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Open Africa

Open Africa is a social enterprise that establishes tourism routes that offer travellers authentic experiences while generating income for local businesses in rural Africa.

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Barbara Raats: A Kalahari success story

A few years ago Barbara Raats developed an idea to build grass huts (similar to that of the San traditional homes) and offer homestays to tourists. Her idea received a boost when Open Africa launched a programme along the Kalahari Red Dune Route in 2013. 

Read more about Barbara Raats and Boesmansrus Grass Huts.

Image: Yann Macherez


5 autumn road trip ideas

As the year continues to rush past us at a startling rate, it’s no wonder most of us haven’t planned our last trip of the summer. The days are getting shorter and the cooler weather has most of us clinging to those last sunny days. But there are plenty of great spots in South Africa that are at their best in the slightly cooler seasons. 

Check out these autumn road trip ideas.



5 reasons to use a tour guide

I love exploring new places. That feeling of excitement mixed with a slight pang of ‘fear of the unknown’ that comes with finding your way around some far-flung destination on a quest to discover your own version of it. It brings out the explorer in all of us. But like most things in life there is a time and a place for everything. 

Read more about why you should use a tour guide.