I’m about to #MeetSouthAfrica

meet south Africa

I’ve just returned from six intense weeks in South America, locked myself in the office the past four days and guess what?

I’m thrilled that from tomorrow I’ll be spending some time exploring within our beloved land, South Africa – in Jozi, PE, Mossel Bay and Durban (place of my birth) with a group of 14 awesome travel bloggers, international and local. We’ll be doing just that and letting you in on the fun over the next 10 days, as guests of the South African Tourism board.

The three groups of bloggers have three itineraries (which happily coincide at the start) and together we’ll be unpacking a host of adventures from hot air ballooning (I’ve never been. Yet. Fear of heights, see. So someone better smuggle me a brandy and a hug pre-trip), to fine dining, archeological explorations and such. There’ll be a fair amount of tweeting (@Foodandthefab) and blasting from social media too. But, no need to get those hardhats on – think you can be sure, that excitement aside, you’ll always hear the truth about a place. So, if there are a lot of happy tweets – start planning that #shotleft!

Image: Cape Town by Bruce Sutherland

Image: Cape Town by Bruce Sutherland

This is what SA Tourism has to say:

The #MeetSouthAfrica bloggers’ trip 2014 will see 14 bloggers cross South Africa on three different routes over a period of 10 days, spotting all of the country’s best sites, testing some of our finest restaurants and staying in some pretty spectacular accommodation along the way. They all arrive on 2 May and travel their paths towards the tourism INDABA happening in Durban from 10 to 12 May 2014

MeetSouthAfrica Instawalks 

Please, join us! No, really – we’d like to meet you. Like IRL and see your city through your eyes. How? 

Join us on a #MeetSouthAfrica Instawalk in Soweto, Cape Town and Durban. All the details are herehttp://www.southafrica.net/blog/en/posts/entry/join-us-for-a-meetsouthafrica-instawalk-in-your-city

I see there are prizes too up for grabs worth thousands of ront. So, get that camera or phone out and let’s go explore your city, Mzansi.


Date: Saturday 3 May 2014
Time: 9am to 12pm
Location: Vilakazi Street, Soweto

The Johannesburg Instawalk will be hosted by @RoyWrench and @LeboLukewarm and will explore the streets of vibrant Soweto, starting from the famous Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world to have been called home by two Nobel Peace Prize laureates – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Cape Town

Date: Thursday 8 May 2014
Time: 9am to 12pm
Location: Noon Gun, Bo-Kaap

The Cape Town Instawalk will begin at the Noon Gun, with a view over the harbour and Cape Town Stadium, and wind down through the Bo-Kaap area to capture all of the colourful buildings the area is renowned for. The walk will be led by @FernandoBadialiand @ThobanJ, while facts about the area will be detailed by a host from the Bo-Kaap Museum.


Date: Friday 9 May 2014
Time: 9am to 12pm
Location: Durban beachfront and CBD

Our Durban Instawalk will show off the diversity of Durban’s beachfront and central business district. After parking at North Beach, the group hosted by local Instagrammers @andycarrie_on and @dane_forman will make use of public transport to get to the Victoria Street Market to capture the magic of the early traders there, as well as the aromas from the spice market. After a visit to the Emmanuel Cathedral, the group will pay a visit to City Hall and then move towards uShaka Marine World.

Chow time!

Chow time!

Curious about the bloggers?

Kash Bhattacharya – budgettraveller.org
Caspar Diederik – storytravelers.com
Rob Lloyd – stophavingaboringlife.com
JD Andrews – www.earthxplorer.com
Matt Karsten – expertvagabond.com
Mauricio Oliveira – trilhaseaventuras.com.br
Umei Teh – ccfoodtravel.com
Adriana Lacerda – escapismogenuino.com
Heather Mason – 2summers.net
Meruschka Govender – mzansigirl.com
Ishay Govender – foodandthefabulous.com
Dawn Jorgensen – theincidentaltourist.com
Katarina Mancama – simplysouthafrica.wordpress.com

This campaign is brought to you by the South Africa Tourism office and is supported and managed by iambassador. Food and the Fabulous, as always  maintains full editorial control of the content published on this site.

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