Responsible tourism is a growing global trend. Essentially it is a tourism management strategy in which the tourism sector and tourists take mutual responsibility to protect and conserve the natural environment, local heritage, cultures and traditions. It is also about providing better holiday experiences for guests through sustainable business opportunities for tourism enterprises, which in turn contribute to stronger local economies through providing livelihoods and generating revenues for environmental conservation and management.
Current challenges: Being inland from the Cape peninsula and separated from it by the Limietberg, Tulbagh historically receives only limited winter rain followed by a long, dry summer. The 2015 winter delivered only 30% of normal rainfall and the dam that feeds our town is at a seriously low level. Punitive water restrictions are currently in place and we urgently need to conserve water.
Recent problems with our national energy grid have also taught us that equally we need to conserve power. Please work with your host to achieve these objectives.
Some ways in which visitors can help us follow: