Making the RIGHT Splash in Cape Town
It’s no secret that Africa is a dry land, some of her countries more so than others. Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City, is experiencing severe water shortages at present. There’s a lot you can do when you visit this thriving tourist hub to help curb your impact on this most precious resource- here are Pembury Tours’ top tips to help you be a water-wise traveller.
Minimize your impact
Long showers and wasted water have a dramatic impact on the environment around you. Rather save it for one long soak at the end of each adventure packed day. Don’t leave the tap running when you brush your teeth, either! Every drop helps.
Reuse your towels.
Hotels and guesthouses rack up massive water debt each day laundering perfectly good towels. Help cut the impact of this water waste by reusing towels that aren’t dirty, and don’t let the staff take them for unnecessary cleaning. Usually, you can indicate this by rehanging them instead of piling them on the floor, which most staff take as a sign to launder them.
Be careful with open flames
On the flip side of water use, the Cape Town area gets mighty dry during drought periods. Make sure you use open flame- whether it’s for your cigarette, or firing up the braai at the end of the day- responsibly and safely, and don’t allow an errant spark to escape. The human and animal cost of uncontrolled fire is massive.
Support conservation efforts
In some areas, you will see requests to comply with certain instructions- be it times of day for water use or other requests. Stick to these guidelines, and be sure to support local eco-friendly tourist efforts.
There’s a lot you can do as a visitor to help bolster water conservation efforts- be a smart traveller and help this magnificent city sustain itself for the future.