Photographic Journey, South Africa

August 3-12, 2017

Welcome to South Africa, a land famous for its sunshine. A subtropical location, moderated by ocean on three sides of the country and the altitude of the interior plateau, account for the warm temperate conditions so typical of South Africa - and so popular with its foreign visitors. It's a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm. While the Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is generally a summer-rainfall region. South Africa is a nation of diversity, with over 47-million people and a variety of cultures, languages and religious beliefs. South Africa has 11 official languages, and plenty of unofficial ones besides. English is the most commonly spoken language in official and commercial public life - but only the fifth most spoken home language.  Southern Africa offers a kaleidoscope of photographic opportunities for both budding and professional photographers. Everywhere you look there’s something exciting, incredible, exotic and colourful to capture. Scenically, you’ll be spoilt with choice from powder-white beaches and aqua seas to towering mountain peaks, forests, and the great grassy plains. Wildlife abounds all round. Then there are townships and local markets, traditional culture in all its diverse glory, along with hip and happening restaurants and bars, even 5-star Waterfronts. Led by a knowledgeable guide and professional photographer, our Photographic tours are focused on showing you Southern Africa from every angle. Highlights include snapping the Kruger National Park’s Big 5, or for another perspective, the exquisite abundant birdlife.

DAY 1- 03 AUG

Arrive in Cape Town to begin your most memorable journey. Arrive into Cape Town International Airport (flight not included and to be quoted separately) where you will be met by a representative who will assist you to your transfer vehicle who will take you to your hotel.

One of the world's most picturesque tourist destinations and most beautiful cities in the world. Cape Town is situated amidst majestic mountains and is surrounded by pristine white beaches. Often called the 'cosmopolitan hub of Africa', it is home to a rich cultural and historical heritage, vibrant restaurants and nightlife and a multitude of activities - from extreme sports to leisurely scenic cruises and world-class shopping.
 
The Victoria & Alfred Hotel is located at South Africa’s most visited destination, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.  Framed by the ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance and luxury of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel is rivalled only by its relaxed atmosphere and warm personal service.  There are 94 spacious, air-conditioned, ensuite rooms with separate bath, shower and toilet, coffee and tea making facilities, private bar, safe, interactive and satellite television, high speed and wireless internet. All the rooms have either a view of the Alfred Basin, majestic Table Mountain or the piazza in front of the hotel.  OYO Restaurant & Cocktail Bar at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel is both a visual and culinary delight specialising in seafood .Idyllically situated in the heart of the beautifully restored Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, each table overlooks the working harbour and Table Mountain.
 
Enjoy some time with the group as you gather at the hotel with the photographic leader of your tour who will be giving you a debriefing on ideas, thoughts, things to watch for and a rundown of the next several days of wonder.
Later on, you will be embarking on the Spirit of Victoria for an opportunity to view and shoot Cape Town from the sea on a sunset cruise.

Cape Town has one of the best locations to see the Sunset from the Sea. Fabulous Table Mountain and city views while the sun dips into the sea at sunset. This is certainly a "must do" trip whilst visiting Cape Town. We serve a complimentary glass of sparkling wine per person. A Cash Bar available for other drinks. The Sail boat ESPERANCE follow the wind for this cruise. They do not offer a specific destination. Typically they motor out of the Harbour and sail across Table Bay towards Milnerton lighthouse, then return to the protection of Granger Bay in the lee of TableMountain to watch the sun set, and then motor back to the Waterfront.

Return to the hotel in the evening for time at leisure.

Overnight Victoria & Alfred Hotel- Double room, breakfast included


DAY 2- 04 AUG

Today you’ll be embarking very early for an amazing full day with awealth of photographic opportunities.
Your driver will collect you early to depart to the Kalk Bay Harbour for the meeting point of the tour.
On arrival at 06H00, you will have the opportunity to photograph the sunrise.

Fabulous False Bay

False Bay offers a unique and wonderful array of photographic canvasses. This vibrant Photo-Tour is simply a must! Catch the Sunrise at the beautiful Kalk Bay Harbour, the Surfers on Muizenberg Beach, the famous coloured huts on St James Beach, and meander through the quaint streets of Simonstown. Enjoy a hearty breakfast then capture the penguins on Boulders Beach. Finish off at Cape Point.

Muizenberg Beach

Afterwards at 07H30, guests will travel to Muizenberg Beach to catch the early morning surfers.


