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4 Top Photography Tips for Your Namibia 4 x 4 Tour

4 Top Photography Tips For Your Namibia Self Drive Tour

If you’re heading off on a tour of Namibia, it’s likely you’re going to see some incredible sights that you’ll simply have to capture with a camera. From breath-taking wildlife to awe-inspiring scenery, the country is full of fantastic photo opportunities that you’ll be able to fondly look back on. But in order to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments, you’ll need to make sure you’re at the top of your photography game.
Carel Pienaar, respected 4×4 tour expert, says, “It’s great having a batch of beautiful photographs to look back on and remember your time in Namibia – and those who are well-prepared will return home with the best photographs. Read our tips to ensure you’re ready for the challenge of capturing Namibia in all its raw beauty!”
Here are four top tips to help ensure your photography is on top form for your Namibia 4×4 tour.

Choose your equipment carefully

You don’t actually need a bag packed with expensive equipment to take a great picture. Smartphones are great for snapping off-the-cuff photos of you and those accompanying you on the tour, but for some truly great shots, make sure you pack a camera. A standard single lens DSLR camera with a telephoto lens would be enough to see you through your Namibia self-drive tour. You should also bring a tripod, a highly secure carry case, and plenty of memory cards – you don’t want to run out halfway through your trip!

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Focus on composition

When you come across a beautiful vista, an unusual animal or simply a great photo opportunity, it can be tempting to simply whip out the camera and snap the image immediately. But if you pay a little attention to the composition of your images, you could end up with a truly stunning set of photos to remember your Namibia 4×4 hire tour with. Remember the ‘rule of thirds’ – the main subject of your photo will look better if it takes up one third of the image. If you’re photographing an animal, try to ensure you capture it slightly off-centre, facing inwards if you can.

Timing is everything

In Namibia, there’s a period of time known as the ‘Golden Hour’, during which you’d surely be able to capture some stunning images. The ‘Golden Hour’ takes place forty-five minutes after the sun rises, and forty-five minutes before it sets. The light during this time period can illuminate your subjects perfectly and add a special something to your images. Obviously, you won’t be able to capture all of your photos within this time frame, but it’s worth making a special effort to snap at least a few dozen images during the ‘Golden Hour’.

Turn on stabilisation

Many of the trails on the 4×4 tours in Namibia are fairly rocky and uneven, which could result in blurry photos if you’re not careful. Make sure that your camera has a stabilisation mode, to reduce the impact of sudden bumps and keep your images crystal-clear. If you’ve already purchased your camera and can’t find an image stabilisation tool, don’t worry – it’s also known as steady shot or vibration reduction, so if you can see any of these features, you’ll be able to enjoy wonderfully clear, blur-free pictures from your self-drive tour of Namibia.
Contact South Africa 4×4 Rentals for your 4×4 rental in order to explore Namibia as well as South Africa 4×4 Accommodation for accommodation assistance for your Namibia stay.

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Cape Town 4×4 Weekend Getaways

CAPE TOWN 4X4 WEEKEND GETAWAYS

If you’re heading to Cape Town for a short time, it’s natural that you’ll want to see as many of the beautiful sights as possible, exploring as much of the region as you can in the time you’ve got. By embarking on a 4×4 weekend getaway, you’ll discover much more to this area than just the city, venturing into the wilderness and conquering some truly challenging off-road tracks.

Carel Pienaar agrees that seeing Cape Town and the surrounding area by 4×4 is the best way to sample the region. He says, “South Africa has some of the most varied and wonderful landscapes in the world, and the best way to see them is to drive through them! There is so much unspoilt beauty in this part of the world, you’ll be enchanted by what you find when you pick up a 4×4 rental in Cape Town.”

Here are some of the must-see sights for your Cape Town self-drive weekend:

  • Karoo National Park

If you’re looking for short but scenic routes which can be completed fairly quickly, head for Karoo National Park. There’s a short 20km route here which takes just 2-3 hours – or you can challenge yourself with the longer 85km route which takes up to 10 hours to complete. In this area you’ll find plentiful wildlife, from the bat-eared fox to the Steenbuck – especially if you’re daring enough to go at night!

