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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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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Frogging safari at Amakhosi

Frogging safari at Amakhosi

I was knee deep in water in the middle of the African bush – in Big 5 territory… the muddy water trickling into my gumboots, my toes squishing with every step. We’d seen lions and elephants that morning and a couple of dagga boys (old male buffalo) on our drive here. They’d possibly been wallowing […]

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Port Elizabeth… explore the city centre on foot

Port Elizabeth… explore the city centre on foot

From a vast space where wealthy feather barons auctioned off their wares, to a monument commemorating the arrival of the 1820 settlers and a walk cross in memory of brave seafarers and a walk that brings you closer to South Africa’s journey to democracy, a walking tour of Port Elizabeth’s city centre has it all. […]

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Where Zulu traditions, ghost stories and wonderful hospitality reside

Where Zulu traditions, ghost stories and wonderful hospitality reside

The early morning mist swirled around the legendary Mountain, its silhouette reflected in the still water. Over the years flickering fires and strange lights have been seen, and weird noises had been heard. From early times the bodies of Shangaan Chiefs had been buried there, and still were… ‘It is a great and strange mountain’ […]

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2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards longlist revealed

Filed in Awards, News by on March 6, 2019
2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards longlist revealed

The 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards (#ARTA19) has moved into the second round in which 36 tourism organisations will compete for the top spots. Since 2015 the awards have recognised African organisations that offer a shining example of how tourism can benefit local people, the environment and destinations. The winners will be announced at a […]

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