Sun, Sea, Sand and Safari
A few favourites from a brilliant honeymoon. Hannah left me in charge of the itinerary and location, as long as a safari was included in there somewhere. I was very impressed it was kept a secret right up until we got to the airport.
After many many hours of internet search, the combination of South Africa and the Seychelles seemed perfect (helped by an excellent deal on flights from Etihad!).
Cameras: Canon 5D Mark III, 24-105mm f4 L, 50mm f1.4 & Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX HSM. Also used a Leica D-Lux 5 compact.
Shot in RAW and processed using Lightroom and VSCO Film. Colour – Fuji 160C. Black & White – Ilford HP5 plus a few tweeks.
We started off in Cape Town, at the most amazing boutique hotel, the Rouge on Rose. Our South Africa itinerary was planned by Madi at Wild Wings Safaris. Everything was planned perfectly and Madi made some excellent suggestions that I hadn’t thought of, allowing us to see and do more within our set dates.
The Waterfront in Cape Town, Table Mountain in the background.
View from the top of Table Mountain
Sunset at Table Mountain. More by luck than judgement, but I love the ring flare :).
A tour to Cape Point. First stop, Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, with its very own penguin colony.
The abundant flora and fauna around Cape Point.
Time for a drink. Wine tasting and cheese munching at the Anura Vineyards
The view from our balcony, wonderfully colourful houses of Bo-Kaap and Lion’s Head in the distance.
Whale watching at Hermanus. The sight and sounds of the whales was brilliant and although we saw some impressive breaches, they were so far away that it wasn’t worth trying to get any shots. Definitely a put-the-camera-down-and-enjoy-the-moment time.
Shark lookout point – you’ve got to trust whoever’s on watch to let you know if there’s one heading towards the beach!
The Old Biscuit Mill, a transformed warehouse where all the locals go on a Sunday morning, mainly to get rid of their hangovers by drinking bloody marys and eating oysters! If you’re not into bloody marys, the coffee bars are amazing too (as they are all over Cape Town).
Hannah was very excited when we came across Karen Dudley’s stall, maker of the Love Sandwich and owner of The Kitchen.
Change of mood… a harrowing visit to Robben Island and Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, guided by one of his fellow prisoners.
Heading over to Kruger by plane to Nelspruit and then an overland trip on the very scenic Panoramic Tour.
The beautiful Zuleika Country House, a quick stop over before our trip to Sabi Sands for safari.
Safari time at Arathusa!
Off to the Seychelles!
Our villa at the Valmer Resort.
Our best meal on the island, cooked by a local Creole family, served on the beach under a palm tree :).
What a trip! Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to know more/need some camera/lens/processing advice – firstname.lastname@example.org.
This leads nicely on to the next post… what to do with all these photos?!