Our Awards

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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

  • AWOL Tours has consistently received TripAdvisor certificate of excellence award from 2011 to 2017 as rated by our previous guests
  • The accolade honours hospitality excellence and is only given to about 10% of registered establishments worldwide, those that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor
  • The positive reviews we get on TripAdvisor are proof that our service excellence helps make memorable experiences for you
  • Read more of our excellent reviews

Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards

  • 2011 Finalist: Best Social Involvement Programme
  • 2008 Finalist: Best Practice (Economic Impact)
  • The awards recognise businesses demonstrating sustained responsible practices in their operations within natural, social and economic environments
  • Find out more about the awards at

Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation

  • Founded in 2010 by Sally Petersen and other board members
  • The Foundation’s aim is to contribute to eliminating poverty through original research and community engagement, to develop and advance innovative approaches to strengthening livelihoods
  • Find out more about Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation

Women in Tourism Awards

  • 2009 Finalist: Sally Petersen (Director of AWOL Tours)
  • The City of Cape Town initiated this award to honour women who contribute to society and the economy through tourism initiatives

Origins of AWOL’s Bicycle Township Tour

  • In 2002, Sally was invited to be a founding member of a non-profit organisation, Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN)
  • BEN’s aim is to promote bicycles for low-cost, non-motorised transport; health; opportunity; employment; skills and education.
  • In conjunction with BEN, AWOL Tours then initiated a bicycle tourism programme in the Masiphumelele community of Cape Town.
  • This programme evolved from BEN’s importation of second hand bikes and the establishment of Independent Bicycle Dealers (IBD), owned and operated by local residents
  • AWOL’s guest hire bicycles for the BEN IBD’s and we then conduct our tours of Masiphumelele incorporating local businesses
  • In 2006 through the efforts of AWOL Tours, BEN won the First Choice Responsible Tourism Award for “Best for Innovation and Technology”
  • The First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards are the largest of their kind in the world. You can find out more about them here
  • From 2008 to 2014, AWOL Tours’ Bicycle Township Tours was certified in Fair Trade Tourism