Lesotho & Sani Pass Adventure (17-22 May 2019)

A 4×4 Photographic Adventure across Sani Pass and into Lesotho offering a unique photographic opportunity that will way surpass your wildest dreams.

Come Join Us!

This Photographic Adventure will be full of “First Time Experiences” as we travel in Land Cruisers with pop-up roofs from Underberg, along the famous Sani Pass and into the Lesotho Highlights. We will visit local Basotho Families for a taste of the homemade bread and beer, travel along the Senqu River (which become the Orange River), many waterfalls and the magnificent Katse Dam – Dam Wall Tour and Botanical Gardens.

 

>>>BOOKINGS ARE OPEN<<<

>>>SOLO TRAVELLERS ARE WELCOME<<<

>>>5% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OFFERED ON THIS TOUR IF BOOKED IN 2018*<<<

Date: 17-22 May 2019.

There are a minimum of six and maximum of ten people on this tour so early booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

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

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.

Our  Sani Pass and Lesotho Adventure Guides:

thephotowalkers.com have teamed up with the Leading Adventure Experts from the area who have lived and worked these mountains their entire lives. They have a great fleet of Land Cruisers and a phenomenal support team to offer you unique photographic opportunities that will way surpass your wildest dreams. This 4by4 adventure takes place in the May – allowing us to capture the ‘real’ side of Mountain living.

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 our team in Lesotho has been living in the area for many years and understands the land, people and their culture deeply. Its partnerships like that puts thephotowalkers.com into a league of its own.

Photographic Highlights include:

  • Landscapes along the back roads
  • Portraiture in Basotho Villages
  • Reflections in dams and rivers
  • Exposure and how to balance the light in Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed amongst the grasses and waterfalls – including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*
  • Low light photography and ‘painting with light’
  • Architecture in Basotho Villages
  • 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.
  • How to create a fine art Black and White landscape photo in the mountains
  • Depth of field in the Botanical Gardens
  • Macro on the small discoveries
  • Composition in ‘Big Mountain Country’
  • Leading lines on the winding dusty roads
  • Movie night and feedback on images*we have these filters available for loan and sale on the tour – in all sizes.

Itinerary:

Friday 17 May: Day One : Underberg

Arrive in Underberg and check in and enjoy the town. (Airport transfers from King Shaka Airport can be arranged (at an additional cost)- as well as safe parking for your cars in Underberg if you self drive while we are in Lesotho.) At 16h30 meet and greet by the tour guides and photographers followed by a  2-hour photography workshop by Leanne Dryburgh and Peter Hassall which will set you up to start your adventure. In the evening we will enjoy a cosy dinner in this unique farming village.

Meeting at 17h00 – venue to be advised.

Saturday 18 May: Day Two : Sani Pass

Breakfast and 07h00 Departure from Underberg for the adventurous and world famous Sani Pass into Lesotho. Stop along the way, enjoying views of the Pass and the gorgeous valley , with all the unique wildlife and plant life to enjoy. Stop for tea at the Sani Mountain Lodge , taking time to photograph the highlands, before travelling to a local Basotho Village called Skeering , visiting a local Basotho Family for a taste of the homemade bread and beer (optional),travel past the second highest peak in Southern Africa Thabana Ntletyana, travel through the Sehonghong Valley into Mokhotlong – a remote bustling trading town (the capital of the Eastern Highlands) . Lunch at Mokhotlong, travel onto Afriski and Overnight there.

Sunday 19 May: Day Three : Motobong

Capture the sun rising over the mountains, enjoy a warm breakfast and depart. Travel to Motobong where we will stop at Craft Market to capture the traditional weavers at work and do a workshop on portraits and environmental portraits . Lunch en-route. We will then visit fish farms and photograph landscapes. Overnight at Motobong and enjoy a hearty dinner – followed by night photography.

Monday 20 May: Day Four : Katse Dam

After breakfast depart from Motobong and slowly travel to Katse Dam –  Dam Wall Tour and Botanical Gardens where will do a macro workshop. There is a lot to explore here – we will also work with depth of field, have a picnic lunch and then travel onto Thaba Tseka where you will overnight.

