Tessa Buhrmann

I am the founder and editor of Responsible Traveller digital magazine... the 'go to' travel mag that looks at destinations and experiences from a responsible tourism perspective. So you've read the stories and are inspired... now what? That's why I developed Travel Journeys - www.traveljourneys.co.za, as the obvious choice for a global perspective on where to go and what to do... in the best 'sustainable' way. To enable travellers that want to 'make a difference' do so, 'one journey at a time'.

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The most secret locations in Vietnam

Filed in Asia, Conservation, Destination World, History, Vietnam by on December 9, 2019
The most secret locations in Vietnam

You might be visiting Vietnam to see the most popular destinations and busiest tourist attractions. There’s no shortage of them, after all – from the otherworldly beauty of Ha Long Bay, Sapa, and the Tonkinese Alps, to the urban charms of busy cities like Hanoi, there’s enough to keep anyone occupied. Or, you might prefer […]

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West Coast, wild, wonderful, quirky and quaint

West Coast, wild, wonderful, quirky and quaint

Three days would never be enough. I knew that I would only scratch the surface, but I still couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore this wonderfully wild, somewhat ancient and fabulously down-to-earth and quirky region known as the Cape West Coast. It’s an easy hour-or-so drive from Cape Town making it perfect for a day […]

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Kenya’s can’t miss tourism activities

Kenya’s can’t miss tourism activities

It’s clear the tourism sector is growing – over £4 trillion is spent in the travel and tourism sector every year. Attitudes towards travel are also changing, with 30% of workers admitting they’d be happier with a lower wage if it meant they’d have more access to business trips, and a further 39% of Millennial […]

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Brahman Hills and the KZN Midlands

Brahman Hills and the KZN Midlands

Just getting there is part of the relaxation… coffee stops, sightseeing and quaint country lanes. The rolling hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands certainly set the scene for what was to be a wonderfully relaxing weekend at Brahman Hills filled with fabulous food, fun company, roaring log fires and bubbly in the jacuzzi. And oops, I […]

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A fleeting visit to Zanzibar

Filed in Beaches, Destination Africa, Tanzania, Zanzibar by on July 1, 2019
A fleeting visit to Zanzibar

It was a fleeting visit to Zanzibar, but more than enough to introduce me to the soft sandy beaches, warm azure ocean and wide smiles of the Zanzibari people. On top of that the warm hospitality of the luxurious Diamonds La Gemma Dell Est ensured that I left a tiny part of my heart in […]

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Al Maha, an oasis in the Arabian Desert

Al Maha, an oasis in the Arabian Desert

Late summer in the desert is hot, very hot. So the luxury of my own private pool was something of a delight – it seemed rather surreal to be up to my shoulders in water yet overlooking the shimmering sands of the Arabian Desert. But this is what Al Maha is all about – a […]

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African Responsible Tourism Awards 2019

Filed in Awards, News by on April 10, 2019
African Responsible Tourism Awards 2019

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – the luxury lodge tucked between mountains, forest and sea just outside Gansbaai – was announced as the Overall Winner of the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2019. The announcement was made at a ceremony sponsored by Wesgro and held this afternoon at WTM Africa in Cape Town. Grootbos was selected to receive this […]

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Tread Lite – a new kind of 4×4 hire

Tread Lite – a new kind of 4×4 hire

If you were to ask a collection of past travelers what their preferred route was and where they travelled to on their vacation to South Africa, you are bound to get a list as varied as the number of people you ask. This is due to the diversity in attractions and possible routes available, all […]

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Samara Game Reserve’s conservation success stories

Samara Game Reserve’s conservation success stories

There’s something about spending time in the African bush… the sights, the sounds and the smells that get under your skin and into your heart ensuring that you want – no, need – to return, time and time again. And it’s no different with Samara Game Reserve either. Once will never be enough, especially once […]

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Fabulous Fordoun

Fabulous Fordoun

Set within fertile farmlands, this old dairy farm, complete with milking sheds, a grain silo and a plethora of old stone buildings, was transformed to become the renowned Fordoun Hotel & Spa… an oasis of pampering, for mind, body and soul. Its location near Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, ensures spectacular views across rolling […]

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