Our mission to tread lightly

 

Responsible and sustainable tourism has a big influence on the way we think, operate, plan and conduct our adventure tours through Southern Africa. When joining us on one of our adventure tours, you will also be contributing and participating in our carbon offset efforts.
Africa4us recently studied the environmental impact of tourism focusing on what was inherited from past generations to see how we can improve our common practices to help reduce our carbon footprint before, during and after our travels. A holistic approach looking at the bigger picture was adopted. Our learning from this research has led to many changes to ensure we limit our overall footprint on the environment and wildlife – but at the same to keep the sensitive interaction of the cultural and sociology-economic symbioses in mind – to find the best possible balance. By booking your adventure with Africa4us, you become a valuable partner and contributor to help the tourism industry to tread light and fight the war on plastic (in each of our ticket prices, a percentage will go towards this important vision).

We adhere to Governmental requests of not creating a begging culture – no unnecessary handouts of sweets but rather contributing with educational, well-managed and informative aids.

We condone and do not support animal interaction activities and no longer support institutions who advertise such activities.

We educate our crew and travellers on at least the basics of sustainable tourism to ensure safety and minimal impact i.e. raising awareness in the areas we explore about not touching or interacting with cultural artifacts, vegetation or animals or making loud noises during game walks.

The Okavango Delta:

  • Over the past 20 years of conducting tours in the Delta, we have experienced and witnessed the negative effect of tourism on this extremely sensitive eco system. We therefore no longer include an overnight experience in the Delta. We believe that our included Delta day trip experience gives our guests the same adventure experience but with less impact on the environment.

School project – not disrupting school

  • To minimize the impact and/or disruption to the daily routines of the children (and to make sure the focus of our visits remains true to our intention) we no longer visiting the locations to meet the children, but instead we visit only to drop off supplies.
  • We are in a fortunate position to show visitors the real Africa – and whilst doing so, we also provide the means for all of us to give something back to this beautiful continent.

Change the way we think and operate

To us it is a matter of character, integrity and awareness of where – and how – we take visitors to experience the natural and cultural wonders of our land so we can take better care now and hopefully have a lasting outcome for the future.

We do this by being sensitive to where we walk in deserts, how we approach animals in their natural habitat and being informed and aware of cultural differences to respect the people and their history. We learn and share this knowledge on a daily basis to those we meet on our travels.

Our approach is to advance the quality of the areas we visit, as well as preventing and minimizing the visual degeneration of the surrounding areas.

We raise awareness of environmental importance by protecting natural areas and animals and the communities who host our visits.

The list of changes we have made over the past few years to ensure we tread lightly follows:

How we deal with excess/left over food and waste materials:

  • Our crew use the correct method of getting rid of surplus products
  • We minimize single use plastics (WAR ON PLASTIC) and thus have significantly reduced our plastic waste – thus taking care of the environment
  • We have installed water tanks on our vehicles to offer our travellers the opportunity to refill their water bottles and we actively discourage our travellers from purchasing water or other drinks in single-use plastic bottles.
  • Reusable products – our Adventure crew are issued with reusable shopping bags reducing the use of plastic that are at some instances supplied free of charge by supermarkets and shops.
  • On the road with toilet stops we take great care not to leave any footprints (paper bags).
  • We carefully monitoring the volume of water we use on our trips – encouraging crew and our guests to be conservative and careful when using water.
  • We use effective and low impact Eco-detergents for cleaning
  • We are minimizing energy use for example keeping air-conditioning to a minimum – encouraging our guests to open the windows and enjoy and experience the fresh air and warmer climate of the places we are visiting.

How can we make a difference?

It does not matter how big or how small your act of kindness is – It WILL make a difference. We have searched far and wide for the one unique difference we at Africa4us can be a part of, and here we found it right on our doorstep in the valleys of Stellenbosch, Western Cape! – The Great Labyrinth of Africa!

The Great Labyrinth of Africa is a circle made entirely of Spekboom trees that weave all the way around to a central point. There is only one way in and one way out. It has been found that a single Spekboom Tree can remove +-8.5kg of Carbon Dioxide in the air. It is in the process of being planted entirely out of the assistance of volunteers and donations. Upon completion it will be the size of The Great Pyramid of Giza measuring 230m x 230m and would be able to be seen from space!

This is our story:

2020 has brought us many changes, challenges and blessings abound, but becoming a part of this amazing initiative to create something deeply spiritual and beautiful, was by far one of the most rewarding. While bonding as a team, Africa4us contributed to reducing the Carbon Footprint in Southern Africa. While basking in the Cape Town sun, we swung the picks and shovels to dig the perfectly sized holes, in which we carefully placed the trees, covered them up and watered. This, our team of 6 repeated and planted 140 Trees! And we are not done yet! For every 100 miles we travel across Southern Africa on our adventures, we will be purchasing one Spekboom, and planting it in the Great Labyrinth until the target of 90 000 trees have been reached! In this way we contribute the carbon offset in our atmosphere.

The contribution we make in the purchasing of the trees, are used in the job creating initiative of the “Tree-praneurs” and in the maintaining of these 90 000 trees!

We offer our guests an opportunity to add to this great initiative in donating $20 on top of their tour price which will go directly to the maintenance of The Great Labyrinth of Africa. Should you wish to be a part of this great creation and make your mark in reducing Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere you may contact us directly.

Become part of the Green Footprint! Be one with Africa! Africa4u, Africa4me, AFRICA4US!

The Great Labyrinth of Africa!

Why a Labyrinth? A labyrinth is a pattern of pathways that weave in a circle around a central point. You walk through the pathways to get to the center. A labyrinth is not a maze. There is only one way in and one way out, so you don’t need to think about where you’re going.Labyrinths are powerful landmarks that intrigue and fascinate people from all walks of life throughout the world. They’ve got ancient roots. They’re found on Greek pottery, on Spanish petroglyphs, rock carvings, and on the floors of medieval cathedrals in Europe. Today, there is a global revival of labyrinths and tourists flock to see and experience them.Labyrinths promote contemplation, meditation, introspection and mindfulness.

Why Spekboom?

Succulent tree native to South Africa Reach between 2m and 5m tall & live to be 200 years old. Are 10 times more effective at reducing carbon than tropical rain-forest trees1 mature Spekboom can remove 8.5kg of CO²per year. They can survive frost, fire, and drought. They are very easy to propagate.