Breakfast

Guests will enjoy breakfast in St. James before photographing the landmark coloured huts in St. James Beach. (For own account)

Simonstown

At 10H30, head to Simonstown and meander through the streets while photographing the quaint architecture before we head out to Boulders Beach to photograph the Jack Ass Penguins.

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula near Simon's Town towards Cape Point near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay. It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3000 in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay, which has increased the supply of pilchards and anchovy, which form part of the penguins' diet.

Afterwards continue to Cape Point where you will capture the view of this magnificent landmark in full day sun.

Cape Point

Named the ‘Cape of Storms’ by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488; the ‘Point’ was treated with respect by sailors for centuries. By day, it was a navigational landmark and by night, and in fog, it was a menace beset by violent storms and dangerous rocks that over the centuries littered shipwrecks around the coastline. In 1859 the first lighthouse was completed; it still stands at 249 metres above sea-level on the highest section of the peak and is now used as the centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa. Access to this historical building is by an exhilarating 3 minute ride in the wheelchair accessible Flying Dutchman funicular that transfers visitors from the lower station at 127 metres above sea level, to the upper station at 286 metres above sea level. Table Mountain National Park forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. It includes the majestic Table Mountain chain, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point, and the coastlines of the Cape Peninsula. This narrow stretch of land, dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora.

On the return, you will stop at Camp’s Bay for a photographic opportunity capturing the sunset.

Return to the hotel for the evening at leisure.

Overnight Victoria & Alfred Hotel- Double room, breakfast included


DAY 3- 05 AUG

Begin the day today after breakfast with a walking tour in the city, exploring the surroundings and capturing each moment.

Walking Tour Cape Town – the city with a thousand faces. What will you see and encounter? We take you to a 17th century water reservoir, the historic Grand Parade lined by the Castle, old Drill Hall and magnificent City Hall. We will introduce you to stunning architecture, murals, the popular flower markets and the impressive Standard Bank Building. Along the route, you will pass Church Square, the Groote Kerk, the original Slave Lodge, and the former Dutch East India’s Company’s Garden. Here we focus on the parliamentary buildings and the National Library. We will direct you to the SA Museum, National Art Gallery and Jewish Museum before retracing our steps to St. George’s Cathedral, the “Peoples’ Cathedral”. After leaving the city centre behind, we will find our way to the original Muslim area of Cape Town, the Bo-Kaap. It is famed today for its quaint, colourful houses and unique architecture, but our story goes deeper than that. From here we weave back towards the city and visit the Greenmarket Square. We do not enter museums – but will enter buildings where history took place upon request. Come, experience the real Cape Town. The walks are conducted from Monday to Saturday.

Afterwards ,  head up Table Mountain for a spectacular view from the top presenting great photographic opportunities. (note- visit to Table Mountain subject to weather and/or potential annual closure during this period in which case another activity will be scheduled)

The best views of Cape Town are seen from the top of Table Mountain.  The Cableway summit is under 10 minutes and the cable car’s rotating floor ensures that all passengers have an aerial view of the city. Table Mountain is a sandstone plateau rising up above the Cape Flats. The top is approximately 3km wide, and at its highest point, Maclear’s Beacon, rises to 1085m.  Over the centuries it has become one of South Africa's most famous landmarks. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops of the mountain play home to a number of plants and animals. The mountain is home to approximately 1470 species of plants; more than the entire British Isles! Complimenting this vast array of flora is a stunning range of fauna, some, like the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, being found in no other place in the world. (weather dependant)

On the return you will head to Signal hill to capture a spectacular sunset.  From here continue back to the hotel where guests will have the evening at leisure.

Overnight Victoria & Alfred Hotel- Double room, breakfast included


DAY 4- 06 AUG

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being collected to head to the heart of the Cape Winelands, in Stellenbosch where you will experience a walking tour through this beautiful town.

Savour traditional Cape food and drinks as your guide leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch with its beautiful architecture and oak-lined streets.  Guests walk along the streets whilst learning more about the history and culture of this town.  Distance walked about 3 km.

Afterwards continue to Waterford Wine Estate for a unique tasting experience.

