Specialized Tours

South Africa Photography Tours

Africa is home to some of the most beautiful, scenic and untouched landscapes. We offer a selected of scheduled South Africa Photography Tours ideal for professional, amateur, hobby & travel photographers.

The South Africa Photography Tours are carefully crafted and destinations are handpicked, journeying along back roads for the most authentic hands-on experiences to our guests. Plan your holiday to South Africa and include a photographic tour sharing your interests in photography with other like-minded travelers with an interest of capturing beautiful scenes in a less crowded environment. These tours are an ideal break from the usual coach and overland tours that have a more fixed and timely schedule, allowing you to stop and smell the flowers (or capture them!).

We welcome solo travelers!
85% of our photographer guests are solo travelers, and they always come back for new routes and destinations.

No photographic experience required
These photographic tours are not only aimed at professionals, but also to newcomers looking for a practical learning experience and hands-on guidance. Our accompanying photographers are accredited, full-time working pro photographers (SAPP) with extensive knowledge and experience.

Photographic Tour Itineraries in South Africa include:

  • West Coast Wild Flowers (Spring)
  • Garden Route
  • Eastern Free State & Clarens
  • Arniston & Overberg
  • The Whale Trail
  • Magoebaskloof
  • The Great Karoo

More tours outside South Africa include: Botswana, Zanzibar, Italy & Spain
Contact us for information on these departures.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Tutoring by an experienced and accredited photographer.
  • Learn about the visual elements photography.
  • Take your own professional photos, treasured souvenir of Africa.
  • Tour unspoiled routes of South Africa.
  • Lodging while on tour on charming properties
  • Itineraries cover popular attractions including wild flowers, whales, the Garden Route, the Karoo and many more
  • Ideal for professional and amateur photographers
  • Visit a local fishing village and enjoy a traditional Afrikaner dinner.
  • Learn post-production

More South Africa Tours

Summary

Breakfast & Dinner Daily

6 Days / 5 Nights
Group/Private Tour

Below is a list of example tours. The listings are summaries of the actual tours and not itineraries - for a detailed itinerary of any of these tours, please contact us.

5 Day Spring in The Cape
Departure: 22 August 2020
Departs from:
Cape Town
Optional: Whale Boat Trip

  • Carpets of colour that offer the opportunity of where to put your focal point.
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode.
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*.
  • Architecture on the old Cape Dutch building form the 1700’s.
  • Depth of field workshop on the apple and almond blossoms.
  • Low Light Workshop in the oldest wine cellar in the country.
  • Understanding how to use a Polarising Filter*.
  • Night Skies and Painting with light.
  • Macro on the buds.
  • Making friends with your tripod and understanding its value to your journey as a photographer.
  • The importance of good composition using your foreground, middle ground and background.
  • How to use long roads as leading lines.
  • Working with colour blocking on the canola.
  • How to handle all different types of light and how it reacts to natural elements such as dust.
  • Movie night and feedback on images.

5 Day Garden Route
Departure: 18 March 2021
Departs from:
Hermanus
Optional: Whale Boat trip, Kassiesbaai dinner and donation to the Donkey Sanctuary

  • A variety of seascapes at different times and moods
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*
  • Architecture on old Historic buildings and lighthouses
  • Depth of field workshop
  • Understanding how to use a Polarising Filter*
  • Night Skies and Painting with light
  • Macro on the small discoveries
  • Making friends with your tripod and understanding its value to your journey as a photographer
  • The importance of good composition using your foreground, middle ground and background.
  • How to use long roads as leading lines in landscape photography
  • Photographing negative spaces in the Knysna Forests
  • How to handle all different types of light and how it reacts to natural elements such as dust
  • Movie night and feedback on images

5 Day Clarens and the Eastern Free State
Departure: 07 April 2021
Departs from:
Johannesburg (Rosebank Gautrain Station)
Optional: Whale Boat trip, Kassiesbaai dinner and donation to the Donkey Sanctuary

