receiving the third runner up in the Cultural Tour Guide category for the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. In November 2017, Xolani will have been with Uthando for five years. In that time, he has become an invaluable part of “Team Uthando.”

2016

The Lilizela Awards – Cultural Tour Guide Category

The Lilizela Awards – Cultural Tour Guide Category

James Fernie, Western Cape Winner, Lilizela Tourism Awards, Best Cultural Tour Guide

James Fernie, Western Cape Winner, Lilizela Tourism Awards, Best Cultural Tour Guide

Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

2015

Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

Best Charitable Organisation in Africa – The Good Safari Guide 2015

Best Charitable Organisation in Africa – The Good Safari Guide 2015

2014

Best Charitable Organisation in Africa – The Good Safari Guide 2014

Best Charitable Organisation in Africa – The Good Safari Guide 2014

Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

2013

Winner – Cape Town Tourism Responsible Tourism Award

Winner - Cape Town Tourism Responsible Tourism AwardJames Fernie Finalist on the “Who’s Who” in African Diaspora World Tourism Awards

James Fernie Finalist on the “Who’s Who” in African Diaspora World Tourism Awards

Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

2012

Winner – Skal International Sustainable Development in Tourism Award – Category Cities-Villages

James Fernie Finalist on the “Who’s Who” in African Diaspora World Tourism Awards

Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor

Certificate of Excellence - Trip Advisor

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