Wow, there are so many Twitter rockstars in South Africa. Below is a list of who to follow to have a tweeting good time travelling in South Africa. It's a list of South African travel tweeters who actually follow, engage, reply & retweet (divided into categories of involvement in travel), as measured by our subjective experience of that interaction (no smart computer software). The order of categories doesn't matter. The list consists of everybody who was nominated during the nominations round a couple of months ago (plus some from a list made a few years ago). I'm sure that we have missed some great tweeters, but promise to include them in the update of this list - if you are one of the tweeters we missed, please accept our humble apologies, and contact us at @southafricaTO. Levels of participation naturally change over time, and we'll do this again in a few months time for a top 2018 list.
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Here are the Dream Teams:
@Monique_PR_ - based in KZN, Monique ditched the corporate world and broke out into the world of social media & photography. A bedrock of the SA twitter scene (nominated by @travelopulent, @JustTours1 & @InAfricaNBeyond).
@StephanieMarthi - Black belt in photography, and into travel, beauty, adventure & small towns (see you at VAL, Stephanie,...only 18 permanent residents); uncanny knack of tapping into the subconscious and revealing the secrets of places explored (nominated by @travelopulent).
@tulipandphoenix - cityslicker who's a not so closet road tripper; and Jedi master of the camera. Recognises talent & #PaysItForward. All-round rockstar & All-in South African. Stick by this one people - she's going places. (nominated by @travelopulent, @meletsoblog & @InAfricaNBeyond).
@gotravelbug - go down the rabbit hole with Rose and she may take you places you would fear to go by yourself. Posts beautiful photos of her travels through South Africa. Willing to brave the cold to tell the tale (nominated by @travelopulent & @DiBrown5).
@travelopulent - our leader, who hosts #TravelChatSA - the best gathering on Twitter. She's your go-to person to figure out where to go & what to eat & wear. Recognises talent. (nominated by @thedeal_is & @MLTcarhiretour).
@CPTtwins - Twins from Cape Town - they'll take you for a hike into the wild (nominated by @Monique_PR_). Just be sure that you're not scared of heights and know how to pose whilst leaping into the air; and you'll be fine.
@DiBrown5 - also known as "The Roaming Giraffe", this former cartographic ninja is based in Cape Town, and has transformed into a photographic martial artist of note (nominated by @Andre24Social, @CeecesTravel, @thejaxblog, @Verushka143 & @InAfricaNBeyond).
@AnjeRautenbach- Somebody once said "How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live"...fortunately, Anje has lived large and boy can she write - she has cycled much of the world but her soul is in South Africa - let go and let her take you on a trip. Knows how to tickle your funny bone (nominated by @DiBrown5, @Verushka143 & @thejaxblog).
@DoroLef - Dorothée Lefering - International travel writer, blogger and Host of #TravelChatSA. Now residing in Berlin.
@WeszMadz - is on a flight just about every week of the year, so has to be included here. When not working (or should I say, finding others work to do) he's camping - ask him for help in planning your roadtrip.
@DawnJorgensen - a long-time twitter travel tweeter, and an amazing writer - the best in fact. Dawn is passionate about photography, travelling and animal rights. She writes and photographs like a dream. She posts interesting tweets about her adventures sharing pictures with her followers (nominated by @Verushka143).
@2summers - yankie risking her life by living in Johannesburg, but fortunately knows how to box her way out of a situation. Distributor of sunshine. Was on Twitter before it became the kewl thing to do. (nominated by @meletsoblog, @Travelwrite1 & @moving_sushi).
@TheSoloWandera - this crazy lady is hiking from Cape to Cairo through some of the most dangerous countries on this planet. Follow her whilst she's still alive (nominated by @Macoww, @Verushka143 & @GriffithsDaveA).
@InAfricaNBeyond - Sara Essop a much-loved Twitter stalwart whose travel experiences begin in Jozi - cruises, trips to Europe, budget travel & more (nominated by @tulipandphoenix, @Monique_PR_ & @thedeal_is).
@Kate_Els - Twitter stalwart & photographic Samurai - knows a good viewpoint when she sees it - stunning clickies of & reviews of her travels in southern Africa. A must follow! (nominated by @moving_sushi).
@CapeTownCitizen - see the Mother City through the lens of this amazing photographer and father.
@MyLimeBoots - follow this Jozi-based accountant's travels through his lens and pen
@fit4thabo - travels a lot, dines a lot, and is sometimes found on Google/+
@scarletnguni - a romantic who loves to love & write. No longer a cynic! Hosts the famous #discoverOverberg on Wednesdays at 12h00.
