The Eastern Province of South Africa is a great place for ethical holidays in two ways. Firstly, it’s a fascinating area to go to find out more about South Africa’s turbulent history. Grahamstown and Graaf Reinet were important in colonial times, and you might be interested in finding out more about Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko and other anti-apartheid figures who were born and brought up in the region. But while you’re doing all that, make sure you’re spending the rest of your money locally. Township tours operate across the region, particularly in Port Elizabeth, where you can also visit a shebeen, a semi-legal bar.
Kenya is a great holiday destination, but some resorts have been exposed as paying their workers below the local living wage. However, eco tours are available for both beach and safari destinations that employ locals at a fair salary, and also are careful to limit the impact of tourism on the local ecosystem. In the reserves, the local Maasai people will show you the ways of the animals and communities living in this amazing environmental. At the beach, you can enjoy a perfect and unspoilt environment, safe in the knowledge that your tourist bucks are going to support the local community rather than big business.
Ghana, with its laid back attitude and beautiful beaches, has a deservedly fast-growing tourist industry. But things weren’t always so happy here – you can see the scars colonialism and slavery left on this sunny land through visiting the chilling Elmina slave fortress, Osu Castle and the National Museum. You can also visit tourist eco-villages that allow you to mix with the locals as you holiday, and buy crafts from community artisans.
Wherever you’re staying, do a bit of research before you book to ensure that your money will go into the local community rather than into the coffers of an international corporation.