Five Bloggers Rock Port Elizabeth

I just spent four days in Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Bay, with four other bloggers. It rocked.

First 4

The first photo I shot in Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning. Left to right: Rachel of Bush-bound Girl, Meruschka of Mzansi Girl, Heather of 2Summers, and Dianne of Afribird. Theresa of Fine Places is missing from the photo — she arrived a few minutes later.

First, some background on the area. Port Elizabeth, which is along the southeastern coast of Eastern Cape Province, is the fourth-largest city in South Africa. South Africans often refer to Port Elizabeth as “PE”. Nelson Mandela Bay is the name of the larger metropolitan municipality, which includes PE and the nearby towns of Uitenhage, Despatch, and Colchester, as well as Addo Elephant National Park. We explored PE this weekend, and several other areas in Nelson Mandela Bay.

I spent 36 hours in PE about two years ago but didn’t have time to explore the area at all. So everything we saw and did this weekend was new to me.

Second, a word about this trip. The other four bloggers and I were sponsored by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, who invited us to PE and paid our expenses. The only things expected of the bloggers in return are that we post about the trip on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook — you can follow our Twitter and Instagram posts under the hashtag “#PErocks” — and blog about our experiences in any way we choose.

I’ve done a couple of media trips like this before, but this was my first time taking a trip designed specifically for bloggers. It was so great. All the bloggers were awesome and we got along like siblings. And Jonker, the guy from Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism who organized the trip, is a blogger himself so he gets it. We didn’t do run-of-the-mill touristy stuff, or at least not much. We did interesting, off-beat, quirky stuff, and thanks to that I’ve become a PE believer.

3 in the wool

Me (left), Meruschka (middle), and Rachel (right) in a mountain of wool. Don’t worry — I’ll explain later. (Photo: Jonker Fourie)

Traveling in a gang of bloggers is hilarious, especially when the food comes out.

Shooting ribs

Mass photoshoot of the ribs at Cubata. Left to right: Dianne, Meruschka, Rachel, Theresa. This was my favorite meal of the weekend — detailed review coming soon.

Shooting meat

Lunch at Chilleks in Walmer Township. Hahaha. It started to get a bit ridiculous after a while. (You’ve probably got the names by now. That’s Jonker on the right.)

Bloggers also like to jump.

3 jumpers

Meruschka (left), Theresa (middle), and Rachel (right) at the Donkin Reserve in downtown PE.

Seriously though, PE really did rock. As did the bloggers. I was lucky to be part of this.

Bloggers on the ground

I’m taking one of the team here, as I’m the only one who looks ridiculous. We were staring up at the sun and I couldn’t take the picture with my sunglasses on.

Stay tuned for more PE posts.

Read my other #PErocks posts here and here.

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11 Comments

  • Reply twotiretirade November 18, 2013 at 1:09 am

    That is a great idea to get together as a blogger community trip. It really makes me think about trying to get some Blogger Motorcyclist together. Call it MotoBlog Ralley 2014….It could work…

    • Reply 2summers November 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      MotoBlog — I love it.

  • Reply Meruschka (@MzansiGirl) November 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Lovely post Heather. What an awesome weekend discovering a cool city with the most awesome peeps! Love the pics! I don’t think I have many of us as a group 😛

    • Reply 2summers November 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Glad you like them. Hope the Eastern Cape is treating you well.

  • Reply Firefly - Jonker November 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

    The trip was awesome and the fact that it was a group of bloggers and not just traditional media made it so much more fun because of the way things were done.

    • Reply 2summers November 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Definitely, such a fun weekend. Thanks again, Jonker.

  • Reply Kathryn McCullough November 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    How fun! Love the photo of you all jumping. I’d love to do something like that here. What a wonderful opportunity. Can’t wait for more.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    • Reply 2summers November 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      A blogging trip to Ecuador!

  • Reply Greg Urbano November 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I was wondering what happened with the wool?

    • Reply 2summers November 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Haha, you’ll have to wait to find out 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca December 7, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Looks like heaps of fun!!

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