  • A thorough check of your camera and settings – including setup.
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode.
  • Understanding white balance, picture style and ISO.
  • Landscape photography teaching you how to include a foreground, middle ground.
  • Shutter Speed workshop on galloping horses.
  • Master the art of panning.
  • How to focus across your focal plane and through your focal plane.
  • How to see a shot – and then stop and shoot it along the back roads.
  • Understanding how to use a Polarising Filter* and when to use it.
  • Shutter Speed workshop with Neutral Density Filter*.
  • Architecture in a deserted town that has a population fewer than 50 residents.
  • Understanding aperture and depth of field around the farm.
  • Portrait photography in a unique environment.
  • Street photography through Shanti.
  • Night skies and painting with light.
  • Macro in the fields.
  • Parallel lines and leading lines – how to use them to create depth.
  • Making friends with your tripod and understanding its value to your journey as a photographer.
  • Understanding when a photo is a colour photo and when a photo is a black and white photo.
  • How to handle all different types of light and how it reacts to natural elements such as dust.
  • Movie night and feedback on images.
  • A complete camera set up.
  • A look at your gear and advise (if needed).

5 Day Whale Trail Photo-Hike
Departure: 19 May 2021
Departs from:
Hermanus

  • Landscapes that only 12 people get to walk along every day – very few of them stopping to take beautiful photographs.  A truly unique photographic opportunity.
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode.
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*’.
  • Depth of field workshop in the indigenous forests.
  • Understanding how to use a Polarising Filter*.
  • Night Skies and Painting with light.
  • Macro in the small holes in the rocks – where the most beautiful ‘bonsai’ fynbos grows.
  • The importance of good composition using your foreground, middleground and background.
  • How to use hiking paths as leading lines.
  • How to handle all different types of light and how it reacts to natural elements such as dust.

5 Day Arniston & Overberg
Departure: 04 August 2021
Departs from:
Hermanus
Optional: Whale Boat trip, Kassiesbaai dinner and donation to the Donkey Sanctuary

  • A variety of seascapes at different times and moods
  • Composition on the Arniston Fishing Boats and in Struisbaai Harbour
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*
  • Architecture on the old fisherman’s cottages in Arniston
  • Depth of field workshop in the Arniston Harbour
  • Portraiture in a private home in Suurbrak
  • Learn to photograph into the setting sun at a Donkey Sanctuary
  • Understanding how to use a Polarising Filter*
  • Night Skies and Painting with light
  • Macro on the small discoveries
  • Making friends with your tripod and understanding its value to your journey as a photographer
  • The importance of good composition using your foreground, middle ground and background.
  • How to use long roads as leading lines
  • How to handle all different types of light and how it reacts to natural elements such as dust
  • Movie night and feedback on images

5 Day Magoebaskloof
Departure: 22 September 2021
Departs from: J
ohannesburg
Optional: Whale Boat trip, Kassiesbaai dinner and donation to the Donkey Sanctuary

  • Landscapes along the back roads
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*
  • How to balance ambient and tungsten light at dusk in the ‘blue light’.
  • Depth of field workshop in the pine forests
  • Understanding how to use a Polarising Filter*
  • Night Skies and Painting with light
  • Macro in an Organic Veggie Garden
  • Making friends with your tripod and understanding its value to your journey as a photographer
  • The importance of good composition using your foreground, middleground and background.
  • How to use long roads as leading lines
  • Working with colour blocking on the abundance of spring flowers
  • How to handle all different types of light and how it reacts to natural elements such as dust
  • Movie night and feedback on images
  • Understanding negative spaces in a graveyard

5 Day The Great Karoo
Departure: 03 November 2021
Departs from:
Hermanus

  • Landscapes along the dry and barren Karoo back roads.
  • Shutter Speed workshops on waterfalls.
  • Architecture on buildings from ‘way-back-when’.
  • Broken and dilapidated ruins.
  • Stars and Star Trails in Sutherland.
  • Painting with light.
  • Environmental portraiture in Matjiesfontein.
  • Animal portraiture on donkeys.
  • Macro workshop on cactuses and aloes.
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode.
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*.
  • Depth of field workshop.
  • Understanding how to use a Polarising Filter*.
  • Making friends with your tripod and understanding its value to your journey as a photographer.
  • The importance of good composition using your foreground, middle ground and background.
  • How to use long, winding roads as leading lines in landscape photography.
  • How to handle all different types of light and how it reacts to natural elements such as dust.

