30 November 2009

Promotional Video - Tanzania with GAP Adventures


Geographic coordinates: 6 00 S, 35 00 E
Area: 947,300 sq km
Coastline: 1,424 km
Population: 41,048,532
Capital: Dar Es Salaam
Time difference: UTC+3
Religions: mainland - Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar - more than 99% Muslim
Language: Kiswahili or Swahili (official), Kiunguja (name for Swahili in Zanzibar), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages
Climate: varies from tropical along coast to temperate in highlands
Terrain: plains along coast; central plateau; highlands in north, south
Elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0m - highest point: Kilimanjaro 5,895m (highest point in Africa)
Main international Airports: Dar Es Salaam - DAR , Mount Kilimajaro - JRO & Zanzibar - ZNZ [online flight booking]

Safari Tips 101 - Malaria Advice: Travel Precautions to Take!

  1. First of all you should check if the area you are going to visit is actual malaria infested. Remember – there are large parts of Africa which are malaria free!
  2. If you are going to visit a malaria infested area consult a doctor or a travel clinic. They will provide you with all kinds of info about the medication to take.
  3. Listen properly to what the doc is telling you and follow this. Stick to the schedule without forgetting to take your pill(s).
  4. Get yourself a mosquito net. They are not uber expensive and usually very light.
  5. Get yourself a mosquito repellent once you are there. Ask at a local pharmacy for their best selling one and you'll get a good one.
  6. Mosquito coils are usually doing a good job. They are burning for up to eight hrs. and Mosquito hate them. OK, some people don't like the smell of it, but you should give it a try!
  7. Never forget that mosquitos are attracted to light. Switch off the light when going to bed and keep reading in bed to a minimum as the light of your torch will also attracted those nasty little creatures.
  8. Clothing – shorts and shirts are no problem at all during the day, but during dusk and dawn you should wear long trouser and a jumper/long sleeve. Mosquitos are most active during dusk and dawn.
  9. You are on safari and not on a big night out, so don't use too much perfume / after shave. Mosquitoes are more attracted to it than anyone else around you.
  10. Stick to the rules, don't forget to take your medication and don't think that you will not get Malaria just because you just read this list!
Malaria is really nothing to joke around with. It is one of the major killing diseases in Africa – around 350–500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide each year, and over one million people die of it. As a visitor to malaria infested regions you are at risk of getting the disease. The right precautions will minimize the risk, but it will not give you 100% protection.

Typical symptoms of malaria are:
  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
If you have such symptoms and you are in a malaria are or you have been to one recently it is very important to see a doctor and to get tested. Malaria needs to get treated as early as possible to prevent something worse from happening.

27 November 2009

"Alternative Views" documentary: Free Namibia (1980)

Free Namibia is a documentary by Jürgen Bergs, Simone di Bagno & Mark Robbis and was produced by the United Nations in 1978 (?). It was also shown on "Alternative Views" - a public affairs program in the US (1978 - 1998) featuring news, interviews and opinion pieces from a progressive political perspective.



In a shocking and moving documentary we see the terrible living conditions and racism under which the Black majority lives in Namibia and the growing resistance to white rule imposed by South African troops. Also, two guests provide us the latest information about the Namibian situation, particularly the action of the allied countries - U.S. and South Africa. [src.: archive.org]

also visit www.archive.org to watch and/or download the the complete documentary (ca. 60min) aired by "Alternative Views".

mp3 of the day: Pixies - Doolittle 20th Anniversary Live Sampler



tracklist:
1. “Dancing the Manta Ray”
2. “Monkey Gone to Heaven”
3. “Crackity Jones”
4. “Gouge Away”
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Video footage of the meteor which lit up the South African sky at the 22 Nov 2009

The very bright fireball seen passing over South Africa' provinces Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo at the 22 Nov 2009 just after 2300hrs was probably a meteor - a space rock hitting the atmosphere around 100km above earth surface at such speed that it heats up and disintegrates.