Tuesday 21 May: Day Five :Sehlabathebe National Park

Early Breakfast and then travel from Thaba Tseka to Sehlabathebe National Park. This is a very mountainous and adventurous route with magical views and landscape opportunities . Lunch at  Shlabathebe and capture the magnificent Spiral Aloe and possibly  a hike  if time permits. Shutter Speed Workshop on the spectacular waterfall. Overnight.

Wednesday 22 May: Day Six :Sehlabathebe National Park

Early morning workshop photographing the frost and the mountain mist, a warm shower. Breakfast and check out at 10h00. Travel down through the very scenic Ramatsilitso Gate – another awesome 4X4 pass , travel back to Underberg by 15h00.

Accommodation in Underberg:

You will need accommodation in Underberg on Friday 17 May and possibly Wednesday 22 May as we intend to arrive back to Underberg at 15h00 but there may be unforeseen delays. You are welcome to book yourselves or we can book for you.  These options are offered on the booking form.

Transport:

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

The shared transport will depart from Johannesburg from 08h00 on the 17th of May and return to Johannesburg at roughly 16h00 on the 22nd of May. It will pick you up and drop you off at your home / accommodation (within reason) – or en-route to the Underberg.

**If you are travelling to OR Tambo International on the 16th of May we will pick you up at about 15h00. Please make sure your plane lands by 14h30 the latest. At the end of the tour we will drop you off at the airport at around 16h30 – for flights departing from 18h00 on the 22nd of May. These airport transfers are included in the price.

The price of this service is excluded and is estimated at between R1600 and R1900 per person – depending on the number of people in the bus. It is calculated a week before departure and is invoiced.

You are welcome to self drive – the meeting time and location will be sent to all confirmed 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 R27 000.00 (An average of R4500.00 per day) for the photography instruction from dusk to dawn, all transport on the tour in open top Land Cruisers, all accommodation in Lesotho, all meals provided as part of the tour, all drinks (within reason) guides that lived in Lesotho their entire lives, emergency evacuation facilities, all entrance fees, unique interactions in rural villages and so much more. On this tour we will experience and capture the ‘Real Lesotho’. A unique and Wonderful experience.

A deposit of R7500.00 is required to secure your place and the balance is payable 4 weeks before departure. There is limited space so early booking is advisable.

Due to the high costs of this tour – no discounts are applicable. (*other than the 5 % Early Bird Discount for booking in 2018).

Please call Leanne on 083 293 7208 or email tours@thephotowalkers.com if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss anything.

Includes:

From Underberg – Transport, meals, entrance fees, drinks (within reason), camera permissions, two Accredited South African Professional Photographers who will be on hand throughout the weekend to assist you, two tour guides and drivers, backup assistance, years of experience in the area and a lot of fun!

Excludes:

Transport, accommodation, meals and personal expenses in Underberg. Airport transfers between King Shaka and Underberg if required. Camera Gear, any meals or drinks in a public bar or restaurant while on the tour and any personal expenses and unforeseen expenses.

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 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 WARM clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Bring layers of warm clothing – the weather in Lesotho can be unpredictable , so layering is the safest option with a warm ski type jacket to protect you from wind and rain. Gloves, beanies, closed comfortable shoes. 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.

Luggage:

Only 20kg of luggage in a soft bag is permitted plus your photographic equipment.

Fitness:

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.

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.

Indemnity:

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).

BOOKINGS ARE OPEN for our 2019 Photography Tours

Book before 31 Dec '18 and qualify for Our Early Bird Discount.

Join us in our 6th year of Hands-on Educational Photo-Tours with Accredited SA Pro Photographers.

We have 15 tours lined up for 2019 - which we have scouted and know the best places to stay, the best back roads, where the best light is and when to be there.

We hike, we tour, we go on 4x4 adventures & safaris & we go overseas.

Come Join Us!