Garden Route

A unique experience photographing the oceans, rivers, lakes, forests, building and lighthouses. A very diverse, fun and enriching photographic experience!

 

This photo-tour truly is a wonderful experience!

On this Photo-tour you will discover the unsurpassed beauty of the Garden Route and its unsurpassed natural beauty through the back roads and unique towns.  We will explore Mossel Bay, Victoria Bay, the lakes of Sedgefield, Buffalo Bay, Knysna, Brenton, Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley and Storms River.

SOLO TRAVELERS ARE WELCOME

Date:

07 – 11 March 2020.

Early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

  • The first day of each tour is a travel day only with a ‘meet and greet’ dinner that evening.
  • There are four days of eight hours on average of photography instruction.
  • The tour ends at 13h00 on the final day – but with the late nights and early mornings of the first three days – this time is made up.

Year End Special less 20% on local tours

What is offered photographically?

A detailed itinerary is sent to all secured bookings closer to the start date of the tour.

  • 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.
  • 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.

*we have these filters available for loan and sale on the tour – in all sizes.

Who are the photographic instructors?
  • Peter Hassall (National President of SA Pro-Photographers with 35 years experience). Peter Hassall will only join if there are more than 8 bookings.
  • Leanne Dryburgh (Western Cape Manager of SA Pro-Photographers with 27 years experience).
What photographic skills are required?

None.

Who is the Tour aimed at?
  • Photography enthusiasts, hobbyist and travel photographers.
  • Students studying Visual Art, any form of Media, videography or photography and/or who require an internship or portfolio.
  • Solo travellers who want to have an experience in a safe and fun environment.
  • Couples who want to explore a hobby together.
Are partners and non-photographers welcome?

Yes at the same price as photographers.

How many photographers do you take?
  • A minimum of ten and maximum of twenty photographers per tour.
  • Peter Hassall will only join if there are 10 photographers booked.
  • If we do not reach the minimum number 10 weeks before the tour – we will refund you your deposit.
Where does the Photo-Tour take place?

We will be travelling through Mossel Bay, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Storms River Mouth, Natures Valley and all of the hidden gems between. We will spend 2 nights in 2 of the above towns.  Details will be sent to all secured places.

What does the tour cost?

1) Photography instruction: 

The full price of tour is R5500.00 (An average of R1375.00 per day for the photography instruction on a large variety of canvasses – with Accredited Pro Photographer/s).

An average of 8-10 hours of instruction is given each day.

  • Take off 10% if you have been on a Photo-Tour with thephotowalkers.com before or have completed a 52 Week Challenge.  *No discounts apply while a promotional offer is running.
  • Take off 5% if you are an active club member of the PSSA. 
  • These discounts do not apply if any specials are running.

2) Accommodation:

You have the option Self-Catering or Bed & Breakfast accommodation // Sharing or Single.

These prices are based on estimates* – the actual price is dependent on availability at the time of your booking.

  • The estimated* price for self catering per person per night sharing is: R550.00
  • The estimated* price for self catering for a single supplement per night is: R750.00
  • The estimated* price for Bed and Breakfast per person per night sharing is: R850.00
  • The estimated* price for Bed and Breakfast for a single supplement per night is: R1150.00

If you would like to arrive a day before the tour or stay in Hermanus after the tour – our team can arrange and book that accommodation for you too.

If you don’t mind sharing a room with someone similar to you – let us know on the booking form and our team will try and arrange this for you.

3) Transport:

  • We offer shared transport, which includes a quantum (or similar) with a driver who has a PDP license.  Should it be necessary, the driver will help with your bags too.
  • Shared transport allows for photography chit chat and is by far the nicer way to take the tour.

