Afriscapes explore the Tankwa Karoo

Afriscapes explore the Tankwa Karoo

At the end of November, Afriscapes will be hosting its first workshop / tour to the Tankwa Karoo. Click Here for more details

The Karoo has always fascinated people and there has been many people that went to live and farm in the Karoo, but this place is not for the faint hearted. Its a place of extremes, it’s either so hot that it feels like the only thing separating the Karoo from the fires of Hell is a broken old barbed wire, and in the winter it feels like that same hell has frozen over. So its either scorching hot or freezing cold.

Yet, people have always wanted to live here, the solitude is almost frightening and you can literally hear yourself think. If it is not for the far of bleat of a sheep or the rustling of an afternoon breeze, it is dead quiet. At night the stars are so close you can almost touch them, it is actually mind boggling.

There are many old ruins close to the road of the early farmers that simply could not make the harsh life that the Karoo offers and they have simply abandoned their farms. Now lots of the Karoo belongs to people who either use it as a weekend get-away or as guest farms. It is at one of these farms that we are planning to host the workshop.

Hammelhoek Private Game Reserve is about 80km south of Calvinia, now that is as the crow flies and that is pretty much how straight those open roads are.

The one thing when you arrive in the Karoo is that your first instinct is, “what the hell are we going to photograph?”. Well actually once you are out there between the shrubs you start seeing a new world. There are LOTS to photograph and on Hammelhoek there is even more. They have a healthy population of some game that can also be hunted. Springbok, Eland, Zebra, Wildebeest and Impala are some of them. In the evenings they come up right close to the cottages to drink and its amazing to listen to them and their friendly chatter.

On our trip it was full moon, so we did not have the pleasure of shooting the super bright Milky way, well not yet anyway. Our workshop is scheduled to be over a new moon weekend so it will pitch black dark when we are there!

Well, that is enough from me now, go and have a look at the images from our trip and check out the short video clip we made about the trip. It should give you a good idea about the Karoo.

Enjoy, and please feel free to give this post a share.

Regards.

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One hour star trail image in the Tankwa Karoo on a bright full moon.

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Sunset over the Hammelhoek Private Game reserve in the Tankwa Karoo

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Sunset over the Hammelhoek Private Game reserve in the Tankwa Karoo

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Sunset over the Hammelhoek Private Game reserve in the Tankwa Karoo

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Sunset colours in the sky over the unique shrubs from the Tankwa Karoo

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Full moon rises in the sky over the Tankwa Karoo as the last colour in the clouds are still visible.

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Full moon rises in the sky over the Tankwa Karoo as the last colour in the clouds are still visible.

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Dawn breaks over the vast Tankwa Karoo, as seen from the Hammelhoek Private Game reserve

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Sunset over the Hammelhoek Private Game reserve in the Tankwa Karoo

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Sunset over the Hammelhoek Private Game reserve in the Tankwa Karoo

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Sunset over the Hammelhoek Private Game reserve in the Tankwa Karoo