The Great Karoo (03-06 October 2019)

There is magic to experience and photograph in this Dry Country!


On this Photo-tour you will discover the unsurpassed beauty of the Karoo and the people that live in it through its back roads and small towns.  We will explore Matjiesfontein, Sutherland, Prince Albert, Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, Ladismith and Lainsburg. We go when there is little to no moon so you can get the best views of the night skies. This is a photographic experience that you don’t want to miss.




**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 essential to avoid disappointment.

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

Date: 03-06 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 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 into a league of its own.

Photographic Highlights Include:

  • Landscapes along the back roads
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*
  • Architecture on buildings from ‘way-back-when’
  • Stars and Star Trails
  • Depth of field workshop
  • Understanding how to use a Polarising Filter*
  • 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, middleground and background.
  • How to use long roads as leading lines in landscape photography
  • 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 Prince Albert or Oudtshoorn and we travel from there to Matjiesfontein, Sutherland, Calitzdorp, Ladismith and Lainsburg  on day trips. The primary town depends on the number of bookings and availability of the accommodation establishment when the bookings come in. We have done this tour for 5 years now (and scouted the area through our lenses for 7 years) and know the most suitable establishments in both of the towns – as well as the incredibly special places to stop for photographs in the Karoo region and along the back roads.


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.

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 in:
    self catering per person per night sharing is: R550.00
    self catering for a single supplement per night is: R750.00
    Bed and Breakfast per person per night sharing is: R850.00
    Bed and Breakfast for a single supplement per night is: R1 150.00

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.

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.

Transport: are offering shared transport from Hermanus. It’s by far the nicest way to do the tours and it’s good fun too!

The shared transport will depart from Hermanus at 07h30 on the 3rd of October and return to Hermanus at roughly 17h00 on the 6th of October.

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.

The shared transport will pick you up and dropped off where you are staying in Hermanus  – or at George Airport on the 3rd of October at about 12h00 at no charge. Please make sure your plane lands by 12h00 the latest. If you need to leave a car in Hermanus for the duration of the tour, we offer safe parking facilities at no charge. The shared transport will also collect anywhere en-route between Hermanus and Oudtshoorn.

The Tour returns to Cape Town and not via George – so please book your return tickets from Cape Town International.

Airport transfers at the end of the tour can be arranged at an additional cost – either for a 20h00 flight on 6 October or preferably flights departing between 11h00 and 16h00 7 October (out of heavy traffic times).

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 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.

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.

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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? 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 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. 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 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 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 indemnity terms and conditions., 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. 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

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