Day 1 - Cape Town

First we must experience the buzz of the Mother City, Cape Town. We discover and shoot some of the land-marks, but also look beyond, into it’s history and human thread, because it is the people of Cape Town that bring the spectacular landscapes and storied history together to define this amazing city.  Day 1 is a gentle day, with a midday pick-up and introduction before setting into our Cape Town accommodation and an afternoon photo-walk on the beach at Clifton and Camps Bay. We head towards the iconic V&A Waterfront for a sunset and twilight photography session before enjoying our first dinner together.


Day 2 - Cape Town

Our second day in the fabulous Mother City starts with an optional sunrise session at a vantage point above the city bowl (for those that want to) before breakfast. After breakfast we head to District 6 and the Bo-Kaap to capture some imagery at these two vibrant and historically significant Cape Town communities with a coffee break at Truth Coffee (voted the world’s best coffee shop by the The Daily Telegraph 2 years in a row) in-between. We then head south. With Boulders Beach and the Penguin Colony as our destination, we stop en-route at Groot Constantia for lunch and at Muizenberg and Kalk Bay for short photography sessions. Once we are done with the penguins, and the sun is beginning to dip into the horizon we head towards our sunset and twilight shoot location on the legendary Chapmans Peak Drive. We capture epic mountain and ocean scenes here as the sky darkens, and then head back to the city for dinner and some rest.


Day 3 - Cape Town to Arniston

After a sunrise session on Clifton Beach we grab a breakfast in trendy Mouille Point before leaving the big city buzz behind. Heading east out of Cape Town we thread our way (hopefully accompanied by whale song and sightings) along the Southern Atlantic Coast, through the Overberg (after a stop for lunch and a cliff-side photowalk in Hermanus) and past the Southern Tip of Africa towards Arniston, a traditional Cape Fishing Village. Here the story of the sea is en- twined with the story of it’s people. Our accomodation in Arniston is the legendary Arniston Hotel and Spa. Highlights here include the incredible scenery on the back country roads and a moody dusk shooting the fishing village and harbor area.


Day 4 - Arniston to Wilderness (Garden Route)

We now leave Arniston and The Overberg behind as we head further east towards the Garden Route. Day 4 starts with a sunrise shooting session on the cliff-paths and dunes for those that want an early start. After breakfast we hit the road towards Mosselbay via the epic hand drawn pont river crossing at Malgas (weather and time permitting). We lunch in Mosselbay Harbor, drop in at the Museum and historic Post Office Tree and then continue on our way to our Garden Route accommodation in Wilderness. Once checked in you can enjoy some free time exploring the village of Wilderness or relaxing on the beach before heading out for a sunset shooting session on the Serpentine River. We dine together in the village after our sunset shoot before heading back to our accommodation for the night.


Day 5 - Wilderness (Garden Route)

We rise early for an optional sunrise session on day 5, this time in a deep and scenic river gorge at Kaaimans. After breakfast those that wish to may hire a canoe and paddle (or hike) a short distance to a beautiful waterfall in the area. Those that want a more leisurely morning may choose to rest at the accommodation, stroll through the village or walk on the beach. We enjoy an early lunch in the Village and then head out towards Knysna on the 7 Passes road, stopping frequently to shoot some of the scenic spots en route. Our last stop on the this road is near Knysna at Jubilee Creek, deep in the indigenous forest. Here the forest is ancient, and a stream leads to a beautiful forest waterfall. After our forest experience, we head to Knysna and some free time at the  popular waterfront and small boat harbor before boarding a sailing yacht for a sundown sail on the lagoon and out the famous Knysna Heads if weather and tide permit. We then dine in Knysna before heading back to our accommodation for the evening.


Day 6 - Wilderness to Prince Albert

We yet again start with an optional sunrise shooting session for those that dont want to sleep a little later. After breakfast we hit the road inland, over the majestic Outeniqua mountains toward the magical Little Karoo and the town of De Rust where we will take a stroll around and have lunch. The journey is incredibly scenic, and time is built into the itinerary for many stops, to shoot scenic views and sample roadside farm stalls. After lunch in the tiny Karoo “dorpie” of De Rust we head towards Prince Albert, nestled on the northern slopes of the majestic Swartberg Mountain Range. This “boutique” Karoo town is incredibly scenic and very popular with local artists and artisans. Once we have checked into our accommodation you will have time to explore the town, boutiques and galleries before heading out to shoot some incredible landscape imagery on the lower slopes of the Swartberg Mountain Range.


Day 7 - Prince Albert (Karoo)

Although optional our sunrise session on this morning will be spectacular – the Karoo is always is. We might spend a little longer out for this session than normal due to the incredible landscapes on offer, but then head back for a lazy breakfast and morning. Around mid-morning we head out to a local farm to explore their labyrinth walk and shoot some farm landscapes. Lunch is a casual affair in the village, with free time again on the cards for exploring the village or relaxing. In the afternoon we either join a local guide for a history and ghost walk of the town, or explore the surrounding area’s further capturing landscapes, depending on how you feel. Dinner at the legendary Karoo Kombuis will be booked for one of our evenings in Prince Albert.


