Exciting news on the holiday scene for photographers seeking a short getaway

Dlphoto has expanded their interests  in opening a magical guesthouse in “arts town”, offering affordable fully catered photography tour packages which include all things wonderful as from January 2023…

Begin making your travel plans now…I would like to let you know that I have a photography tour starting in January 2023, and we only have very few spots left….so if you’re looking to explore the Swartland and its surrounds, to admire the pinks, oranges, blues and purple hues of the sunset…it’s the best place for landscapes, monuments, nature, architecture,  portraiture, people, and culture photography – come and explore it all with us.

Once you have been on this Photo Getaway Tour, you will view this place and yourself through a whole new lens! If you enjoy traveling and exploring with your camera on hand, and of course meeting like-minded people who revel in a whole lot of adventure, then this photographic getaway tour is tailor-made for you.

Where is our destination?  

A mere 80kms away from Cape Town, lies an exquisite gem of a place called the Riebeek Valley and its surrounding areas, (Wellington, Tulbagh), which eagerly await your visit. This eclectic world boasts the most invigorating fresh air, sounds of roosters in the early morning, tantalising locally sourced home cooked meals that you can leisurely savour in the most phenomenal of vistas. These views are a combination of mountains, Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, trendy new architecture stylishly fitting in with the old, vineyards and olive trees, canola fields, almond and citrus trees, flocks of awe inspiring bird life, or droves of cattle grazing with their young – the possibilities are simply endless…

Summertime has sprung here in the Riebeek Valley, that is now also synonymous with everything ARTS. The trees and fields, which were boasting with dramatic yellow colours, are now alive with fresh new season nature’s hues. This region is also known as the home of Shiraz, a place of big-name vineyards including the likes of Kloovenburg, Riebeek Valley Wine Co, Meerhof Winery, and Allesverloren, whose producers run cellar tours for visitors to see how their wines are produced. 

Why this Photography getaway is your number one choice

Most photo tours are designed and led by people who have never lived in the region, and are therefore not knowledgeable about the area.  Their tours only stop at the most common sites, and don’t get into the heart of the place.

Fortunately we have David Lazarus, who will accompany the team, and he is a local of Riebeek Kasteel. He will share in his professional knowledge and expertise during the tour, but will also learn from his engagement with the photographic tour team.

David has been both fortunate and blessed to have established himself as a highly recognized and endorsed photographer and trainer at DLPHOTO in Cape Town. Over 15 years’ as an avid photographer, he has travelled extensively both locally and abroad as a destination photographer. He has provided photography tours and workshops, to both a local and international market, from a diverse background. It’s David dream to assist you to release your creative spark, in the finest locations, as he gives expert guidance and local knowledge, to ensure that you are afforded the best possible images.

What you can expect 

This will certainly be an informative session, built around congenial photographic devotees. There will be hidden gems to be explored, and photographers can immerse themselves with the relaxed Artistic community of the Riebeek Valley, a community that enjoys their wine, olives, cheese and great conversations, in a tranquil environment.

The laid back simple way of life in the Riebeek Valley, revolves around long lunches and warm chats, enwrapped by the beautiful vistas. The Riebeek Valley is full of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and shops that vie with the best of them, all for easy country comfort living. For the people who live in the Riebeek Valley, because of soul, story and sense of place, they are uncompromising in their pursuit of individual expression. 

From art, architecture, croissants & café society, combined with a background of the Swartland and its surrounds, lies a hidden gem offering spectacular views and authentic villages for a contemplative, slow-travel photographic experience. This is your opportunity to rediscover (discover) your creative talent, in a series of the most historic towns in South Africa. 

The warm soft glow of the sun over the Kasteelberg, and those seen in a distance over the Winterhoek, Witzenberg and Obiqua Mountains creates a beautiful atmosphere and form some of the best light of the day. In the town we will have more contact with locals, and take some portrait photography. Along the way you will learn many aspects of photography, and whoever needs it, will get support.

No matter what your level is, there is certainly no pressure. The tour is a good mix of learning new skills, having a good time and getting more in depth knowledge.

The exclusive three day country photographic tour allows photographers from amateur through to professional to visit “off the beaten track” locations. More than your average photography tour, this is a country style Photographic lifestyle tour, where we enjoy chasing the light throughout the day, and therefore getting awesome photographic results.

More about the getaway

Tours are limited to four participants. The duration of the tour is 3 days, and includes a private vehicle and depending on the weather conditions, there could be some changes to the schedule. 3 days luxury accommodation and meals is included in the tour cost. The tour group stays at Julu Guest house whilst on the tour, allowing comfort and relaxation during the groups down time. In summer, expect most great tours are often booked out in advance, so secure your place online to ensure you don’t miss out! We have done all the hard work for you…

The Riebeek Valley and it’s surrounds will forever be captured not only in your artistic eye but no doubt in your heart as well.