Waking up before the sun might send shivers down your spine, but when the reason for this is capturing a show stopping sunrise at Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate you’ll be up like a jack in the box. Coffee packed and camera charged, the only problem is choosing which of Likweti’s fantastic sunrise spots to choose.
#1) A Pristine Bushveld Backdrop
When it comes to a pristine backdrop few places rival Likweti Estate. Whether it’s hectares of sprawling bushveld with the sun appearing over the distant mountains, or the rich daybreak colours of Likweti’s magnificent granite koppies, everywhere you look there is a potential picture.
#2) A Magnificent Tree
Trees make some of the best subjects for sunrise shots. Their branches can be used to diffuse the harsh burning ball as the sun pops up from over the horizon as well as making interesting silhouettes against the sky. Nothing is as beautiful as the first morning rays backlighting the bark of a fever tree or the blooms of the Cape honeysuckle. With over 100 indigenous trees to choose from, Likweti Estate is rich pickings for the perfect sunrise tree shot. The figs found on the Estate in particular make for an enchanting subject and some of the most spellbinding sunrises.
#3) Reflections in a Dam
There is something indescribably beautiful about capturing a double sunrise. By framing the perfect picture, so the moment is seemingly captured twice thanks to the reflective qualities of water. Likweti Estate’s three dams provide ample opportunity to do this.
#4) Giraffe – The Perfect Silhouette
If the timing is right, the giraffe play ball and you are very, very lucky. Likweti Estate is perfect place to achieve perhaps the most iconic African sunrise – the silhouetted giraffe. Anyone who has tried to capture this illusive image will know the frustrations involved. The giraffe are too close, or too far. They turn at the vital moment. The stick their head into a bush and only surface after the sun is too high. They walk in the
wrong direction. You name it, giraffe have a tendency to do it. That being said, the number of giraffe on Likweti Estate does tip the odds slighting in the camera wielders favour. So with a bit of patience and a lot of persistence this holy grail of sunrise shots could be yours.
#5) Sunlight Nest
There is something both natural and architectural about bird nests, making them incredibly attractive to both wildlife and non-wildlife photographers alike. There is also the ‘I might just get lucky’ factor too, that a bird could just pop its head out at the right time. With over 200 species of birds counted by birding expert Peter Lawson on Likweti Estate, there are a lot of nests to choose from. Perhaps the most accessible and structurally enticing are those of the weaver. Hanging precariously over the dams from low hanging branches they make beautiful silhouettes and great backlit shots.