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We invite you, our visitor, to submit your favourite photos of your holiday in South Africa or browse through the holiday snaps of others’. This is where we feature great photographs of South Africa, submitted by our readers or taken by our staff (we are NOT professional photographers, just “happy snappers”. We are most grateful to all our readers who so generously share their photos with us and invite you to share some of yours … (e-mail photos to info@sa-venues.com with “Photo for Blog” in the subject line).

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

15 top Johannesburg Instagrammers to follow

Ansel Adams, the photographer and environmentalist whose black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West are highly regarded, once said, ‘A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.’

Even more beautiful are the words of Yann Arthus-Bertrand who said, ‘The earth is art, the photographer is only a witness.’

Whilst Cape Town’s instagrammers capture the beauty of the landscape – mountains, seas, skies; Johannesburg Instagrammers are having a love affair with the inner city; the grunge of Jozi’s Maboneng, Braamfontein, and Berea. Their pictures, like their city, are intense, introspective, frank and bold.

Here are 15 artists on Instagram that paint a picture of Johannesburg that cannot be contained in words… Continued

Thursday, 26 March 2015

15 Top Cape Town Instagrammers To Follow

A picture paints a thousand words.

Or more accurately: a picture is worth a thousand words is a fitting phrase to describe how a picture tells a story just as well as wordy, descriptive text (the latter quote was adapted into the former by David Gates (of Bread fame) for the album: Manna).

I’d even go as far as saying that today pictures speak louder than words.

To coin a Chinese proverb: one picture is worth ten thousand words. Which is why Instagram is so big.

Snap a photo with your mobile phone, choose a filter, and you’ve a picture to share with the world. It’s faster than news, it’s beautiful to look at, it’s straightforward to share, and people respond more swiftly to pictures than words.

Here are 15 artists on Instagram that paint a picture of Cape Town that is louder than words or 15 top Cape Town instagrammers to follow … Continued

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Navigating the Mighty Orange River

The 2 200km long Orange River, the leviathan of Southern African Rivers, whips and winds its perennial tail through an incredible array and variety of landscapes beginning in the appropriately named Drakensberg (Dragon Mountain) catchment area. Along its course the Orange plays a vital role to the people of South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia and is also responsible for the squiggled international border between the former and the latter.

Excepting the 193km to the west of it, the Orange runs the breadth of South Africa culminating in an extravagant exit into the Atlantic at Alexander Bay into which it pours it’s orangey silt, from which the river takes its name, at an average rate of 50 000 litres per second. Continued

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Biodiversity Showcase Garden Photographs

We have been fortunate to receive some fantastic photographs of the Biodiversity Showcase Garden, which you’ll find in the vibey suburb of Green Point. But before we get to the photographs lets find out a little bit more about these gardens. The gardens are situated in the Green Point Urban Park and allows you, the visitor, to enjoy the space that is home to flora that is endemic to Cape Town. If you’re unfamiliar with what endemic means it basically means that the flora is completely unique to the area i.e. you won’t find this anywhere else – so this garden really is something special.

You can spend hours here and it’s a place that will be both educational and fun for your children. Take your time looking at all the animal sculptures, seeing which of the more than 300 local plant species you are able to identify, learn from the interactive displays and demonstration gardens and more. The setting is something in itself with the beautiful backdrop of Table Mountain and the impressive Green Point Stadium that is adjacent to the garden. This is also a place where you can exercise your body as here are both running and cycle paths as well as a play park a perfect opportunity to discover all that the 12.5 hectares of the park offer. Continued

Thursday, 14 March 2013

More Awesome Windsurfing Photographs by Charnell Timms

A few days ago we posted some awesome Windsurfing Photographs by Charnell Timms. She then told us she had even more fantastic images she would like to share with us. The majority of these images are taken at Sunset Beach which is the third best windsurfing spot in the world – first place goes to New Zealand and the runner up Hawaii. In many of the images in the gallery you can clearly see Robben Island in the backround of these.

The two images here are of Dave, he’s walking with his board into the water and the  next one of him with the mammoth swell behind him. Both of these were taken further up along the west coast inbetween Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand and the infamous Haakgat spot in Charnell’s words “the ocean was PUMPING this day“. Continued

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Windsurfing Photographs by Charnell Timms

Charnell of Charnell Timms Photography has sent us two fantastic images of windsurfing. She took the images on Sunset Beach, the 3rd best windsurfing spot in the world she tells us.

In the Summer months when Sunset Beach is at its peak the South-Easter blows and brings with it some of the most epic waves. So it’s no surprise that it is a hotspot for surfers, kitesurfers, kite boarding and boardsailing, but don’t forget that these are big waves so they should be left for the skilled and the brave. This is a fantastic day out so come and sit on the beach and enjoy the activity in the water … bring along a picnic lunch, but don’t forget the sun cream! Continued

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Meet Dave Moffatt of KhakiWeed Photographic Safaris

We’d like to introduce Dave Moffatt of KhakiWeed Photographic Safaris. Dave has shared some of his amazing wildlife photographs with us and we thought they were too good not to share with all of you! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs with us Dave, they are incredible images.

