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South Africa’s Autumn Colours: Pure Inspiration for Photographers!

As the weather conditions change around South Africa, so too do the opportunities for photography fanatics searching for shots with a difference. Be it the lighting, the quality of air or the temporary colours, opportunity abounds.

Take the Western Cape for instance. Areas like Stellenbosch and Worcester, with their abundance of oak trees, put on quite a show when the colours turn. But the spectacle isn’t unique to the Cape. The whole country is on display. Visit the Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg (Gauteng), for example, and you’ll be surrounded by a forest of golden trees.

Hougaard Malan's 'Winter is coming' is shot at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in Stellenbosh. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

Hougaard Malan’s ‘Winter is coming’ is shot at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in Stellenbosh. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

The altered landscape also makes for brilliant backdrops for wildlife shots as well as portraiture. In fact, some of the most perfect wedding photography is done in autumn.

Autumn in South Africa can be a wedding photographer's dream. Photo credit: Szerdi and Andy, Knot Just Pics via www.whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com

Autumn in South Africa can be a wedding photographer’s dream. Photo credit: Szerdi and Andy, Knot Just Pics via www.whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com

If you’d like a little inspiration, check out some of South Africa’s local talent: Colin Peterson Jones, Marius Coetzee or Hougaard Malan. After all, they spend time in situ and have figured out the perfect angles, compositions and conditions. You can read Capture Earth’s ‘10 Questions for South Africa’s Top 10 Landscape Photographers’ for more insights.

South Africa becomes even more of a visual feast in autumn. Photo credit: Melanie-Ann Ferriss via www.southafrica.net

South Africa becomes even more of a visual feast in autumn. Photo credit: Melanie-Ann Ferris via www.southafrica.net

If you’re not keen on having to search for prime locations yourself however, or you want to brush up on your camera skills or learn some new ones, think about booking in for a photographic tour. There are lots you can do across the country whether you’re into safari shoots, urban shoots or landscape shoots. Here are a few you might want to consider:

Hougaard Malan's 'Eastern Freestate Autumn' capturing the iconic Poplar tree in the Stormberg District, Eastern Cape Highlands. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

Hougaard Malan’s ‘Eastern Freestate Autumn’ capturing the iconic Poplar tree in the Stormberg District, Eastern Cape Highlands. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

Of course, many professional South African photographers run their own tours as well, like David Rogers.

Candelabra flowers flowering en masse after good autumn rains on the Knersvlakte in Namaqualand with Gifberg beyond, Northern Cape, South Africa. Photo credit: www.colinpatersonjones.com

Candelabra flowers flowering en masse after good autumn rains on the Knersvlakte in Namaqualand with Gifberg beyond, Northern Cape, South Africa. Photo credit: www.colinpatersonjones.co.za

So, whether you’re more like Canadian photographer Dani Lew or Australian photographer Simon Phelps who caught some of South Africa’s beauty solo, or you choose to join a local pro or tour company, pack up your gear and head to this magnificent visual playground. Like the ‘clunk’ of an old-school SLR shutter capturing a moment in time forever, it should be a split second decision.

For more travel inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

“The Search” by Nicholas Whittall depicts a young  male lion looking for the rest of its pride. Photo credit: www.nicholaswhittall.com

“The Search” by Nicholas Whittall depicts a young male lion looking for the rest of its pride. Photo credit: www.nicholaswhittall.com

South Africa’s Autumn Colours: Pure Inspiration for Photographers!

As the weather conditions change around South Africa, so too do the opportunities for photography fanatics searching for shots with a difference. Be it the lighting, the quality of air or the temporary colours, opportunity abounds.

Take the Western Cape for instance. Areas like Stellenbosch and Worcester, with their abundance of oak trees, put on quite a show when the colours turn. But the spectacle isn’t unique to the Cape. The whole country is on display. Visit the Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg (Gauteng), for example, and you’ll be surrounded by a forest of golden trees.