CCTV footage


Footage from the security camera of the Mustek building in Midrand


Video made in Limpopo

26 November 2009

BBC documentaries podcast: Assignment - The Congo Connection

I just love the bbc documentaries podcast - IMO one of the best ones around. They are highly informative, well investigated and defo broaden one's horizon...
Over the last couple of month I already posted about the 3 "Gold" episodes, the "Why is Africa poor" series and about Mike Woodbridge travels to Nicaragua, Namibia & Nepal ("A Dollar a Day"). Earlier today the bbc published a new interesting and very relevant podcast about who is actually controlling the deadly militia in the DR Congo.

In Assignment Peter Greste investigates whether Rwandans in France and Germany are controlling a deadly African militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For the last 15 years, the rebels of the FDLR have enforced their control through a series of brutal atrocities. Now Assignment has secret intelligence suggesting that they were taking orders from political leaders living openly in Europe. [src. bbc] - click here to listen to the podcast!

mp3 of the day: Eels - Little Bird











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Japan's headquarter during the 2010 World Cup™ in South Africa

Japan's national team will be based at the Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Estate in George during the 2010 World Cup™. With the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as its backdrop, Fancourt has 3 specifically designed golf courses and the only Taylor Made Performance Lab in the whole of Africa.
Japan's practice pitch is going to be the Outeniqua Park stadium just about 5km east of the hotel.


According to some news reports the Fancourt Hotel was chosen by the Japanese National Football Association because Japan's Ai Miyazato and Rui Kitada won the inaugural women's World Cup of Golf in 2005
hosted by Fancourt.

25 November 2009

base of the Dutch team during the 2010 World Cup™ in South Africa

The base of the Dutch national team will be the luxurious Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg's poshest & richest suburb. The team will train at at Wits University, 15km south of the hotel.


How to get there?
From the airport, take the R24 Johannesburg highway and turn at NI2/N3 North highway turn off at Marlboro Road. At the traffic light, turn left and continue to the "Shell" petrol/gas station on your left. Turn right into South Road and continue to the T-Junction. Turn left into Rivonia Road and pass the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel on your left. The Hilton Sandton hotel is on your left.

Southern African recipes: Monkey Gland Sauce

If there is one typical South African sauce it is "Monkey Gland Sauce". Monkey Gland? Well, no monkeys are harmed to make the sauce and there is, of course, no gland (or anything coming close to it) used to make the sweet and sour sauce that tastes so awesomely good with steak or even on a burger...


The origins of the sauce and why it is called "Monkey Gland" are not really known. I have heard loads of stories over the years - this one (slightly different here and there) was the most told:
Back in the early 1950’s some French Chefs worked at the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg and wanted to please their rich, white (and mostly Afrikaaner) customers with what could be named sophisticated continental cuisine. The Chefs were doing their best, tried almost every recipe, but the only dish their customers really enjoyed was Steak & sauce. So the Chefs started cooking steak dishes with haute cuisine sauces, but it didn’t work aswell. At one point, and probably out of pure frustration, the Chefs decided to throw every commercial sauce they could lay their hands on in one pot and serve it to their guests. The result was the concoction of what we now know as Monkey Gland Sauce. This sweet and sour sauce struck a chord with the Afrikaner clientele as it reflected the taste of their other traditional dishes and became a true hit.

There are probably thousands of different ways to make "Monkey Gland Sauce" - the ones I know of are:

Durban Style (got the recipe from a butcher in Durban some years ago)
Ingredients:
• 30ml Sunflower Oil
• 1 Onion, finely chopped
• 150ml Tomato Sauce
• 30ml Soy Sauce
• 100ml White Vinegar
• 2ml Mustard Powder
• 10ml Brown Sugar
• Salt
• Pepper
Method:
Sauté the onions in the oil until the onions are translucent. Add the remaining
ingredients and simmer over medium heat for at least 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Spicy Style
Ingredients:
• 2 Onions, finely chopped
• 3 Cloves Garlic, crushed
• 50ml Sunflower Oil
• 2 Tablespoons of crushed ginger
• 200gr tinned Tomatoes
• 125ml Chutney
• 10ml Soy Sauce
• 25ml Mustard
• 25ml Worcester Sauce
• 50ml Tomato Sauce
• 75ml Port Wine
• 100ml Vegetable Stock
• 30ml Red Wine/Vinegar
• 1 Tablespoon Tabasco
• ½ Cup of Brown Sugar
• Salt
• Pepper
Method:
Sauté the onions, ginger and garlic in the oil until the onions are translucent. Add the
remaining ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Serve hot.

