Lesotho 21-26 May 2018

A 4×4 Photographic Adventure across Sani Pass and in to Leshoto.

Come Join Us!

 

On this Photo-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 Leshoto. Highlights include visiting a local Basotho Family 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.

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

Date: 21-26 May 2018. BOOKINGS ARE OPEN.

Non photographers are welcome at the same price as photographers.

Photographic Highlights include:

  • Landscapes along the ruggard roads
  • Portraiture in Bashoto Villages
  • Relections in dams and rivers
  • Exposure and how to balance the light in Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed amongst the grasses and waterfalls
  • Low light photography and ‘painting with light’
  • Architecture in Bashoto Villages
  • Depth of field in the Botanical Gardens
  • Macro on the small discoveries
  • Composition in ‘Big Mountain Country’
  • Leading lines on the winding dusty roads
  • Feedback on images

Photographic Skills:

Photographers of all skills level are welcome. Come Join Us!

The Team:

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.comwill be teaching photography for this duration of this photo-tour. The types of photography you will be learning about include: food, architecture, portraits, landscapes,macro, time-lapse, night skies, close up, fashion, street, people, transport, fashion and so much more. This is a ‘Colourful and interesting Feast of Photography!’

Our  Sani Pass and Leshoto 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.

Itinerary:

Monday 21 May: Day One : Underberg

Arrive in Underberg and check in and enjoy the town. 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

Tuesday 22 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 bussling trading town (the capital of the Eastern Highlands) . Lunch at Mokhotlong, travel onto Afriski and Overnight there.

Tuesday 23 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.

Wednesday 24 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.

Thursday 25 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.

Friday 26 May: Day Five :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:

Please book your own accommodation in Underberg on Sunday 20 May as we have an early morning departure. You may also want to stay on the night of Friday 26 May.  Contact Lana at info@underbergaccommodation.co.za

Transport:

Self Drive from Johannesburg is approximately 7 hours and Self Drive from Durban is 3 hours.

Should you wish to fly into King Shaka – flights must land before 14h00 if a transfer is required to Underberg – we recommend www.underbergexpress.co.za  – transfer is approximately 3 ½ hours from King Shaka – we would therefore recommend self-drive from Durban and an early flight.

Transport through-out the tour is included in Land Cruisers in various sizes but expect space for your equipment and a window seat guaranteed for each guest.

Price and Payment Policy:

Please fill out the form under the button at the top of the page – ‘ENQUIRIES AND BOOKINGS’.

There are drop-downs that prompt you to tell us if you would like to share transport and what your accommodation requirements are. Once we have received this information from you, we will send you a quote.

A deposit of R5000.00 is required to secure you place and the balance is payable 2 weeks before departure. (7 May 2018). There is limited space so early booking is advisable.

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:

Transport, meals, local beer, wine and (Old Brown Sherry), entrance fees, camera permissions, two Accredited South African Professional Photographers who will be on hand through out the weekend to assist you, two tour guides and drivers, back up assistance, years of experience in the area and a lot of fun!

Excludes:

Camera Gear any expenses of a personal nature.

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.

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

Cancellation Policy:

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 – less any costs incurred.

 In the event that thephotowalkers.com has to cancel the tour for any reason what-so-ever, a full refund will be issued immediately.

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 what-so-ever. 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 what-so-ever is the Intellectual Property of The Photowalkers (t/a thephotowalkers.com.)  Any person who has been on the tour and disperses the information to any other workshop or tour group of any kind will be dealt with by the full force of the law.