Just as in winemaking, it is not about a single season, harvest or vintage - it's about continuity, longevity and perpetuation; building for the future and the generations to come.The Waterford Way is a philosophy that celebrates prosperity, life, food, wine, family and friends, and guides all that we do here at Waterford. Every guest to the farm is made to feel a part of the Waterford Way, and those who have visited are drawn back often not only to the sumptuous wines, but to the heart and soul of Waterford.  The Chocolate and Wine tasting is a unique flavour experience. Kevin Arnold and Chocolatier Richard von Geusau have created a series of dark and milk chocolates that, when paired with our Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Natural Sweet wines give you totally unique taste sensation.

Enjoy a chocolate and wine tasting at the estate.

Continue on to a very special retreat, De Zalze Lodge where you can enjoy the afternoon relaxing here in the winelands.

De Zalze Lodge is the farm’s very own Cape Dutch style country house overlooking the lush vineyards and breathtaking Stellenbosch mountains. Nestled against the first fairway of the Kleine Zalze Golf Course, this luxurious four-star establishment provides relaxed yet pristine accommodation with an array of leisurely pastimes guaranteed to unwind the stresses of modern day living. Guests are invited to enjoy wine tastings, cycling trails through the rolling vineyards, or simply to relax by the pool. All in all, our selection of offerings – coupled with the exquisite location and impeccable service – make for a pleasurable, revitalising and unforgettable stay.

This eveningyou will be taken to Waterkloof Estate for a beautiful dinner experience.

A modern space featuring spectacular vistas, Waterkloof Wine Estate’s signature restaurant is literally taking quality Winelands dining to new heights. Gorgeously appointed in a glass promontory, the restaurant extends from the chic wine tasting lounge and gravitational cellar. Within its walls, French chef Gregory Czarnecki whets the appetite with contemporary classics, complemented by the estate’s elegant wines.The restaurant’s open-plan kitchen emphasises the Waterkloof winemaking philosophy of openness and transparency. Although contemporary and stylistically diverse, each of the Waterkloof wines carries a strong core of elegance and integrity, and that is exactly what the food is all about – classical cuisine with a modern French twist.

Overnight De Zalze- Double room, breakfast included.


DAY 5- 07 AUG

After check out, your driver will take you to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg (flight cost not included and to be quoted separately)

Johannesburg is the second largest city in Africa, with more than 3 million people calling this bustling metropolis home. Joburg, or Jozi as some prefer to call it, offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself. Whether you are on business, in search of a cultural encounter, an adrenaline rush or simply want to relax and unwind for a few days, the city of Johannesburg has everything you’re looking for and more!  Despite the relatively dry climate, Johannesburg has over ten million trees, and it is now lays claim to being the world’s biggest man-made forest.  With the multitude of places to see and fun things to do in Johannesburg, everyone is bound to find entertainment to suit their taste and their pocket. This is one of the reasons so many visitors keep coming back to the City of Gold!  Visitors who are looking for a cultural experience can visit the more than 40 art galleries as well as a host of cultural institutes and studios in the city. Alternatively, they can take in a show at one of the many theatres in Johannesburg. Visitors can also learn more about the traditional cultures in Johannesburg at the cultural villages or centres in the city.

Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you will be met by your guide to continue on a tour of Soweto.

Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), is the largest black residential area in South Africa, guests will see a fascinating contrast to Sandton and Rosebank in the north east. This “city within a city” consists of 50 suburbs, or sections. Infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and abuzz with the energy of the city of gold, Soweto is a must-see for tourists who are looking for more than sun, sea and the big five.  With a population of over 2 million, the township is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history. Soweto was the centre of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state. The 1976 student uprising started in Soweto and spread to the rest of the country. Many of the sights on this route therefore have political significance.

From the footbridge of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the largest on the continent, one can get a panoramic view of Soweto. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, built in memory of the people who died that day, 16 June 1976.  Nelson Mandela's humble little house in Orlando West, Soweto, now called the Mandela Family Museum, is an interesting stopover for those keen to imbibe a slice of authentic history on the world's most famous former prisoner. The museum, a house comprising four inter-leading rooms, contains a rather eclectic assortment of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family as well as a collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Nelson Mandela from universities and institutions around the world.  You can also have a glimpse of the mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in an affluent part of Orlando West. Archbishop Desmond Tutu's house and the Sisulu residences are in the same neighborhood.

Enjoy a local lunch at Sakhumzi’s Restaurant before returning to your hotel, the Protea Hotel Balalaika in Sandton in the afternoon to relax.

