Group tours for holidays around SA usually attract foreign travellers. South Africans, it seems, are not really interested in tours of their country. Which is tough for solo travellers wanting company, or novices unsure of how to arrange a trip. Soul Traveller aims to fill this gap by offering group tours for locals who want to explore their own land and enjoy entertaining company while they do it. "Millions of international guests visit SA and we as locals lag behind," says its founder Penny Ndlela, who believes this is the country’s first domestic tour group operator. "I think it comes from our upbringing. Whether you are Afrikaans, Zulu or Xhosa you’re always told the best crockery is for visitors and you eat off the cheap stuff, and we’ve done that with our tourism. Or we say there’s nothing great, it’s not safe and we go somewhere else." Soul Traveller has operated since 2012, running group tours for churches and other organisations wanting to visit Israel, Egypt, India and Tur...

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