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.

lion cubs at sabi sands

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.

lion cubs at Arathusa Sabi Sands

The Waterfront in Cape Town, Table Mountain in the background.

Rouge on Rose boutique hotel Cape Town

View from the top of Table Mountain

Waterfront Cape Town

Table Mountain Cape Town

Sunset at Table Mountain. More by luck than judgement, but I love the ring flare :).

Sunset at Table Mountain

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A tour to Cape Point. First stop, Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, with its very own penguin colony.

Penguins at Boulders Beach

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The abundant flora and fauna around Cape Point.

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honeymoon photos

Time for a drink. Wine tasting and cheese munching at the Anura Vineyards

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The view from our balcony, wonderfully colourful houses of Bo-Kaap and Lion’s Head in the distance.

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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.

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Shark lookout point – you’ve got to trust whoever’s on watch to let you know if there’s one heading towards the beach!

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honeymoon photos

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).

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Hannah was very excited when we came across Karen Dudley’s stall, maker of the Love Sandwich and owner of The Kitchen.

robben island

robben island

Change of mood… a harrowing visit to Robben Island and Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, guided by one of his fellow prisoners.

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Heading over to Kruger by plane to Nelspruit and then an overland trip on the very scenic Panoramic Tour.

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honeymoon photos

honeymoon photos

The beautiful Zuleika Country House, a quick stop over before our trip to Sabi Sands for safari.

Zuleika Country House

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Safari time at Arathusa!

Inside our Lodge at Arathusa

game drive

a family of giraffe at sabi sands

elephants at sabi sands

lion cubs at sabi sands

rhino at sabi sands

buffalo at sabi sands

zebra at sabi sands

mating leopards at sabi sands

baby elephant at sabi sands

wild dogs at sabi sands

leopard with kill at sabi sands

lion with kill at sabi sands

lion with kill 2 at sabi sands

rhino 2 at sabi sands

wild dogs 2 at sabi sands

buffalo 2 at sabi sands

tea break at sabi sands

Off to the Seychelles!


Our villa at the Valmer Resort.

villa at valmer resort

villa 2 at valmer resort

flowers at valmer resort

flowers at valmer resort 2

moyenne island

moyenne island 2

boat trip to moyenne island

Our best meal on the island, cooked by a local Creole family, served on the beach under a palm tree :).

creole food

beach seychelles

beach seychelles 2

beach seychelles 3

beach seychelles 4

beach seychelles 5

beach seychelles 6

What a trip! Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to know more/need some camera/lens/processing advice –

This leads nicely on to the next post… what to do with all these photos?!

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