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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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Ferndale, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Uthando is performing valuable assistance in getting international exposure to the true stories of the townsships and their people. Xolani was an informed and passionate guide into the lives of millions of Africans in SA. I admit that my partner and I had some trepidation before going on the tour. We want to know the real stories of our travel... More

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I have taken several tours with Uthando and always return to see what they're doing. They support a wide variety of projects in the Townships, and the tours highlight the positive, creative things going on. It is a different perspective on life here, one that no one should miss. Xolani is a warm, caring guide full of information and a... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We were picked up at our hotel by one of the staff of Uthando. He was African and gave us a first hand view of the projects that Uthando is supporting. Our travel agent joined us. She said that her company often hires the music and dance groups in the township for corporate events. After seeing the dancing and hearing... More

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Uthando means love in South African and it is a non-profit organization that supports projects throughout Cape Town and its townships. It is not a typical tourist attraction but one that really connects tourists with real people, real concerns, and real hardships and solutions. There are many projects that can be visited. We saw a women's center that helped teach... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This was a powerful, fun , heartwarming experience that I would advise everyone to go on as well! Help out the townships financially while learning about their history and culture!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I was looking for a way to go beyond the typical tourist attractions in Cape Town and connect with some locals. I'm so happy I discovered Uthando Private Tour, a non-profit that supports some truly wonderful projects. I was afraid visiting the townships would be intrusive, but the way this tour is handled is very uplifting. You get to meet... More

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Mechelen, Belgium
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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

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