  • Klein Tafelberg Trail

Situated just two and a half hours away from Cape Town, this adventurous 4×4 route will give you a rare glimpse of beautiful sandstone formations, as well as a number of incredible viewpoints that are great for panoramic pictures. You can camp overnight here safely, or finish the 20km in just a couple of hours.

  • Glen Oak Trail

Even closer to Cape Town is the Glen Oak Trail, located in the foothills of the Klein River Mountains. This trail is a short one – just 7km – but you’ll need to leave plenty of time to stop and marvel at the wondrous scenery, and snap some pictures while you’re there. There are some obstacles to overcome on the trail, all of which are colour-coded so you can gauge the difficulty level. Experience drivers could complete this trail in 3 hours, but those who are beginners, or prefer to savour the journey, can expect to be on the trail for up to 6.

  • Atlantis Dunes

This trail is around 45km away from Cape Town, and if you’re planning to visit, you’ll need to do a little planning in advance: the route requires a permit which you’ll need to obtain from the City Council in Cape Town during the week (the office isn’t open at weekends). Once you have your permit, you can enjoy a breath-taking day skidding all over the bleached white sand dunes here – and if you want to venture out of the car, you could try your hand at sandboarding!

That should be enough to fit into your Cape Town 4×4 weekend getaway. What are your must-see trails in the region? Let us know in the comments!

South Africa 4x4 Rentals - Cape Town
South Africa 4×4 Rentals – Cape Town

 

Contact South Africa 4×4 Rentals for 4×4 rentals and for any accommodation bookings, contact South Africa 4×4 Accommodation.

Which is Best ? Ground or Roof Top Tent

Roof Top Tents vs Ground Tents

When deciding to go on an adventure, there are various aspects to consider. Aspects such as what to pack, where to go, what to do on your adventure, etc. Another major aspect which many of our clients face is whether to choose roof top tents or ground tents to sleep in on their adventure. A decision of this nature could make or break your adventure. Before deciding, it is always wise to weigh your options and also do simple research on the campsites you will be visiting. The weather or ground of the campsite can play a major role in deciding which is best.

Advantages and disadvantages of both roof top tents and ground tents should be evaluated when making a decision. Some of these advantages and disadvantages of both include:

Roof top tents

Advantages Disadvantages
Easiest way to sleep off ground You need to close the tent when using your vehicle
Helpful when ground/campsite is uneven, overgrown or water-logged or soil is too soft Roof top tents only cater for two people. Three or more people will not fit into one roof top tent
Keeps you away from wild animals Roof racks and tents on the roof of your vehicle increases your vehicle fuel consumption
Can withstand wind speeds It could be uneasy to get up and down the stepladder, especially in the dark
It is quick and easy to set up It is not as safe as you could trip and fall
Roof top tents for Toyota Hilux 4x4 - South Africa 4x4 Rentals
Roof top tents for Toyota Hilux 4×4 – South Africa 4×4 Rentals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ground Tents

Advantages Disadvantages
Safe in a tent that is properly zipped up Ground tents are time consuming to set up
Your tent can stay behind at your campsite should you wish to go somewhere. You do not have to set up every night. It is not ideal if you tour and move camp regularly
Big ground tents are comfortable Ground tents are difficult to set up when campgrounds are uneven, water-logged or overgrown or too soft.
Ground tents come in variety of sizes for larger groups  
Ground tents are safe and easy to walk out of  
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SA 4×4 Ground Tent – Which is the best ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With South Africa 4×4 Rentals knowledge and experience, we always suggest that our clients use roof top tents, because it is safe and easy to use. The decision, however, remains theirs and they are responsible for their choices.

You decided that you do not want to stay in a ground tent or roof top tent and you would rather want to stay in a bungalow, hut or luxury lodge etc.? You can contact South Africa 4×4 Accommodation to assist with your bookings.