Legacy's latest luxury hotel and all suites development is located adjacent to the prime location of Nelson Mandela Square. Guests can enjoy the endless edge swimming pool, or perhaps even the convenience of luxurious shopping at the Legacy Corner Mall and Sandton City. The Da Vinci Hotel has 166 en-suite rooms and is 33 km from the OR Tambo International Airport and offers 24 hr room service, free Internet access, a fitness gym and endless edge pool with pool terrace, a health spa and business centre with conference facilities. Exquisite aesthetics and decor is finely balanced with impeccable service to allow those who visit frequently to feel at home while at the same time emphasising that sense of luxury. Maxim’s unique membership program grants patrons a personal cigar vault in which cigar selections can be kept for those after work drinks while savouring your preferred whisky or cognac. The vast wine list is comprehensive and allows a choice of over 120 of only the best wines. Maxim Lounge provides everything from decadent ambience to extravagance and so much more.

Tonight, you’ll enjoy dinner at The Reef Hotel where you will also be able to capture the Johannesburg nighttime cityscape from Elevate, the rooftop bar on the 16th floor which will be open to you to set up for photos.

Overnight Da Vinci Hotel- Double room, breakfast included.


DAY 6- 08 AUG

Today after breakfast at the hotel, you will be collected by your guide to head to Newtown for an innovative Grafitti tour where you’ll enjoy a unique cultural experience perfect for photographic opportunities.
The Newtown precinct remains unrivalled as a cultural hotspot in Johannesburg. It boasts a diverse and impressive group of cultural institutions, both state sanctioned and initiated by people in the area, and continues to attract creativity in all its forms. Centred on Mary Fitzgerald Square, the precinct is home to Museum Africa, The Market Theatre, and The Workers’ Museum, Sci-Bono, dance studios, artists’ studios and several restaurants and night spots, all of which contribute to the creative energy that defines the space. But perhaps what sets Newtown apart from other renewal projects in the city is the organic way in which all of these parts come together and sit side by side without any friction. There seems to be a laissez-fair atmosphere that enables creativity to flourish unrestricted. Only here can graffiti and other aspects of ‘street culture’ be so openly welcomed as an institution and live so comfortably alongside places of great historical and cultural significance like Museum Africa.

Street art and graffiti are contentious subjects and often exclusively associated with anti-social behaviour and held synonymous with urban decay. Through his graffiti tours Bongani sets out to show visitors that graffiti isn’t always illicit. His walking tour offers people the chance to view graffiti through different eyes. For him graffiti can also be understood as a form art that is available for everyone to view. But before anything can get underway Bongani discusses the history of graffiti and its inseparable relationship with hip-hop culture, a vehicle that has helped its growth in South Africa. The first piece we encounter is a feast for the eyes. It is a little unconventional and shows off the touch of a sophisticated artist. It is a collection of knee-high rectangular concrete blocks on the rooftop of an underground parking. On each of these concrete pillars, the graffiti artist Mars has replicated his tag with immaculate mechanical precision to parallel the repetition of the pillars – a simple yet effective visual intervention. Around the corner we find a wall devoted to relative newcomers and the better known artists alike. Here the masters like Tapz, Mars and the rest of Demolition Squad are given equal footing as unknowns and only skill is the mark of a great artist.

Across the square underneath the M1 motorway, we find a shrine of graffiti. Every pillar is covered in murals by some of Jo’burgs finest and even some artists and crews invited from Cape Town as part of the annual Back to the City hip-hop festival. This year artists were asked to interpret what freedom means to them, a beautiful nod to the 20 years of democratic freedom the country celebrated in 2014. The festival, which happens every year on Freedom Day (27 April), is further testament to the freedom of expression embodied by Newtown. From here we head over to the Car Fax tunnel where we discover newer murals and tags since Bongani last visited and it is at that exact moment it becomes apparent that the beauty of such a tour is its ever changing quality. Every visit holds new possibilities and the potential to surprise.

What Bongani manages to do with his graffiti tours is nothing short of art. With this eye opener he blurs the lines between what art is and isn’t, but most impressively he is also making his own mark in a big way.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Newtown during a stop whilst on the tour.

Return to the hotel late afternoon to enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight Da Vinci Hotel- Double room, breakfast included.


DAY 7- 09 AUG

After an early breakfast, you will check out and your driver will collect you to bring you to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for your flight to Hoedspruit (flight cost not included and to be quoted separately)

Once at Hoedspruit, you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to Makalali Private Game Lodge for your thrilling safari experience!

