How do you #MeetSouthAfrica?

During September I went on a #MeetSouthAfrica road trip. It started with South Africa’s first national Instameet in Graaff-Reinet and after nine days we hit the brakes in Johannesburg.

But what happened between Graaff-Reinet and Johannesburg is a story of its own. It’s a story that forgot about the straight line of the N1 between the two destinations, a story of thousands of kilometers through eight provinces, dirt roads and wrong turns. It’s a story of ten different personalities and twenty eyes experiencing the country in their own unique way, a story of one minibus and endless days, a story of meeting South Africa.

How do you #MeetSouthAfrica

A few highlights from the thousands of kilometers through South Africa.

Somewhere: You #MeetSouthAfrica through stopping in the middle of nowhere and enjoying the moment.

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Graaff-Reinet: You #MeetSouthAfrica through meeting the people and listening to the stories.

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Heather from 2summers, visit her website and read her stories: www.2summers.net.

Graaff-Reinet: You #MeetSouthAfrica through sharing your passion with the tiny humans of South Africa.

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Lloyd Koppel, extremely talented videographer and photographer.  

Valley of Desolation: You #MeetSouthAfrica through the deep valleys and loud echoes of geological wonders.

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Read my posts on Graaff-Reinet: Letters to Graaff-Reinet and Under the Spell of the Karoo.

Valley of Desolation: You #MeetSouthAfrica through capturing and sharing the moment.

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Rose from GoTravelBug, visit her website and check out her stories: www.gotravelbugsa.wordpress.com.

Nieu-Bethesda: You #MeetSouthAfrica through the hidden gems of the Karoo.

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Read my posts about Nieu-Bethesda: Nieu-Bethesda, did she lose her charm? and Nieu-Bethesda: a place to get lost.

Bethulie: You #MeetSouthAfrica through the fire in the sky.

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Bethulie: You #MeetSouthAfrica in the book collection of author, Tony Hocking, at the Royal Hotel in Bethulie.

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Clarens: You #MeetSouthAfrica through the blankets of Lesotho and understanding and experiencing the culture.

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Andy Carrie, talented jack-of-all-trades, catch his craft on Instagram.

Golden Gate Higlands National Park: You #MeetSouthAfrica in nature when the touch of the sun turns mountains to gold.

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Middle of nowhere: You #MeetSouthAfrica through those showing their love for our continent. 

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Iga from Eager Journeys, visit her website and read her stories: www.eagerjourneys.com.

Dirt Road: You #MeetSouthAfrica through seeking the joy in everything.

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Somewhere: You #MeetSouthAfrica through the lens of a camera.

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Ermelo: You #MeetSouthAfrica when you stand in awe of the beauty that surrounds us.

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Dullstroom: You #MeetSouthAfrica through the eyes of a raptor.

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Read more about my experience at Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre.

Pilgrim’s Rest: You #MeetSouthAfrica through revisiting the places home to some of your fondest childhood memories.

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Pilgrim’s Rest: You #MeetSouthAfrica through the religion, beliefs and spirit of others.

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In the heart: You #MeetSouthAfrica through those who are proudly South African.

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Blyde River Canyon: You #MeetSouthAfrica through enjoying incredible views and landscapes.

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Di from The Roaming Giraffe, visit her website and read her stories: www.jabedi.com.

Blyde River Canyon: You #MeetSouthAfrica through staying curious.

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Cradle of Humankind: You #MeetSouthAfrica through the bones from the past.

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Johannesburg: You #MeetSouthAfrica through a goodbye and a “see you soon again”.

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Disclaimer: The trip to Graaff-Reinet was part of a #MeetSouthAfrica road trip sponsored by South African Tourism; views expressed are my own.

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