“My name is Dave Moffatt, born in Ireland I came here in my early years and love the bush and wildlife . About four years ago I went on a trip to the Kruger Park, as I have done before except this time I took a new toy with me a SLR canon Camera with a 300mm lens. I had done photography in the past with a film camera I purchased whist living in Canada. Continued

Thursday, 1 November 2012

How To Take Great Vacation Photos

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Going on holiday is exciting for so many reasons, but the time just flies and, before you know it, you’re back to the routine of daily life. Taking photos of your holiday, no matter how short or close to home, is an essential part of remembering it. There are few things as disappointing as scrolling through your holiday pictures, only to find that that they didn’t come out well. You might feel that you look terrible in every single one (us humans are so predictably critical) or your landscapes may be a blur.

Here are some ways to ensure that you take stunning holiday photos and make the memories last: Continued

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

De Hoop Nature Reserve Photographs

A really good friend, who lives in the States, came down to Cape Town for one week and one week only. We made the most of it … She lived in Cape Town for a few years but had never been to the De Hoop Nature Reserve and this was on her bucket list. We decided to head up to De Hoop for one night.

It was a very long drive and as we’d left at the crack of dawn after two of our group had been at a wedding until the wee hours of the morning and having a baby with us (who was only a few months old) it took a while to get started. We made our way to the first stop in Caledon to get supplies and then we were off. We hit the dirt road which slowed us down considerably and be warned if this is your first time there the dirt road is LONG … and just when you think you’ve reached the end you turn a corner to see more road.

The reserve itself is magical. A complete contrast of green flora, the white sandy beaches, blue sea, rocks and a myriad of animals. We felt like we’re reached a special part of the world and all of us took a moment to appreciate the beauty we found ourselves in. I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves … Continued

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Chart Farm Photographs

My husband and I did something different on Sunday – we visited Chart Farm in Wynberg Park and picked our own roses!  I had been earlier in the year only to find that roses are seasonal and I was a few weeks to late but taking my flowering Iceberg rose at home as an indication that other roses might also be blooming we made our way to the farm.  Located near Wynberg Park, Chart Farm and its farm style environment is well worth a visit.

There are a wide variety of roses and they are available for pick-your-own (a bucket and secateurs are provided) or alternatively you can purchase the blooms ready picked.  It is lovely though to wander the terraces, admiring the gorgeous colours on display and taking in the views of the Constantia Valley.  The cost to pick your own is R4 per stem Monday to Saturday.  Sunday picking is half price; R2 per stem.  Already picked roses are R5.50 per stem. Continued

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Slow Food Flick, Pick & Mix – Photographs

Last week I had a fantastic evening out at the Fugard Theatre in District 6, Cape Town. I attended a screening of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which was made in 1971. The evening was organised by Slow Food Mother City and they had arranged a sweet market before the movie began. Continued

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Napier Photographs

Napier is a pretty town surrounded by fields of barley and wheat and was named after the Governor of the Cape at the time; Sir George Napier.  Interesting shops and eateries line the streets of the town and if you are in town you must make sure you visit The Farm Stall which is located directly through the town.  The interior is a quirky collection of enamel signs (unfortunately not for sale) and other memorabilia.  Other interesting objects hang on the walls outside – it makes for interesting conversation as you wait for your delicious meal to arrive! Continued

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Elim Photographs

Id heard about Elim and seeing as we were in the area over the weekend we stopped off for a wander around on Sunday.  Elim dates back to 1824 when it was founded by Moravian monks and became the third Moravian mission station in the Cape.  Today it is one of the few surviving mission stations in the country.  Most of the cute, thatched cottages date back to the 19th century and are made of mud-brick, plastered with lime plaster and thatched with restio grass.  Many of the 2000 current Elim residents are sought-after thatchers. Continued

Thursday, 3 November 2011

L’Agulhas Photographs

The relatively small village of L’Agulhas is situated in the Cape Agulhas region of the Western Cape, a mere two hour drive from Cape Town and is famously known as the place where the two oceans; the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet.  Discovered in the 15th century by the Portuguese, Agulhas was originally known as Cabo das Agulhas (Cape of Needles) because no variation between true north and magnetic north was shown on compasses.

Many ships have ended their sea-going journey on the jagged rock formations found along this coastline; hence the construction of the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse which was built in 1840 (the 3rd to be built in South Africa).  The famous red and white building was restored in 1968 and after being declared unsafe is now a National Monument.  The lighthouse is open to visitors and has an interesting museum and a quaint coffee shop should you need light refreshment! Continued

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Elgin Open Gardens Photographs

We spent the night in Elgin on Saturday and on the way home used the opportunity to pop into one of the open gardens.  For those who don’t know, gardens are opened to the public every year (this year over the weekends of October 29th and 30th and November 5th and 6th) in the Elgin, Vyeboom and Bot River Districts. 

The gardens range from country gardens that are well established (some are over 50 years old) to smaller gardens in villages that have been recently planted but most are no more than a sixty minute drive from Cape Town and are so worth visiting. Many gardens have plants for sale and also offer tea and light meals.  There are also art and sculpture events on in the district and some local wine cellars are offering tastings. Continued