About Us

Our Why

We a bunch of Cape Town locals ready to take on the world of Tourism to help make it more socially sustainable.

Closer to Africa is dedicated community tour operator based in Cape Town South Africa. We on a mission to transform the African travel landscape to be more sustainable for the future and more inclusive for all. Our tours are designed for the conscious traveller looking to explore neighbourhoods for their unique heritage, culture or traditions, but in a way that contributes towards the conservation and preservation of these locations. Our experiences are life-changing and offer closer connections to people & places, whilst simultaneously having a positive impact.

We connect travellers to the most authentic local experiences whilst helping to create a deeper consciousness about travel and impact.

Zaki Harris, Founder – Closer to Africa

Combining ethical local suppliers, we create experiences that kick back 10% of profits to a community initiative or NPO, ensuring future sustainability. Our tours leave a minimum impact on locations by decreasing maximum capacity and frequency. We also try to have enough product variety which helps to reduce impact on popular sites.

Our strength lies in our ability to work with Civic bodies and community organisations to develop social welfare and community development initiatives funded by our tours.

For more on our Sustainability Policy and impact click here.

Our Suppliers & Partners

Our Suppliers and Community Partners make up our value proposition.

Our relationships forged with Civic Bodies and Community NPO’s are truly like partnerships in every sense. We are like-minded people that share common values and goals for Community and Tourism. We work together to understand the location’s unique social issues and tourism impacts and try and build tour products with conservation in mind. These tours help to fund initiatives that offer solutions to social problems as well as help to offset Over-Tourism and the impact on local heritage. Community Partners include but are not limited to: AMAL, The Bo-Kaap Civic Association, Boorhaanol Islam Movement, The Bo-Kaap Community Gardens and Khulisa Streetscapes Project.

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