Adventure with #MeetSouthAfrica
Our third group of bloggers who will #MeetSouthAfrica have a trip full of adventure activities planned throughout South Africa.
The group will start off in Johannesburg on Friday and make their way through Gauteng, on to Upington in the Northern Cape, drive through to Cape Town and then head down to Durban, to meet up with the other bloggers out to #MeetSouthAfrica and finish up their trip at INDABA 2014. This group will be accompanied by South African Tourism’s Bontle Madiba.
This group of bloggers includes:
- Melvin Boecher – traveldudes.org
- Heather Mason – 2summers.net
- Meruschka Govender – mzansigirl.com
- Matt Karsten – expertvagabond.com
- Kash Bhattacharya – BudgetTraveller.org
- Caspar Diederik – storytravelers.com
Friday, 2 May 2014
The group all arrive throughout the day and will be transferred to the Parktonian Hotel, where they will be staying for the evening. After freshening up, the bloggers who happen to arrive in time for lunch will head to The Wolfpack in Parkhurst to try one of its renowned burgers!
In the evening, there will be a dinner hosted by the Gauteng Tourism Authority at a rooftop venue in the CBD of Johannesburg! The bloggers will get great views over the city, as well as meet other bloggers who have arrived throughout the day.
Saturday, 3 May 2014
After breakfast at the Parktonian Hotel, our bloggers will all catch a ride across the city towards Soweto. Here, they’ll take part in the first of our public Instawalks, getting the opportunity to meet other local bloggers and Instagrammers.
After lunch at Nexdor on Vilakazi Street, the group will head towards the Magaliesberg mountain range to check in at Valley Lodge for the evening.
Sunday, 4 May 2014
It’s an early start on the third day of #MeetSouthAfrica for everybody! A hot air balloon ride waits for everybody on the other side of a 3am wake-up call, followed by a delicious breakfast at Valley Lodge. Our first group will then head back to Johannesburg and stop by Little Addis in Maboneng to taste the fare of Ethiopia and to explore this rejuvenated precinct, stopping at Market on Main and enjoying sundowners and dinner at the Living Room.
Our adventure group will spend the night at Curiocity Backpackers.
Monday, 5 May 2014
On Monday, our adventure group will ready themseves to fly to Upington in the Northern Cape. From there, they’ll drive via Kakamas towards the town of Springbok, eating lunch en route. The group will arrive at The Growcery, where they will set up camp for the night and enjoy dinner around the fire.
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
After breakfast at camp, our adventure group will enjoy a full day rafting down the Orange River and enjoying a hike through the Richtersveld National Park. After this, they will spend another night at The Growcery.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Following an early breakfast, our group will once again hit the road, this time in the direction of Cape Town, to spend the night at The BackPack. The evening will entail a dinner experience at One Ingredient with Matt Manning
Thursday, 8 May 2014
The second of our public Instawalks will happen on this day. It is open for anybody who wishes to join in Cape Town. After the walk and a light lunch, the bloggers will head back to the airport as their trip begins to wind down, and head towards Durban. Once in the city by the sea, our group will once again join up with our other bloggers for lunch. The evening will be a reunion of all our bloggers at Spiga D’Oro for dinner on Florida Road.
Our bloggers will stay at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani while in Durban.
Friday, 9 May 2014
Friday! The last day of our #MeetSouthAfrica hosting before the start of INDABA 2014. The day will start with an Instawalk through Durban’s CBD and the beachfront, allowing the bloggers to explore the city’s famous spice market and then enjoy lunch shortly after.
After an afternoon spent at leisure, the bloggers will all head to the #MeetSouthAfrica Blogger’s Cocktail Event to be hosted that evening, where they will also select the winners of our #MeetSouthAfrica Instagram competition.
South African Tourism first instituted its #MeetSouthAfrica bloggers’ campaign in 2013, with the aim of opening up a new form of communication with potential travellers looking for their next holiday destination. The campaign saw over 219-million impressions of the hashtag across various social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. For more information on the trip, click here.