Set under a host of shimmering stars in the ancient dry riverbed of the Auob, in the Kgalagadi, the Captured Experiences Desert Banquet Prize Giving, on 9 April 2011.
To attend, finalists traveled across the country (and globe), making their way to this oasis - set up for a single night in the empty expanse of Kgalagadi Desert. The terrain chosen for the banquet was transformed under the careful direction of Henriette Engelbrecht, SANParks Marketing & Communication Manager of the Arid Region in the Northern Cape.
On the evening, the black tie affair began as guests were transported to the hidden location by game vehicle to enjoy sundowners and snacks.
On driving past the Auob riverbed the following morning, Steve Newbould (the previous evening's MC) commented, " It's unbelievable to gaze on the spot where the glamorous affair was held last night and not see a trace of human presence. The riverbed has been completely returned to its natural state." Not even a glass slipper remained.