nature and wildlife photographer port elizabeth


DatesPhotography Tours Port Elizabeth

7 Feb till 11 Feb 2018

This is a five day trip based from Port St Johns on the Wild Coast of South Africa and focuses on natural beauty and surrounds while also incorporating local culture and people.

The Wild Coast is one of the most beautiful parts of the world and experiencing it through the lens of a camera is humbling and inspiring.

Day One

Departure Port Elizabeth at 8am

Brunch/Lunch in East London

Detour to Lusikisiki Road (road of a thousand turns) for late afternoon / sunset shots over the mountains and valleys.

Port St Johns Arrival at approximately 7pm.

Supper, briefing and sleep at Ferry Point Lodge.

Photography Tours Port ElizabethDay Two

A sunrise shoot from a small airfield on top of a mountain overlooking the Umzimvubi river mouth. Boerie Roll breakfast and coffee/tea supplied

Walk through Port St Johns town for street shots

Lunch at Fish Eagle Restaurant alongside the river

A model shoot inside the old, run down Cape Hermes Hotel

Free Time / Photo Comparisons and lessons learned

Supper at Ferry Point Lodge

Day Three

Breakfast at Ferry Point

A hiking trail photographic walk to one of the waterfalls in the area through sub tropical jungle type growth

Lunch at a small private restaurant

Free Time / Photo Comparisons and lessons learned

A sunset river boat ride up the Umzimvubu River

Supper at Ferry Point

Night shots of town across the river

Day FourPhotography Tours Port Elizabeth

Breakfast at Ferry Point

A trip along the coast to Poenskop, an idyllic coastal spot further north

Picnic lunch on the beach

A visit to a local kraal to experience their culture and get those special moment shots

Free Time / Photo Comparisons and lessons learned

Supper at Ferry Point

Day Five

Breakfast at Ferry Point

Departure around 8:30am

Lunch in East London and arrival in Port Elizabeth around 5pm

Equipment Needed

DSLR or Mirrorless Camera and for most work, landscapes, street and nature you will need Mid rage lenses : 18-55, 24-70, 16-85 or even a really wide 10-24.

If you have a 35, 50 or 85 prime lens this would be a bonus for the model shoot inside the hotel as well as getting some super portrait shots at the kraal visit.

A longer range like a 55-200, 70-300 or 70-200 will be handy for more discreet shots in the Port St Johns town walk, as well as getting shots of the abundant bird life.

Butterflies and other insects are in abundance so a macro lens would come in handy as well if you have one.

Single speedlight - if weather becomes dark and damp, this might be needed for model shoot, kraal portraits and waterfall walk through the forest. I have however done all these spots before with natural light only. If you have a trigger/transceiver bring it along.

Filters do help for coastal shots so if you have an ND filter bring it along.

Lastly, do remember to bring your swimwear as well will be enjoying a swim in the natural pool below the waterfall.

I could recommend for instance a 24-70 f2.8 to get top notch images in the waterfall walk etc but one of the purposes of these tours is for users to get to know their own equipment. And I will be very honest when I say that in my opinion, if you have for instance a Nikon D3200 with and 18-55 kit lens you will get super shots - if you get your settings right. Having as I do, top notch equipment does make it easier - but that is all - it makes it easier to get the perfect shot. There is no reason why everybody should not get them other than experience and knowing their equipment.

Photography Tours Wild Coast

Transport, Accommodation and Meals

Transport is via a Mini Bus.

Accommodation is normally booked at Ferry Point Lodge and they supply our meals as well. It is slightly rustic accommodation in cottages of two or three rooms, that sleep 4 to 6 people so be prepared to share or pay a slight premium. Very friendly, accommodating hosts. For those that want a little more upmarket there are a few venues close by, that we can recommend. You simply pay the difference.

Price per Person

R5500 - Per Person all inclusive at full booking of 10 people

If 8 People are booked on the trip, price is R6500  and if 6 people are booked price is R8500.

Extra costs - Lunch on trip to and from PE/Pt St Johns. Two lunches had at restaurants.

Own drinks, refreshments and spending money

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