Welcome to another DIGITAL edition of Responsible Traveller…

This edition is about biodiversity and sustainability.

I get to stay closer to home in this edition, with a long weekend spent meandering through the KZN Midlands, tasting Granny Mouse’s fine dining and checking out their recycling and repurposing initiatives and a couple of days (which felt like a week) at Kosi Forest Lodge exploring forests, channels, lakes – and sand. The realisation of this is that you don’t always have to venture far from home to have wonderful, relaxing and (almost) exotic holiday.

Rowan follows up on his epic Desert Knights adventure with some detail on the biodiverstity and geology of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park (South Africa and Namibia) – proof that ‘it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see’ (Henry David Thoreau). We also get to check out the winners of the World Responsible Tourism Awards and look forward to the second African Responsible Tourism Awards to be held at WTM Africa in April 2016.

I hope you’ll be inspired to ‘see’ rather that just ‘look’, whether its a day trip in your local city, a hike in a nearby nature reserve or an epic adventure that takes you to a distant destination! See beyond the obvious, ask questions and learn and appreciate what is around you. Remember to choose travel that makes a difference… choose to support local travel businesses – from accommodation and eating out, to fun activities and shopping. But above all, have fun connecting with people from different walks of life and different cultures… enjoy sharing a laugh and a smile.

Enjoy the read… and be the difference.

Read the digital mag HERE