Travel tours are not for everyone. However, a number of niche travel start-ups have been popping up, offering unique, vibrant and captivating experiences, worth trying out. Whether you’re a solo traveller, planning your next ‘baecation’ or you’re more of a ‘squad’ traveller, these soulful travel services offer everything from urban culture to eccentric neighbourhood food crawls and countryside getaways.
It has become a movement of sorts, encouraging people to get to know more of what their cities and the world has to offer – making local and international travel more accessible.
Soul Travellers is based in Johannesburg and was founded by Sipesihle Penny Ndlela in 2016. It offers ‘immersive tours’ all over South Africa for five days, four nights, with three meals a day, exploring two cities and promises one soulful experience.
Happy #HeritageDay! This was us a week ago at the Wits Origins Centre – exploring what makes us all part of one big family. Our routes are focussed on exploring the rich heritage of South Africa, from food to natural resources with a full Heritage Route launching in 2018. What can you look forward to on the #SoulTravellerSA experience? • 6 routes based on the South African flag • 5 Days exploring our country • 4 Nights in a unique hotel • 3 Meals per day • 2 Cities to explore • 1 Soul experience!
Founded by Glamour Magazine award-winning entrepreneur, Zim UgoChukwu, Travel Noire is a digital publishing platform that creates a space and tools for the unconventional traveller. They hand-pick interesting individuals from the African diaspora from all over the globe to share their love of culture and exploration.
Tastemakers Africa describe themselves as ‘Africa experts’ that offer community experiences. Their Instagram bio sums it up quite nicely – see places, meet people and do something epic.
• brand nubians • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @thecatchmeifyoucan and @aminmaaz in Meroë, Sudan. Meroë was once the capital of the Kingdom of the Kush. There are more than two hundred pyramids in three groups located here. They have the distinctive size and proportions of Nubian pyramids. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also distinctive is that if you visit Meroë you will also find that you can explore these pyramids all by yourself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• break bread • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The handwoven covering in this photo is called called ”Tabag”. Food served is the breakfast classic ”Asida | عصيده” and a variety of Sudanese stews along with fava beans, falafel, cheese, boiled eggs and a fresh sallad. ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Who’s craving for their mid morning snack now? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @rinadnorein in Khartoum, Sudan
Township Tours Cape Town
This includes an experience of Cape Town’s oldest township, KwaLanga. Township Tours Cape Town is a composite of Langa Township tours, Siviwe Tours and Happy Feet Youth Project Tours.
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