Uthando (is Xhosa for "Love") is a unique and innovative Non-Profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited company based around a model of "philanthropy travel".
A selection of tour experiences is available, all offering that often missing link between the traveller and local communities in and around Cape Town with an insight into the rich cultural diversity that is South Africa.
In a nutshell; Part of the cost of the tour goes to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in and around Cape Town, just by joining the tour you are contributing.
Cultural Tours In Cape Town
Ekhaya eKhasi Centre
Founded in 2003, Art Aids Art promotes education, health and sustainable economic development in South Africa.
What began as a series of literacy workshops evolved into an ongoing holistic project involving the surrounding community, with the goal of meeting economic, health and educational needs and improving quality of life.
Jikeleza Dance Project
The Jikeleza Dance Project, founded in April 2002, at present instructs dance (African, modern, Spanish as well as classical ballet) along with music (marimbas and drumming) to kids and teenagers from within the informal communities of Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg in Hout Bay and, Nyanga Township as well as the Learn-to-Live Program for street children in Green Point, Cape Town.
Abalimi Bezekhaya is a Non-Profit Organisation endeavouring to enhance sustainable and environmentally friendly food production greening amongst the poor in Cape Town. The emphasis is on skills advancement by means of coaching and assisting people and enterprises who would like to practice organic horticulture and micro-farming. Promoting sustainable development while encouraging initiatives which renew, build and preserve social organisation, self-responsibility and also the natural environment.
Uthando Day Tours
From ZAR 720.00 pp
On every half day tour, we take guests to visit three different community projects. Guests have an opportunity to interact with the locals at these projects and find out about the inspiring work they are doing. The projects showcase their work and lives to the visitors. Uthando can accommodate groups of any size.
2013 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.
2013 Cape Town Tourism Responsible Tourism Award as voted by local and international people and companies in the tourism industry.
2013 Nominated by Dance for All for the 16th Annual Business Day Awards in Small Business Category.
2012 Winner Skal International Sustainable Development in Tourism Award – category Cities-Villages.
2012 finalist in "The Good Safari Guide" category "Best Wildlife or Charity in Africa".
2012 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor 2012.
Awards and Achievements
2015 Best Charitable Organisation in Africa – The Good Safari Guide 2015.
2014 Best Charitable Organisation in Africa – The Good Safari Guide 2014.
2014 Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor.
2013 Winner - Cape Town Tourism Responsible Tourism Award.
2013 James Fernie finalist on the "Who's Who" in African Diaspora World Tourism Awards.
Hout Bay Music Project
The Hout Bay Music Project instructs in music and songs, predominantly string instruments, voice and drumming, to roughly 60 youngsters within the historically disadvantaged communities of Hangberg Harbour Village and Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay. Additionally, the project operates life orientation courses which deal with concerns over self-esteem, HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy.