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August 07, 2012

#iAmbassadors in Cape Town in retrospect

Cape Town Tourism's #iAmbassadors Keith Jenkins, Nellie Huang, Melvin Böcher and Matt Long in Bo Kaap.

The blogs have been written, the tweets have been posted and the #LoveCapeTown hashtag has made more than 23 million tweet impressions but the time has come to say goodbye to Cape Town Tourism’s four pioneer #iAmbassadors.

Keith Jenkins (@velvetescape), Nellie Huang (@wildjunket), Matt Long (@landlopers) and Melvin Böcher (@traveldudes) spent a week in Cape Town, exploring the diverse cultural, creative and natural wonders of our city.

From the hugely successful Twitter chat on Sunday July 29, where locals were invited to share their hidden gems, to a visit to unexpected and iconic attractions including Cape Point, and well-received presentations at the second annual Getaway Travel Blog Conference, these four international bloggers received quite the versatile education of Cape Town and truly discovered that the deeper you go into the city, the more beautiful she becomes.

Matt Long and Melvin Böcher with Getaway Travel Blog Conference attendees

#iAmbassadors and speakers at the Getaway Travel Blog Conference on Saturday August 4, 2012

In between snapping pics of the gorgeous winter sunsets, meeting the Mother City’s social media influencers and sharing their impressions of Cape Town, the iAmbassadors also enjoyed a bicycle township tour around Masiphumelele and learned to cook Cape Malay cuisine on a cooking safari in vibrant Bo Kaap.

The #iAmbassadors on the Township Bicycle Tour in Masiphumelele 

iAmbassadors sample local food on their township tour in Masiphumelele

Melvin Böcher with a few of the local children during the Township Bicycle Tour 

Keith Jenkins gets acquainted with the aromatic spices needed for Cape Malay cuisine during the Cooking Safari in Bo Kaap.

Nellie Huang practises the art of roti-rolling during the Cape Malay Cooking Safari in Bo Kaap

Matt Long admires Bo Kaap's colourful homes

This inaugural iAmbassador campaign has been a huge success for Cape Town Tourism and follows the equally exciting hosting of Andrew Evans, National Geographic’s digital nomad in April, but we are sad to see our bloggers go.

Nellie says it best on Twitter: “Sad to be leaving Cape Town, it's been an action-packed week! Thnx @CapeTownTourism for the amazing times! #lovecapetown”

Follow the #iAmbassadors on Twitter at  @wildjunket, @traveldudes, @landlopers and @velvetescape for tales of their future travels.

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