Social Responsibility & Sustainability
To encounter Africa’s nature and all its beauty, is most important to Absolut Tours & Safaris, and for this reason we place great importance on environmental conservation and active support tourism in Southern Africa through the promotion of various local initiatives.
Watch this space and keep up to date with the charity and sustainability initiatives of Absolut Tours & Safaris and be sure to find us on Facebook to see how you can get involved!
- iThemba Labantu
Together with DERTOUR we support iThemba Labantu, a Lutheran Community Centre under the leadership of the German pastor Otto Kohlstock. It is situated in Philippi, one of the largest township near Cape Town and ridden by poverty, unemployment, crime and drug abuse. The community’s objective is to contribute to the improvement of social and economic conditions in the area. They aim to empower their beneficiaries through income generating programmes and skills development projects and education. For more information please visit http://www.themba-labantu.de/
- Fair Trade
Absolut Tours & Safaris is ‘Fair Trade Approved’. Tour operators can receive this label if a minimum of 50% of bed nights of one tour are booked in Fair Trade certified hotels. Fair Trade hotels ensure fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. Together with Wikinger Reisen we will offer our first Fair Trade tour in 2017.
- Pack for a Purpose
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to have a lasting impact on the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a lasting difference to the lives of our local children and families.Masiphumelele is a township about 40 kilometres south of Cape Town. There are approximately 40 000 people living in this densely crowded area. People are poor, and many unemployed and uneducated. Ukhanyo Primary School was originally built for 450 pupils and is now accommodating all 1 600 of the township’s children aged 6 to 14. The school is in need of good teachers and equipment.
Via the non-profit organization MASICORP and Pack for a Purpose, we are collecting donations to improve the training and quality of teachers and to answer the need for school equipment. We are also collecting items for MASICORP’s other education projects in Masiphumelele, including the library outreach programmes. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.
- Grant Jurius
Grant is a graffiti artist from Cape Town. He has painted our Absolut Tours & Safaris office in Cape Town and has imbued it with the unique Absolut look! Grant is not only an inspiring young artist, but also extremely community driven. He is the founder of an initiative called ‘The Street is the Gallery’ and offers tours into townships and parts of Cape Town that are rich with graffiti. On his tours, he explains the history of street art in South Africa, shows how this form of art can give special character to an area, and involves the local community in his tours. We support Grant by including these tours in our programmes.
- Reusable Water Bottles
It is very important to drink enough water! To keep hydrated during our walking tours, we offer our tour guests in Namibia a reusable water bottle made from lightweight aluminium, rather than add to the thousands of plastic bottles bought and thrown away every year.
- SASSI List
We ask our tour guides to inform their guests about the SASSI List before ordering fish in a restaurant. The list shows which fish are safe to eat without destroying the natural balance, and which fish are endangered.
- Internal Measures
In the office, we separate our waste and use as little paper as possible. Our marketing materials and business cards are printed on recycled paper, and our power is supplied by the sun.
Nature is our highest valued commodity. With this mindset, we do what we can to minimise any negative impact to the environment and nature on our tours, and in our daily work, for example: