Helpful links and travel guides

Please visit the following websites for information on what you can do before and during your Fair Trade travels, in order to optimise the impacts of your travel.

Recommended travel guides


The DIRTY BOOTS adventure guide is a comprehensive guide to adventure activities in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.

It is a glossy, full-colour annual publication in durable and handy DL size. DIRTY BOOTS is distributed extensively and free of charge to the local and international travel industry, and to adventure enthusiasts.

It remains exclusive to operators who operate their own activities – no other advertisers are permitted.

Click here to download a free copy of the Dirty Boots Guidebook.


Dreams4Africa publishes four travel catalogues annually. All four titles are directly related to existing and new market trends in the African travel industry.

Safari Lodges in Africa
Hotels and Villas in Africa
Accommodation and Adventure in Africa
Photography in Africa

Every year Dreams4Africa personally selects all the lodges and hotels in Africa that represent a great experience. These properties have been chosen to participate in the publications because they meet our standard in regards to food, hospitality, comfort and experience.

Portfolio: the country, places, city and safari collection

For 24 years Portfolio has been benchmarking the sophisticated independent country houses, boutique hotels and private game reserves of South Africa. This is the first such concept in South Africa.

Each quality establishment in Portfolio has been personally visited and hand-picked; some are exceptional, each is unique. All are independent and owner-managed, and subscribe to Portfolio’s philosophy of pride and personal service.

The Alternative Route: South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

AR is for travellers who don’t need room service to enjoy their trip. People who break the mould need places to stay and things to do – here is our guide to the best there is out there.

Accommodation listings:

The best hostels, under R200 per person per night
Great locations; Funky & fun; Meet fellow travellers
Self-catering or meals provided; Clean and comfortable; Great service; Friendly staff; Personal attention

AA: Hotels, lodges, guesthouses and B&B's

The AA Hotels, Lodges, Guest Houses, B&Bs Guide is "South Africa's most authoritative accommodation guide" (Carol Lazar, Saturday Star).

Renowned for accurate, concise information in an easy-to-use format ,this guide showcases over 1 000 quality establishments and has contact details for about 3 000 establishments.

The essential reference guide for the travel trade and serious travellers.

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has an unmatched reputation for producing well-researched, up-to-date information that travellers can depend on, no matter where they're going.

Lonely Planet is passionate about responsible travel and encourages people to make their impact as positive as possible.

Whether it be through the trustworthy guidebooks, innovative downloadable digital guides, award-winning website or cutting-edge television programmes, Lonely Planet aims to inspire life-changing travel.

The Rough Guide to SA, Lesotho & Swaziland

These guides, distributed worldwide by the Penguin group, include recommendations from shoestring to luxury and cover more than 200 destinations around the globe, including almost every country in the Americas and Europe, more than half of Africa, and most of Asia and Australasia.

Coast to Coast

The Coast to Coast travel guide is a pocket-sized guide for backpackers to affordable accommodation.

The guide is free and can be picked up at any of the backpackers' stated in this book.

Frommers: South Africa

Frommers has many themed travel guides, including shopping guides, wine-tasting guides, cruise guides, etc.

Frommers also identifies different lifestyle groups for different needs, catering to different independent travellers including families, students, single travel, gay and lesbian travel, senior travellers, disabled travellers and honeymoons.

Insight Guides: South Africa

This guide brings South Africa to life in hundreds of colour photographs and vividly written essays by a team of experts.

Panoramic in scope, the book takes us from Johannesburg out into the veld, providing genuine insight into the history, nature and modern politics of this complex land. Including a short section on Swaziland and Lesotho.

Insight Guide South Africa includes a section detailing South Africa's history, 22 features covering aspects of the country's life and culture, ranging from living without apartheid to spectacular wildlife, a region-by-region visitor's guide to the sights, and a comprehensive Travel Tips section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers.

Berlitz Pocket Guide: South Africa

The Berlitz South Africa Pocket Guide covers all the main sights, area by area, in an easily navigable format.

The guide contains background historical information, advice on shopping and entertainment, and the lowdown on eating out. There is an A-Z of practical information, and listings of recommended hotels and restaurants.

The book also contains special features on topics ranging from the Blue Train to sharks. Maps show Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, Durban and South Africa, and there are dozens of colour photographs throughout.

Globetrotter: South Africa

Practical, informative and user-friendly, this Globetrotter travel guide highlights all the major places of interest, describing their principal attractions and offering sound suggestions on where to tour, stay, eat, shop and relax.

Footprint Travel Guides

The Footprint Travel Guide contains full coverage of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, including a full-colour wildlife section.

Footprint delivers a travel tool that really works.

Not only is the information inside accurate and informative, but the guides also work to inspire and entertain.

Eyewitness Travel Guides: South Africa

This guide book is useful for background information about the country and its culture, history and architecture.

The guide features:

  • Over 1 000 colour photographs, maps and illustrations
  • Easy-to-use 3D models and maps to plan a trip to the Kruger National Park
  • Unique cutaways and floor plans help you to explore public buildings and landmarks
  • Town-by-town information on sights, shopping and entertainment
  • Carefully selected restaurants to try traditional cuisine, as well as hotels in all price ranges

Let's Go: South Africa

For over 40 years Let's Go Travel Guides has brought budget-savvy travellers closer to the world and its diverse cultures, by providing the most up-to-date information.

The guide includes:

  • Over 6 000 entries at all price levels for lodging, food, attractions, and more
  • Extensive coverage of game parks, hiking, and camping
  • In-depth cultural information that offers an insiders' look at life in southern Africa
  • Hundreds of opportunities to make a difference – study, work, and volunteer in the community
  • Featuring not-to-be-missed experiences
  • Hidden Deals: enjoy luxury amenities at budget prices at a former missile testing site-turned-resort
  • Off-the-beaten path
  • Contains dozens of detailed maps


eco ATLAS is a one-stop online guide for conscious travellers and consumers.

eco ATLAS empowers a traveller/ consumer to make informed choices about where to eat and stay, what to do and buy, based on eco ethic practices. The twenty ECO CHOICE icons (available on the eco ATLAS website) tell you all you need to know, who is recycling, serving sustainable fish or is Fair Trade certified.  The unique eco ATLAS directory provides the map to places of ethical excellence.

Recommended travel publications

Responsible Traveller

Responsible Traveller is a print and web travel publication, showcasing South Africa as a responsible tourism destination.

This publication aims to promote South Africa in a manner that informs, educates and entertains – thereby inspiring its readers to make informed decisions, manage their impact on the environment and to "be the difference".

Unique among other major travel publications, Responsible Traveller is the only media title devoted to responsible tourism, and is the ideal platform to profile both leisure and business tourism suppliers, as well as corporate companies that are either operating in an environmentally responsible manner, are offering authentic travel experiences or are having a positive impact on local communities and the environment.

Responsible Traveller is a publication that has been designed to engage its readers through a wide range of interesting and informative features that will include awareness, social responsibility (CSR and CSI), places to stay, meetings and events, adventure and activities, as well as wildlife and safaris.