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In and around Bredasdorp and Napier are plenty of interesting opportunities for landscape and agricultural photography. 

Heading out of town you can follow any of the dirt roads that head off into the farmlands. Harvesting season (October/November) is a good time to capture the wheatfields before and during the harvest.

Wildlife is abundant in and around the farmlands, Cape Fox, Grey Rhebuck, Yellow Mongoose and Common Duiker are just a few of the species you are likely to see. This area is also a very productive birding area. Large flocks of Blue Cranes are fairly common.


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings are best, but late afternoons also produce great light.
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Birds
  • Agricultural
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
You can explore this area all year round. Often a few trips are required to capture the planted fields in various stages of growth. The yellow canola fields, green or brown wheat lands and old farmhouses.
There is also very good birding in the area.
Recommended Gear
Solid bean bag fro shooting from the vehicle.
Tripod and cable release for landscapes.


Site Highlights
Agricultural Fields (Canola, Wheat and oats mostly)
Blue Cranes and the endemic Agulhas Long billed lark


Other Activities
  • Mountain Biking
  • Birding


Closest Town
Getting There
From the N2, take R316 towards Napier and Bredasorp. You can also take the R317 and the R319 off the N2. Explore the many dirt roads that branch off into the farmlands.


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.