@SandyNeneSA - Brand content creator & founder of South Africa's first blogger community
@AllisonFoat - Capetonian who blogs about travel & takes amazing photos
@deshaakonsen - upbeat tweets about beautiful South Africa
@MadamAfrika - Madam Africa is a travel tweeter & blogger & occasional couchsurfer, who has travelled Africa extensively.
@davbai83 - David-John Bailey: Samurai, Capetonian and blogger, who #LoveTheDoers
@rochkay - green South African blogger & photographer
@26DegreesSouth - Traveller, writer & genealogist. Researches South Africa.
@Foodandthefab - Cape Town based foodie, Ishay Govender-Ypma, who shares lots of photos with her posts.
@FireflyAfrica - Jonker Fourie is a travel & tourism marketer, geocacher & blogger.
@UrbanWalkerCT - A Capetonian based in Tableview who shares his walks around the city.
@SandysView - hospitality, food & vino blogger, based in Cape Town.
@capturingafrica - This twitter page specialises in African Safaris around Africa. He shares his travels adventures and pictures from places like Zanzibar and Mozambique to name a few.
@KnysnaSailing - to experience the motion of the ocean.
Ourselves of course :) @southafricaTO
@Victor_TB - A top notch travel agent, particularly in the area of cruises - South African and Mediterranean.
@MSCcruisesSA - the king of cruise - without them, there wouldn't be a cruise industry in South Africa.
Ourselves of course :) @southafricaTO
@LekkeSlaap - focuses on accommodation "van die Kalahari tot die Kaap".
@ToursduCap - run by Francoise Armour, who has a wealth of knowledge about travel, particularly in the Western Cape, where she is based and runs her tours from.
@RitsGids - an Afrikaans twitter page mainly covering cruises from Durban and Cape Town but also touches on flight and car rental deals.
@TWFTravel - Travel with Flair offer travelling tips like how to pack your luggage for a flight or tips to stay productive whilst travelling. They can help with personalising your leusire or corporate travel needs.
@GLMTours - based in Cape Town, arranges shark cage diving, safaris & adventures tours
@Travelstart - An online agency ready to give followers quotes for flights, car hire and accommodation. They post specials for their followers and share inspirational travel articles for others to read.
@FlightSite - an online travel agency with a strong focus on package holidays, and shares plentiful travel news and photos from around the world.
@PackageToursSA - offers package tours to Southern Africa
@Derek_Hanekom - our previous Minister of Tourism, an avid travel tweeter!
@TIR_SA - the leading news source for the travel trade in SA.
@SAPassionista - Tweets about everything South African Travel & tourist related.
@travelcomments - follow Seb for information, tips and great deals about accommodation, flights, car rentals and tour packages in South Africa.
@ShotLeft - the domestic arm of South African Tourism.
@Rondrits1 - the twitter account for the Rapport newspaper's travel supplement.
@eTNW_SA - a news feed for the South African travel trade.
@satsa_sa - a non-profit association involved in Southern African Toursim Services.
@Bonolo_Modise - the brains & beauty behind @shotleft and the Wednesday #shotleft community travel chats.
@Merentia - stalwart of the SA twitter scene, and very active. Has her own hashtag - #merentiasadventures. Tweets about travel, South African experiences, events & adventures.
@Instacptguy - has an eye for a good photo and the skills to execute on it. His collection of Cape Town photos ranks with the best.
@ryanmccoll - loves to travel & has itchy feet. Recently visited Thailand.
@BlaineTheCanuck - Canadian radio personality who now resides in the Mother City.
@capetrail - publishes the most awesome videos of hikes
@Salmoses - dreams of being a pilot
@kingjimZA- King Jim has a passion for travel & photography, and has recently put his tweeting feet on again :)
@CapeTown - a proudly independent tweeter about everything Cape Town
@CapeTourist - tag your post #capetourist and you might get retweet!
@hamishniven - Travels the world from Cape Town on photography gigs - what a life!
@cometocapetown - covers accommodation & travel in the Mother City.
@JanineBS - - into traveling, food & living authentically.
@ishotimagesza -likes vino, #discoverOverberg & photography - preferably together. Doesn't always follow back! Is not snobbish :)
@hippie_ina_suit - friendly tweeter who is a bit of a hippy
@Route56 - accommodation and events along Route 56 from Middelburg to Pietermaritzburg.
@ILuvDBN - Tweets everything Durban related.
@WurstExpress - when in Sedgefield be sure to pop in to get a CurryWurst from this uber-friendly spot.
@martinhatchuel - Martin Hatchuel runs "This Tourism Week", sharing his views about SA tourism from his base in Knysna.
@DebbieDamant - Country Manager at South African Tourism, shares insights into travel in Southern Africa.
@KEyckmans - Johannesburg-based aviation & travel man.
