Hogsback (10 – 13 Oct 2019)

Nestled in the Amatole Mountains of the Eastern Cape – this 14km2 small town is one of the true gems of South Africa.


On this Photo-tour you will explore indigenous forests and cascading waterfalls, the enchanted treehouse, magnificent local gardens with labyrinths, shrines, fairies and mirrors. Photographic canvases that are wonderful to learn on and unique only to this enchanting small town.




**If you have completed a 52 Week Challenge or been on a Photo Tour with us – you receive 10% discount on this tour.


There are a minimum of four and maximum of ten people per photographer on this tour so early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Please see below for price and payment policy – as well as what is included and excluded.

Date:  10-13 October 2019.

Our Photographers:

Peter Hassall (National President of SA Pro-Photographers with 35 years experience) and Leanne Dryburgh (Western Cape Manager of SA Pro-Photographers with 27 years experience) from thephotowalkers.com are the photographers selected for this tour. Peter Hassall will join if there are more than 10 photographers booked.

Photographic Skills:

Hobbyist and travel photographers of all skills level are welcome. Solo Travellers are welcome. Come Join Us!

Partners and Non-Photographers:

Partners/Non-Photographers are welcome to join at the same price as the photographers.

Our photographers years of experience behind the lens and years of scouting this area is what puts thephotowalkers.com into a league of its own.

Photographic Highlights Include:

  • Landscapes from the viewpoints and mountainous roads
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*
  • Architecture in Hogsback town and on the homesteads
  • Low Light and painting with light
  • Understanding how to compose with reflections
  • Depth of field in the fairy gardens
  • 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, middleground and background.
  • Parallel lines and perspective at the Enchanted Tree House
  • 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.


We have created fixed workshops during this tour to ensure that we cover as many aspects of photography as possible. These are worked around the best light, travel times and meal times. The tour does also allow for free time as the mornings are early as the nights are long.

A detailed itinerary is sent to all bookings once your place/s have been secured.

This tour is based in Hogsback.


Through the years we have learnt that everyone has their own accommodation needs and therefore we do not include it in the tour price.

We do however highly recommend that you stay in the same accommodation establishment as the photographers and the rest of the group as we do early morning and late night workshops on and around the establishment. This also allows for idle chit-chat between workshops with the photographers and other group members.

We outsource an  Accommodation Booking Team who do their best to find the most suitable accommodation for you with the group – at the most suitable price.

On this tour – we have they have found lovely accommodation which offers self catering with a continental breakfast served in your cottage for you to enjoy on the balcony. The shared transport will also take you into town to restaurants should you like.

The actual price is dependent on availability at the time of your booking.

  • The estimated*  in Bed and Breakfast per person per night sharing is: R400.00
  • The estimated* in Bed and Breakfast for a single supplement per night is: R500.00

If you are a solo-traveller and don’t mind sharing with someone similar to you in twin beds – please let us know and and our booking team will try our best to help you.


thephotowalkers.com are offering shared transport from East London Airport. It’s by far the nicest way to do the tours and it’s good fun too!

The shared transport will depart from East London Airport at about 14h30 and collect anyone staying en-route to Hogsback. (If you arrive earlier and would like to go for lunch in East London – we will pick you up there.). Please book your return flights from 14h00 on Sunday 13 October.

The price of the shared transport is excluded and is estimated at between R950.00 – R1450.00 per person – depending on the number of people in the bus. It is calculated a week before departure and is invoiced.

If you are travelling from the Hermanus area – we will arrange to pick you up and drop you off at your home and take you to CT International Airport. Please ensure that you communicate with thephotowalkers.com before booking your flights – so that everyone travels at the same time. (It looks like there will be a SAFAIR flight at 12h55 and landing at 14h30 – we will confirm as soon as bookings open). Airport transfers are an additional cost – depending on the number of bookings.

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

Should you have any  questions, you are welcome to call or WhatsApp Leanne on 083 293 7208 or email Jeanne at tours@thephotowalkers.com. One of them will get back to you as soon as possible. (If Leanne is taking a tour or on a shoot – she may take a couple of days to reply –WhatsApp is most effective form of communication for her)

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 ).

A deposit of R1000.00 is required to secure your place and the balance is payable 2 weeks before departure. There is limited space so early booking is advisable.

A *10% discount is offered on the Photography Instruction to our existing clients, our past and present 52-Week Challengers and Registered Camera Club Members (PSSA – please supply details).  *This discount does not apply if another promotional offer is running.

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Accredited South African Professional Photographer/s who will be on hand throughout the weekend to assist you – no matter what skill level you are. Our photographers are trained in film photography and therefore have a very deep understanding and knowledge of all aspects of photography. A second Professional Photographer will join the tour once 10 people have confirmed.


Camera Equipment, accommodation, Accommodation Booking Fee, meals, transport, entrance fees, additional, medical aid kit, activities and any expenses of a personal nature.

Olympus Mirrorless Cameras:

Wandering about Mirrorless Technology and lighter camera equipment that is easier for travel?

thephotowalkers.com have partnered with Olympus and have these cameras on hand throughout the tour for you to try and use as much as you would like to. Our photographers are well versed in this incredible Micro four/thirds technology and can answer any questions that you have. These cameras, lenses, filters and accessories are available for purchase through our sister company –  The Photo Shed.

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 and cell phones are welcome.

A tripod is essential (in the event that you do not own a tripod you are welcome to hire one from thephotowalkers.com at a cost of R200.00 for the duration of the tour). Pre-booking is essential.

Head torches for the evenings.

What to Wear:

Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Please bring a  second pair of closed shoes – as we will photograph near water and your shoes may get wet. Wind breakers come in handy for photographing at dusk and dawn and pockets are useful. thephotowalkers.com will communicate with you closer to the date of departure should there any be any inclement weather expected that would encourage additional items of clothing that are not typical.


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 on our workshops. If during ‘free time’ you would like to partake in other adventures, additional fitness may be required.

Cancellation Policy:

On the price of the Photo-Tour:

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:

The cancellation policy of each accommodation establishment can vary and will apply. If the thephotowalkers.com bookings team has booked your accommodation – they will assist as much as possible in getting you as much of a refund as possible.

Due to the logistics of the bookings the Accommodation Booking Fee is non-refundable.

In the event that thephotowalkers.com has to cancel the tour for any reason whatsoever, a full refund will be issued immediately – on the Photo-Tour and the accommodation.


By booking this Photo-Tour you agree to be bound by thephotowalkers.com indemnity terms and conditions. thephotowalkers.com, it’s staff, employees, suppliers and partners will not be held responsible for loss, injury, death or damage including consequential loss of any nature what-so-ever 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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