Shooting With Africa's Leading Eco-Active Travel Company

 

I’ve been shooting with Bike & Saddle for about 18 months. As their name suggests, most of my assignments have involved a fair bit of bicycle riding - photographing it all right from the saddle itself.

I’ve posted some images a little further down. If you’re into visuals more than the reading… scroll down to the bottom and take a look.

 
 
 The view from a raised Safari tent - Spitzkoppe, Namibia (shot on GoPro)

The view from a raised Safari tent - Spitzkoppe, Namibia (shot on GoPro)

 Mountain bikes on the game drive vehicle during lunch - while out on a cycle safari tour.

Mountain bikes on the game drive vehicle during lunch - while out on a cycle safari tour.

 
 Never a dull moment! Starting out on a Full Day Cape Peninsula cycle tour.

Never a dull moment! Starting out on a Full Day Cape Peninsula cycle tour.

 Fun and games! Reproducing the Bike & Saddle logo… in Franschhoek.

Fun and games! Reproducing the Bike & Saddle logo… in Franschhoek.

 

How It All Started

I first heard of Bike & Saddle having been gifted a one of their tours about 2 years ago. We got chatting, and long story short, I was asked to do some work for them over the span of a few months to bolster their tour gallery, and help them to get the news out (at least visually) of what their Eco-Active tours are all about.

To kick things off, I was sent on a week’s worth of single day tours (yes, all in a row!) simply as a traveller to see what it was all about. The next few weeks were spent behind the scenes, and joining in on tours from start to finish. Bike prep, equipment check, vehicle prep, client pick-up’s, traveller transport, the bike, hike, walk, or whatever the tour involved (while taking pictures), and then drop-off, debrief, and so on. A full “day in the life” scenario, but a fruitful one.

 
 A quick break, and lining up a shot of a waterfall near Skeleton Gorge during a Table Mountain Hike. The resulting image below:

A quick break, and lining up a shot of a waterfall near Skeleton Gorge during a Table Mountain Hike. The resulting image below:

 

Into the Trenches

Taking on each assignment is not my typical photo-shoot like one you might see on offer on my website’s list of services for example.

Other than the obvious travel and tourism nature of the B&S shoots, every trip comes with a little story. An adventure. And many a traveller who is seriously stoked about their tour.

That’s what I wanted to capture. That epic story.
The exhilaration of the adventure, no matter how short or long the trip.

That meant I was going to have to infiltrate and immerse myself. Getting to know and full experience - the in’s and out’s of the whole tour operation - so I could be in the right place at the right time (like sunrises & sunsets, and even mealtimes, and bike-repair times) mainly because I was in that “place” all of the time.

 
 One of my first test shots on arrival always seems to be the vehicle that got us there! This was taken at the start of the Simonsberg tour - one of my personal favourites.

One of my first test shots on arrival always seems to be the vehicle that got us there! This was taken at the start of the Simonsberg tour - one of my personal favourites.

 Ready to begin the Cape Point Bike & Hike tour. Also a stunning tour with some beautiful scenery.

Ready to begin the Cape Point Bike & Hike tour. Also a stunning tour with some beautiful scenery.

 Here we are in the Devon Valley - Stellenbosch - for an e-bike wine tasting cycle. Such a beautiful area. My favourite time to visit is in Autumn.

Here we are in the Devon Valley - Stellenbosch - for an e-bike wine tasting cycle. Such a beautiful area. My favourite time to visit is in Autumn.

 
 

Telling The Story

Straight off the bat, I really wanted to capture not only the beauty of the amazing places visited, but also the ecstasy of the experience itself.
Happy clients, and happy guides. An unforgettable experience. The curiosity that comes with a new cultural immersion. The amazing vistas and landscapes. Basically, the natural splendour that our part of Africa has to offer, as well as the travellers feelings and emotions as they explored with the Bike & Saddle team.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be hired to shoot for Bike & Saddle on numerous occasions within these last 18-months. And while I haven’t been on every single tour, I can say that all that they have all been fun, memorable, and definitely an experience!

 
 

Right now, in addition to shooting the remaining B&S tours, I’m available for hire as a tag-along photographer (an option extra for tourists & travellers) when clients are looking for both photography on holiday and a fantastic tour to holiday on. I’m also teaching B&S clients more about their own cameras for those who want to learn more, in a hands-on practical way, all while seeing what Southern Africa has to offer.

It’s called the Eco Active Studio.
And you can read more on the Bike & Saddle homepage at: http://www.bikeandsaddle.com/eco-active-studio/

Thanks for reading,
Ken Treloar

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