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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Zululand Coast – history, culture & conservation

Zululand Coast – history, culture & conservation

An easy road-trip from Durban found us heading towards the Zululand Coast. An area where the golden shores are gently caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offering idyllic beaches and crystal clear waters. Where further inland, are endless rolling hills, meandering valleys, and grassy plains teaming with wildlife. Forest sanctuaries and misty […]

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Edition 4 – 2017

Filed in 2017, Uncategorized by on December 15, 2017
Edition 4 – 2017

Welcome to another edition of Responsible Traveller. In this edition we celebrate Experiential Travel… We explore some wonderful destinations and experience what they have to offer – from the culture and traditions of the Zululand coast, to the wonders of slack packing the Crayfish Trail and exploring Italy and Austria the sustainable way. We discover […]

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Edition 3 – 2017

Filed in 2017, Uncategorized by on August 31, 2017
Edition 3 – 2017

Welcome to another edition of Responsible Traveller. In this edition we celebrate People & Places… And intricately linked to people and places is conservation and communities. Meet Sipho Ntombela at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and be inspired by his (and his grandfathers) stories of Zulu culture and traditions… and Pie Blight who on a visit to […]

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Deceased Great White Sharks…

Deceased Great White Sharks…

Deceased Great White Sharks and Orca (Killer Whale) Predation – A First In South Africa: Marine Dynamics/Dyer Island Conservation Trust Report May 2017 was an interesting yet trying time for the team of Marine Dynamics and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.  The team was called out to retrieve not one but three white sharks – female […]

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Life and Art at Madi a Thavha

Life and Art at Madi a Thavha

In one of the many hidden valleys of the Soutpansberg in central Limpopo, you’ll find Fair Trade Tourism certified Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge. A place where life and art, mirror people and place, where village life and rich culture blend to create a hip and happening rural style… and where guests are invited to […]

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Isandlwana… a story of heartache and hope

Isandlwana… a story of heartache and hope

It was a chilly evening as the day gave way to night. The blanket helped, as did a glass of sherry… but the enormity of that fateful day in 1879 sent shivers down my spine. Especially as we were standing atop the iNyoni hill, the very spot where tens of thousands of Zulu warriors had […]

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Edition 2 – 2017

Filed in 2017, Uncategorized by on May 31, 2017
Edition 2 – 2017

Welcome to another edition of Responsible Traveller. In this edition we celebrate Africa… And more specifically the winners of the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 held at WTM Africa in April. With winners from a number of African countries, we get to ‘travel’ far and wide and experience their best practice examples of how to […]

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iSimangaliso developing to conserve through restitution and growth

Filed in Communities, Conservation, News, Uncategorized by on May 31, 2017
iSimangaliso developing to conserve through restitution and growth

In 2000, when the iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed and proclaimed as South Africa’s first world heritage site, the region in which it is located was marked by a declining tourism economy. The proclamation of iSimangaliso consolidated 16 separate parcels of land, including a patchwork of earlier proclamations dating back to 1895. This marked the […]

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Africa Responsible Tourism Awards Presented at WTM Africa 2017

Africa Responsible Tourism Awards Presented at WTM Africa 2017

In a special ceremony at World Travel Market Africa 2017, a hard-hitting documentary on the plight of lions in tourism and a small backpacker lodge with ample impact were announced Joint Overall Winners at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 in Cape Town. Blood Lions and Coffee Shack took the coveted position of Overall Winner from a selection of […]

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Walking 10 000 miles in a city’s shoes

Walking 10 000 miles in a city’s shoes

There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “Walking 10 000 miles of the world is better than reading  10 000 scrolls of books”.  And it’s true: there may be no better way to see a town, city, or anywhere else, than on foot. What you get from whizzing, or even slowly cruising, by in a car […]

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