Hillcrest Camera Club - Outing - Shongweni Dam, 29 June 2013

Posted by Hillcrest Camera Club on Friday, September 6, 2013 Under: Outings

Hi everyone

1. Outing: Shongweni Dam - Sat 29th June 2013


Shongweni Dam is a wonderful place to capture nature, together with a magnificent man made structure. The dam wall and the water flowing over it, provides for some interesting water and architectural shots. We hope to get into the tunnel that leads to the other side of the wall, as it provides for some spooky photos. 

We thought to start with a picnic next to the dam wall. There are picnic spots, as well as braais available. We suggest that you allow for ample time to relax and eat, and soak up the nature around you. Bring whatever food or drink you wish to have. Bring a flask of coffee or tea for later on, when it gets cooler.

Feel free to follow the trails around the reserve, and look for buck, zebra and other wildlife.

Near to sunset we will move higher and shoot the 'castle', and then end at the Canoe Club, where we will shoot the sunset between the hills and over the dam. The sunsets are awesome - golden sparkles on the water, and some birdlife as the birds return to the reeds and trees for the night.



We need to stick to certain shooting times, because the sun sets earlier than normal sun set due to the hills obscuring the sun.
  • 1.00/1.30pm - Arrive for a picnic or braai, at the dam wall.
  • 2.30/3pm - Start shooting the dam wall and surrounds.
  • 4.00pm - Be at the Canoe Club to shoot the sunset.
  • Dam sunset - +-4.40pm. Actual sunset 4.55pm.
  • We have to be out of the reserve by 6pm.

Date: Sat 29th June 2013
Times: 1.00/1.30pm - 6pm (Gates close at 6pm)
Bring a picnic, or braai, if you wish to have lunch at the dam.
Entrance fees: R33 per adult. Use your WILDCARD get free access.

1. Head northwest on M13 - King Cetshwayo Hwy. (2,1 km)
2. Take exit 33 toward Assagay/​Hillcrest/​Shongweni  (350 m)
3. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for M46 S/​Shongweni  (33 m)
4. Turn left onto Kassier Rd  (2,3 km)
5. Turn left onto Mr559 Rte (650 m)
6. Pass Denny's Mushrooms (Stinky!)
7. Take the 1st right onto Mr461 Rd (6,1 km)
8. Pass the rubbish dump (Very stinky)
9. Be cautious as you approach the built up area - cows, goats and people walk in the road.
10. Road ends at the entrance to Shongweni Dam.
11. Continue towards the Canoe Club, follow the signs.
12. At the Canoe Club the road forks to the left. Follow that road to the dam wall.

Click here for a map.

See you on Saturday, 29 June, 2013.


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