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It has been two years since I set foot in the Mother City of South Africa and I must say: Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula are amongst the most photogenic places I have been to.
I might be slightly biased of course, as I love this place with a passion, but I truly feel that there is a photo opportunity on every street corner and every minute of the day.
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Cape Town - visit cape point, see the penguins at Boulder beach, then drive back up the west coast to CT, great photos. Knysna & garden route is great, but well travelled. A real saffa would tell you to avoid it. But seeing as you are (probably) a tourist then its worth a check.
For some pure south africa, head up the wild coast. We stayed in a little haven called Coffee Bay, it was fantastic.
Some other places worthy of a mention:
Jeffreys Bay - get some great surf / surf shots
Swaziland (ok not strictly SA but you can feel the tension ease off as soon as you cross the border into Swaziland, its a bit more relaxed).
And if you can manage it, there is the Kruger Park. You will probably see more in a private reserve, but theres something magical about seeing an animal in its totally natural state. We saw the big 5 in the Kruger in about 3 days. Got some great shots of a leopard walking past our car.
Its an amazing country - i hope youve given yourself enough time to see it! We did a road trip from CT to the Kruger and back in about a month and a half, which was fairly comfortable time wise.
B_Real 20th Sep 05
All depends on how 'touristy' you want to be...
Taking one of the boats from the Waterfront out into Table Bay will get you some super Table Mountain shots (and can be combined with a trip to Robben Island).
The Brass Bell in Kalk Bay is not to be missed for evening drinks although not strictly the right side of the peninsular for sunset shots, but it is a great place and only a short walk from a cute working harbour - loads of photography potential
Don't forget any one of the many many fabulous wine farms around Stellenbosch (although whenever we go home we go to Fairview Wine Farm which isn't in Stellenbosch - lovely wine and they make their own goats cheeses).
chrispd101 21st Sep 05
Lots, i was there this summer, you can do the waterfront and robben islannd and table mountani, but you must and i repeat MUST,
go to Hout Bay, and Blowbergustrand, for the classic sunset view of cape town. also there is this really good seafood restaurant called Panama Jacks, best in town, you need a taxi to get to it but its quality.
Get a polariser as well to get the best colours possible. the quality of light down there is fantastic. i was there when it was more winter so it was clear and crisp amazing. my slides look fantastic.
Stellenbosch whineries are really good for photos.
Mermanus is ok but don't bother with a boat trip, the bit with all the whales in it is so close to the shore, and the boats aren't allowed in that bit. We saw 1 in a two hour trip on a boat, and about 20 from the shore.
On a word you can get guided trips of the Townships, this you must do over everything else. Don't worry i carried two cameras with me and it isn't dangerous, you'll be swarmed by kids who will want piggy backs and to wear your coat. definetly worth looking into.
Don't do White Shark diving its making the shark problem down there a lot worse than it used to be.
exclusive 21st Sep 05
10 days is not enough but it will wet the appetite there is just so much to see. The garden route area around Knysna is wounderfull and if you like oysters you'll be in heaven.
If you are based at Knysa Plettenberg bay is a close trip about 25 mile lovely town a little further is a Monkey /lemur rescue centre where you can walk through the trees with guides and see all species in there natural habitat quiet fantastic. If your into adrenalin theres also the Worlds highest bungee jump at 216 metres
If you'd like more info please email me as I have a good friend in Plett and can give more advice on the area if you require
geoffash26 21st Sep 05
Cape Town and Garden Route are amazing but try and see The Klein Karoo too, where I live, about an hour from Knysna..the people are amazing, and if you can get to see "The Owlhouse" in Nieu Bethesda, it is well worth it to see something really offbeat...that is in The Groot Karoo near Graaf Reinet...all in all, enjoy...one thing , Cape Town has got very expensive, the smaller places are much more affordable, although having forex helps...
sugarbird 21st Sep 05