In this extract from The 30-Year Safari, we are treated to a glimpse of the carefully curated, large-format images awaiting readers inside the coffee-table book. Through highlighting the splendour of our continent, the book seeks to remind us of its fragility, and the increasing power of humankind to destroy. As such, The 30-Year Safari is a celebration of all that we have to lose. It is a banquet for the eye, an invitation to get out and explore Africa, but it is also a call to conserve, and to be ecologically mindful.

WEST COAST FLOWERS

by Geo Cloete

 

When I stumbled upon these anemones while exploring the shallows of the Cape’s West Coast, it reminded me of the annual spring wildflower season, when the barren landscape is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colours. In this case, nature treats us to a marine floral display all year round.

 

POTATO BASS AND GLASSFISH

by Brian Welman

 

I captured this shot while diving at Manta Reef in Mozambique. I took a spot-metre reading off the blue-water background and used fill-in flash to expose the grouper. My strobes were set at half power, and I used diffusers to avoid overexposing the glassfish. The subject was less than half a metre from my camera’s dome port.

 

ARCH AT ROONEY’S REEF

by Geoff Spiby

 

While diving on Rooney’s Reef in Sodwana Bay, I chanced upon this colourful arch with schools of fish milling around. I got into position to take a shot that showed the diver, arch and fish, when suddenly a tomato rock cod popped out from behind a school of sweepers, adding a nice touch of colour.

 

ATLANTIC CIRCUS

by Steven Benjamin

 

On this particular day at Duiker Island, on the Cape’s cold Atlantic coast, the visibility was good, and the Cape fur seals were all around me. Turning one strobe off, I left the other on a low setting, trying to use natural light to capture the seals’ silhouettes. I shot into the sun to get the light beams filtering through the water.

 

EYE TO EYE

by Martijn Schouten

 

Every year, humpback whales migrate along the West Coast of South Africa to feed on krill. The water visibility is often not great, but when the whales aren’t feeding, they’re very social and don’t mind coming close. At this moment, there were two whales around us, lifting their heads out the water, rolling over and even nudging me with their pectoral fins.

 

TIMELESS

by Rudi van den Heever

 

Hole in the Wall, near Coffee Bay, is an iconic landmark on the Wild Coast. The local inhabitants call it “esiKhaleni” or “Place of Noise”. It has been created by millions of years of wave action against its sandstone and shale ramparts – a sublime monument to timeless Africa.

 

ARNISTON CLIFFS

by Johann Visser

 

It was still dark when I reached this spot on the rugged coast of Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, Western Cape. I set up my camera and waited, enjoying wonderful views of the shoreline in dawn light, the limestone cliffs shaped and moulded by the relentless Indian Ocean.