Our travel choices make a profound impact on the world, which is why Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris encourages and supports Responsible Tourism. We believe that tourism can and does play a vital role in the conservation of Africa’s spectacular wild places and the improvement of the quality of life for its people.
Wherever we go, we support local resources and leave behind the natural environment exactly how we found it.
Life-Enriching Travel Moments
Every destination has something unique to teach us. By blending traditional highlights with local connections, travel opens the opportunity for unexpected life-changing moments to occur. This is why we are constantly looking for more and more opportunities to provide our guests with life-enriching responsible tourism experiences on their journeys with us.
As part of The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, we support the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. This principle underlies each of our journeys in Africa: to maintain the natural attractions and unique heritages that define each region.
South African Responsible Tourism Experiences with Springbok Atlas
Barrydale is a small community in the Western Cape. If you book specific guided trips with us, in particular, our South Africa Odyssey, Garden Route Uncovered or Garden Route, Safari & Winelands Wonder, you will have the chance to visit the Barrydale Community Farm School.
The school was built in the 1960s by the area’s farming community to accommodate the farm labourers’ children. Today, this multi-grade school offers education to children from Grades 1 to 6, in four classrooms, with two teachers (one of whom is the principal) and an administrative clerk.
Your visit to the school gives you an opportunity to interact with the children and learn about the challenges facing the education sector in rural South Africa. Often guests take small gifts or send some later. Some guests even keep in touch with the school and send donations.
As part of our ongoing relationship with the Barrydale Community Farm School, we host an end-of-year party for over 160 primary school children every December, where each child receives a gift and enjoys a large and lively braai (barbeque) party with games and entertainment. We fund the event through personal donations and fundraising events to supply toys, stationery, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, drinks, and snacks. Also, we send ad hoc donations such as food supplies, and gloves and hats in winter.
Life-Changing Travel Experiences in Namibia
If you book our Classic Namibia or Namibia Northern Odyssey guided tours, you will have the opportunity to visit the Damara Village to gain a unique insight into today’s way of life of the Damara people: their ancient traditions and beliefs combined with the influence of civilisation.
Not only is this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many visitors, but the income generated through tourism helps to sustain this tribe and support its many orphaned or abandoned children.
Other Initiatives We Support
SizaBantwana is a nonprofit organisation that works in the rural communities surrounding Hazyview, in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. SizaBantwana has about 400 children, orphaned or made vulnerable as a result of HIV/AIDS, that daily attend one of five local care centres. Here, the children participate in after-school activities and receive a wholesome meal in a positive environment that inspires a bright and hopeful future.
We have introduced an initiative via The Rhino Ride, to support rhino conservation through our guided tours. For each guest booked on our long distance journeys, we donate to one of the following rhino conservation charities: Chipembere Rhino Foundation and The Next Generation Conservation Trust Namibia.
We pay an annual donation plus 5% from each booking for all our Cape Town Township Tours towards the Tourism Community Development Trust, a nonprofit organisation which brings the successes of the South African tourism industry back into the local community.
To learn more about our Community Projects, please visit our Responsible Tourism page, here.