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Our Responsible Cultural Tourism Declaration


We are working hard on improving our services to reach the best responsible tourism standards and principles. In conducting our operations, we strive to minimize our impact on the environment, spread benefits through out the local economy and to promote the community well being.

 

Woza Nawe Tours | Background Information ...

woza nawe cultural tours - woza Nawe Responsible Cultural Tours is situated in the hills
of Swaziland on the Community Farm of kaPhunga, about 55
kms from the nearest town, Manzini.

The 4000 acres of farmland belong to the local community
and provide food for local consumption with the surplus
being sold at the national markets.

The project has been running for ten years and over this
time, many positive changes have taken place. The local
people are always very happy to welcome visitors into
their village, and the visitors are always pleasantly sur-
prised by the warm hospitality they receive. The local
people are not solely concerned about the money that
they earn by the tours, but show a genuine interest in
teaching outsiders about their true heritage and swazi culture. Visitors are able to walk around without being hassled, secure in the knowledge that they are welcome at kaPhunga.

Donations ...

cultural tours - visitors are not expected to give donations to the community, however if they feel that they would like to contribute then its strongly advised that they do it through the guide.

Woza Nawe Tours | Responsible Tourism ...

Woza Nawe Tours- woza Nawe Tours are committed to:

Procurement:

  • - Ensuring local suppliers are used wherever possible.
  • - Encouraging the local people to make crafts and sell them to our visitors.
  • - Using natural materials and also encouraging the use of traditional skills.

Health Management and Awareness:

  • - Making school kids and staff aware of ways to prevent
      HIV/AIDS

Education and Training:

  • - Initiating early childhood education for the community.
  • - Helping the local craftsmen and ladies to improve their
      art and find them opportunities to sell.
  • - Developing the local craftsmen and ladies business
      skills.

Environmental Impact:

  • - We make sure we do not leave any rubbish lying around. Instead we take it to   town for recycling.
  • - We use water very carefully.
  • - We are looking to start a community nature reserve to help in the conservation of   the wild life.

Social Impact:

  • - We encourage our guests to learn a bit of the local language aswell as to interact   with the local people.
  • - We also teach guests not to donate items without using the right channels   because it encourages the local people to beg.
  • - Teaching the local people about the benefits of having tourism around them.
  • - We have helped by giving donations to the local schools, and frequent visits to   the schools help to improve the English of the kids by constant interaction with   our guests.
  • - We have built a preschool in our community for easy access of early childhood   education.

Economic Impact:

  • - We always make sure that the people of the community are given first priority   when it comes to employment and training.
  • - We encourage our guests to spend money in the village by purchasing small   items and crafts that are being sold. We have not yet completed the project   enabling the local people to make and sell their goods and they currently only   make larger items which could be difficult for travellers to transport.


Images from Woza Nawe Cultural Tours - Class

Visitors get the opportunity to teach a class for half an hour.

The Local Community


 

There are a number of ways in which the local community benefits financially from this project, such as ...

1. Employment For Community     Members

  • - There is a guardian for the property.
  • - A local guide assigned to do hiking    trips and mountain biking.
  • - Teachers of the Preschool have a    permanent income as a result of the    tours.

2. We work to encourage the formation of complementary businesses such as:

  • - Locally brewed beer
  • - Performing traditional dancing
      produced by a group at the school
  • - Selling local craftwork produced by    the community

In Addition ...

  • - The kids at the local school have an    opportunity to meet their guests.
  • - They learn about where the guests    have come from and practice some    English. (Visitors have an    opportunity to teach at the school for    30 mins)
  • - Tourists may donate anything at will    such as; pens, clothing, books,    money etc. (Donations must be    arranged via the guide).
  • - The families that we visit receive    payment in a number of ways (e.g.    transport, favors, goods, market    produce or money).
  • - We work to maintain the natural    beauty of the Kaphunga area and    are committed to environmental    sustainability - all housing is made    from traditional materials, water is    used sparingly and toilet facilities    comply with environmental    standards.


 
 
 
 
Images from Woza Nawe Cultural Tours | School Children

Young school girls at the local kaPhunga village school.

 
 
 
 

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