mp3 of the day: The Kissaway Trail - SDP

The Kissaway Trail are Thomas L. Fagerlund (vox, guitar), Søren B. Corneliussen (vox, guitar), Daniel Skjoldmose (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Rune Pedersen (bass, backing vocals) and Hasse Mydtskov (drums, backing vocals).
Euphoric and evocative, listening to The Kissaway Trail is an intoxicating experience. The debut album released in 2007 was filled with songs of immense ambition and scope, the music soars, filled with majestic guitar lines, dramatic melodies and epic arrangements. The Kissaway Trail have that rare power to lift people out of their lives and transport them to a world of drama, beauty and wonder.



The Kissaway Trail list the likes of Sonic Youth, Grandaddy, Daniel Johnston, Pixies and The Beach Boys as being their main influences, though in their native Denmark, where they have recently taken off massively due to their incendiary live shows, the band have quickly developed a unique sound of their own. Forthcoming album "Sleep Mountain" out March 1st 2010 is a remarkable return. Recorded in Denmark, the band then heard from Peter Katis, legendary producer of Interpol, The National, Twilight Sad, Tokyo Police Club who expressed a desire to work with the band. And just a month or so later, he was indeed mixing the album in his own Tarquin Studios in Connecticut. The result, well you’ll hear it soon enough, is spectacular. [src.: bellaunion.com]

Lonely Planet - Best-value destinations for 2010

Lonely Planet has just recently published their book "Best in Travel 2010" presenting the top 10 countries, regions and cities to visit in 2010. Well, one of the Top 10 lists in the book is the best-value destinations in 2010 list:

24 November 2009

mp3 of the day: Codeine Velvet Club "I am the Resurrection"

Codeine Velvet Club is a band formed in 2009 by Lou Hickey, a burlesque dancer, and Jon Lawler, better known as Jon Fratelli, of "The Fratellis". The band are releasing their début album, Codeine Velvet Club in December 2009.



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2010 World Cup™ - FIFA Fan Fests in South Africa & around the World

The FIFA Fan Fest, or the official public viewing events, will allow football enthusiasts to watch all 64 matches free in some of the most iconic locations in South Africa and around the world.
FIFA announced on Monday that all nine South African Host Cities as well as Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney will be used as official public viewing events of football's flagship tournament.



Lonely Planet xmas offers - 3 for 2 on all print titles

Lonely Planet is offering 3 for 2 on all print titles, a free Lonely Planet magazine for our UK customers (RRP £3.50) and 10% off all pictorials. Digital chapters continue to be discounted with 45% off on purchases of 5 or more chapters.
The "3 for 2" discount covers all hot new titles, including their top-selling "Australia" guide, perfect stocking fillers in Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2010" at £9.99 (with FREE "Best in Travel 2009", worth £15.99), the brand new title "1,000 Ultimate Experiences" and the updated "Guide to Travel Photography" as well as their recent editions of the ever-popular India and Thailand guides.

Also available:
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1Time about to launch Johannesburg <> Maputo flights

South African low cost carrier 1Time has been given the rights to operate a five-weekly service between Johannesburg and Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.
According to an airline spokesperson the airfares for the route will be considerably lower than the existing ones. More details about rates, launching date, flight times etc. will follow soon - watch this space!
1tme also recently launched a service to Livingstone, in Zambia (maiden flight 26 Nov 2009), and already operates flights to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar (Tanzania).