Hougaard Malan's 'Winter is coming' is shot at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in Stellenbosh. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

Hougaard Malan’s ‘Winter is coming’ is shot at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in Stellenbosh. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

The altered landscape also makes for brilliant backdrops for wildlife shots as well as portraiture. In fact, some of the most perfect wedding photography is done in autumn.

Autumn in South Africa can be a wedding photographer's dream. Photo credit: Szerdi and Andy, Knot Just Pics via www.whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com

Autumn in South Africa can be a wedding photographer’s dream. Photo credit: Szerdi and Andy, Knot Just Pics via www.whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com

If you’d like a little inspiration, check out some of South Africa’s local talent: Colin Peterson Jones, Marius Coetzee or Hougaard Malan. After all, they spend time in situ and have figured out the perfect angles, compositions and conditions. You can read Capture Earth’s ‘10 Questions for South Africa’s Top 10 Landscape Photographers’ for more insights.

South Africa becomes even more of a visual feast in autumn. Photo credit: Melanie-Ann Ferriss via www.southafrica.net

South Africa becomes even more of a visual feast in autumn. Photo credit: Melanie-Ann Ferris via www.southafrica.net

If you’re not keen on having to search for prime locations yourself however, or you want to brush up on your camera skills or learn some new ones, think about booking in for a photographic tour. There are lots you can do across the country whether you’re into safari shoots, urban shoots or landscape shoots. Here are a few you might want to consider:

Hougaard Malan's 'Eastern Freestate Autumn' capturing the iconic Poplar tree in the Stormberg District, Eastern Cape Highlands. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

Hougaard Malan’s ‘Eastern Freestate Autumn’ capturing the iconic Poplar tree in the Stormberg District, Eastern Cape Highlands. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

Of course, many professional South African photographers run their own tours as well, like David Rogers.

Candelabra flowers flowering en masse after good autumn rains on the Knersvlakte in Namaqualand with Gifberg beyond, Northern Cape, South Africa. Photo credit: www.colinpatersonjones.com

Candelabra flowers flowering en masse after good autumn rains on the Knersvlakte in Namaqualand with Gifberg beyond, Northern Cape, South Africa. Photo credit: www.colinpatersonjones.co.za

So, whether you’re more like Canadian photographer Dani Lew or Australian photographer Simon Phelps who caught some of South Africa’s beauty solo, or you choose to join a local pro or tour company, pack up your gear and head to this magnificent visual playground. Like the ‘clunk’ of an old-school SLR shutter capturing a moment in time forever, it should be a split second decision.

For more travel inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

“The Search” by Nicholas Whittall depicts a young  male lion looking for the rest of its pride. Photo credit: www.nicholaswhittall.com

“The Search” by Nicholas Whittall depicts a young male lion looking for the rest of its pride. Photo credit: www.nicholaswhittall.com

Wining and dining in South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the world’s exquisite cuisine and wine regions.

The food and wine route in South Africa offers culinary experiences which will awaken and excite.

Cape Winelands has 18 official wine routes and two brandy routes which are nestled among the most scenic and historic wine estates which date back centuries. The Cape is a premier Western Cape visitor attraction offering tours ranging from wine tasting to wine making. There is also excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery collectively creating an irresistible attraction for international and local travellers alike.

Stellenbosch

The Stellenbosch Wine Route, which is South Africa’s oldest, was founded in 1971 and is known to produce a world-renowned sparkling wine. It is located in Cape Winelands and has been awarded the Best Wine Destination in 2012 by Trip Advisor and just like a fine wine, the  town has only gotten better with age. There are a range of wineries to visit ranging from large estates to smaller independent wineries.

For elegant alfresco dining under the oaks, splendid vineyard views and sublimely prepared seasonal fare, try Terroir restaurant at Kleine Zalze wine. Similarly, the restaurant at Jordan winery offers panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch, with a daily blackboard menu to complement Jordan’s acclaimed wines.