Day 8 - Prince Albert to Sanbona

We start the day with an early breakfast and depart soon afterwards, so as to capture the legendary Swartberg Pass in the best early morning light en-route. Once over the pass we stop at the iconic Cango Caves and enjoy a guided tour into the ancient subterranean complex. We then join route 62 and head toward Barrydale, stopping frequently to enjoy (and capture) the views and visit farm-stalls and the picturesque towns along this popular route. We visit Ronnies “Sex” Shop for lunch and stop for a dip in some nearby natural hot water springs before arriving at Sanbona and checking in. Sanbona is a 5 star luxury safari experience. After settling into you accommodation we head out for an evening game drive and luxurious dinner afterwards. Please note: Depending on availability, the safari experience will be at either Sanbona or Gondwana Private Nature Reserve. Both offer 5 star Safari Experiences.


Day 9 - Sanbona

We start the day with an early morning game drive and then a luxurious breakfast. The rest of the day is spent in leisure, you may choose to take a guided walk, relax by the pool or just soak up the sun with a book or magazine. I will be on hand during the day all day to assist you with any post production you may want to do on images you have shot during the trip. I will share whatever knowledge may be of use to you regarding image processing in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. In the late afternoon we head off for another game drive. After dinner we have the opportunity to shoot some long exposure nights-capes and star-trail landscape images.


Day 10 - Sanbona to Franschhoek

After a late start and leisurely breakfast we re-join the R62 towards Franschhoek and the Cape Winelands via Villiersdorp. We stop frequently on this spectacular journey to capture the views.  Once checked into our accommodation in Franschhoek you will have the option of exploring Franschhoek in the afternoon or accompanying me to the Huguenot Monument for a photo-walk. We take a drive up the scenic Franschhoek Pass towards Villiersdorp in the late afternoon to capture some sunset and twilight landscapes. We return to Franschhoek for dinner.


Day 11 - Franschhoek and Winelands

We will catch up on a little sleep today and start a little later. After breakfast we head out of Franschhoek to explore two of the other main towns that make up the famous Cape Winelands. We head first for Stellenbosch, via the scenic Helshoogte Pass with a quick stop en-route for coffee and/or a wine tasting at one of the Estates en route. We explore the historical roots of the area and get an idea of how the early settlers lived while touring the Stellenbosch Village Museum. We then visit the D-Street and SMAC art galleries before sitting down to lunch. After lunch we head towards Paarl where we visit the Afrikaans Language Museum with it’s graphic shapes and fantastic play of light and shadow and continue our shoot at the equally photogenic Paarl Rock before heading back to Franschhoek for the evening.


Day 12 - Franschhoek to Paternoster

We again start the day with an optional sunrise session, this time from the Robertsvlei Road looking down over Franschhoek and the mountains beyond. We return to the accommodation for breakfast and then head out to the local township of  Groendal where we meet up with a local guide who shows around the vibrant township. We go from serious 3rd world scenes to proper 1st world luxury when we leave Groendal and head to Babylonstoren for lunch and a visit to this renown Wine Estate. After lunch we head out towards Paternoster on the West Coast. On arriving at Paternoster and checking into our accommodation you will have the option of relaxing for a few hours or taking a stroll through the village and harbor area. We set out to shoot some stunning views, scenery and architectural studies in the late afternoon and into twilight. Once the sun has slipped into the Atlantic, we stroll to a nearby restaurant for dinner.


Day 13 -Paternoster to Cape Town

A sunrise session shooting architectural twilight’s, ocean sunrise or whatever you wish is again on the cards for the 5th and last morning of this tour. Those that prefer, may take it easy and sleep a little later. After breakfast you will have an hour or two of free time to explore the village, or take in the sun on the beach. Around mid-morning we head out to Cape Columbine Nature Reserve for a photo-walk in the reserve, at the lighthouse and at Tietiesbaai. We travel back to Paternoster for a long lazy final lunch on the beach before turning south and heading back to Cape Town. We stop at a legendary beach shack in Langebaan en route for coffee, and then at Blouwbergstrand to capture the most iconic image of Table Mountain before arriving in the city and saying goodbye.


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General Info

We accommodate a maximum of 6 guests. This allows us to keeps the experience as personal as possible.

This tour is suitable for guests with any skill level, from beginner to pro. Provisions are also made for non-photographers throughout the itinerary. I recommend that your gear should include at least a DSLR or Mirrorless Camera & a tripod. Remote shutter release systems and a range of neutral density filters are also great to have. I am happy to consult with you on the best kit to bring with for your chosen tour. I also facilitate lens and camera rental for most systems as an added extra on request.

The daily schedule is fairly busy but small groups mean that it is fluid and can be adjusted en-route. Options for non-photographers (or tired photographers) are built into the itinerary. There is always plenty to do and see if you dont feel like shooting. We have wet-weather plans in place for all tour days.

Your Guide

I am a professional photographer and a registered tour-guide. I have shot just about everything under the sun (and moon) – all in (what I hope) is 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, love the color yellow best and dont like 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 a tour. Give me a shout at +27(0)715576400 or mail me at alfred@alfredlor.com

Cost

Cost is dependent on the time of year and style of accommodation you prefer. Send me your details and preferred dates, as well as whether you prefer 3, 4 or 5 star accommodation and I will custom build the tour to your budget.