@NTH_express - Nasrec Transport Hub plans to change the way people get around in Johannesburg South.
@MegtheGood - great sense of humour, knows the ins & outs of travel even though it's not her only focus - familiar with OR Tambo International Airport
@Me_l7 - based in Pretoria & loves travelling, especially flying to exotic places (has business class dreams)
@Jodenecoza - a legend of the South African twittersphere. Jo-dene is based in Jo-zi :)
@Gail_Mail - connecting travel, people, places & wildlife conservation.
@swank_ZA - Avid travel tweeter with interests in golf, hoarding & photography.
@ToursDeMornay - Nelspruit-based tour operator who does safaris in the Kruger & historical/cultural tours
@KrugerLowveld - covers the Kruger, Panorama route and Barberton Mountains
@MyPE - this guy doesn't follow anybody, but boy does he engage if you mention Port Elizabeth.
@GuestHousePE - runs Dempsey's Self Catering Guest House in PE
@pilotsimon208 - British pilot who spent some time in Africa
@MilesForStyle - allow SAA Voyager members to earn miles when they shop
@Rent_A_Cheapie - Offers affordable car hire. Tweets about driving tips as well as car maintenance tips.
@firstcarrental - You can request car hire quotes for most destinations in South Africa. They list polls on their twitter feed which followers can take part in.
@deoudehuize - runs De Oude Huize B&B in Harrismith, but takes an interest in all things Twitter in South Africa.
@FAncourtSA - Simply the best golf course in South Africa. Say no more!
@W2SsouthAfrica - runs "Where 2 Stay-South Africa" from his pad in Port Alfred.
@TravelGround - accommodation experts, based in Cape Town, but covering accommodation across South Africa
@igumbley - runs a guest house in Salt Rock called "The Saffron House".
@TheHydeHotel - stationed in Sea Point, with stunning views of Signal Hill, including paragliders flying over The Hyde.
@HermanusWindsor - iconic Hermanus hotel, which is exceptionally well positioned next to the rocks.
@ExclusivGetaway - takes bookings for top notch resorts, safari lodges & hotels in South Africa.
@12_Apostles - the hotel located between Camps Bay and Llandudno
@Beds4Business - Tweets the daily minimum & maximum temperatures, as well as travel-related posts
@Mr_Hotels - Thomas Walaza tweets about hotels from his base in Port Alfred.
@CityLodgeHotels - countrywide chain of hotels - City Lodge, Road Lodge, Town Lodge & Courtyard.
@capeholidays - the king of holiday accommodation in Cape Town
@HotelMRP - one of the top 10 hotels in South Africa in the 2013 SouthAfrica.TO Travel Awards
@MillionThrills - all about Sun International - from Sun City to The Boardwalk.
@ParkInnCT - enjoy views of ships cruising into Cape Town from their sunterrace
@WhaleCottage - Camps Bay, Franschhoek & Hermanus accommodation tweeter with a large following.
@McGrathHotels - The Plettenberg, The Cellars-Hohenhort & Marine Hermanus hotels.
@ortambo_int - Mention OR Tambo International Airport in a tweet, and they'll probably retweet it!
@kingshakaint - The official King Shaka International Airport tweeter.
@gotravelyourway - run by Josh Cahill, who is from Germany, but based in Australia, and has travelled to more than 65 countries, including over 40,000km of hitchhiking.
@NigeriaTO1 - tweets from further up the continent from our cousins in Nigeria
@Fly_Naija - mostly Nigerian related tweets, but shares a wealth of travel information.
@Campjay76 - CampJ is such a great retweeter that we found it impossible to leave her off this list!
@maxroamRSA - prolific travel tweeter who also sell sim cards for international travel
@elizabethjoss - based in the Netherlands, Elizabeth tweets regularly about travel all over the world.
@Outcastotter - kids travel companion & a great interacter
@rianatravelblog - covers photography & travel
@wanderingiphone - Canadian based pro photographer, who founded The Heart of a Woman Project, which was piloted in Khayelitsha (a Cape Town township).
@FlyCemAir - operates flights between Johannesburg, Plettenberg Bay & Cape Town.
@SawubonaSAA - South African Airways' in-flight magazine tweeter.
@flySAA_US - SAA flights from the United States. Shares South African travel related tweets, to showcase SA to the US.
@SAA_UK - South African Airways tweets from the United Kingdom.
@FlyRwandAir - RwandAir offers 1-stop flights from Johannesburg to numerous spots in the world, in particular in Africa.
@FlySafair - representing new airline FlySafair, which is owned by Safair. Shares a wealth of information about their startup plans.
@AirFranceZA - keep an eye out for their competitions to win free trips to France.