When you travel responsibly/sustainably you make sure that your holiday doesn’t harm the country you visit, its people and their cultures, but benefit or even create opportunities. Nature and cultural heritage is too precious to not be safeguarded. Our future generations should also be able to enjoy it.
FTTSA (Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa) is a pioneering initiative that promotes equitable and sustainable tourism development in South Africa through various activities including awareness raising, capacity building, advocacy and the facilitation of the world’s first Fair Trade tourism certification programme. When you book a Fair Trade trip or an excursion with us, you will not only support the local communities and enterprises, but also make this world a better place for everyone.
Fair Trade tourism works with 6 principles which are;
- Fair share – everyone involved gets a fair share of the income.
- Fair say – everyone gets the right to participate in decisions that concern them.
- Respect – visitors and organizations should have respect for human rights, culture and environment.
- Reliability – all services should be reliable and safe for the host and the visitor.
- Transparency – everyone should know where they stand.
- Sustainability – the tourism industry has to become sustainable.
Travelife is vastly becoming Europe’s leading certification initiative for tourism companies committed to reach sustainability. Travelife helps tourism stakeholders to offer experiences to improve the impact on local communities, economy and environment.
When choosing a Travelife certified tour operator, you can rest assured that your holiday will not cause harm to local communities, economy and environment. Abang Africa Travel aims to reach full sustainability in everything we do and offer.
A carbon footprint describes the sum of all carbon dioxide emissions that are produced as a result of an activity by a person, company or product. Our everyday actions at home or at the office consume energy, which produces carbon emissions.
The greenhouse gases we emit on a daily basis are causing global warming. Therefore it’s our responsibility to understand our personal impact and off-set our carbon footprint by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving somewhere else. This can be done by planting trees, sourcing food locally, using public transportation, using renewable energies …
To restore balance and off-set the carbon footprint of our office, we partake in a yearly tree planting day. Every year, we plant between 20 and 30 indigenous trees.
As the 1st company in South Africa, we are including a carbon offset contribution based on your personalized itinerary, which allows you to compensate for transportation, accommodation and services during your holiday.
We believe that travellers care about having a positive impact on their destination and where their visits benefit the local communities and nature. With a responsible holiday you are also able to support local income generation by visiting locally owned shops and restaurants. Travelling responsibly empowers fair share, democracy, respect, reliability, transparency and sustainability which we adhere to.
TheCode is an industry-driven responsible initiative, striving to provide awareness, tools and support in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. As Top Member of The Code, we work towards creating a world where children are safe and free.
We’re committed to taking 6 essential steps to help protect children:
- To establish policies and procedures against sexual exploitation of children.
- To train employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation and how to report suspected cases.
- To include a clause in contracts throughout the value chain stating a common repudiation and zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children.
- To provide information to travelers on children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and how to report suspected cases.
- To support, collaborate and engage stakeholders in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children.
- To report annually on their implementation of TheCode related activities.