“Many people call South Africa a world in one country. We have such a diversity of scenery, cultures, history and foods, which give people from overseas a wide selection to choose from,” says Deon Kitching of Embrace South Africa Tours.
Kitching has a passion for connecting travelers with the country’s people and rich culture, and his tours are designed to do just that. Whether groups are taking part in one of the company’s South African history tours, enjoying a safari-focused package or embarking on a voluntourism-centered vacation, there will be plenty of meaningful interaction with local people.
“South African people are very friendly, and we welcome strangers as family,” adds Kitching. “Within a few hours in the country you feel that your life has been enriched by conversations, jokes and new information.”
For first-time visitors, the company’s South Africa–A Beautiful Mix tour is ideal. It takes travelers to Cape Town and Johannesburg and includes a safari.
“Another popular itinerary is Culture, Food and Traditions of South Africa,” says Kitching. “South Africa is a melting pot of cultures—from Malay to Zulus, from English to Indians—and all of these groups brought their wonderful traditions with them.”
These itineraries are sprinkled with cultural exchanges, such as taking a township tour near Cape Town, dining with people in their homes or attending a worship service. And, for high school or university groups, Kitching can arrange soccer matches with local teams.
Top photo: Embrace South Africa Tours offers opportunities for travelers to connect with locals as part of its tours.
Photo by Embrace South Africa Tours