Makalali Private Game Lodge (Makalali which means place of rest), was an old cattle farm when it was bought in the early nineties. Restocking and regeneration of the veld were top priorities, but so was creating a lodge with a difference. The innovative design was conceived by Sylvio Rech who envisaged a lodge built under the giant trees that guard the river. Makalali Private Game Lodge provides a dining experience that is relaxed and informal. Our chefs produce a line up of dining experiences, from dinner in the bush to a ‘boma dinner’ under the stars. We pride ourselves on going ‘the extra mile’ and creating exclusive settings, whether it’s for a romantic wedding, a conference, or private dining event.  The lodge comprises three camps – Tandane, Mkhiwa and Emtomeni. Each camp has six luxury suites, a plunge pool, private viewing deck, dining area and boma. All the camps are private, yet within easy access of one another and are all situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River.

Enjoy a relaxed lunch at the lodge before embarking on your first game drive this evening, in pursuit of the Big 5 and more.

A sumptuous dinner will be waiting for you back at the lodge.

Overnight Makalali Private Game Lodge- Double room, all meals included.


DAY 8- 10 AUG

An early wake up call will get your day going- as you have a quick tea or coffee and embarkon your morning game drive.

Enjoy a gorgeous lunch in the middle of the day with some time to relax and reflect before enjoying afternoon tea and an evening game drive in pursuit of thrilling sightings.

Dinner will be served this evening perhaps by the fire outdoors.

Overnight Makalali Private Game Lodge- Double room, all meals included.


DAY 9- 11 AUG

An early wake up call will get your day going- as you have a quick tea or coffee and embarkon your morning game drive.

Enjoy a gorgeous lunch in the middle of the day with some time to relax and reflect before enjoying afternoon tea and an evening game drive in pursuit of thrilling sightings. Dinner will be served this evening perhaps by the fire outdoors.

Overnight Makalali Private Game Lodge- Double room, all meals included.


DAY 10- 12 AUG

Enjoy your last morning game drive before breakfast , and upon check out you will be met by your driver who will take you to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your international flight home. (flight costs not included and to be quoted separately.


COST PER PERSON- US $ 5999 per person double occupancy,  INCLUDING LAND PROGRAM ABOVE (AIRFARES NOT INCLUDED)

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodations as listed above, fees, tours, services and meals where indicated.
  • 24 Hours Manager On Duty helpline for the full duration of clients’ stay in IN South Africa and
  • Meet and greet staff at all international airports within South Africa
  • Touring and transfers as listed
  • Extended office hours :
    • Monday – Friday: 07h00 – 17h30
    • Saturday: 08h00 – 13h00
    • Sunday: 08h00 – 13h00
  • Countrywide infrastructure, with offices located in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town.

NOT INCLUDED

  • All airfares- domestic and international
  • Personal extras (curios, gifts etc.)
  • Any gratuities.
  • Beverages at safari lodge
  • Any meals or beverages not mentioned in quotation
  • Entrance fees not mentioned.
  • Any airfare or airport departure taxes unless otherwise indicated
  • Any medical or travel insurance. We strongly recommend all travelers purchase insurance
  • Optional tours and transfers are not included in the total person package cost

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • A copy of the terms and conditions are available on request.
  • This is a cost proposal only and is subject to availability of quoted services at time of booking. No space is currently being held- rates are subject to change
  • Costs are based on rates made available by our suppliers for requested travel period.
  • Costs are subject to change due to currency fluctuations or any other statutory increases beyond our control.
  • Anti Malarial Medications are STRONGLY advised- kindly consult your doctor in advance of your trip to discuss options
  • It might be necessary, due to circumstances beyond our control, where we might need to change the programme. Closing times at sightseeing points, changed flight times, road blocks, detours or act of God can also delay the programme. We reserve the right to make changes due to circumstance of this nature.

Very important note for all potential visitors to South Africa

  • Please ensure that when booking a trip for yourself or clients that your/their passports all comply with immigration regulations.
  • According to an international regulation, passports must have at least two blank pages in them when one enters a country, and it should also not have less than 6 months to go before expiry. South African immigration officials are very particular about enforcing this regulation and will not allow guests to enter the country should their passports be incorrect.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all services are subject to our general terms & conditions, which are available on our website: www.welcome.co.za/terms.htm
  • Not responsible for errors or omissions in the content of this proposal
  • 30% due upon deposit- remaining balance due 60 days prior to arrival in South Africa