Stellenbosch WineryIf your palate prefers white wine, we recommend visiting the town of Franschhoek which is commonly referred to as South Africa’s gourmet capital boasting dozens of award winning wineries and restaurants which source local produce to create their menus.

Franschhoek Valley

What makes this food and wine route in Franschhoek special is you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The heritage can be felt in this picturesque town and, yet, it’s only 45 minutes from Cape Town! The main road is lined with restaurants, some run by award-winning chefs like Reuben Riffel of Reuben’s Restaurant and Margot Janse van Vuuren of Le Quartier Francais, where it’s well worth trying to secure a table.

Franschhoek

In addition to its wine, the Wellington region in The Cape is famous for its brandy. The Schalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Estate in this area is owned and run by former and current international rugby players, Schalk Burger snr and his son of the same name.

There are many beautiful wineries in The Cape which will steal your heart with amazing hospitality, delicious cuisine and beautiful drops of red, white or sparkling!

Restaurants

Terrior Restaurant at Kleine Zalze
Phone: +27 (21) 880-8167
Email: info@wineorders.co.za

Jordan Restaurant
Phone: +27 (21) 881 3612
Email: restaurant@jordanwines.com

Reuben’s Franschhoek
Phone: +27 (21) 876 3772
Email: reservations@reubens.co.za

Le Quartier Francais
Phone: +27 (21) 876 2151
Email: res@lqf.co.za

Wining and dining in South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the world’s exquisite cuisine and wine regions.

The food and wine route in South Africa offers culinary experiences which will awaken and excite.

Cape Winelands has 18 official wine routes and two brandy routes which are nestled among the most scenic and historic wine estates which date back centuries. The Cape is a premier Western Cape visitor attraction offering tours ranging from wine tasting to wine making. There is also excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery collectively creating an irresistible attraction for international and local travellers alike.

Stellenbosch

The Stellenbosch Wine Route, which is South Africa’s oldest, was founded in 1971 and is known to produce a world-renowned sparkling wine. It is located in Cape Winelands and has been awarded the Best Wine Destination in 2012 by Trip Advisor and just like a fine wine, the  town has only gotten better with age. There are a range of wineries to visit ranging from large estates to smaller independent wineries.

For elegant alfresco dining under the oaks, splendid vineyard views and sublimely prepared seasonal fare, try Terroir restaurant at Kleine Zalze wine. Similarly, the restaurant at Jordan winery offers panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch, with a daily blackboard menu to complement Jordan’s acclaimed wines.

Stellenbosch WineryIf your palate prefers white wine, we recommend visiting the town of Franschhoek which is commonly referred to as South Africa’s gourmet capital boasting dozens of award winning wineries and restaurants which source local produce to create their menus.

Franschhoek Valley

What makes this food and wine route in Franschhoek special is you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The heritage can be felt in this picturesque town and, yet, it’s only 45 minutes from Cape Town! The main road is lined with restaurants, some run by award-winning chefs like Reuben Riffel of Reuben’s Restaurant and Margot Janse van Vuuren of Le Quartier Francais, where it’s well worth trying to secure a table.

Franschhoek

In addition to its wine, the Wellington region in The Cape is famous for its brandy. The Schalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Estate in this area is owned and run by former and current international rugby players, Schalk Burger snr and his son of the same name.

There are many beautiful wineries in The Cape which will steal your heart with amazing hospitality, delicious cuisine and beautiful drops of red, white or sparkling!

Restaurants

Terrior Restaurant at Kleine Zalze
Phone: +27 (21) 880-8167
Email: info@wineorders.co.za

Jordan Restaurant
Phone: +27 (21) 881 3612
Email: restaurant@jordanwines.com

Reuben’s Franschhoek
Phone: +27 (21) 876 3772
Email: reservations@reubens.co.za

Le Quartier Francais
Phone: +27 (21) 876 2151
Email: res@lqf.co.za

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