21 May 2014 by Andrea Weiss

#MeetSouthAfrica with Caspar Diederik

Caspar Diederik was one of 14 travel bloggers invited to explore South Africa as part of the #MeetSouthAfrica campaign. Here are a few of his pictures from his whirlwind trip.

Caspar Diederik in the Bo-Kaap during the #MeetSouthAfrica tour

On a recent Instawalk with #MeetSouthAfrica in Durban, Caspar Diederik immediately stood out from the rest of the group for the serious photographic gear he had with him in his backpack.

Caspar's story is one we can all identify with.

Before 2008, Netherlands-born Caspar had a regular job but he realised deep down that he wasn't happy, so he took an extended trip to Africa, starting in Cape Town and travelling overland to Kenya to think about what he wanted to do with his life.

While travelling, he realised that there were people who were interested in the story of his journey, and thus was born the idea of StoryTravelers (Caspar's word), a way of telling a story about a place in a punchy, visual way. 

Today, Caspar calls the southern town of Matera in Italy home but spends much of his time on the road, capturing the visual 'eye candy' of travel on behalf of many organisations, most recently for South African Tourism's #MeetSouthAfrica campaign.

Here are a few visual impressions of his journey...

Caspar loved hot-air ballooning over the Magaliesberg in the early morning, which is where he got this great Instagram shot.

When Caspar first visited South Africa back in 2008, his first port of call was Cape Town, hence this stunning take on the city's colourful Bo-Kaap district.

Maboneng in downtown Johannesburg provided the opportunity for this unusual perspective.

Image by Caspar Diederik Image by Caspar Diederik

Caspar captured this image of a 'golden boy' in Soweto.

Image by Caspar Diederik Image by Caspar Diederik

The presence of Nelson Mandela is everywhere in South Africa. Caspar found this bit of street art at South Beach in Durban.

Watch this space for more feedback from the #MeetSouthAfrica bloggers.

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