Transkei Hotel Hopping (12 – 20 July 2019)

The Transkei is a largely untouched part of South Africa – join us as we explore it on foot and through the lens.

The ‘slack-packing’ hike takes place on some of the most unspoilt and picturesque sections of the coastline and can be walked by anyone who is reasonably fit and enjoys rambling. We overnight in established and well known Transkei Hotels. We hike for 6 days but stay for 8 – allowing us time to soak Transkei into our souls – and capture the essence of it through our lens.  

 

>>>BOOKINGS ARE OPEN<<<

>>SOLO TRAVELLERS ARE WELCOME<<<

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

 

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

Date:  12-20 July 2019.

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.

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.

Accommodation:

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 outsource an Accommodation Booking Team who do their best to find the most suitable accommodation for you – at the most suitable price. The accommodation includes breakfast and dinner – and the hotels pack us a lunch for our day packs.

The price of accommodation is dependent on availability at the time of booking – as well as whether you are are taking the sharing option or single supplement.

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.

These details can be filled out Booking and Enquiry Form – once we have received your information we will send you a quote.

Transport:

thephotowalkers.com have arranged airport transfers which will depart from East London Airport at about 14h30 on Friday 12 July and collect anyone staying en-route to Kob Inn. (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 Saturday 20 July.

Airport transfers are an additional cost – depending on the number of bookings.

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.

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 R6500.00 (An average of R812.50 per day for the photography instruction with Accredited Pro Photographer/s ). You will learn as you hike and also back in the Hotels on the off days and days with shorter hiking distances.

A deposit of R2500.00 is required to secure your place and the balance is payable 2 weeks before departure. There is limited space so early booking is advisable.

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

Photographic Highlights Include:

  • Seascapes with ship wrecks, rocks and mighty waves.
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*
  • Architecture on the old hotels
  • Waterfalls – how to freeze the splashes and blur the movement
  • Low Light and painting with light
  • Stars and Night skies
  • 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 handle all different types of light and how it reacts to natural elements such as sea mist
  • Movie night and feedback on images

*we have these filters available for loan and sale on the tour – in all sizes.

Includes:

Accredited South African Professional Photographer/s who will be on hand throughout the hike 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.

Excludes:

Camera Equipment, accommodation with meals, Accommodation Booking Fee, airport transfers, additional, medical aid kit, activities and 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 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.

Please also include the following in a comfortable day pack for hiking: Head torch, first aid kit, towel, shoes suitable for walking in and out of the water, water bottle, sunscreen insect repellent, hat, swimming costume and a light jacket

You are welcome to book pack your clothes in a standard 20kg suitcase – it will be transported from Hotel to Hotel.

What to Wear:

This is a hike – so please dress accordingly. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Make sure you have a pair of shoes with a good grip for the paths and rocks. Water shoes are also recommended – as well as comfortable open slops for the evening to give your feet some fresh air. are recommended as a second pair of shoes. Wind breakers come in handy for photographing at dusk and dawn and pockets are useful.  thephotowalkers.com will communicate with you closer to the of date of departure should there any be any inclement weather expected that would encourage additional items of clothing that are not typical.

We have specifically booked this hike in July so we have cooler days to hike in – so bring warm clothes for the evenings too.

Fitness:

A reasonably high level of walking fitness is required to enable you to transport your own camera bag or daily hiking bag. Medium distances are covered every day. A total of 74 kms are covered – we have booked an additional two days where we will be at the hotels and not hiking.

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.

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.

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 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!