Responsible travel has become a popular term in recent years with everyone talking about it, trying to do it and becoming socially more aware. It’s not surprising then that tour operator Abang Africa Travel and Open Africa, a non-profit organisation that uses tourism as an economic platform to create and sustain jobs for rural communities throughout Southern Africa, have teamed up.read more
Although widely distributed south of the Sahara, the serval became extinct in the Cape provinces of South Africa over the last century mainly due to habitat loss, hunting and poaching. Recently however private game reserves in the Eastern Cape have begun re-introducing the species in the hopes of contributing to the eventual re-establishment of these wild cats in the region.
Only just short of 100 people are on the distribution list of these updates, past and present friends, supporters, partners, staff and directors, who have made everything Open Africa has accomplished so far possible.read more
Some of you may have seen our fantastic adverts in magazines such as Getaway, Ride, Compleat Golfer and Leisure Wheels and we’re now taking the online leg of our advertising campaign to the next level!
If you believe that life is more about the journey than the destination, you’ll appreciate South Africa’s truly unrivalled potential for scenic drives. The Garden Route is the most famous, but this vast nation, with its endless coastline, unearthly landscape, and awe-inspiring views offers virtually endless options for the adventure seeker behind the wheel.read more
Every traveller knows how stressful it can be when crossing a border post in South Africa. Having your paperwork in order and being prepared are essential for a smooth transition. Here is everything you need to know for all of South Africa's border crossings.read more
In March 2012, three white rhinos were brutally poached on Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. One died that night and on 25 March the second bull passed away. Miraculously one of the rhinos survived, showing inspirational bravery and the will to live. As fate would have it, almost exactly one year later, Kariega welcomes a new rhino calf to their game reserve.read more
If you happen to be travelling through Zambia towards the end of March or the first two weeks of April, then you’re in luck! Each year after the rains when the upper Zambezi River floods the Barotse plains of the Western Province, the Lozi people celebrate the move of the Litunga, king of the Lozi people, from his compound at Lealui in the Barotse Floodplain of the Zambezi River to Limulunga on higher ground in the annual Kuomboka Festival.read more
As South Africa once again faces a barrage of news reports surrounding the state of former president Nelson Mandela’s health, the Open Africa team have turned to each other for reflection upon the life of the organisation’s iconic patron.read more
It is with sad hearts that Open Africa announces the loss of one of our most valued team members, our KZN Route Coordinator, Laurence Fenner who unfortunately passed away on Friday evening, 22 March 2013. Our condolences go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.read more
Getting predictions and their timing to coincide is unusual, but when they do a certain kind of magic occurs.read more
Over the last few years I’ve done my fair share of camping and I like to think I’ve become quite good at it, if I do say so myself. From roughing it on last-minute trips and pitching a tent in deserted West coast sand dunes to perfectly executed trips to the Cederberg, I’ve done it all and learnt a good few lessons along the way.read more
In a world that is slowly yet steadily becoming more ‘green’, more eco-friendly and generally more aware, people are becoming mindful of their impact on not only the environment, but also the economy. Everyone’s talking about it, everyone’s trying to do it and it is fast becoming a global trend, but what is responsible travel? What does it really mean for us as travellers and what’s it all about?read more
South African NGO, Open Africa and Grant Thornton Consulting have been contracted by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N) Compact to assist the Namibia Tourism Board in plotting three self-drive travel routes in Namibia to help alleviate poverty, using tourism as an economic platform. The government of the Republic of Namibia has signed the grant funding agreement (MCA-N) Compact with the United States government body, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The compact aims to reduce poverty through economic growth and funds development projects in the sector of education, tourism and agriculture.read more
Johannesburg is known as the business centre of South Africa. However there are times when you feel the need to escape the urban buzz of the city and venture out into the great outdoors. There are a couple of 4x4 trails near Johannesburg that cater towards a diverse range of skill levels, from the adrenaline junkie to the outdoorsy family.read more