100% Carbon Neutral

Every year the entire Abang team plants trees at a school or community project in a Cape Town community to offset our carbon footprint. Since 2016 we have extended this and now include full Carbon Footprint compensation for all our direct bookings. View Website

In cooperation with Greenpop’s Urban Greening Program, we work together to plant indigenous trees in an under-greened area. It’s also a great team-building activity, as planting the trees allowed us to interact with and give back to communities in need, green a school, and contribute towards a greener, brighter future for South Africa. It feels incredible to restore balance and therefore, we wanted to encourage our clients to do the same. As the 1st company in South Africa, we now include in all our direct bookings your carbon offset contribution based on your personal itinerary. That is all local travel and activities booked through us, whether that is hotel, car rental, train, bus, excursions or domestic flights. All that remains for you is to compensate for your own international flights!
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Travelife

In January 2014, we became the 1st inbound tour operator in the world to receive a Travelife certification. Travelife is vastly becoming Europe’s leading certification initiative for tourism companies committed to sustainability. View Website

We are very proud that our passion for sustainable tourism was recognized, but also that more and more agents and tour operators worldwide are following in our footsteps to prove their commitment to sustainability. Recently, we underwent an extensive audit and as a result got re-certified for the next two years.
Travelife focuses on a full range of sustainability and Corporate Social
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Fair Trade Tourism

In 2012 we went through the certification process and became one of the few officially Fair Trade approved tour operators in South Africa. Fair Trade Tourism is a non-profit organisation leading the way forward in the development of responsible tourism practices in Southern Africa. View Website

The Fair Trade Tourism Label stands for fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. It also ensures that the people who contribute their land, resources, labour and knowledge to tourism are the ones who reap the benefits.

Where possible, we offer you Fair Trade in Tourism certified properties and excursions, and we can offer you an official Fair Trade Holiday using FTTSA certified hotels and excursions.

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TheCode

Abang Africa is a Top Member of TheCode of conduct against sexual exploitation of children in tourism. TheCode represents one of the first initiatives to define the role and obligations of tourism companies with regard to the issue of child sex tourism. View Website

The goal of TheCode is to work with travel and tourism companies to combat this crime.
We believe that, by endeavoring to meet the six criteria of TheCode, tourism companies can integrate child protection into their business operations. The six criteria were formulated to turn child protection principles into concrete actions. In this way, they will uphold their commitments towards sustainable and ethical tourism by taking tangible actions to help protect children from sexual exploitation.

The six criteria of TheCode are:
a) To establish a policy and procedures against sexual exploitation of children.
b) To train employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation and how to report suspected cases.
c) To include a clause in contracts throughout the value chain stating a common repudiation and zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children.
d) To provide information to travellers on children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and how to report suspected cases.
e) To support, collaborate and engage stakeholders in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children
f) To report annually on their implementation of TheCode related activities.

Most important is however how you, as a traveler or tourism provider can identify a suspicious case and how you can handle this best. Therefore, we have compiled, with information provided by Fair Trade Tourism – the local representative for TheCode International – a supporting document for those situations that we all hope never to have to deal with.
Please read through the document and don’t hesitate to contact us if anything is unclear. The document can be used as a guideline anywhere in the world. Let’s join forces in protecting our children.

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