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“Township tour”
Review of Uthando Tours

Uthando Tours
Ranked #24 of 336 Tours in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Uthando (Love) South Africa is an internationally award winning and unique Non Profit Organisation and Fair Trade certified company. Uthando raises funds and other forms of assistance for a broad range of inspiring and innovative 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. UTHANDO IS FAR MORE THAN JUST A NON PROFIT COMPANY, IT IS A LABOUR OF LOVE DEDICATED TO HELPING CREATE A MORE JUST AND EQUITABLE BRAVE NEW WORLD !
Reviewed November 2, 2013

We were a little nervous of taking our children (7and 10) on this tour but we are so glad we did - informative, real and truly inspirational I hope it will transform their lives. The projects we visited were diverse and the information we were given on all aspects of life in the townships really opened our eyes to the problems that are faced as well as the amazing optimism with which they are tackled. We visited a community garden and packing shed, kindergarden and an old people's day group all helping to give the communities real help.

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

This tour was recommended by our g adventures rep, and she was right in saying Uthando not only offer fantastic experiences, but help a great cause. The people we met had so much passion and energy. From vegetable growing to a large group of 'oldies' who sang and danced for us, it was all so memorable.

Thank Emma C
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

James was the perfect tour host, knowledgeable & passionate about his connection with all the amazing people at the key township projects his company supports. We were met with joy, warmth, celebration & song with such a diverse range of projects, the abundant Siyazama Garden, a childrens skills school teaching such skills as bricklaying & woodwork & a beautiful lunch at a community centre. The powerful voices of the youth choir brought tears to my eyes, along with the tiny gumboot dancers. But I have to say that the highlight of the day was a visit to a centre for the elderly. This meeting had tears rolling down my cheeks with the sheer love & authenticity of these beautiful, full hearted beings. What an education what a blessing! A huge Thank You to all those folk who greeted us so warmly in the townships & to James who hosted a truly memorable, vibrant experience!

Thank Debz P
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

I had concerns about visiting the townships, as I did not want to be seen as a rich tourist "slumming". However, we were met with such enthusiasm by all the residents we encountered, that my trepidations were unfounded. I do not think a visit to S. Africa is complete without touring the conditions under which most S. Africans live, and the Uthando guide took us where we needed to go to see both the history and the future of these people. .

Thank Stephen K
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Uthando provides a unique opportunity to escape the usual tourist artificial gloss and to learn, experience and have some human contact with another culture but not at the price of being voyeurs or intrusive. We experienced an intelligent and frank introduction to the history of townships in the context of people's lives and at the same time made a contribution to obviously important and successful community projects. It was also great fun especially the senior citizen community centre. Uthando's township tour will be the highlight of our trip to South Africa.

Thank Peter K
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XolaniMaseko, Uthando Private Tours at Uthando Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2013

Greetings from Cape Town...South Africa, thank you for the review we are glad the tour served learning experiences and information about South Africa and its communities, people and culture....just yesterday we were celebrating Heritage day to show case what a cultural diversity we have and the Love of South Africa!!

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