23 November 2009

mp3 of the day: JBM - Daytrotter sessions (5 tracks)

JBM is the music of Jesse Marchant. His first record "not even in july" was recorded in Henry Hirsch's church studio, Waterfront Studios, in Hudson, NY, in the Fall of 2008 and was released in early 2009. Jesse was born in Montreal, Canada and has spent most of his adult life living in New York City and in Los Angeles. While living in L.A., JBM contributed music to the film "Lovers in a Dangerous Time". He is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and in Lake Clear, NY.



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EU: New air passenger compensation rights

Airline passengers who are delayed by more than three hours should get the same compensation as if their flights have been cancelled, European judges have ruled. The regulation provides that, in the event of cancellation of a flight, passengers are entitled to flat-rate compensation of between EUR 250 and EUR 600.
Airlines will be required not to cancel a flight unless it fits strict criteria set down in the new law.
The ruling stated: “Passengers on a flight which is cancelled at short notice have a right to compensation, even when they are re-routed by the airline on another flight, if they lose three hours or more in relation to the duration originally planned."
The judges said that a technical problem with an aircraft could not be regarded as an "extraordinary circumstance", unless the problem stemmed from events which "by their nature or origin are not inherent in the normal exercise of the activity of the air carrier concerned and are beyond its actual control".

22 November 2009

Carte Blanche: The Elephants at Sondelani Lodge

In October 2008, 10 elephants were captured in the Zimbabwean bush and taken to Sondelani Lodge about an hour north of the Beit Bridge border to be trained for use in elephant-back safaris.
Glynis Vaughan (Zimbabwe NSPCA): 'In April 2009 we had a tipoff there were elephants captured housed at Sondelani.'
[more...]

In the videos:

20 November 2009

Starling Village Backpackers is looking for interns!

Starling Village Backpackers in Plettenberg Bay (South Africa) is looking for 3 vibrant people to start working on the 1st December (SEASON) while having a holiday.
The job is very easy and you do not need any qualifications to work. What the job entitle is working in our reception, bar, kitchen and house keeping. Dealing with the guest, and answering the phone, making bookings for activities and other hostels, translating our website if you speak another language, preparing meals for guest, serving drinks in the bar and taking care of certain day to day chores.
In return we supply you with dorm accommodation and R250.00 food allowance a week. We also arrange for you some of the activities we have on offer free of charge and discounts on the Baz Bus(hop on hop off backpackers bus). Discounts at some of the other hostels during the time you travel and explore South Africa.
Interns only work five shifts per week, leaving you lots of time off to go traveling in South Africa (you will do some marketing for us during the time you travel). You can work extra shifts and accumulate the time in order for you to have a longer holiday at the end. It is a great opportunity for you to learn about our fast dynamic and interesting industry.

Email Victoria on info[at]starlingbackpackers.co.za for more info!

18 November 2009

2010 World Cup™ stadiums - Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban

Durban's new "Moses Mabhida Stadium" was built on the site of the old Kings Park Stadium adjacent to the ABSA Stadium and the Durban street circuit used for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. It is somehow the new heart of the Kings Park Sporting Precinct. The 70,000-seater has been specifically designed as a multi-purpose venue and an amphitheatre complete with a cable car which ascends to a viewing platform at the top of the expansive 350m arch, a staggering 106m above the pitch.


View Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban in a larger map
The Stadium is named after Moses Mabhida (14 October 1923 – ?? March 1986), who was a South African politician and leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP) from 1978 until his death in 1985.



Moses Mabhida Stadium
Capacity: 80,000
match days: Sunday, 13 June | Wednesday, 16 June | Saturday, 19 June | Tuesday, 22 June | Friday, 25 June | Monday, 28 June | Wednesday, 7 July

mp3 of the day: Beach House - Norway



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Kruger National Park: Crocodile Bridge Entrance Gate now open for tourists

The Crocodile Bridge Entrance Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is now open for tourists.


