Hogsback (09 – 13 October 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.

With many years of experience behind the lens, and an intimate knowledge of the area, our photographers are able to offer photo-tours that are in a league of their own. Come Join Us!


09-13 October 2019.

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 on the night of the 12th of October – but with the late nights and early mornings of the first three days – this time is made up.
What is offered photographically?
  • Landscapes from the viewpoints and mountainous roads
  • Architecture in Hogsback town and on the homesteads
  • Depth of field in the fairy gardens
  • Macro on the small things
  • Parallel lines and perspective at the Enchanted Tree House
  • Shutter Speed Workshop on waterfalls and rivers
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode
  • How to use a Neutral Density Filter*
  • Low Light and painting with light
  • Understanding how to compose with reflections
  • 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 handle all different types of light and how it reacts to natural elements such as dust

*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).
  • Leanne Dryburgh (Western Cape Manager of SA Pro-Photographers with 27 years experience).
What photographic skills are required?


Leanne will take the entry level photographers and Peter will take the advanced photographers. You are welcome to swap groups during the tour if you feel you would benefit more from the other group. The groups will be together on excursions.

Who is the Tour aimed at?
  • Photography enthusiasts, hobbyist and travel photographers.
  • Students studying Visual Art, any form of Media, videography or photography and who require an internship or portfolio.
  • Solo travellers wanting to have an experience in a safe and fun environment.
  • Couples wanting 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.
  • As there are 2 photographers instructing so you will be in a group of between 5 and 10 photographers only throughout the tour.
What if you don’t reach the minimum number?

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).

Where does the Photo-Tour take place?

This tour is based in Hogsback.

What does the tour cost?

1) Photography instruction: 

This high-level, location-based, hands-on photography instruction is R1500.00 per person per day over 4 days – so R6000.00 in total.

  • Take off 10% if you have been on a Photo-Tour with thephotowalkers.com before or have completed a 52 Week Challenge.
  • Take off 5% if you are an active club member of the PSSA. 

2) Accommodation:

  • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation at R850.00 per person per night – single
  • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation at R700.00 per person per night – sharing

3) Transport:

  • We offer shared transport which includes a quantum (or similar) with driver who has a PDP licence. 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: R1750.00 per person.

  • Saturday 12 October: (additional travel day)
    • From Hermanus to CT International – depart at 09h30 for 12h10 Safair flight (this transfer R400.00 per person)
    • Pick up at 14h00 from East London Airport
  • Monday 12 August:
    • Drop off at East London Airport at 07h30 on Sunday 13 October for 08h30 Safair flight
    • Airport shuttle can be arranged to Hermanus at R400.00 per person.

Half shared transport: R850.00 per person.

  • Includes transport during the tour (so self drive to the towns and leave your car there and join the ‘photography bus’ on the day trips)

You are welcome to self drive.

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).

  • Upon booking – A deposit of R1000.00 is required to secure your place. (This is the first instalment of the photography fee)
  • 10 Weeks before departure – R2500.00 (The second instalment of the photography fee) plus 50% of the accommodation and management fee.
  • 3 Weeks before departure – 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  will be on the road and dinners on own  before nighttime workshops
  • 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 what accommodation requirements 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 wind breakers / 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 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 – it is 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.


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 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).