How the possibility​ of Day Zero made us a better place to visit and invest in

Day Zero

Written by: Nowhere Does It Better in partnership with Resilient Cape Cape Town and the Western Cape has recovered from the threat of acute water shortages, which presented as a possibility at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018. Today the City and Province’s dams are over 80% full, and collective water consumption is […]

Toward ethical animal interactions in Southern Africa

Ethical animal interactions

A refreshingly practical guide to evaluating captive wildlife attractions and activities was released on 31 October following extensive research undertaken by SATSA, which represents South Africa’s tourism private sector. While the guide is comprehensive in its assessment of animal interactions in the tourism industry, and is the first to pin its approach on a locally-born […]

Robben Island booking and cancellation process

Robben Island

The Western Cape SATSA Committee recently shared some positive developments at Robben Island Museum regarding the booking and issuing of web tickets, refunds and communications on cancellations. One of these developments is that Robben Island has changed the visitor identification process when checking in for tours. A photograph or photocopy of visitors’ ID or passport […]

SATSA applauds Airbnb and TripAdvisor for shunning wildlife interactions

Wildlife Interactions

Original article by The South African The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) has welcomed the move from global tourism heavyweights Airbnb and TripAdvisor to shun wildlife interactions and experiences without conservation backbone. Elephant-back rides, lion cub petting and kissing dolphins, among others, won’t be featured on Airbnb, according to strict ethical standards for their […]

Texas game wardens begin exchange programme with SANParks Game Rangers

Texas Game Wardens

Texas Game Wardens recently travelled to Kruger National Park to begin an annual professional exchange programme with South African National Parks Game Rangers. The programme is aimed at providing professional growth and leadership development opportunities between the two agencies and to increase education and awareness of international wildlife trafficking, which negatively affects conservation efforts in […]

Stellenbosch Wine Region embraces environmental commitments by signing Porto Protocol

Porto Protocol

Reaffirming the importance of sustainable environmental practices, Stellenbosch Wine Routes today signed the Porto Protocol, committing the leading wine route in South Africa to an accelerated contribution towards climate change mitigation.  Launched by former US President Barack Obama in 2018, the Porto Protocol is a global sustainable initiative signed by companies across numerous industries. These […]

Risks of the road for the international traveller – new whitepaper launched

Risks of the road

Every year road crashes kill over 1.35 million people and a staggering 40% of all road deaths globally are work related. On top of this, between 20-50 million people are injured each year. Beyond car crashes, there are also related risks such as car-jacking, shared economy considerations and other personal safety issues. In the new […]

WiT (Web in Travel) to launch an African edition in Cape Town, May 2020

Web in Travel

WiT (Web in Travel), the leading travel tech conference and media in Asia Pacific, is bringing its event to Africa with the launch of WiT Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, on May 28, 2020. “The time has come for Africa in the online travel space,” said WiT founder Yeoh Siew Hoon. “The rest of […]

The Kagga Kamma Legacy

Kagga Kamma Reserve

Source: Blog – Despite the spate of negative and often sensationalist reports that are flooding the tourist industry in South Africa, people are still drawn to the scenic beauty, incredible hospitality, diversity, and uniqueness that a visit to any area in South Africa offers. Negative publicity in the South African tourism market has not […]

Mount Camdeboo saves escaped elephant from being killed

Escaped Elephant

Mount Camdeboo has ensured the safe relocation of an elephant bull in the Eastern Cape. The African elephant bull that escaped an Eastern Cape game reserve for the second time in recent weeks, was scheduled to be shot. However, due to an expeditious, conservation response from Mount Camdeboo Game Reserve in joint partnership with the […]