What are “bucket-list” holidays meant to be like?

Are “bucket-list holidays” meant to be exhilarating, revitalizing or action packed?

Holidays are often all about the view… Of the mountains, the sea, the beach, the highest skyscrapers in the world- looking up at them or down from them.

But is travel really all about the view and place?

Travel, especially bucket-lists actually have little to do with the view. Often, rather who we become when we are there. Many feel its about how we view the world differently.

Brilliant academics who have studied tourism, suggest that there is something called “existential authenticity”. It is a term used that means we display greater levels of genuineness when we travel than in everyday lives. Therefore, presenting a more accurate version of who we really are.
Are we drawn to bucket lists us because they uncover who we believe we inherently are?

Why do people climb the highest mountain in Africa? Because it is exhilarating to feel and be on top of the world in Africa, with the glimpse of glaciers “in the sky”. You become fitter and more aware of greater creation and why not have that experience yourself?
Why go on a healing holiday? Because they are rare. Unusual, restful and enlightening journeys that are bound to revitalize the spirit.

Turnscapes offers both.

Look no further for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for your adventurous holiday this coming festive season. We with agents for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro who have mastered the climb ourselves.

Or book with us for a healing holiday of A French Style New Years Retreat, a uniquely planned experience.

Call Turnscapes Travel and Tourism, 012 993 0702 as we thinking globally of ideas and presenting them locally.

These two bucket-list holidays can be booked with us, kindly fill in a contact form for more details or bookings and we will respond with the information.

Sustainability and its origins in essence

The word “sustainability” was used as early as 1981 by respective authors, however it was with the wide spread reading of what is known as the Brundtland Report by the World Commission on Environmental Development, that made it familiar and commonly used by people from then on. This report introduced the concept of “sustainable development,” which has largely impacted industries since then (Hall and Lew, 2009:53).


It is based on five ideologies:
¥ Integrated “planning and strategy-making”;
¥ Protecting “ecological processes”;
¥ Preservation of the history of people and the earth and what societies perceive as valuable;
¥ Intention to move forward in a manner that outputs can be spread through to coming societies;
¥ The pursuing of the intent for enhanced harmony and prospects between global societies (Hall and Lew, 2009:53).
The introduction of the concept of sustainable development has had an effect on tourism in the sense that it was then considered applicable in the tourism realm, and considerations regarding “sustainable tourism” emerged, which has been a cornerstone in multiple research endeavours. “Sustainable tourism” is when the ideologies mentioned above, are integrated to the tourism setting (Hall and Lew, 2009:54).

(From: Hall and Lew, 2009. Understanding and Managing Tourism Impacts: An Integrated Approach. Routeledge. Taylor & Francis. London and New York.)

Kilimanjaro -First Climb


“It’s not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves,” Edmund Hillary once said, and can largely hold true for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Kilimanjaro, a 5895m above sea level free standing mountain in Africa. The highest of its kind on the continent, an invitation to some of nature’s best fauna, flora, views…. And an undeniable challenge.


My first climb of “Kili” was on the Machame Route when I was 17 years old, on a family holiday adventure with my parents and brother. Learning the art of climbing the mountain was one which was unveiled in our first day- “pole pole” the guide said. “Slowly slowly”. Step by step. Day by day. A true lesson in patience and the wonder of taking life a moment at a time… a rare find in the fast pace world we live in.


Day by day the vegetation changed from a coffee plantation at the bottom, to rainforests, to a moonscape like landscape, desert and glaciers at the top. Day by day our family bond grew with all the jokes, encouragement, tiredness and shared moments of beauty on the mountain. Time taken to get away from routine life, cellphones, the internet that keep us “connected” but there instead to truly connect with people deeply loved.


Summit evening was the only time in my life I have seen a sunset and the moonrise in the same sky, cluttered with clouds between. And summiting quite an exhausting exercise, worth every second though. One realizes at the top that it was all about the journey up and not at all about that moment really. Once at the foothills of the mountains you can really say that you have conquered with some form of relief.


These were some of the highlights of our climb, and maybe yours will be the similar. My brother, Lysle and I are involved in sending people up Kilimanjaro through Turnscapes Travel and Tourism Kilimanjaro Adventure Package. The value we offer is a briefing evening as preparation long before the climb that assists with physical and mental preparation as well as offering a training program, gear list. Lysle has climbed 7 times more after this occasion and holds the South African record for the fastest climb of Kilimanjaro.


To book the experience of a lifetime today email chanel@turnscapes.co.za or see www.turnscapes.co.za for more information, for agents who have done the climb themselves.

Sustainable Tourism on the Global Agenda

This year of 2017 has been marked by the United Nations World Tourism Organization as “The Year of Sustainable Tourism”.

Tourism has been considered in the past as the largest global industry (McIntosh et al, 1995) attributed to the variety of coalitions, associations, business relationships and events that span over numerous other industries. This is evident in how tourism has its relevance in the planning sector, accommodation and food sector, aviation and conservation as core considerations in this regard. With this relevance, it is valuable to understand the core pillar of what can make it long-lasting.


The concept of “sustainable development” was significantly addressed at the Brudtland Commission in 1986 when it was defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, and there is an overwhelming amount of definitions that are associated with this term. This can be shown as when tourism is considered as financially, economically or socially sustainable- each denotes a different understanding which is not as all-encompassing as the definition created by the Brudtland Commission. This definition provokes the thought of the future as well as an anticipation of the impact that would be associated with it that is in essence, the heart of the sustainable mindset.

Tourism in this millennium has somewhat evolved to tourism that takes the physical and cultural environment into account. This is evident in the increasing numbers of National Parks that have arisen globally in order to protect the natural environment in which animal’s habitats exists, as well as in the formation of heritage organizations that protect what is considered valuable to humanity.

Can one then say that tourism is currently involved in not only meeting the needs of the present generations, but also building a natural and cultural inventory on which it is based, that can be seen in future generations to come? These endeavours are however not without their challenges, but challenges that are being spoken about to a large degree and where more dialogue can create the awareness, that perhaps sustainability has more to do with building the world we want our children and grandchildren to see and experience, than what we care to acknowledge.

UP Collections Tour

The University of Pretoria has collections that are unique to it and cannot be seen anywhere else in South Africa. Two such exhibitions are the Archaeological and African Collections as well as Ceramic Collection. Enjoy viewing these exhibitions followed by the experience of making pottery yourself. (The pot will be donated to a project or charity of your choice in Pretoria).

*First 3 images courtesy of the University of Pretoria Museums: Mapungubwe Collection

Pretoria’s Dwellings Tour

Visit the collection of key dwelling places of the characters most famously known to the Pretoria historical landscape such as George Heys, Paul Kruger and Sammy Marks. Visits are to Melrose House, Kruger House, Union Buildings and Sammy Marks House. A light lunch served at Sammy Marks House would take one back in time with the colonial atmosphere, whilst the homesteads shed light on the characters and the times. (Please note drinks are excluded).

Face of Pretoria Tour

Pretoria has two dominant tourism attractions that enhance the Pretoria skyline; they are the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park. Both encapsulate a journey to a perceived better place of land or liberty. Dwell in the past, present and future on this tour through the attractions followed by a facial at a spa. A light lunch is included while drinks are excluded.

General Pretoria Tour

Experience Pretoria captured in essence by its most well-known attractions, providing a good overview of the city from its historical perspective. Each visit shows a capsule of the history of the city and gives insight into the background that forms the city of Pretoria today.

Visits are to the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park, Melrose House, Kruger House and the Union Buildings.