What is included?

  • Varied meals (depending on itinerary)
  • Tea, coffee, sugar etc. will be supplied to everyone staying in self catering.
  • Olympus Mirrorless Cameras and Lenses to try.
  • Sigma Art, Zoom, Sport and Macro lenses with both a Nikon and Canon Mount to try.
  • Neutral density and polarising filters to learn to use and to try.
  • Access to a basic medical aid kit.

What is excluded?

  • Camera equipment.
  • A tripod is essential (you are welcome to hire one for the weekend at R200.00).
  • The optional extras
  • Meals not specified in itinerary.
  • Personal or additional travel on the shared transport.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

South Africa Photography Tours

Rates are broken down per service. Each service depends on the guests needs.
IN ZAR Photographic
Instruction
Accommodation
Shared
Transport
5 Day Spring in the Cape
22 August 2020
R5,500 pp Self Catering from R2,000 pp sharing
B&B lodging from R3,400 pp sharing
FT - R 1,950 pp
HT - R 950 pp
5 Day Garden Route 
18 March 2021
*Ends in George
R5,500 pp Self Catering from R2,200 pp sharing
B&B lodging from R3,400 pp sharing
R 1,600 - ,1900 pp
5 Day Eastern Free State & Clarens
07 April 2021
R5,500 pp Lodging (Breakfast & Dinner)
from R 4,080 pp sharing
FT - R 1,950 pp
HT - R 950 pp
5 Day Arniston & Overberg
04 August 2021
R5,500 pp Self Catering from R2,200 pp sharing
B&B lodging from R3,200 pp sharing
FT - R 1,950 pp
HT - R 950 pp
5 Day Magoebaskloof
22 September 2021
R5,500 pp Lodging (Breakfast &  2 Dinners)
from R 4,200 pp sharing
R 1,600 - ,1900 pp
5 day The Great Karoo
03 November 2021
R5,500 pp Lodging (Self Catering)
from R 2,100 pp sharing
FT - R 1,950 pp
HT - R 950 pp
Whale Trail Photo-Hike
19 May 2021
R8,500 pp incl Accommodation in huts R 750 pp

FT - Full Transport - Includes all shared transport during tour
HT - Half Transport - Drive yourself to the base lodging & join the transport on day trips

*All bookings incur an additional R 500 pp booking fee

Minimum 8 passengers required to guarantee a departure
30 % Single supplements applicable to single travelers

Included:

  • Varied meals (depending on itinerary)
  • Tea, coffee, sugar etc. will be supplied to everyone staying in self catering.
  • Olympus Mirrorless Cameras and Lenses to try.
  • Sigma Art, Zoom, Sport and Macro lenses with both a Nikon and Canon Mount to try.
  • Neutral density and polarising filters to learn to use and to try.
  • Access to a basic medical aid kit.

Excluded

  • Camera equipment.
  • A tripod is essential (you are welcome to hire one for the weekend at R200.00).
  • The optional extras
  • Meals not specified in itinerary.
  • Personal or additional travel on the shared transport.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.

What to Bring:
In order to achieve the most from the Accredited South African Professional Photographer, a camera body with a manual mode function is recommended. However, all makes of cameras are welcome. A tripod is essential.

What to Wear:
Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Wind breakers come in handy for photographing at dusk and dawn and pockets are useful. We will communicate with you closer to the of date of departure should there any be any inclement weather expected that would encourage additional items of clothing that are not typical.

Non-photographers:
Partners and spouses over the age of 21 are welcome to join as non-photographers.

Fitness:
A certain level of fitness is required to enable you to transport your own camera bag, tripod and accessories. Reasonably short to medium distances are covered while photowalking.
If during ‘free time’ you would like to partake in other adventures, additional fitness may be required.

Photographic Skills:
None! Photographers of all skills level are welcome.

 

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