Capturing Cape Town Through a Lens
Safari365 experienced a fantastic day full of photography and sightseeing during a Cape Town Photo Tours Chasing the Sun Peninsula Tour.
Muizenberg’s colourful beach huts are iconic in the Cape Peninsula. The bright colours stand out jovially against the sand and sea. Tourists and locals alike whip out their cameras for landscape shops and selfies in front of the famous huts which have been featured in numerous travel magazines, blogs and are a firm favourite on social media.
Cape Town Photo Tours Head Guide Lisa de Villiers explained all of the background of the huts to us as our group lay in the sand on Muizenberg Beach. We snapped away with our cameras and attempted to capture the primary coloured buildings in the most creative way possible.
Cape Town Photo Tours runs various tours throughout Cape Town and surrounds and Safari365 had the opportunity to experience the Chasing the Sun Peninsula Tour.
It was a sunny Friday morning and the day trip included four stops: Muisenberg Beach, Kalk Bay, Boulder’s Beach and Chapman’s Peak. Cape Town’s infamous South Easter joined us for most of the day but despite the wind, Lisa showed us how to make the most of our camera equipment while capturing moments during the tour.
After meeting at Cape Town Photo Tours HQ in Cape Town City Center, drive down through Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs with Lisa pointing out historical sights and sharing local history. From Groote Schuur hospital – location of the world’s first successful heart transplant – to the folk lore behind how Devil’s Peak earned its name.
The first stop was Muizenberg Beach’s Surfer’s Corner – where the much photographed beach huts are found. We each had our chance to explore the huts, snapping photos as we went. Liza had us crouching down in the sand, climbing stairs and jumping to get the perfect shot.
Stop two was Kalk Bay – home of the famous Kalkies which is reportedly the best fish and chips in town. We walked around the harbor and greeted the locals selling the days catch. Kalk Bay Is also home to resident Cape Fur Seals who are not shy about jumping out of the water and wriggling through the harbour in search of fish. The group put our newly-found photography skills to work trying to catch a particularly rowdy seal in action.
Boulder’s Beach was our next stop. The Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area in Simon’s Town is home to a colony of African Penguins. Wooden walkways wind around the sandy beach and boulders giving visitors the chance to stroll around and watch the adorable black and white birds in their natural habitat. Liza showed us a few tricks to getting great shots of the penguins while they waddled around the beach and dove seamlessly into the ocean.
Chapman’s Peak is an icon of Cape Town. One of the most scenic drives in the world; it offers panoramic views of Hout Bay and the surrounding peninsula. One of the most spectacular spots to watch the sunset in Cape Town and a brilliant location to end our day with Liza and Cape Town Photo Tours.
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