The Garden Route was one of the first places where the Europeans set foot in South Africa for the first time. And honestly I would give quite a few very important body parts to have been able to see what the land would have looked like back in that time.

Today the Garden Route is a very popular holiday destination with lots of tourist attractions. I have been coming to the Garden Route since I can recall and that was from an age of about 3 years old!

Most holiday makers just go and see the normal touristy stuff, but to be honest, there are MANY hidden gems in the Garden Route that very few people get to see. There is some amazing landscape opportunities in the Garden Route. From raging swell pounding against vertical cliffs that has a sheer drop into the Indian Ocean, to white sandy beaches that go on for kilometers to deep dark estuaries and indigenous forests as old as time itself.

Some of these places I have photographed on a few occasions and I have been to some of these locations during fishing trips and I have often shown people an image and they would go, Where is that?? And then those people are residents in some of the Garden Route towns!

Some of these places I have shot numourous times and every time I walk away with some new and better than the previous time I was there. Like the Old Pier on Diaz beach, I must have photographed it on about 10 occasions and every time I get something new. The same goes for the cliffs on the Oyster Catcher Trail. Here the cliffs plummet vertically down into the, sometimes very angry, Indian Ocean. To see a huge wave wash up 30-40 meters against a vertical wall can be quite a rush! Yet I have had a particular photo of the St Blaize Lighthouse in mind for some time now and I have never had the perfect conditions for the image I want. But that is what keeps us going back for more!

The main towns along the Garden Route would be Witsand, Stilbaai, Mosselbay, George, Wildernis, Knysna, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Every single one of these destinations offers something different for the landscape photographer. From huge aloes and white beaches and the Breede River Mouth at Witsand to lush subtropical indigenous forests in Knysna, forests that are still roamed by wild Elephants!

So please sit back and enjoy some of the images I have managed to capture in this amazing piece of South Africa.

All images are available as fine art prints on mediums such as Canvas, fine art paper and metal prints. Please email me should you want more info regarding a printed and signed image.

 

Some images from Witsand area:

Dusk as seen from the Witsand Main beach. Huge storms has washed driftwood down the Breede river and it ended up on the beach in Witsand. On the Horizon you will see the point on the opposite side of the Breede River on the Infanta side.

 

Soft Pastel Sunset as seen from the Witsand Main beach. Huge storms has washed driftwood down the Breede river and it ended up on the beach in Witsand. On the Horizon you will see the point on the opposite side of the Breede River on the Infanta side.

 

Shooting aloes at night along the road between Heidelberg and Witsand. We went out to shoot some milky way images with these aloes but it was clouded over, so we made the best of a bad situation. Now it almost has an eerie apocalypse feel to it.

 

An image from Stilbaai

The break wall with its bright red beacon in Stilbaai. Stillbaai is the quiet seaside village in the Garden Route. It has a very small harbour. This is the small break wall that stops the big swell from causing havoc with launching boats.

 

The Oyster Catcher trail and Cliffs in Mosselbay

Golden First light hits the massive cliffs on the Oyster Catcher trail between Mosselbay and Danabay. The red sandstone lights up as if on fire. The Mansions on the Pinnacle Point Golf Estate can be seen in the distance.

 

Golden First light hits the massive cliffs on the Oyster Catcher trail between Mosselbay and Danabay. The red sandstone lights up as if on fire. The Mansions on the Pinnacle Point Golf Estate can be seen in the distance.

 

Dawn is about to break on the Garden Route. Over looking the Ocean from the cliffs on the Oyster Catcher trail, it is quite a sight to behold.

 

A Cove along the Oyster Catcher Trail makes for an awesome composition for a sunrise shoot. I have photographed this cove a couple of times and get something different every time.

 

 

A Cove along the Oyster Catcher Trail makes for an awesome composition for a sunrise shoot. I have photographed this cove a couple of times and get something different every time.

 

A view of the St Blaize Lighthouse in Mosselbay. This is one of the only lighthouses in South Africa that is still manned by a lighthouse keeper.

 

A view of the St Blaize Lighthouse in Mosselbay. This is one of the only lighthouses in South Africa that is still manned by a lighthouse keeper.

 

A Cove along the Oyster Catcher Trail makes for an awesome composition for a sunrise shoot. I have photographed this cove a couple of times and get something different every time. This particular morning we had some awesome low and mid level clouds that turned this lovely pink with the dawn light.

 

The Cape St Blaize Lighthouse overlooks the point in Mosselbay. Situated on the sandstone cliffs above a natural cave used by the khoi as shelter in the early days. This is one of the last maned lighthouses on the South African coastline.

 

The Point Mosselbay

Textured storm clouds over the ocean during a summer thunderstorm of the point in Mosselbay.

 

Massive Thunderclouds build over the Ocean as seen from the point in Mosselbay. I had to run to get the last bit of colour on these amazing clouds. There was no time to set up for a good composition, so it is more of a record shot.

 

 

Diaz Beach Mosselbay

Seal Island of Diaz beach has one of the densest populations of Great White sharks in the world. Although it is a very popular bathing beach, there has not been any major attacks. From recent studies it is shown that the Island is often frequented by juvenile sharks, but the big boys are often not far.

 

The old Pipeline Pier on Diaz Beach. It is a very well known landmark with fisherman, but it is also one of the most awesome structures to shoot. I have shot this place about 10 different times and every time I got something new and better.

 

Surf wash up onto the beach at Bay View in Hartenbos in the Garden Route. Hartenbos is a very popular holiday destination on that part of the coast line.

Right next to the Diaz Pipeline, these poles from an old structure offer something different for the photographer.

 

The old Pipeline Pier on Diaz Beach. It is a very well known landmark with fishermen, but it is also one of the most awesome structures to shoot. I have shot this place about 10 different times and every time I got something new and better.

 

The old Pipeline Pier on Diaz Beach. It is a very well known landmark with fishermen, but it is also one of the most awesome structures to shoot. I have shot this place about 10 different times and every time I got something new and better.

 

 Kleinbrak / Glentana Beach

A cold front was fast approaching when I shot this image on Kleinbrak beach. The cold and ominous mood really works for me here.

 

A wave splashes over the rocks on a private beach along the Garden Route. This beach can only be access through private property. Hopefully I can get back down there in the future to capture some more of this awesome piece of earth.

 

I found this rock on a private beach between Glentana and Haroldsbay. This rock is part of another rock that it has broken of from. I photographed it in such a manner so that it became a stand alone feature to the image. There was some good water movement and clouds going on and it just made for a great image.

 

 

 Knysna  

Dusk over the Outeniqua Mountains. A sliver moon hangs high in the sky as it is busy setting just after dusk. The colours on the horizon is from the setting sun and hard to believe. I did not do much editing to the colours in this image. It was just amazing!

Dusk setting in over the Garden Route. This was shot from the highest peak that is accessible by vehicle, Called Spitskop. In the distance you will see the lights of Knysna starting to come on with a thick layer of fog over the ocean.

The sun Kisses the hill as it starts to set in the Garden Route. This was from the top of Spitskop, the highest peak that is accessible to people in the Southern Cape.

Teeny Tiny Landscape. These mushrooms are about 2cm in diameter and they grow in these small nooks and crannies between the moss. These were found in Knysna  Forest and, although the day did not yield anything landscape wise, these were just as cool.