Spring in The Cape 2021

The whole of the Cape is breathtaking in Spring!

Landscape and composition

On this photo-tour we, will meander up the rugged West Coast to photograph the carpets of the wonderful Namaqualand Daisies.  We will then venture across to the delicate Apple and Almond blossoms – the prettiest of them all.  From there to an olive farm and then onto the cellar of the oldest wine farm in the country.  Down to the Canola Patchworks of the Overberg followed by the Southern Right Whales and their babies frolicking in Walker Bay.

This will be our seventh trip exploring The Cape in Spring and it is always a phenomenal treat.  It’s not to be missed!



19 – 23 August 2021

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 17h00 on the final day – but with the late nights and early mornings of the first three days – this time is made up.
What is offered photographically?

A detailed itinerary is sent to all secured bookings closer to the start date of the tour.

  • Carpets of colour that offer the opportunity of where to put your focal point.
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode.
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter*.
  • Architecture on the old Cape Dutch building form the 1700’s.
  • Depth of field workshop on the apple and almond blossoms.
  • Low Light Workshop in the oldest wine cellar in the country.
  • Understanding how to use a Polarising Filter*.
  • Night Skies and Painting with light.
  • Macro on the buds.
  • 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 use long roads as leading lines.
  • Working with colour blocking on the canola.
  • 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.

Who are the photographic instructors?
  • Peter Hassall (National President of SA Pro-Photographers with 35 years experience). Peter Hassall will only join if there are more than 8 bookings.
  • 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/or who require an internship or portfolio.
  • Solo travellers who want to have an experience in a safe and fun environment.
  • Couples who want 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.
Where does the Photo-Tour take place?

This tour takes place on the West Coast and we stay in a small West Coast town on the beach and then, an old historic wine village, and travel from there to the others towns during the day trips.

If you have not been on A Whale Watching Boat in Walker Bay, Hermanus – we highly recommend you do!  A Photographer will join the trip and help you with your settings and get a prime position on the boat.

What does the tour cost?

1) Photography instruction: 

The full price of tour is R5500.00 (An average of R1375.00 per day for the photography instruction on a large variety of canvasses – with Accredited Pro Photographer/s).

An average of 8-10 hours of instruction is given each day.

  • Take off 10% if you have been on a Photo-Tour with thephotowalkers.com before or have completed a Challenge.  *No discounts apply while a promotional offer is running.
  • Take off 5% if you are an active club member of the PSSA. 
  • These discounts do not apply if any specials are running.

2) Accommodation:

There are two types of accommodation offered. These prices are estimated and dependant on availability, time of booking and whether you are sharing a room.

  • Self catering: From R500.00 per person per night.
  • Bed and breakfast at a 3-4 Star lodge or hotel: From R850.00 per person.

3) Transport:

  • We offer shared transport, which includes a quantum (or similar) with a 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: R1950.00 per person. (Based on 8 people sharing)

  • Thursday 19 August: (additional travel day)
    • Pick up at CT International Airport 11h00
    • Depart from Hermanus 09h00 – 09h30
  • Monday 23 August:
    • We will be back in Hermanus at 12h00 (Whale Boat trip 12h00-14h00 or Whale Walk)
    • Drop off at CT International by 17h00
  • Tuesday 24 August:
    • Whale Boat trip 09h00-11h00
    • Drop off at CT International by 14h00

Half shared transport: R950.00 per person. (Based on 8 people sharing)

  • 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) Optional extras: 

  • Whale Boat Trip: R900.00 per person

5) 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).

Price and Payment Policy:

The full price of the 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).

There is one free travel day before the tour.

  • Upon booking – A deposit of R1000.00 is required to secure your place. (This is the first instalment of the photography fee) as well as 50% of the accommodation fee.
  • 10 Weeks before departure: R2500.00 (The second instalment of the photography fee) plus the balance of the accommodation and management fee.
  • 3 Weeks before departure: The balance of the photography fee (less any discounts), the  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).
  • The optional extras (Whale Boat trip).
  • Meals (other than breakfast if your accommodation offers it) and refreshments.
  • Personal or additional travel on the shared transport.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
What is included?
  • Tea, coffee, sugar etc will be supplied by thephotowalkers.com to everyone staying in self catering.
  • 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 which accommodation requirements you need and if you would like to share the 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 on the beach.
  • Warm jackets and windbreakers/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, its 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).