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“An inspiring day”
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Uthando Tours
Ranked #29 of 325 Tours in Cape Town Central
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Owner description: Uthando (Love) South Africa is an internationally award winning, unique and innovative Non Profit and Fair Trade certified company. The aim of Uthando is to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in South Africa. Uthando runs tours as daily scheduled tours AND tailormade private tours (for groups of any size). We take visitors into the townships (impoverished areas created during Apartheid on the outskirts of Cape Town) to visit incredible community development projects. We shine a light on the remarkable people and projects that are helping to build the new South Africa at grass roots level. On our tours we tell the remarkable story and history of South Africa and its brutal past, we discuss pertinent issues confronting our people, and provide an inspiring sense of hope through the efforts of dedicated grass roots leaders. Our tours are authentic, meaningful, non-invasive, respectful and very importantly beneficial to the communities being visited. The cost of our tours incorporate contributions to the projects that we visit and can thus also be considered philanthropic in nature.
Jamestown, Rhode Island
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“An inspiring day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

We recently made a half day tour of the Townships near Cape Town, South Africa with James Fernie, founder and Director of a charitable organization called Uthando (South Africa) Social Development Projects. Uthando is the Xhosa and Zulu word for "love," and this was evident in the way James was greeted in each of the projects he took us to visit. First was a women's craft project in which women were taught beading and other crafts. On the roof there was a garden; the women were very proud to show us around. Next was an agricultural project in which a number of ladies developed a farm on which they grow vegetables to be sold to restaurants in Cape Town. Their hard work was a terrific demonstration of the power of determined women! We then visited a preschool which doubles as a chorus school for young people in the afternoons. It was heartwarming to see how happy the children were, and how modern principles of education were followed in a rather difficult setting. We ended up at a dance school ("Dance for Everyone") which reaches out to the townships to teach young boys and girls various forms of dance. When particularly talented individuals are identified they are invited to a live-in intermediate program where the finer points of dance are learned, and many have gone off to careers in dance around the world. What an inspiration that day was for us. Uthando funds these and other projects aimed at developing self-help among the people living in the townships. This visit as really the highlight of our two week trip to South Africa, and we would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.

Visited April 2014
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South Brunswick, New Jersey
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“The Highlight of our Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

Our Uthando 'tour' was the most moving half-day of our entire two week trip. We visited a day care/nursery school in Gugulethu, a cooperative called Ekhaya Ekasi and a senior center both in Kayelitsha. Seeing the organizations in action and meeting the people whose lives are touched by the work of these organizations was heart warming and incredibly meaningful for us. This experience should not be missed!!!
We especially enjoyed the visit to the Senior Center in Kayelitsha where we met and embraced over 50 seniors who had experienced the worst days of apartheid. We HIGHLY recommend this experience! Thank you to Xolani for a great day.

Visited April 2014
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“Uthando Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

An outstanding alternative guide experience to Cape Town. Highly recommended. Very informed guide with local knowledge and not patronising. A MUST do on your trip.

Visited March 2014
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“Unique and authentic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

I was dreading the thought of a 'township tour' as I thought it would be patronizing and voyeuristic. This tour was most definitely not like this at all. I would say it is the ONLY way to get a vaguely accurate sense of what life is like in a township. Our guide, James, was knowledgeable and passionate and provided a unique insight into the history of the area and current political situation. We visited a number of community projects and got to meet some amazing people who are working very hard under difficult conditions to make whatever difference they can. The opportunity to donate to the projects also meant that we could make our own small contribution.

Visited December 2013
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Bern, Switzerland
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“Comprehensive without being voyeuristic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

If you want to do a tour that really helps you understand the challenges of a life in a township, go with Uthando. You will visit at least three social projects out of the forty supported by the NGO and if you feel compelled to you are invited to donate at the end of the tour. We went to a nursery, a gardening project and a centre for senior citizens, where we were asked a lot of questions and were invited to sing and dance. Uthando offers you a very personal and somewhat overwhelming insight we recommend to everybody who wants to visit a township without being voyeuristic.

Visited February 2014
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XolaniMaseko, Uthando Private Tours at Uthando Tours, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thank you for the wonderful, honest and authentic review.... the main aim is to showcase these incredible and amazing beings of our communities, sharing with the world their stories and proud developmental work!!
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