Uthando (Love) South Africa is an award-winning Fair Trade in Tourism certified non-profit organization creating a unique link between tourism and community development projects. Our tours offer meaningful, authentic, engaging, respectful visits to a broad range of innovative and inspiring community projects. All the while, bringing enormous benefits to the local communities we support.
During our non-voyeuristic project visits, we shine a light on the remarkable and courageous community activists driving social change in their communities. Our tours reflect a heartfelt desire to showcase the best of South Africa, the positive, impactful, and very often untold stories of triumph over adversity.
The tours take place in the expansive townships or informal settlements located in the eastern part of the city known as the Cape Flats. Our expert guides provide an in-depth overview of the history of South Africa and particularly the role that apartheid and institutionalized discrimination and inequality played in creating these communities. Once in the townships, the guide will discuss in detail the challenges confronting the locals concerning healthcare, education, social, political, and economic challenges.
The tours run as daily scheduled tours or private tours for groups of any size. On any given trip, we visit three or four diverse community projects to learn about their work. Projects visited include urban agriculture; animal welfare; youth development through the medium of art, dance, choir singing, classical music, drumming or sport; special needs education; assistance to refugees; the environment; economic empowerment through skills development; arts and crafts; prisoner rehabilitation; care and protection for children, women and the elderly and much more. People can request to visit a specific project or projects, but this is subject to availability and logistical possibility.
Uthando only runs one tour per day. We are not a mass-market tour company, and booking is subject to availability. Our tours run Monday to Friday, generally in the morning.
Cost: Please contact Uthando regarding updated prices.
Security: The townships are as safe as anywhere else in South Africa. The country does, unfortunately, experience high crime levels; be vigilant and exercise caution. Be savvy and leave any unnecessary valuables like expensive jewelry, wallets with credit cards, expensive mobile phones, etc. in the hotel. Indeed, you can bring some money for any purchases of handmade products in the township. The safety and security of our guests are of paramount importance to us.
Uthando has been certified by Fair Trade in Tourism since 2011, meaning that our tours are profoundly respectful and sensitive to how we engage local communities. Please read below our Guest Code of Conduct.