Tailor Made Photographic Travel

Create the visual story of your hand-crafted Cape photographic travel experience. Let me know what you would like to see, what moves you most and what excites the creative voice within and I will tailor make your itinerary for you.

It is important for me that your photographic tour be as much about relaxing, and being on holiday, as it is about capturing great moments and landscapes. The flowing and flexible nature of my tours, as well as the fact that we generally shoot early and late – for the best light, leaves time in the day for activities and relaxing, so you will have the opportunity to experience as many activities (or restaurants and boutiques) as you wish.

I have curated a list of my favorite Cape destinations below. These will give you an idea of what I feel are the top photographic destinations in The Cape. The Cape is my home, but I design photographic travel itineraries throughout Africa and The World. Just let me know where you want to go…

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Your Guide and Photographer

I am a professional photographer and a registered tour-guide. I have shot just about everything under the sun (and moon) – all in a unique reportage style. I love capturing landscapes and moments from my own viewpoint, as they unfold, rather than scenes that need manipulating or styling. I am also a very relaxed and easy going guy, with a beard, love the color yellow best and don’t eat apples. Give me a shout if you would like to chat, I am available for skype consultations should you wish to break the ice before booking the ultimate cape photography tour. Give me a shout at +27(0)715576400 or mail me at alfred@alfredlor.com

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Destination: Cape Town - The City Bowl

Cape Town, known as the Mother City to South Africans is possibly the most beautiful city in the world. Surrounded  by mountain and sea, forest and desert – it offers the landscape photographer an incredible depth of subject matter. Architecturally, it is a young city and lacks the grand and stately cathedrals and public monuments of European cities, but it more than makes up for this in it’s vibrancy, energy and color. Highlights in the City Bowl include the historical  District 6 area as well as the iconic Wale Street in Bo-Kaap with its vibrant street life and colorful architecture. The V&A Waterfront is a world class Harbor Fronted shopping district with great twilight photographic opportunities. The Atlantic seaboard includes the super trendy Camps Bay and Clifton, and beautiful beaches and ocean views along Victoria Drive. Table Mountain and Robben Island are world class destinations and offer great photographic opportunities. Signal Hill, Lions Head and various other parts of the mountain area offer amazing walks and views over the city and ocean.

Destination: Cape Town - The Deep South

I am particularly fond of the Deep South, that’s the area south of the City Bowl and towards the Peninsula. Villages here include the small coastal “villages” like Kalk bay and Simonstown, charming little harbours, todal pools and coastal walks. The penguin colony at Boulders Beach is world famous, and great to shoot in the right light. My favorite part of the area is Kalk Bay, an old fishing village with a really lovely little harbour, lovely tidal pools and “secret” beaches. Kalk Bay also has amazing restaurants and boutiques lining it’s main road. Further along the coast is St James and it’s iconic tidal pool and colourful changing huts. Muizenberg also has some of these very lens-friendly changing huts on it’s long beach, and is also a great place to learn to surf. I also love to shoot at Chapmans-Peak Drive, especially in twilight, and at the nearby beaches of Noordhoek and the harbor at Hout Bay. The Cape Peninsula south of Simonstown as well as the coastline around Misty Cliffs and Scarborough are also incredibly scenic.

Destination: Franschhoek - Cape Winelands

I like to be based in Franschhoek when in the Cape Winelands. There are many easily accessible shoot locations in the immediate vicinity as well as numerous world class wine estates. The town itself is renown for it’s cuisine, and is a very tourist friendly place, with numerous boutiques, museums, galleries and cafe’s lining the pedestrian friendly town center. Highlights for me in the area are the pass between Franschhoek and Villiersdorp, the semi rural areas between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch as well as the Taal Monument and Paarl Rock at Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve.

Destination: Cape Agulhas, Arniston and the Overberg

Cape Agulhas is about a day’s drive from Cape Town if you are keen on stopping to take in and capture all the amazing scenery en-route. I like to avoid the busy national road and take the route via Gordon’s Bay and the famous Clarence Drive, which follows the coastline and offers jaw-dropping ocean and mountain views. This memorable road passes the large penguin colony in Betty’s Bay and the Harold Porter Nature Reserve before arriving in Hermanus. Hermanus  is the Whale Watching capitol of South Africa, with frequent sightings during the season between June and December. From Hermanus I head toward Stanford, where slow river cruises and beer tasting are popular activities and then head inland toward Bredarsdorp. Here the scenery changes, the horizon opens up and the winding country roads gift the eyes with fields of rolling hills and the sense of space that always makes me breathe deeply and smile. I have taken amazing images on this stretch. I love the fact that the roads here are quiet, and that I can stop often, wherever I see something I think I would like to photograph. On arrival in Cape Agulhas, at the Southern Tip of Africa the ocean again becomes the prominent natural element. I love shooting the rocky shoreline and tidal pools arount the village, especially in fading light. The lighthouse and nearby harbour at Struisbaai also make good subject matter. Arniston is a short drive away, here the preserved original whitewashed and sun bleached fisherman’s cottages make for great imagery.

Destination: The Garden Route

The Garden Route really deserves at least a couple of days. As the name suggests, this is a place of extraordinary natural beauty. Lush indigenous forests meet the softly rolling waves of the Indian Ocean here, with lovely lagoons and estuaries occupying the space between. The towns here are geared for tourists. There are amazing restaurants around every corner, cool boutiques and markets and activities ranging from zip-lining to ocean sailing and bungee-jumping.  As for subject matter, there really is no limit here, we capture mountain peaks, ancient forest, endless beaches,  a township tour and even a sunset on a sailing yacht.

Destination: The Karoo

The Little Karoo is a stretch of dry semi-desert country, between two paralleled mountain ranges that run for hundreds of kilometers inland from the coast. It’s a place that’s very hard to describe, I often think that I dont know what it is that pulls me so greatly to the Karoo, and why I find it so beautiful. It is one of those places that is greater than the sum of it’s parts. What makes it special is the combination of its vastness, its big sky, the unique palette and the inexplicably exquisite light. Definitely the people too, they are open-hearted and grounded, and always what you see is what you get. I could continue waxing lyrical for another paragraph but possibly it would be better for you to come and experience it for yourself. My favorite shooting locations include desolate mountain passes, anywhere on the legendary Route 62, endless scrubby horizons and star filled night skies.

Destination: The West Coast

The West Coast has a character completely different from that of the South Cape and Garden Route. It feels less lush and more sun-bleached, maybe in some ways like an older place. The horizons are more open as the land is flatter and there is an amazing quality to the light here, almost harder and starker than elsewhere, but beautiful and perfect for the landscape it offers. The area is famous for it’s seasonal wild flower bloom, when vista’s in all directions are blanketed in rainbow colors. The flower season is from August to September but there are incredible views to take in all year round. I like to base myself in Paternoster when in the West Coast, a small coastal village with beautiful beaches, whitewashed fisherman’s cottages and the character that comes from being home to fishermen for generations. The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is literally just out of town but I sometimes spend more time on the coastal dirt road between the town and the reserve shooting than I do in the reserve. There are just so many great views en-route. Imagine old rusted barbed wire fencing silhouetted against a sun bleached sky and ocean, dirt roads winding endlessly into the shrub, abandoned fishing boats on the beach slowly disappearing into the sand…

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