Travel tips and advice on where to go and where to stay. This section also offers general advice on travelling to and within South Africa.
Green Map for Cape Town
Those who live in Cape Town are the envy of most of the country. It is one of the most spectacular settings on the planet, although its unique environment is also its most fragile asset. It lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, the smallest and most diverse of the world's six floral kingdoms, is one of few cities in the world with a national park within city limits, and is home to two world heritage sites - Table Mountain National Park and Robben Island. Now Cape Town has its own green map to illustrate its natural beauty, and the myriad green, eco and sustainable options availab...Continue reading
Are you a “Responsible” Traveller?
Are you a responsible traveller? Believe in travelling green? When travelling in South Africa, you can travel responsibly, travel green and give back to communities, by choosing providers who subscribe to the ethos of eco-tourism (see: What is Eco-Tourism?). How to Travel Green: book eco-friendly accommodations trains offer economical travel with a lower carbon footprint than a plane or car ... share the footprint by using public transport when possible (and safe) or "share-ride" with companies like The Green Cab if you need wheels of your own, consider a bicycle if distance...Continue reading
What is Eco-Tourism?
Ecological tourism or eco-tourism is a highly popular term and possibly one of the most misused in the travel industry. It should describe travel to fragile areas where the fauna, flora and cultural heritage are the main reasons for travel. Essentially eco-tourism protects and empowers local people and natural areas, and at the same time provides visitors with a unique, but low impact experience. The Ecotourism Society defines it as 'responsible travel to natural areas, which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local people'. Essentially eco-tourism should unite conserv...Continue reading
Public Transport in Cape Town
Every day, thousands of Capetonian commuters use public transport to get where they need to be. Squeezing into minibus taxis and train carriages, it’s a long haul to and from work for many of the Mother City’s citizens. Public transport offers a cost-effective way of travelling in our fair city and also allows one to immerse oneself in its day-to-day culture. The bedrock of transport on Cape Town's roads is the minibus taxi. From dawn until well past midnight, these rugged little 12- to 15-seaters shuttle back and forth along the city's main roads and highways. Although the driver often ta...Continue reading