Photography tour to the Cape of Good Hope

Day 1: Overnight Travel

Overnight flight

Your journey begins today! You will drive to the airport and fly overnight from Germany to South Africa.

We wish you a relaxed flight!

Day 2: Cape Town

CAPE TOWN AIRPORT - CAPE TOWN  (approx. 24 km / 0:24 h)

In the morning you will land in Cape Town and then be taken to your first accommodation. Here you will meet the other participants and your guide and photographer Holger Bulk. Together you will go to the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.  Stroll along the harbour promenade, before you eat dinner together (at your own expense) in a restaurant at the Waterfront. With good food and excellent local wine you will get to know each other.

Day 3: Cape Town

CAPE TOWN

A whole day in Cape Town! There is so much to explore and do. With our bus you get a very good overview of the city, can get off wherever you like. Also an ascent to Table Mountain and the view from Lion's Head is an absolute must!

Afterwards, you and your group can decide whether to go to the coast at Green Point, visit a museum or take a walk through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. In the Botanical Garden you will have the opportunity to capture the unique flora with your camera on an area of around 600 hectares. Due to the different altitudes, the garden is home to a variety of different plants.

TM and Stadium

Day 4: Cape Town

CAPE TOWN

Today is a good day for a trip to the Cape Peninsula. There is much more to see here than the world famous Cape of Good Hope. Unforgettable experiences await you: Spectacular coasts with steep cliffs and endless beaches, one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, a unique flora and fauna and of course the ravishing waves of the Cape.

On your way to the Cape you drive along Chapman's Peak and stop at Hout Bay, where Holger Bulk will show you the best way to capture the picturesque bay with your camera. Another, but completely different, photo scene awaits you in Simons Town on Boulders Beach, where a huge penguin colony lives.

Day 5: Stellenbosch

CAPE TOWN - STELLENBOSCH  (approx. 56 km / 0:53 h)

Today you leave Cape Town in the direction of Cape Winelands. The route is not far, and the small detour via Tableview is definitely worth it. From the local beach you have the typical view over the bay to Table Mountain, which is as famous as it is spectacular. 

Afterwards you drive over the small but very beautiful wine-growing area Durbanville into the Cape Winelands. On the way you will stop at a winery and have the opportunity to take a panoramic photo.  

DBVille Panorama

Day 6: Stellenbosch

STELLENBOSCH

Another day to explore and enjoy! After you have spent the morning in Stellenbosch, you will go for a trip to Franschhoek. You drive through lovely vineyards with a variety of wineries, which invite to different wine tastings in a cozy atmosphere. Franschhoek itself is a great place to stroll, hike and stop at one of the exquisite restaurants.

Day 7: Hermanus


STELLENBOSCH - HERMANUS  (approx. 91 km / 1:18 h)

In the morning you continue over the Franschhoek Pass towards Bot River and Villiersdorp, a picturesque small town that is the centre of fruit growing (Cape of Good Fruits!).  At Theewaterskloof Lake you can go hiking and bird watching.

You continue to Hermanus, the capital of whale watching. From September to December, southern right whales give birth to their young here. In the afternoon you take a walk along the cliffs and have with luck the possibility to photograph the whales from direct proximity.  A unique experience that you won't forget!

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Franschhoek Pass

Day 8: Hermanus

HERMANUS

Today you spend the day in one of the most interesting places on earth to observe the fascinating life of the open sea. Besides the whales, the area is also known for the white sharks. In the neighbouring Van Dyks Bay is one of the world's best places to get very close to these giant predators.

Various companies have specialized in bringing tourists closer to these fascinating creatures and at the same time fighting for their protection. Only through knowledge and understanding of the predators can you take away the fear of humans and protect these magnificent animals. We recommend that you consciously experience this fascinating adventure and also experience the adrenaline rush to see these large sharks eye to eye in the cage (optional).

But also for guests who prefer to stay on land, Hermanus and the region has a lot to offer. The Hemel-en-Aarde valley with its wineries, art galleries and leisure activities is particularly attractive.  During a walk through the scenic wine region at the Cape you better not forget your camera. 

 

Close up of the Great White Eye Great white Shark - White Shark Projects

Day 9: Oudtshoorn

HERMANUS - OUDTSHOORN  (approx. 362 km / 4:05 h)

Today the way is a bit longer - but very attractive! The way is the goal!

You drive through Swellendamm and stop in Africa's third oldest city for a short photo stop.  Over the Langeberg to the small Karoo to Barrydale, a sleepy desert nest. The place is embedded in a picturesque environment and has numerous vineyards and gardens.  Look forward to a walk between orange and apricot trees and taste the locally produced wine. 

