Join Hougaard Malan for an immersive learning experience on the northern drakensberg escarpment in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
- Limited to 6 participants
Blyde River Canyon - The lowveld escarpment is home to South Africa's famous Blyde River Canyon and unbeknown to most, our most beautiful indigenous forests. One would think that photographing Blyde River Canyon is simple and easy, but it is a landscape that does not give up it's treasures easily. It has a super specific seasonal window where the rains start to subside, but the canyon is still a lush green. The best part of the escarpment to photograph from is on private property and unless you know exactly where it is, you'll never find it. These are lessons that I learned the hard way over many years - I visited 7 times between the years of of 2008 to 2014 to figure out its secrets.
Mariepskop - Very few people know that with the right knowledge, one can access the mountain top on the other side of the canyon. A gravity defying concrete pass was built onto the mountain to install a military radar station during the cold war era, in order to keep an eye on the communist-controlled skies beyond our eastern borders. With some local knowledge and a bit of luck, I first visited in 2009 and not much has changed - almost no one knows of it and the road is still horrible and unmarked. Mariepskop offers incredible views of the Canyon from the side that no one ever sees, along with an incredibly unique geology, flora and indigenous forests.
Magoebaskloof - In 2012, I invested a mountain of time in finding South Africa's most beautiful indigenous forests. Magoebaskloof is where my journey led me and I spent over a month exploring the forested valleys and hills. Many of the incredible places I found are still on my "return-to-shoot" list and I'll be showing the participants of this group a few of those places. Much like Mariepskop, Magoebaskloof is not signposted and the best places for photos are not easy to find. Unless you spend a lot of time there, you won't find much other than Debengeni Falls and the odd lush section of forest along a road. I will show participants how to find simplicity in the chaos and and all the secrets of capturing the beauty of an Afromontane forest.
- 1 March | Arrive Haenertsburg
- 2 March | Photograph Magoebaskloof
- 3 March | Travel to Blyde River Canyon
- 4 March | Photograph Blyde River Canyon
- 5 March | Travel to Mariepskop
- 6 March | Photography Mariepkop
- 7 March | End of Tour
- Full Price - R27 500.00
- Deposit Payment | Due upon booking - R7 500.00
- Balance Payment | Due 25 January 2021 - R20 000.00
- Full Payment Due upon booking after 25 January 2021
- All Meals
- All Accommodation
- All Park/Entry Fees
- Photographic Tuition by master landscape photographer
- Image critique and editing lessons
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Anything not specified above