About Anré Uys Photography

Anré Uys Cape Town Photographer
Photography is my passion and obsession – expressing emotions, color, composition, art, storytelling, memory and action with a mere click of my shutter! I am based in Cape Town and flexible regarding location and time.

The photography bug bit me after a safari to the Masai Mara in Kenya. I borrowed my mom’s Canon EOS 600D for the trip. 

After my return to Cape Town and having had my pictures processed, I sent my image ‘ lions in the riverbed’ to the Argus Travel newspaper. To my great excitement it was published a few months later!

This was my kick start to photographing birds and wildlife. I soon started to venture out with different subject matter as I have been involved in fashion for more than 20 years. Fashion shoots followed naturally and then events and portraits.

 Feel free to Contact Me for your perfect pictures captured unforgettably.

Photographic Services
  • Weddings
  • Events & Parties
  • Photo Books
  • Flowers & Gardens
  • Macro & Close-Up
  • Engagements
  • Bird life
  • Wildlife

Bride arriving in the wedding car
Bride arriving in the wedding car

An unforgettable outing in the Overberg

 An ecstatic escape to the Overberg countryside

In July a close friend of mine and I decided to exchange the frenetic pace of city life for the peaceful serenity of the Overberg countryside.  The Bontebok National Park near Swellendam was on the agenda and we booked in at Jan Harmsgat Country House for the weekend.

Our accommodation at the luxurious historic Cape Dutch farmstead was astounding.  The charming cottage overlooking the garden with luscious green lawns and orchards was exuberantly snug.  In the mornings we were woken by birdsong and the arum lilies and roses were blooming in the flower beds beneath the window sills.  The local ginger cat also made its appearance to greet the guests.

Dinner was served at the fine-dining restaurant 'Just Amy' where Josh the gourmet chef and his endearing wife Christelle assisted us in utmost style.  The epic oxtail stew and palatable roasted pork belly were some of my favorite dishes, not to mention the indigenous home made pecan nut pie comprised of pecan nuts growing on the farm.

Francois, our extremely hospitable host took great care of us and ensured that we were permanently in a state of euphoria.  He escorted us on a scenic drive of the farm and pointed out the golden wildebeest , pecan nut orchards, pomegranate orchards and olive tree plantations with the majestic Langeberg mountain range providing a picturesque backdrop.

Despite a rainy Saturday we proceeded to visit the Bontebok National Park, the smallest national park in South Africa.  We spent some time at 'Die Stroom', a picnic site with catering facilities on the banks of the idyllic Breede River.  Egyptian Geese, Raptures, Weavers, Sunbirds, Sugarbirds, Fiscal Flycatchers, Spotted thick-knees and Red-eyed pigeons were some of the over 200 bird species that we encountered.

We were fortunate to spot the famous Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra as well as Red Hartebeest.  The park offers a variety of activities such as angling, canoeing, swimming, trails and birdwatching.  It was a lovely scenic drive amongst fynbos and renosterbos with chirping birds fluttering above the lush vegetation.  I highly recommend a visit to the Bontebok National Park and shall definately return during the summer months.


Entrance off the N1 to Jan Harmsgat Country House
Jan Harmsgat Country House Entrance

                                              Arum Lily

Arum lily sprinkled with rain drops                     

Ginger cat on the farm
 Local Ginger Cat

Pork belly
  Palatable Pork Belly

Pecan nut Pie
             Mouth-watering Pecan Nut Pie

Breakfast at 'Just Amy'
              Yummy Eggs Benedict

Dining Room
                    Dining Room at Jan Harmsgat Country House
 
Landscape at the foot of the Langeberg mountains
      Scenic Landscape

Golden Wildebeest on the farm
                               Golden Gnu                                                                           
         
Cattle Egret
              Cattle Egret catching a juicy bollworm

Pecan Nut Orchards
                                                                                    Pecan Nut Orchards

The host, Francois with a guest
                                                                      Francois our amicable host with a guest

A rainy day in the park
                                                                A rainy day at the Bontebok National Park

At 'Die Stroom' picnic spot
                                                        Die Stroom picnic site on the banks of the Breede River

Cape Weaver on a branch
                                                                                         Cape Weaver

Speckled Pigeons courting
                                                                            Speckled Pigeons lovey dovey

Fiscal Flycatcher in the rain
                                                                             Fiscal Flycatcher sitting in the rain

Spotted Thick-Knee flying away
                                                                               Spotted Thick-Knee in flight

Red Hartebeest at the Bontebok National Park
                                                                 Red Hartebeest at the Bontebok National Park

A Bontebok in the park
                                                                   Bontebok at the Bontebok National Park

























































A Visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

  Kirstenbosch National Garden - Paradise nestled against the slopes of Table Mountain.

I visited Kirstenbosch Botanical garden yesterday for the first time after 'LOCKDOWN' regulations have been relaxed. It was perfect weather for a garden stroll accompanied with my 7D canon!  Flowers sprung up everywhere after the recent rains and the flower beds resembled tapestries of colour.  Birdsong filled the crystal clear mountain acoustic and every so often a Sugerbird swooped passed me in full speed.

