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What to buy that special person for Christmas? Take advantage of this exclusive offer to Wild Card members and save R100 on Scott Ramsay’s new photographic coffee-table book, South Africa’s Wildest Places – The 30 finest national parks and nature reserves.

South Africa’s Wildest Places features more than 1,000 incredible photos as experienced through the lens of wildlife and nature photographer Scott Ramsay. He spent three years travelling to 30 of South Africa’s national parks and nature reserves to produce 400 pages of jaw-dropping frames. In his writing he pays tribute to the beauty of our wild spaces and reminds us why wilderness matters.

Wild Card member offer

The offer is only on for online purchases through the Love Wild Africa website. Fill out your billing details, enter your Wild Card number and proceed to the payment page. Remember to have your credit card information at hand. But hurry, the offer is valid only until 25 December 2016.

Terms and conditions

The offer is exclusive to Wild Card members and you have to enter your valid card number to qualify. The discount is available only until 25 December 2016 for purchases done on the Love Wild Africa website. Books will be delivered within 7 days of the purchase date. Although shipping in South Africa is free of charge, R581 will be charged for international shipping.

Take a peek between the pages

Scott shares some images and captions from South Africa’s Wildest Places:

Addo Elephant National Park in Eastern Cape of South Africa. Male lion (Panthera leo)

Like spotted hyenas and black rhinos, lions have been reintroduced into Addo after being eliminated from the area by colonial hunters. Six lions were originally translocated from the Kgalagadi and their population soon rose. I encountered these two impressive males near River Bend Lodge.

Agulhas National Park in Western Cape in South Africa

Long, empty beaches and rocky shores – and always the wind – epitomise the southern tip of Africa. Cape Agulhas takes its name from the Portuguese Cabo das Agulhas (Cape of Needles). Early explorers recorded in the late 1400s how their compass needles – and therefore magnetic north – coincided with true north near the southern tip of Africa.

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The innumerable streams of the mountains feed the larger Baviaanskloof and Kouga rivers. While exploring a remote valley, I came across a rock pool full of Cape river frogs (Amietia fuscigula) which allowed me to get close to take my photos. Maybe I was the first human they’d ever seen?

Kgalagadi TFP-copyright Scott Ramsay-www.yearinthewild.com

Because of the largely open terrain of the Kgalagadi, spotting a leopard can be easier than in more densely vegetated parks. The best time to see leopards is early morning at waterholes when they are slaking their thirst, or late afternoon, when they could be lying up in the shade on the calcrete cliffs of the Auob riverbed.

Mapungubwe National Park - South Africa

At sunset one day, I was alone at Mapungubwe’s lookout decks, which stand high on a ridge above the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. A silence descended as the sun said goodbye and the Earth turned to face the night. A breeding herd of 90 elephants crossed the dry riverbed like ants on Africa’s massive tapestry.

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

The Drakensberg straddles South Africa and Lesotho. Basotho shepherds move their goats and sheep across the top of the escarpment. Here Hape Farelani and Pezulu Habayani stand atop a basalt cliff, with Cathedral Peak behind.

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