Chintsa may be a small town but this stunning little corner of South Africa is full to the brim with community spirit, creativity and action! The Buccaneers news page draws together all of the interesting news and happenings, articles and images of what's going on at Buccaneers and what's going on in Chintsa now. Whether you're new to Chintsa or a returning traveller (as many often are!), catch up with the latest developments in the area as well as our hostel news and special offers now!
The Mark of a Good Holiday
Buccaneers has been certified by Fair Trade Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) since 2010. This certification supports the Buccaneers brand in standing out for our non-certified opposition, for the good work which we strive to do within our business and the local community. The certification process analyses the whole business and all practices in detail and ensures that we support fair and responsible tourism in South Africa through treating staff fairly and respectfully, supporting local businesses and community members, supporting and encouraging care for the local culture and environment, and supporting responsibly minded travelers in South Africa.
Responsibletravel.com is a travel agency based in the UK who aim to offer help and advice to people looking to travel and holiday...well...responsibly! Their website lists a huge range of holidays and accommodation options around the world who qualify as responsible travel partners, in accordance with the requirements laid out by RT.com. And Buccaneers has recently been added to that range of options!
A lot we think!
That's why Buccaneers is looking for a suitable name for our brand new, luxury suite. The final suite will be completed over the next few months and will be the third in our series of "million dollar view" rooms. The two existing Suites include Lungi Suite and Tutu En-suite; both units come fully fitted with double beds, en-suite shower rooms, sundeck and (of course) amazing views! The suites are going down an absolute storm with guests and are fully booked most nights of the week.
The WESSA Wild Walk is an initiative which began very close to our hearts in here in Chintsa. Adopted "local" Jacqueline, a fun loving lass from Leeds in the UK, spent several years fundraising from home for Chintsa volunteer organisation VA32. One of her bigger campaigns involved walking from Leeds to London on a "Walk Talk" where participants could join any leg of the walk and were encouraged to talk to each other and raise awareness of both local issues as well as issues in the targeted charity and country. In 2011 Jacs and her partner Owen decided to move their fundraising efforts to Chintsa and as a follow on from the Walk Talk campaign in the UK, created the Wild Walk 2011. This walk covered a whopping 380km - the entire stretch of the Wild Coast - and lasted for one month.
It's Responsible Tourism Week 2013 and in support of the 5th annual Responsible Travel Week we thought we'd put together a list of things that you can do to support and encourage responsible tourism in Chintsa, South Africa.
So here goes:
1. Join the Community Preschool Project for the day. Buccaneers offers a half day experience in the new Nthuthukweni Creche which was recently built and handed over to the community. Travellers can join the local Mama's and volunteers in helping to care for and play with the littlest learners of Chintsa. Extra hands are really vital in the running of the preschool.
Hostelling International is offering the chance for 16 lucky bloggers to take part in a worldwide travel and awareness blogging campaign this year! Enter Now!
The Big Blog Exchange is now underway! The Big Blog Exchange will see bloggers from around the world entering their blogs into the competition and competing with other talented bloggers from around the world. The winning 16 bloggers will get the opportunity to travel a participating country, exchange blogs and stories with each other, immurse themselves into new cultures and share their experiences with the HI network, for 10 days. Hostelling International's huge network of hostels and backpackers will host the Blog Exchange bloggers throughout their experience.
You have from 1st March to 15th April to submit your blog! Submit your blog here.