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Uthando Private Tours

9 Princes Road | Harfield Village, Cape Town Central 7708 , South Africa
+27 21 683 8523
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: 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... more » 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. « less
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Mechelen, Belgium
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We are a family of five. Our kids have the age of 19, 17 and 13. We all were very happy we did a private township tour with Uthando. We visited several projects: a gardening project, a dancing for kids project, a choir project, a an elderly home and afterwards we went for lunch (BBQ) at Mzoli's Our guide Xholani... More

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Ravenstone, United kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were worried this would be voyerism. But thanks to the sensitive way it is organised and the chance to participate in the positive impact that Uthando has it was a very uplifting experience. Thanks to Xolani for a truly eye opening experience.

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

Greetings from the humble Mother City (CPT), thank you for you review it is appreciated and I glad I was able to make your experience in SA memorable and fantastic. More

Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My partner and I last visited South Africa in 1995 and did a township tour which felt slightly invasive. This time we visited the country with our two teenage daughters and I felt that it was important for us to see what life is like in the townships and so I looked into different tours. Uthando stood out for me... More

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

Thank you guys for coming back to our beloved country and bringing the girls with to participate in what I call the "Hand-Up" approach in assisting our communities...keep well and be well, in the Spirit of Ubuntu (I am because we are) forward moving in empowering socities!! More

Chappaqua, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The Uthando tour that we took with Xolani was an inspiring, authentic, uplifting experience for our family. The diversity of programs we saw was a testament to the breadth of Uthando's work. From organic gardening, to a craft cooperative, to a dizzying array of children's programs, Uthando's work is engaging and empowering people who live very differently from the way... More

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

It is always a pleasure showcasing amazing work done by members of our communities and the great contribution made by philanthropical travellers such as yourselves, we greatly celebrating the coming together of global citizens in developing and empowering our universe. More

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Our tour with Uthando was a deeply moving experience. Our guide was personable, enthusiastic and provided our family with an excellent overview of South African history and all its complexities. The programs we visited where we met leaders transforming their communities gave us an opportunity to listen to the needs of the people and their hope for the future. Highly... More

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

You can't come to Cape Town and not visit the townships. Uthando is an incredible and authentic experience where you'll get to meet and interact with the people. I had heard that some township experiences are invasive but Uthando is completely genuine and the people are happy to meet visitors. We visited several projects that Uthando helps fundraise for: a... More

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I had heard about these types of township tours previously but was concerned that they might be exploitive. I didn't want to be an intruder in someone's home. But, I also did want to see both sides of Cape Town... My sister-in-law told me about Uthando and their great work. With her recommendation and after reviewing their website, I decided... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

You will no doubt have read about/ been told the top things to do in Cape Town; enjoy the panoramic views from Table Mountain, shop in the V&A, take the ferry and tour of Robben Island, dip your toes in the (icy) sea at Camps Bay beach and enjoy fine dining at many of Cape Town's glamorous establishments.....BUT please don't... More

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Jamestown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We recently made a half day tour of the Townships near Cape Town, South Africa with James Fernie, founder and Director of a charitable organization called Uthando (South Africa) Social Development Projects. Uthando is the Xhosa and Zulu word for "love," and this was evident in the way James was greeted in each of the projects he took us to... More

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South Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Our Uthando 'tour' was the most moving half-day of our entire two week trip. We visited a day care/nursery school in Gugulethu, a cooperative called Ekhaya Ekasi and a senior center both in Kayelitsha. Seeing the organizations in action and meeting the people whose lives are touched by the work of these organizations was heart warming and incredibly meaningful for... More

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