Full shared transport: R1950.00 per person (based on a minimum of 8 people sharing)

  • Saturday 7 March: (additional travel day)
    • Depart from Hermanus 08h00
    • Pick up at George Airport 12h30 (please make sure that your flight lands by 12h00 latest)
  • Wednesday 11 March:
    • We will be back in Hermanus at 17h00 (Whale Boat trip 12h00-14h00 or Whale Walk)
    • Drop off at George Airport by 11h00 (please make sure your flights depart from 13h00)
  • Additional transfers between Cape Town and Hermanus (not included in above price) 
  • Friday 6 March:
    • Pick up at CT International by 14h00 (please make sure you land by 13h30 latest)
  • Wednesday 11  March:
    • Drop off at CT International by 11h00 (please book flights from 12h30)

Half shared transport: R950.00 per person.

  • Meet us at the accommodation and share the bus during the tour

4) Logistics and Management Fee:  R500.00 per person

We outsource a company that co-ordinates all booking details, dietary requirements, activities etc to create a photography experience that is exciting, interesting and hassle free!

We will refund you the R1000.00 deposit that secures each place 10 weeks before the tour – when the second payment is due. (See **Payments below).

Price and Payment Policy:

The full price of tour is R5500.00 (An average of R1375.00 per day for the photography instruction from dusk to dawn – on a large variety of canvasses – with Accredited Pro Photographer/s).
There is one free travel day before the tour.

**Payments:
  • Upon booking – A deposit of R1000.00 is required to secure your place. (This is the first instalment of the photography fee) as well as 50% of the accommodation fee.
  • 10 Weeks before departure (7 January 2020): R2500.00 (The second instalment of the photography fee) plus the balance of the accommodation and management fee.
  • 3 Weeks before departure (15 February 2020): The balance of the photography fee (less any discounts) balance of the accommodation and transport (if applicable) is due.

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What is excluded?
  • Camera equipment.
  • A tripod is essential (you are welcome to hire one for the weekend at R200.00).
  • Photography activities. (This list will be given to all confirmed participants – they are an optional extra).
  • Lunches – all refreshments, beverages and snacks.
  • Personal or additional travel on the shared transport.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
What is included?
  • 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.
How do I book?

Simply click on the ‘BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES’ button towards the top of the page.  There are drop-downs that prompt you to tell us which accommodation requirements you need and if you would like to share transport.  You will then receive an email with all of the relevant details.

What if I have a question?
  • Call or WhatsApp Leanne on 083 293 7208.
  • Email Jeanne at tours@thephotowalkers.com.
What should I wear or bring?
  • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended.
  • A second pair as we will be photographing in the dew and near water.
  • Warm jackets and windbreakers/rain jackets.
  • Head torches for night time photography.
How fit do I need to be?

You need to be able to walk short distances with your camera equipment.

What if I have to cancel?

On the photography instruction:

  • Cancellations within 1 month of the tour: No refund will be issued.
  • Cancellations more than 1 month before the tour: 50% refund will be issued on any monies paid to date.

On the accommodation and the transport:

Once these have been paid they are non-refundable.  However the logistics and management team will do their best to find someone to ‘buy’ your accommodation from you.

The logistics and management fee:

This fee covers all of your bookings and logistics and is only payable once you have confirmed.  Therefore, if you have to cancel once it has been paid, its non-refundable as the work for your booking would have been done.

What if thephotowalkers.com has to cancel?

In the event that thephotowalkers.com has to cancel the tour for any reason whatsoever, a full refund will be issued on all expenses paid to date.

Indemnity:

By booking this Photo-Tour, you agree to be bound by thephotowalkers.com indemnity terms and conditions. thephotowalkers.com, its staff, employees, suppliers and partners will not be held responsible for loss, injury, death or damage including consequential loss of any nature whatsoever while on the tour, in the shared transport, in the accommodation or during an activity. By booking this tour you understand and accept this. thephotowalkers.com will do their best to avoid any circumstances that may lead to the above.

Intellectual Property and Confidentiality:

By booking this tour you understand, accept and agree that any information given as well as any service providers, locations, workshops, partners, techniques or any part of the tour whatsoever is the Intellectual Property of The Photowalkers (t/a thephotowalkers.com).

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