Tourism is one of the main sources of income for South Africa, but it can also have negative effects on the local communities if it is not done responsibly. Responsible tourism aims to benefit not only the tourists but also the local communities, by supporting their economy, preserving their culture, and protecting the environment.

Meraki Bay, a local South African NGO, has taken a step forward in promoting responsible tourism by organizing tours in Hangberg. The tours provide a unique opportunity for tourists to learn about the local culture and way of life while contributing to the local economy. The tours are led by locals, who share their personal stories and experiences with the tourists, allowing for an authentic and meaningful exchange.

''Hangberg's neighbourhood''

Hangberg is a suburb of Hout Bay in Cape Town, South Africa. It is situated on the mountain slopes between Hout Bay Harbor and Sentinel Peak, and many of the residents are employed in fishing and other harbor-related industries. The main sources of employment are fishing, fish processing plants and jobs related to tourism. Historically it was the designated township for people categorized as ”colored” during the Apartheid. Most of the approximately 6,000 people living in Hangberg self-identify as Métis or Khoisan. Afrikaans is the most widely spoken language.

In addition to the cultural exchange, the tours organized by Meraki Bay also have a positive impact in the community. A portion of the tour fees are reinvested in the community, funding projects related to education and infrastructure development. The tours also create job opportunities for locals, providing them with a sustainable source of income.

By choosing responsible tourism, tourists have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the local communities and environment they visit, while also having a meaningful and authentic experience. Meraki Bay is an example of an organization that is leading the way in responsible tourism in South Africa, and their tours offer a unique and enriching experience for tourists.

This tour not only offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about the challenges faced by the community, but it also supports a responsible and sustainable form of tourism. By choosing Meraki Bay’s tour, you can feel good about your impact on the local community and help contribute to their economic growth. Join us for an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a greater understanding and appreciation for the people and culture of Hangberg.

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