There is still a bit of water running on top of the low water bridge (old one) over the Crocodile River; but only small vehicles up to minibuses and open safari vehicles can now pass through. Motorists must exercise caution by driving slowly across this low water bridge. [src.: sanparks.org]

Table Mountain: Sunset Special - pay only half price

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway's renowned Summer Sunset Special starts on 01 Nov 2009 and runs until 28 Feb 2009. For four months visitors pay half price after 6pm to travel to the highest sundowner spot in Cape Town.


Sunset Special rates:
Adults: R80 (instead of R160)
Childeren under 18 years: R40 (instead of R80)
The special is valid from Sunday November 1, 2009 until Sunday February 28, 2010 and on New Year's Eve (last car up at 11pm and last car down at 1am).
Sunset Special tickets can be purchased from the Cableway's Ticket Office from 6pm.
The Cableway operates weather permitting. For information call (021) 424 8181 or visit http://tablemountain.net.

17 November 2009

The Kruger National Park Calendar - December

Weather:
  • height of summer
  • very hot & humid days
  • warm nights
  • often spectacular lightning storms
Temperatures:
  • between 18°C - 34°C (Fahrenheit: e.g. 34°C = [(34x9)]/5 + 32 = 93.2°F)
  • visit travelcomments.com/webcams_sa.htm and follow daily game drives via webcam to check the weather & how the landscape is changing during the year

Landscape:
  • vigorous plat growth everywhere in the park
  • tree canopy very thick
  • fig trees in fruit
  • mopane tree in flower
Animal Activity:
  • height of the impala breeding season
  • predators out to get their young
  • most resident non-raptor birds breeding
  • animal activity all over the park

Cape Town: ZIMFEST Launch Party at the 20 Nov 2009

When? Fr 20th Nov 2009 20:00
Where? ROOTS - Lr. Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town
Door? R30
Live Performance? Nungarin
DJ's? Toby2Shoes, MIX n BLEND, Kim Mono

ZIMFEST 09 - POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

Zimfest 09 has been postponed... but not for long. We are not completely sure that summer has arrived in Cape Town yet.. and so the simple solution is to wait a couple days until we know we wont be rained out. Since ZIMFEST is a fundraiser we need to make sure you are all going to support us and wont be scared off at the last minute by bad weather. As soon as the sun hits Cape Town in a meaningful way the Festival will resume as planned.


mp3 of the day: Local Natives - Camera Talk


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Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe up for sale

The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe train, back to service since about a month, is up for sale. Transnet placed an advert in a George newspaper some days agai calling for expressions of interest from prospective buyers of the train.
According to SABCNews the main reason for selling the train line is that Transnet needs to focus on core rail freight operations and can't afford keeping the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe running for much longer.
The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is a heritage steam train service that started operating between George and Knysna on a line officially opened in 1928. In 2006 severe storms caused extensive damage to the George -Knysna railway line. As a result the train service stopped operating. With effect from 16 October 2009 tourist train is returned to service between George and Mossel Bay.

Mountain Zebra National Park: New gate, new roads and future plans

The Mountain Zebra National Park, near Cradock in the Eastern Cape recently celebrated the opening of their new upgraded entrance gate - now named the Sasol Gate - and the complete renovation of its tourist roads. Around 43km of of existing gravel roads got upgraded and 13.4km of new roads were built, so that visitors can now explore all areas of the Park for wildlife viewing on roads suitable for all vehicle types.



According to Lucius Moolman, South African National Parks (SANParks) Regional Manager, plans to link Mountain Zebra National Park to Camdeboo National Park in Graaff-Reinet to form a mega-conservation area of about 300 000 hectares had now been officially declared by SANParks. These plans envisaged a linkage formed through contractual agreements with private game reserves and landowners, some of whom had already expressed interest in the idea.

16 November 2009

mp3 of the day: Fleet Foxes Daytrotter Sessions

Namibia International Music Festival 11 - 12 Dec 2009 in Windhoek, Namibia

The Namibia International Music Festival will take place at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium in Namibia's capital Windhoek at the 11 & 12 Dec 2009.



