Two lodges get fair trade certification
Tourism products that focus on sustainability while incorporating the social, environmental and commercial dimensions of the industry stand in line to be certified as Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) establishments. The latest two lodges to gain this certification are the Phumulani Lodge and the Singita Group. Phumulani Lodge is wholly owned by the Mdluli Trust and is situated just 500m from the Numbi Gate to the Kruger National Park (KNP).
It is a four star lodge created by the local community as a result of the dream of Chief Mdluli, now in the hands of his son Amos Mdluli. The Singita Group has 15,000ha of land in the Sabi Sands and a further 15,000ha in the KNP. The Singita Group has been the recipient of many international awards. It has a variety of social responsibility programmes as well as the Singita Community Tour, which takes guests for an up close and personal view of Shangaan life.
Since October 2003, only a dozen lodges have gained FTTSA certification. Other establishments include Calabash Lodge and Tours, Djuma Game Reserve, Imvubu Nature Tours, Jan Harmsgat Country House, Klippe Rivier Country House, Masakala Traditional Guesthouse, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge, Speir Wine Estate and Stormsriver Adventures.