OUR STORY

Inspiring & Immersive Holidays that Give Back

TRAILBLAZERS TRAVEL IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE EMPOWERING LOCAL TOURISM SUPPLIERS & COMMUNITIES BY CONNECTING THEM TO MINDFUL TRAVELLERS JUST LIKE YOU!

Are you ready for more meaningful and enriching travel? Want to immerse yourself in new experiences, delve into new cultures, learn from locals, taste delicious food and have your heart and soul brimming with excitement?… But be damn sure you want a comfy bed and a hot shower at the end of the day!

And this happens…


OUR MODEL Trailblazers travel is a social enterprise empowering local tour guides, tourism industry suppliers and communities by connecting them to mindful travellers just like you!

WHAT DO WE DO? We offer you unforgettable adventurous holidays by collaborating with independent locally owned tourism businesses while being mindful to leave a positive impact on people, places and the environment.

WHY? The travel industry today is full of mass produced holidays that lack authenticity, exploit the people and environment and line the pockets of unscrupulous CEO’s and big business.  For every $100 tourist dollars spent, only $5 is left in the community visited – crazy huh and needs to change!

OUR APPROACH We understand travel has the potential of incredible power if we flip the distribution of income by collaborating with enterprises who offer sustainable travel that visit the must-see sites and incorporate visiting marginalised communities, supports local businesses, social enterprises, nonprofits and artisans continuing traditions and rituals and help create sustainable lifestyles. We aim to stay in small-scale, locally owned lodgings employing locals giving you access to real people with real stories.

We have so many wonderful travel experiences from small group tours leaving on designated departure dates or customize a date that suits you!  I’d love to chat with you to find a holiday that fits you perfectly!

TRAVEL WITH US AND TOGETHER, LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD.

What is responsible and sustainable travel?

For Trailblazers, it’s ensuring our tour partners are creating jobs and opportunity for locals, it’s about staying in locally staffed small-scale lodgings so the income from tourism stays local rather than being shipped offshore.

It’s ensuring interactions with people, communities and animals are a positive experience and not an exploitation of resources. It’s about showing respect to the people and engage with them in a dignified way.

The aim is to leave minimal impacts on the environment and maximum benefits for local communities while catering to the expectations of the mindful traveller.

Please see our Giving Back section for information on how your travel helps empower those less privileged. We’d love to have you join us! 

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER BEL

Personal travel to developing regions has shaped me to see the world through compassionate eyes and challenged me to become a crusader to those who are trying to lift themselves from the enduring poverty cycle. It got me thinking…

HOW COULD I CREATE HOPE, EMPOWERMENT & CHANGE FOR THOSE TRYING TO RISE FROM POVERTY?

My answer is ensuring travel is a force of empowerment by offering sustainable inspiring holidays that support local communities and foster the environment while nurturing future generations of leaders and through provokers.

This quote by Sonia Johnson fuels the fire in me –

“We must remember that one determined person can make a difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.”

Will you come along and support this vision, to become part of the Trailblazers family, to stand up and be ready to change history and ensure this amazing planet we live on, is a better and fairer place for all?

I hope so!

Bel x

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Bel with guides and porter after gorilla trekking
Rwandan dancer
Fun at dinner
Heading out on afternoon game drive.
Cultural Immersion
Tiff meets the locals in Soweto

Why the Hummingbird as our logo?

I instantly loved this story and it totally resonated with my ‘why’. I knew from that moment, that Trailblazers Travel would become the hummingbird.

The Story of the Hummingbird, as told by celebrated Kenyan environmental activist, women’s rights advocate,and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai.

“The story of the hummingbird is about this huge forest being consumed by a fire. All the animals in the forest come out and they are transfixed as they watch the forest burning and they feel very overwhelmed, very powerless, except this little hummingbird.

It says, ‘I’m going to do something about the fire!’ So it flies to the nearest stream and takes a drop of water. It puts it on the fire, and goes up and down, up and down, up and down, as fast as it can.

In the meantime all the other animals, much bigger animals like the elephant with a big trunk that could bring much more water, they are standing there helpless. And they are saying to the hummingbird, ‘What do you think you can do? You are too little. This fire is too big. Your wings are too little and your beak is so small that you can only bring a small drop of water at a time.’​

But as they continue to discourage it, it turns to them without wasting any time and it tells them, ‘I am doing the best I can.’​

And that to me is what all of us should do. We should always be like a hummingbird. I may be insignificant, but I certainly don’t want to be like the animals watching the planet go down the drain. I will be a hummingbird, I will do the best I can.​”