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Responsible Tourism
Effective responsible tourism values lie at the core of Signature Tours. The focus of our tours is often on special sites, chosen because of biodiversity or other unique qualities. It is therefore important for us to be certain that the activities, natural places, places of accommodation, transport providers, etc. adhere to responsible tourism guidelines thereby ensuring that the impact we have in those areas is minimised whilst ensuring the greatest guest experience possible.

By booking a tour through us you either contribute directly or indirectly towards worthwhile ecological, economical and social causes.
  • Economical - the growth of businesses in the local communities where you travel to.
  • Ecological - the conservation of the unique natural habitats of our region, especially the smaller private nature reserves.
  • Social – the support of local communities through trustworthy programmes & focusing on cultural highlights.

What you may expect:

Through the activities you take part in, you get the opportunity to interact and enjoy true South African experiences.

We work in partnership with local businesses & accommodation. Guests have an opportunity to visit small local businesses and we encourage clients to buy home-made products.

Our team of specialist tour guides and local experts will ensure that you have an authentic experience. The guides have wide experience and knowledge of cultural traditions & environmental issues and an ability to interpret the places visited.

As we often operate in coastal areas, we support the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative by educating guests on buying ‘green’ seafood products. South Africa is also a water scarce country and guests are also educated on this as part of the tour.

What we practically do:

In the office we:
  • Replaced all our existing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs – and we dispose of them safely (they contain a very small amount of the toxic element mercury) at Woolworths or Pick & Pay when they burn out.
  • Switch off lights when vacating a room.
  • Don't over-fill our electric kettle and boil only what we need.
  • Switched off our geyser and only heat water as needed.
  • Make sure our computers, printers and other electrical appliances are also switched off at the power source when not in use.
  • Open our curtains in the morning and close at night to control temperature.
  • Recycle printer and toner cartridges.
  • Avoid printing whenever possible.
  • Minimize our travel - share transport and car-pool with friends and work colleagues.
  • Hold video conferences instead of commuting whenever possible
  • Know that toilets use a lot of water for each flush. So we filled a couple of plastic bottles with water and put these in our cistern.
  • Buy organic and locally produced produce as far a possible.
  • Aim to book the most fuel efficient vehicle for clients for each tour. We also provide self-drive clients with tips on driving more responsibly.
The owners' social responsibility and involvement:
  • Jannie has been a facilitator, training promising upcoming businesses as well as a mentor in the Tourism Business Forum’s Mentorship Program for the past four years.
  • We support smaller companies and local guides as service providers where possible.
  • When choosing products for gift bags we put emphasis on supporting local businesses and goods.

 

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Associations

Tour Associate SATSA Bonded
Tour Associate Wildlife and Environmental
Society of South Africa
Tour Associate Intasure
Tour Associate FTTSA

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John, Nieu Zealand
The tour was fantastic and I've told all my friends about it. I'm not sure if or when any of them are likely to visit South Africa but I'll certainly point them in your direction if they do.

I enjoyed all parts of the tour, but my favourite part was the guided tour of the Harold Porter (was it?) gardens - the gardens were great, your guide friendly, knowledgable (and full of old fashioned charm!) and there looked to be several longer walks that I wouldn't mind trying if I'm ever back that way. I also really appreciated your willingness to adapt the day's activities at short notice (we ended up having lunch at the gardens instead of further on, because some of us had expressed an interest in walking to the waterfall).

Lunch itself was great too. I like to sample local cuisine and your suggestion of smoorsnoek was the nicest food I had all week. You said at the time that you ate this regularly at home, and I'd love to have your (or your wife's!) recipe so we can all try it (or something close to it) here at home. I've looked it up on the web (and surprised myself at remembering how to spell it!) and there seem to be lots of variations, but none of the recipes sound like what you said to me at the time.

I'm not sure if or when I'll be back either, but I've kept your details.
If you want to send me your newsletter, that's OK, but I can't promise you'll get anything back for your efforts.

I hope your business continues to go well.

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