Stars on the Longtom Pass

This is a stars photography workshop taking place on the Longtom Pass, on one of the highest mountains in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The altitude is approx. 2200 meter ASL on this mountain which makes it ideal for crisp clean skies.

The expedition will be based on improving your star photography as well as basic editing/retouching of your photos afterwards. You will be shooting landscape type of photos but concentrating more on the stars. This includes photos of the Milky Way as well as star trails.

We will shoot at night, either in the evening or very early in the morning. If weather permits you will be awarded great scenery unfolding before you with bright stars all over the place. We chose this expedition to be in June as it is in the winter months and there will be far fewer chances of rain and clouds. If you feel up to it you are also more than welcome to shoot the sunrise or sunset in your own time. On a good morning, the scenery can really be breathtaking from up there. The sunsets can also be equally spectacular.

Accommodation is included in the price. We will stay over at Paardeplaats Nature Retreat on the Longtom Pass between Lydenburg and Sabie.

Upon request we will send you a detailed PDF regarding this workshop.


June 15 to 17, 2018
2 nights

Accommodation included.

Meals excluded (self-catering)

ZAR 3,990 per person sharing

Format: informal workshop and practical instruction

Requirements: You must be able to walk short distances.

Only space for 6 people.

Workshop led by:

des jacobs

Des Jacobs



We will start on the Friday afternoon with a meet and greet session and settling into our accommodation. We can head out to the top of the pass where I will show you the best spots where we can plan our compositions for the nights shoot. Before dinner I will explain the basics of star photography and after dinner we will head out to the top of the Longtom Pass again where we start our first session. I will help you set up your camera if necessary, help with camera settings and help getting better compositions.

Depending on the weather, and placing of the stars in the night sky, we will either shoot in the evening or very early the next morning. Normally we will start of by shooting the Milky Way and after that we will do Start Trails.

We will have breakfast at around 08H00 the Saturday morning. After breakfast we can have a look at our photos of the night before and I will help you with basic editing. This can take a couple of hours. After the editing process we will head out and scout for a good spot for the evening’s shoot and return before sunset. After dinner we will go out for our next star photography shoot.

On the Sunday morning we will have breakfast at around 08H00. After breakfast we can do some more editing work where I will help you get the most out your photos taken over the weekend to get them picture perfect so that you can go and brag with them. The expedition will be finished at around 11H00.