‘Wasteland – Graced Land ‘ experience is re-imagining tourism in South Africa

An alternative to mainstream resort stays and travel routes, Dreamcatcher has spent years in communities inspiring new ways to offer inclusively local experiences which benefit local communities and which contribute tangibly to the greater good of society. Wasteland – Graced Land is situated in Melkhoutfontein, close to the N.2 between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, in the Hessequa, Garden Route region. Visitors get involved in the ‘inside story” to become part of the power of innovation for sustainable living and sound environmental stewardship.

On this inclusively local experience, formerly unemployed youth, now proud local tourist guides, share knowledge of the environment, history and culture. The community is involved in developing a sound environmental and cultural stewardship and share fascinating local history and stories. As visitors go ‘walkabout and talkabout’, around the welcoming community they drop in for a quick laugh and pass houses transformed into murals depicting their significant history.

Visitors report that they soon feel part of this empowering, positive experience, with some calling it visionary, with some opting to lend a handwith a brush-stroke and plant indigenous plants on a former waste dump site, now a botanical garden at the historical St Augustine’s grounds, where the restored calcrete church now serves as a Centre for Arts and Humanities. CookUp Kamammas invite visitors to pick their own organically grown salad, vegetables and herbs for their meals then they cook together and eat together.

There are 6 ‘Homestay with Kamamma’ accommodation established, growing from humble beginnings of 1. One can even stay over at a ‘Homestay with Kamamma’ built from recycled building material! The Kamamma host and husband spent 2 years removing disposed building was from the waste dump site which was destined to be burned and landfilled. Back on their proudly owned land, they built a guest bedroom and bathroom with all usual home comforts, from scratch.

Wasteland – Graced Land contributes to the environment, solves unemployment through entrepreneurship, is re-awakeing ancient cultural hitory and tangibly contributes to the environment, eliminating global warming. Authentically locally connecting visitors report that they see and know they have left their footprint behind, and taking this legacy with them, many vow to return.

How is that for a rewarding local experience when next you visit or travel around in South Africa?

For information or booking, go to the Wasteland Gracedland tour page.