Press Trip South Africa; INDABA 2013

I’m jumping back straight back on a plane for a press trip to South Africa, @GoToSouthAfrica tourism is meeting the UK press at INDABA 2013. The trip will be held over the period Friday 10 – 18th May 2013 in and around the city of Durban. It is an exciting region and should provide some great adventures. There should also be the opportunity to meet up with some of the leading lights of the travel blogging community as they are already in country.

It will be possible to follow the trip on Twitter using a couple of hashtags: #INDABA2013 and #MeetSouthAfrica so I hope you follow the fun.

Durban by night in the KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Durban by night

Friday, 10th May

am – Arrival at King Shaka Airport, Durban on flight SA where the guide will be waiting to arrange an early hotel check in and a chance to freshen up after the flight.

Lunch at the House of Curries.

Rest of day is free for leisure time or there is an option to visit the Travel Bloggers Conference

SA Tourism will be hosting the biggest travel blogging event of the year to share insights with the trade on how critical the travel blogging fraternity has become in promoting destinations and tourism businesses online. This maybe of interest and there should be a few people worth meeting there.

Dinner at Maxi’s Lifestyle in Umlazi, Durban.

Overnight at the Elangeni Hotel

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Cage shark diving in the Indian Ocean

Saturday, 11th May

Breakfast at Arts Café with the guide followed by a drop off at ICC Durban.

am – Lifestyle and Heritage briefing with Minister van Schalkwyk and nine provincial MECs

The main emphasis or theme of this event is to cement the theme of Heritage and Culture and to give the media an opportunity to experience the Heritage and Culture Pavilion first-hand.

pm – Met at ICC Durban by a guide for a tour of the Moses Mabidha Stadium for a guided tour and skycar adventure to the top of the roof for a bird’s eye view over Durban. There was the option to bungee swing from the stadium but as I’ve already jumped the skycar seemed preferable but it’s possible I might still change my mind.

Returning to the Durban ICC for the Indaba Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony will expand on the theme of Indaba ‘Shaping our Future Together’ and will focus on South Africa’s Heritage and Culture offerings.

Evening – Opening Ceremony Media Cocktail Function where the media will be invited for an opportunity to engage with local musicians and fashion designers on how the draw inspiration from SA’s heritage for their creations.

Transfer from hotel to Cargo Hold at the UShaka Marine World for dinner, one of the finest aquariums on the African continent.

Overnight at the Elangeni Hotel

Sunday, 12th May

Breakfast followed by taking a shuttle bus to the ICC Durban for Indaba 2013.

There will be a Media Briefing explaining how South Africa has established its reputation as a global leader in digital destination marketing and advertising.

pm – Media Experiential Event. An opportunity to get out of Indaba for the day and meet SA Tourism team at the Green Hub to #MeetSouthAfrica at Durban’s iconic green heart – a place in the city where people can experience a combination of beach, estuary, and river in a setting that protects and preserve the cultural biodiversity of the area.

Evening – Met at ICC Durban for a sundowner cruise at Wilson’s wharf, a 90 minute harbour cruise before dinner at Oyster Box Hotel.

Overnight at the Elangeni Hotel

Wildebeest in the in the KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa

The cool wildlife of South Africa

Monday, 13th May

am – A very early morning start for an Indian Ocean shark cage diving experience at Park Rynie, weather permitting. That’s right it involves large flesh eating fish trapped in a 6’x 6’ metal cage, just hope they don’t prefer tinned food!

Lunch at Freedom Café.

pm –  Heading for Karkloof near the capital of Pietermaritzburg for a magical experience of pampering, spa treatments and fine cuisine, in the tranquillity of a beautiful lodge in an indigenous forest. Enjoyment and relaxation compulsory.

The included activities will be 2 game drives, 90 min massage and use of use of the hydro spa facilities, guided trip to Karkloof Falls (105 m), private butler service! Could definitely be a case of the butler did it in the spa with an alcohol overdose.

Lunch and dinner at Karkloof.

Overnight at Karkloof Safari Spa

Tuesday, 14th May

am – Check out and depart for the Drakensberg with a lunch stop in the Midlands. Then proceeding to the Champagne Castle resort, known for its scenic beauty, adventure activities and tranquility.

Dinner hosted at the resort.

Overnight at Champagne Castle Resort

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Zulu girls performing the reed dance

Wednesday, 15th May

am – Hiking in the Drakensberg and explore the region by foot with weather permitting a helicopter flip with a champagne stopover.

Picnic lunch in the Berg, Drakensberg that is!

pm – Sundowner helicopter flip – weather permitting.

Return to the resort to relax and to freshen up.

Evening dinner hosted at the lodge.

Overnight at Champagne Castle Resort

Thursday, 16th May

am – Mid morning check out and transfer to the exclusive Izulu Hotel, just outside Durban, known for its Indian Ocean views with a light lunch en route.

Check into Zimbali.

19:00 Dinner hosted at hotel.

Overnight Zimbali

Friday, 17th May

am – 2 hour horse riding on Isipingo Beach

Depart for King Shaka Airport via the Valley of a Thousand Hills for lunch, an open air Zulu play with singing and dancing and an opportunity to shop some of the finest African curios in Zululand.

Proceed to King Shaka International Airport for transfer Johannesburg.

pm – Arrive at ORTIA, Johannesburg, and then onto check at the Peech Boutique Hotel.

Evening dinner at the colourful & vibrant Rosebank Mall.

Overnight Peech Boutique Hotel

Saturday, 18th May

am – A walking tour of downtown Johannesburg and a visit to the busy Neighbourhoods Market & Maboneng Precinct.

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The Bassline jazz club, a Johannesburg institution

Lunch at Arts on Main.

Return to hotel to freshen up and to check out and in for return flight to London.

Looks to be an amazing itinerary, I’m shattered just putting it online. If that doesn’t pique your interest check your pulse. Though looking at some of the places we are staying and the activities planned may have to change the tagline to “making everyday a luxury pampering”.

I do hope you follow the fun on Twitter and Instagram using #MeetSouthAfrica.

Coordinator: Erick van Zyl SA Tourism www.southafrica.net

Coordinator: Nicole Bierman Rennies Travel www.renniestravel.com

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