Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris encourages and supports Responsible Tourism. We value that this is becoming increasingly important to many international and domestic travellers. We believe that tourism can and does play a vital role in the conservation of Africa’s spectacular wild places and in the improvement of quality of life for its people. We are constantly looking for more and more opportunities to provide our guests with life-enriching Responsible Tourism experiences.
Community Projects through Guided Tours:
SizaBantwana Children Benefit Organisation (Mpumalanga)
This is a nonprofit organisation that works in the rural communities surrounding Hazyview, Mpumalanga. SizaBantwana has about 400 children, orphaned or made vulnerable as a result of HIV/AIDS, that daily attend one of the five local care centres. The children participate in after school activities and receive a wholesome meal. SizaBantwana offers a positive environment for a bright and hopeful future.
For the last two years we have donated towards the Sizabantwana Reading Power Programme on behalf of our top partners instead of giving out awards. (2011 we donated furniture, 2012 we donated towards a computer network system and laptop).
Community Farm Schools (Barrydale, Western Cape)
The Barrydale Community Farm Schools were built during the 1960s by the farmers in the area for the labourers’ children. The multi-grade school offers education to children from Grades 1 – 6, with four classrooms, two teachers (one of whom is the principal) and an administrative clerk.
OvaHimba Village (Namibia)
The OvaHimba Village offers guided tours allowing an insight into today’s way of life of the OvaHimba people; their ancient traditions and beliefs combined with the influence of civilisation”. Income generated through visitors helps to sustain this tribe and support the many orphaned or abandoned children, enabling them to grow up in the selfconscious spirit of their ancestors as well as to receive school education to face the challenges of the future.
Living Museum of Mafwe People (Namibia)
The Living Museum opened in February 2008 and gives an authentic insight into the traditional culture of the Mafwe. Locals in the little village of Singalamwe demonstrate their traditional craftsmanship and entertain through singing, dancing and games. The Living Museum brings direct benefit to the Mafwe community through entrance fees and sales of traditional crafts from the museum shop as well as maintaining their traditional lifestyle.
Learnership Programme: Sponsor & mentor learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds on an annual basis.
TCD Trust (Tourism Community Development Trust):
Platinum Friend of the Trust.
Annual donation and 5% of Cape Town Township Tour.
Works with a wide variety of causes based in Cape Town, including a crèche, soup kitchen, schools, etc.
Western Province Blood Transfusion Service: Corporate Membership
Casual Day (to raise funds for persons with disabilities)
Big Walk Cape Town: 100+ staff and family walk for the various local charities supported each year.
Imperial Group School Project
(Includes annual contribution from Springbok Atlas)
Two schools in the Vlakfontein area – upgrading classrooms, teacher training, computer training, excursions for children, building maintenance, text books & stationery, play area.