The organisers of the event are expecting up to 30000 visitors. Local and international artists, such as Loyiso Bala, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, US rapper Common and Alexandra Burke are scheduled to perform. General admission will cost N$220, while premium tickets will cost N$700. Locally, tickets will be sold in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Oshakati. The event also aims to do its part for charity and some of the proceeds will go towards the education of street children and organisations working with people living with HIV/AIDS.

15 November 2009

mp3 of the day: "Mumford and Sons - Sister"

UPDATE: I just found some more FREE & legal downloads from Mumford & Sons debut album "Sigh No More". Click here and to download Little Lion Man, White Blank Page & Winter Winds!

Since they formed in December 2007, the members of Mumford & Sons have shared a common purpose: to make music that matters, without taking themselves too seriously. Four young men from West London in their early twenties, they have fire in their bellies, romance in their hearts, and rapture in their masterful, melancholy voices. They are staunch friends - Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane - who bring their music to us with the passion and pride of an old-fashioned, much-cherished, family business. They create a gutsy, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with the might of Kings Of Leon, and their incredible energy draws us in quickly to their circle of songs, to the warmth of their stories, and to their magical community of misty-eyed men. [src.: mumfordandsons.com]



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13 November 2009

2009 Resonsible Tourism Awards - three awards for Mozambique & South Africa

The winners of the 2009 Resonsible Tourism Awards got announced at the 11 Nov 2009, which is apparently the World Responsible Tourism Day. Whale Watch Kaikoura, New Zealand, was the overall winner, but projects from Mozambique & South Africa also won awards.

The Responsible Tourism Awards were founded in 2004 by responsibletravel.com, who run the Awards in partnership with The Daily Telegraph, Geographical Magazine - the magazine of The Royal Geographical Society, and World Travel Market. Virgin Holidays became headline sponsors of the Awards in 2007 and have continued to support us since.

Best for poverty reduction
Winner: Guludo Beach Lodge, Mozambique
The work of Guludo Beach Lodge, through their charitable foundation ‘Nema’ has had an unprecedented and undeniably positive impact on the immediate community, working towards major improvements in children’s health care and education conditions. Their portfolio of projects in the local area is exhaustive, having improved school attendance by 350 per cent, providing access to safe drinking water for 15,000 people, supplying over 10,000 women and children with mosquito-nets, and working closely with the local community for the sustainable continuation of their projects by providing water committee training, hygiene and sanitation workshops and much more.
Highly commended: Tribal Voice Communications, Kenya & Rekero, Kenya
Contact details: Guludo Beach Lodge. Amy Carter-James, Managing Director, amy@guludo.com, +44 207 1274727

Best for conservation of wildlife & habitats
Winner: Great Plains Conservation, South Africa
For incorporating a range of innovative projects across five African countries. Their work in the Maasai Mara is particularly impressive, facilitating the creation of an 80,000 acre conservancy, and guaranteeing regular payment to the local communities for the use of their land for tourism purposes – regardless of the number of guests. On an unequivocal basis, they provide protected revenue for the indigenous peoples of the Mara, reducing the negative social and economic impacts of tourism.
Highly commended: Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), Uganda & Way Out Experiences, Malaysia, Indonesia & Borneo
Contact details: Great Plains Conservation. Hilton Walker, Sales, Marketing and PR Manager, hilton@greatplainsconservation.com +27 31 765 3947 or +27 82 579 9055

Best destination
Winner: City of Cape Town, South Africa
The City of Cape Town has taken responsibility for identifying and prioritising local issues from a responsible tourism perspective. The City’s Tourism Department has worked in conjunction with its colleagues in the city administration and the industry to develop a Responsible Tourism Charter which commits both the industry and the city government to address the local priorities and to report on progress. Signatories have committed to define measurable goals and to monitor and report publicly on progress.
Highly commended: Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, UK
Contact details: City of Cape Town. Mansoor Mohamed, Executive Director: Economic, Social Development and Tourism, Mansoor.Mohamed@capetown.gov.za, + 27(0) 21 400 2589