Wilderness Dreaming chronicles the exceptional life of one of Africa's most acclaimed wildlife photographers. Indeed, it is from a young age that Greg du Toit loses his heart to the South African bush, and the diversity of life forms that live there. At 18 and fresh out of school, Greg's obsessions catapult him away from the rat race of his childhood suburbs, and into the Africa of his deepest imaginings. It takes qualifying as a safari guide, and surviving a buffalo charge while seeking out a reclusive forest bird, to find his life s calling: photographing the alluring creatures of a hauntingly beautiful continent. His journey takes him to Kenya where, living alongside the Maasai, he discovers a secret waterhole. Next, Greg sets out on a photographer's definitive quest: capturing a corner of his lost Africa, where humans and free-ranging wildlife still co-exist. An exhilarating story, Greg's memoir brings to life an Africa with much wildness left to celebrate – and one photographer's place in it.
Greg du Toit is an 8th-generation African born in 1977. His commitment to the beauty and wildness of Africa and her animals lead him to photograph entirely in the wild, never making use of traps, bait, gimmicks or captive-bred animals as subjects. His methods and passion have resulted in many international awards and much acclaim as an artist.
"Wilderness Dreaming is a delightful read, full of adventure and pranks that remind me of my own youth. I found the passion of Greg du Toit in his pursuit of his great love of the outdoors quite extraordinary. This is not a coffee table book but a keeper for every bookshelf to tell the story of how life is in the bush."
– Duncan N.
"I often think about the wild life my grandfather lived. The dreams dancing across these pages will evoke the same nostalgia in my children."
– Kim Wolhuter
"Putting his heart, soul and camera on the line, writer and photographer Greg du Toit takes us deep into Africa's wild places. You will cherish it!"
– Jenny Crwys-Williams