The breath-taking natural beauty and diverse cultures aside, South Africa suffers acute social challenges and by simply choosing to travel to this region, you will be making an immensely beneficial impact to the local communities and the many lives of those who are employed at the various hotels and lodges you choose to stay. Over 1.5 million people are employed either directly or indirectly in South Africa’s tourism sector and it is estimated that one person in tourism, supports up to another 10 – that’s an enormously positive impact, on the wider communities supported by tourism.
Uthando (Love) South Africa is an award-winning Fair Trade in Tourism certified non- profit organization that creates a unique link between responsible tourism and community development projects. Many South African citizens live in extreme poverty and face daily struggles to survive, and Uthando is committed to supporting a fantastic collection of independent, well-managed community development projects and charitable organizations. As a committed Uthando partner, Scintilla fully supports this powerful cause and actively contributes to Uthando’s immensely important, culturally sensitive philanthropic tours. These transformative touring experiences offer meaningful, authentic, engaging, respectful visits to a broad range of inspiring community projects – and all the while, bringing enormous benefits to the local communities. Non-voyeuristic and innovative, these project visits, shine a light on the remarkable and courageous community activists driving social change and showcase the positive, impactful, and very often untold stories of triumph over adversity in South Africa.
For every booking you confirm with Scintilla, R250 goes directly to the Uthando Foundation. Taking part in an Uthando philanthropic excursion allows you to connect with the very projects and communities that you support.