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Uthando Private Tours

Address: 9 Princes Road | Harfield Village, Cape Town Central 7708 , South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 683 8523
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Private tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Uthando (Love) South Africa is an internationally award winning, unique and innovative Non Profit...
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Type: Private tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Uthando (Love) South Africa is an internationally award winning, unique and innovative Non Profit and Fair Trade certified company. The aim of Uthando is to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in South Africa. Uthando runs tours as daily scheduled tours AND tailormade private tours (for groups of any size). We take visitors into the townships (impoverished areas created during Apartheid on the outskirts of Cape Town) to visit incredible community development projects. We shine a light on the remarkable people and projects that are helping to build the new South Africa at grass roots level. On our tours we tell the remarkable story and history of South Africa and its brutal past, we discuss pertinent issues confronting our people, and provide an inspiring sense of hope through the efforts of dedicated grass roots leaders. Our tours are authentic, meaningful, non-invasive, respectful and very importantly beneficial to the communities being visited. The cost of our tours incorporate contributions to the projects that we visit and can thus also be considered philanthropic in nature.
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Cologne, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Must do when in Cape Town and interested in learning about life in townships. Small groups, visiting amazing projects, meeting incredible local people and encountering feelings and stories. Worth your time for sure!

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

If one genuinely wants to learn about South Africa, its history and current situation, this tour is the best thing you possibly do! Xolani gives an insight in the most engaging way and you just feel so inspired and wanting to give back after visiting the community projects in the “townships” around Cape Town. The positive energy, confidence and perspectives... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Our tour-guide Xolani is wonderful, he is witty and very engaged. He explained history and culture from his personal experiences, very enlightening and entertaining. We saw 4 projects fantastic work, but the best for me were meeting the "oldies" in what Xolani called" the kindergarten for the old people" It is highly recommendable to go on a township tour with... More 

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Crawley, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This tour is a first class experience. The tour operators are knowledgeable and friendly. They never bore you. You meet such wonderful people that do so much for themselves with so little resource. Definitely an eye opened and highly recommended

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New Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

As Xolani (our guide) shared, Uthando means "love." And love sums up the the feeling one is left with after taking this remarkable and humbling tour to learn about the work community based organizations are doing in some of Cape Town's largest Townships. Unlike so many other tours, Uthando ensures Township residents are treated with dignity and their voices are... More 

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XolaniMaseko, Uthando Private Tours at Uthando Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you with Love from Cape Town, SA to New Orleans, Louisiana USA More 

Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

we did this trip with our children aged 10 and 12 and we all found it extremely interesting. Xolani , our guide was completely engaging and kept the kids interested throughout. We saw 3 projects in the townships , all very different and before going on this trip ( having been to Cape Town many time ) I had always... More 

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XolaniMaseko, Uthando Private Tours at Uthando Private Tours, responded to this review

#DoGood, it is always with great pleasure taking people to our communities showcasing development and empowerment! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

Excellent tour - not a (unfortunately like the majority of tours) voyeristic tour, so you will not feel like going to a zoo. Cause they show only their supported project and you will directly support them. You will see poverty, but moreover you will encounter inspiring and proud personalities who are willing to change and do an amazong job. Brilliant... More 

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XolaniMaseko, Uthando Private Tours at Uthando Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your support and being part of the experience.... More 

London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It's easy to be seduced by the beauty of the Cape and forget that there are still people living there, in sight of exquisite Table Mountain itself, in desperate circumstances. This tour was both enlightening and cheering as we saw how the dedication of committed individuals is bringing about huge improvements in the community. Passionate, informed tour guides and a... More 

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XolaniMaseko, Uthando Private Tours at Uthando Private Tours, responded to this review

Greetings from the sunny Cape Town, thank you for joining us and experiencing the other side of the city with amazing people! More 

Wilderness, South Africa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We spent a morning with Uthando at the Cape Town Flats Townships in late October. A month later, this morning is still the highlight of a six- week trip to Africa and one that we continue to share with friends and family. The work that Uthando is doing in this community is outstanding! Our morning helped us better understand the... More 

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XolaniMaseko, Uthando Private Tours at Uthando Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you sharing your experience, we are always moved by all our contributions to our communities..... continuing with #DoGood More 

New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I went with 3 travel buyers to see some Uthando projects led by James and Xolani. This was an abbreviated tour and we all left with a distinct sense that these two have created one of the most amazing concepts of responsible tourism. They don't mince words nor fluff things up. This is NOT a tour where it's "us versus... More 

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XolaniMaseko, Uthando Private Tours at Uthando Private Tours, responded to this review

Experiences that contribute to people's development and empowerment, thank you for sharing your holiday with us! More 

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