Continue on the famous Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world, through the Little Karoo to Oudtshoorn. On the way you will make various photo stops and Holger Bulk will show you the most beautiful scene of Route 62.

Day 10: Oudtshoorn

OUDTSHOORN

In the early morning you have the possibility to get to know meerkats in the wild (optional). During the first rays of sunshine the little creatures leave their hiding place and sneak in small groups through the desert landscape of the Klein Karoo. 

Afterwards you will visit an ostrich farm and the famous Cango Caves. The unique system of stalactite caves is one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. Holger Bulk will assist you when it comes to photographing the caves in a natural light. 

A trip to the Swartberg Pass is also possible by arrangement. 

Interior Caves Crawling Through Gap

Day 11: Knysna

OUDTSHOORN - KNYSNA  (approx. 108 km / 1:35 h)

You will leave the dry semi-desert of the small Karoo and cross the coastal mountains. What a change of vegetation! Suddenly everything is green, subtropical rainforests stretch along the slopes of the mountains and everywhere it blooms in all colours. Before you reach your destination for today, you will do a few photo stops in the city of Wilderness and its surroundings.

In the afternoon you can look forward to a John Benn boat trip on the lagoon of Knysna. You'll enjoy delicious food and cocktails as you drive into the sunset overlooking the Knysna coastline. 

Ostriches Venue Swartberg Pass

Day 12: Knysna

KNYSNA

Knysna offers an excellent base for tours in the surrounding area. Look forward to a trip to the Tsitsikamma National Park with its many attractions (for example: Natures Valley, Bloukrans Bridge and the Bungee Jump). But our personal highlight is Stormsriver Mouth! Hike over suspension bridges and take a boat trip into the gorge (optional). Best with a guided canoe tour. 

Later you will visit Plettenberg Bay with its wonderful beaches and a great lagoon. At low tide you can also wade to the opposite side. The lake side often has a great surf opportunity.

Bridge

Day 13: Sundays River Valley

KNYSNA - GREATER ADDO  (approx. 330 km / 4:04 h)

On your way to Addo National Park you will pass the coast of St. Francis Bay. This is one of the most famous seaside resorts in the region. A possible stop is Jeffreys Bay, home to some of Africa's best surf spots. The Supertubes area is said to be home to the best waves in the world. As you might expect, the city has a thriving surf industry. 

Your accommodation awaits you on a mountain in the middle of the savannah. The view promises unique shots overlooking the national park. 

 

Day 14: Sundays River Valley

ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast 07h30 we will depart on the game drive at 08h00 from the hotel. Our drive will start from the hotel down the scenic Zuurberg Pass. Our well experienced and enthusiastic guides will do their best to locate as much of the game available in the area during the drive. The park is 27,000 hectares and characterized by dense bush. Fortunately, you are elevated in the Land rover and have a good opportunity to have good and close sightings. You will stop between 10h00 and 11h00 for tea and scones.

At 13h00 to 14h00 we will stop at a picnic site for about an hour to enjoy a traditional braai lunch. Depending on our sightings we will return to the main camp between 17h00 and 17h30 and then return to the hotel. As this game drive covers all time periods of the day you will have the opportunity to see most game species.

At dinner you will have the opportunity to share the best shots of the day and learn from each other. 

Addo

Activities and Services

Day 15: Overnight Travel

GREATER ADDO - PORT ELIZABETH  (approx. 87 km / 1:18 h)

Have you already photographed all the Big Five animals with your camera? If not, you will have the opportunity to do so during an early morning game drive.  

Departure from the front verandah of the hotel at 06:30h. Tea and coffee served prior to departure. Being adjacent to the Addo Park, the drive and narration starts from the hotel. We enter the main gate of the Park and the rest of the morning will be spent in the Park. The first few hours are good to see Antelope, Zebra and some of the cats. Between 09h00 and 09h30 a continental breakfast will be served in a picnic area. Usually there a good sightings of elephants and buffalo after 10h00 nearer the waterholes. We return to Addo main camp around 12h00. The park is over 27,000 hectares with thick bush and there are interesting sightings. Refreshments are available throughout the drive.

Around noon you will be transferred to Port Elizabeth. After all, it is time to say goodbye to your group and either fly back to your home country or spend more days in Africa if you have booked a follow-up program. 

But you can look forward to meeting again, because after the trip there will be a meeting with the other participants and the photographer Holger Bulk, where you will review the impressions and receive your favourite picture framed as a memory. 

Day 16: End of Itinerary

Overnight flight

We hope that you had an interesting, fascinating and relaxed trip and look forward to your next trip with us to Southern Africa!

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