#TourismMonth – 2017

Today marks 2 WEEKS into #TourismMonth.

To celebrate the beauty of all things touristic, locals will be granted with FREE day access to enjoy SANParks in and around our beautiful Eastern Cape, showcasing the best of South Africa’s national parks.

I asked a local what T O U R I S M means to him, his response was:

” People going to places, to see things they are not familiar with…”

I asked a German lady residing in Port Elizabeth what T O U R I S M means to her, and her response was:

“It’s travel, new experiences, meeting new people, learning about cultural differences and discovering beauty of nature.”

This reminded me of how I want my little 3 year old to explore more and experience more of our beautiful country.  Like I really want my boy to be able to share stories and tell people about his travels even if it means he just went to Addo to say “Hello” to the elephants, or visit the Penguins at SANCOBB/SAMREC.


I think we need to do what we can to encourage the little ones to share stories about “our home, our Africa”. I would like you to take some time, make the time, to explore your city and it’s beauty.  Let’s try encourage a positive feel-good culture around our city and it’s surrounds. Every city has crime, and politics and negative things, and and and… Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to evade those things, but what if we try to cut away at least some of the negative things by being positive and fostering a positive learning, exploring and sharing culture among our future leaders?!

For this week, all South African citizens, young and old, between 18 and 22 September, get the chance to totally rock it as a tourist in your own country nogals.

If you’re in the Eastern half of the the Cape, this includes Addo Elephant, Garden Route, Camdeboo (Graaff-Reinet), Mountain Zebra (Cradock) and Karoo (Beaufort West) National Parks – SANParks.

If you don’t feel like the drive, you can also make your way to the Athenauem, where you could view and enjoy the exhibition works of locals while they explored the Bay.

The works of these 10 exhibitors are magnificent and totally makes you fall deeply in love with Nelson Mandela Bay.  You can even purchase these amazing pictures, printed on canvas and the proceeds will go towards a group of underprivileged youth on a tour to Addo Elephant National Park.


The theme for this focus week is the same as it has been in previous years, “Know Your National Parks”, aimed at cultivating a sense of pride in South Africa’s natural, cultural and historical heritage, protected by the national parks system.

Any touristic things you’ve done recently in the Bay?!

Especially those kid friendly trips?!…



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