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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. In less than two years, Barbara was…

Inspiring Participation from the Broader Tourism Industry

In October 2015, Open Africa appointed nine Route Mentors as part of a programme funded by the European Union Delegation to South Africa. The Mentors are based in various geographic locations across South Africa, and will provide the necessary support and mentorship to get the route management structures working more…

Richtersveld Route

Encapsulated by mountains, rivers and desert, the Richtersveld holds some of the country’s greatest natural riches and truly indigenous cultures and is also home to some of South Africa poorest communities. Open Africa created the Richtersveld Route in 2008. The goal was to attract attention to the previously unvisited towns surrounding the Richtersveld…

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South African Border Crossing Guide

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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. South African Border Crossing Essentials: 1.…

Top 10 tips to staying healthy when you travel to Africa

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There are all kinds of motivations to travel in Africa and none of them pair well with feeling ill. If you’re a first-time traveller to Africa, you may need a bit of direction in terms of the additional precautions travellers should take, to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.Here are a few quick…

New tourism offering exposes travellers to real, local experiences

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Open Africa in partnership with tour company Tour2.0 have launched nine new tours that will take travellers into the heart and soul of South Africa to experience exciting adventures that have never before been available to visitors. The first packaged experiences available to visitors are in Limpopo and the Northern Cape, with more…

Kalahari communities benefit through new tourism offerings

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Local communities and entrepreneurs will derive benefit from five new packaged travel itineraries that have been developed in the area surrounding the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Northern Cape. The itineraries were developed collectively by tourism businesses and interns along the Kalahari Red Dune Route as part of an enterprise development project, which…
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