Responsible Travel is an approach to tourism that maximises the benefits to local communities, minimises negative social and environmental impacts and helps local people to conserve fragile cultures and habitats. People travelling to Eswatini will be greeted at lodges, driven round and guided by members of local communities who are all benefitting from the growth of tourism within the country. Accommodation owners and tour operators recognise their role in ensuring the benefits of tourism reach local communities whether it be through local employment practices, ensuring their operations run with minimum environmental impact and in some cases through the active promotion of ecotourism activities within Eswatini. To ensure Eswatini retains its wonderful cultures and habitats it is inherent for both visitors and those within the industry to contribute to the field of responsible travel and ensure the country benefits from tourism.
Eswatini is still a developing country and the majority of the Swazi people still live in deep poverty. As a country, Eswatini has so much to offer and in light of the struggles and hardships it’s people have to live with, volunteering provides a fantastic opportunity to give something back.
For more information and for details of groups you could get involved in please visit our Volunteering page.
Eswatini has a rich and historic culture and provides a chance to immerse yourself in the real culture of Africa in a safe and friendly environment. A number of projects have been set up in recent years that are specifically aimed at involving local communities directly in tourism operations – form craft markets to lodges; from managing ancient rock art sites to hiking tours on the country’s best-known peak. In order to view examples of Eswatini’s Community Tourism projects, please click here.