 The Southern Double-Collared Sunbirds were in abundance and were calling full volume from various different perches.  Cape Sugerbirds were also plentiful and did their usual diving down into the fynbos and suddenly swooping up in full flight with their long cascading tail- feathers painting their silhoettes against the skies. Cape Canaries, Forest Canaries, Cape Bulbul, Swee Waxbill, Malachite Sunbird and Cape White-Eye were a few of the bird species that I encountered.

Mountain streams were gushing over rocks and small cascades were prevalent upstream. 

The magnificent garden with all its romantic footpaths leading to different vegetation and flowerbeds offered me a walk in nature at its best!

Southern Double-Collared Sunbird 'blessed' with pollen

Cape Sugerbird clinging to a branch

Cape Sugerbird swooping up to a perch

Cape White-Eye

Forest canary posing on a flowering bush

Fynbos

Arctotus fastuosa

Cape Canary breaking twigs off for building its nest

                                                                    Cape Canary              
                                                 
                                                           Forest Canary with a beak full of sticky seeds

                                                                                        Wild Flowers 

                                                                                    King Proteas against blue skies

                                                                   Malachite Sunbird posing on a Pincushion

                                                                   Swee Waxbill devouring little succulent seeds

                                                                                       Cape Bulbul

Gushing Mountain Stream

 





Brilliant Breakaway to the West Coast

 A Wondrous Weekend at the West Coast


After endless months of 'LOCKDOWN' my photographer companion, Vernon and I decided to 'lock up and go' at the first relaxed regulations.  The unspoilt West Coast was calling us.  Paternoster was chosen as our central point of accommodation and we booked at Azzurro, a small cottage for 2.

We departed from Cape Town on a Saturday and took the west coast road heading for Saldanha Bay as our first stop.  We visited the harbour with its kaleidoscope of colours, marine life and fishing boats.  As photographers we simply adore harbours with all its activities and perfect weather was an added bonus to our photographic skills.

 

Saldanha Bay Harbour

A Kelp Gull keeping guard on a mooring post

An oblivious seal sound asleep

Harbour Atmosphere

Kelp Gull Profile against the aquamarine backdrop of the ocean

Juvenile Kelp Gull at Saldanha Bay Harbour

After Saldanha Bay we were on our way to Jakobsbaai.  On the way I spotted a Black-Headed Heron in  combat with a juvenile mole snake.  The snake was a substantial size and we were amazed that it won the fierce battle and the entire snake was swallowed!

A Black-Headed Heron with its catch of the day - a mole snake

We admired the picturesque little village, Jakobsbaai situated on a rocky shore with tiny beaches.

Paternoster was our final destination and we checked in at a quaint white-washed fisherman's
 cottage, Azzurro situated in Mosselbank street, a stone's throw away from the beach.  The charming
cottage was perfect for our needs and we had seafood braais every evening.  To our amazement locals 
were roaming the streets selling fresh seafood to the visitors.  I questioned a fishmonger about the freshness of his crayfish and he answered: ' Madame, look he is still dancing!'  The crayfish were gigantic and delicious.  We were fortunate to have a taste of abalone as well.  One afternoon at low-tide we went to look for fresh mussels off the rocks and were lucky to find enough for a meal. The next day locals supporting their families directed us to the beach to get fresh fish from the boats and  we were introduced to 'Hottentot Fish' that was sold 5 in a bunch. Needless to say, another seafood delicacy on the braai!

Azzurro a quaint fisherman's cottage 

 Mussel Shells at the beach of Paternoster

Hottentot Fish sold in a bunch

Hottentot Fish on the Braai

Shopping at Paternoster

A Rocky Horizon from the beach at Paternoster

Entrance to Paternoster with all the directions needed!

A Scenic View of Tietiesbaai

Beach Cleaners

A Surfer at Paternoster Beach

A resident's dog chasing its ball

A happy doggy with its ball

A sunset with pastel painted skies

We had such a great time at Paternoster that our weekend got stretched out to an extra day or two.  St. Helena Bay and Velddrif were our last villages to explore.  The harbour at St. Helena Bay was completely deserted with no fisherman or any fish in sight - a grim sight of a severe 'LOCKDOWN' impact on the fishing industry.  

Fishing Trawlers moored at St. Helena Bay Harbour

At Velddrif we drove along Bokkomlaan admiring birdlife in the adjacent Berg River.  Flamingo's, Black-Winged Stilts, Herons and Egrets were in abundance. We took some photographs and visited the notorious Velddrif Hotel situated on the banks of the Berg River - an ideal location for bird photography. 
Leaving Velddrif for Paternoster I could not miss the Bokkom Stand at the exit.  I have never tasted a Bokkom and this was my chance. 

A Black-Winged Stilt

Bokkoms at Velddrif


The West Coast Weekend was an unforgettable adventure with incredible memories!