30 April 2014 by Kate Els

Luxury with #MeetSouthAfrica

Our second group of bloggers that will #MeetSouthAfrica have a trip full of luxury activities planned throughout South Africa.

Excavations at Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point Caves have revealed early evidence of modern human behaviour

The group will start off in Johannesburg on Friday and make its way through Gauteng, on to Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, roll along the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay, and then head down to Durban to meet up with the other #MeetSouthAfrica bloggers. They will finish their trip at INDABA 2014. This group will be accompanied by South African Tourism’s Monde Mateza.

This group of bloggers includes:

To meet the bloggers who will #MeetSouthAfrica, check out our three-part series –  Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.

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 chance 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. The 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.

The bloggers will spend the evening at the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa.

Monday 5 May 2014

Port Elizabeth's Hobie Beach and boardwalk are worth a visit for our #MeetSouthAfrica bloggers Port Elizabeth's Hobie Beach and boardwalk are worth a visit for our #MeetSouthAfrica bloggers

Our luxury group of bloggers will have a second early morning as they get up early to catch their flight to Port Elizabeth, also known as  Nelson Mandela Bay. After a delicious breakfast at Bocadillos, the group will go on a city tour of Port Elizabeth and finish with lunch at Fushin. After a visit to the Hinterveld Mohair Weavers, our bloggers will stop for dinner at De Kelder and then check in at No5 Boutique Art Hotel for the evening.

Tuesday 6 May 2014

After breakfast at the hotel, our luxury bloggers will be met by a guide who will direct them through a Route 67 walking tour leading down to lunch at the Stage Door. The afternoon will be spent at Samrec, Port Elizabeth's marine bird rehabilitation and education centre situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. After a short relaxing period at the hotel, we’ll whisk this group right on to dinner at the Bridge Street Brewery.

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Our bloggers will spend a night at The Plettenberg Our bloggers will spend a night at The Plettenberg

After checking out of the hotel, our group will start the drive towards Plettenberg Bay to go swimming with seals. After a quick shower, we’ll hit the road again in the direction of Mossel Bay. In Mossel Bay, the group will enjoy lunch and find out more about the origin of humankind on a Point of Human Origins tour.

The group will return to Plettenberg Bay to spend the evening at The Plettenberg hotel and dine at SeaFood Plettenberg, followed by cocktails at the Sandbar.

Thursday 8 May 2014

It’s back to the airport for our group on Thursday as they begin to wind down their trip and head towards Durban. Once in the city by the sea, our group will again join up with our other bloggers for lunch. The evening will be a reunion of all our bloggers at Spiga D’Oro on Florida Road for dinner.

Our bloggers will stay at the Southern Sun Elangeni & 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 thereafter.

Following an afternoon spent at leisure, the bloggers will all head to the #MeetSouthAfrica bloggers' cocktail event to be hosted that evening, where they will also select the winners of our #MeetSouthAfrica Instagram competition.

To follow the campaign as it unfolds, in addition to following the hashtag, you can join us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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.

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