In search of a truly incredible – and tangible – piece of South Africa’s wild places? Acclaimed photographer and writer Scott Ramsay’s first-ever photographic coffee-table book is a celebration of South Africa’s 19 national parks and 11 of the rainbow nation’s provincial reserves. Wild is giving away two copies of South Africa’s Wildest Places worth R890 each!

Adventurer and pro-photographer Scott Ramsay’s photographic coffee-table book debut is simply a must-have. South Africa’s Wildest Places – The 30 finest national parks and nature reserves features 400 pages with more than 1,000 awe-inspiring pictures.

Scott spent three years travelling to South Africa’s national parks and nature reserves, spending several weeks – sometimes months – taking photos and interviewing rangers, researchers and conservationists. His book is a keepsake and source of inspiration for nature lovers.

Feast your eyes on some of the evocative pictures and captions taken from Scott’s book. Purchase your copy before mid-October and get R100 discount!

Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park in Eastern Cape of South Africa. Herd of elephant (Loxodonta africana) walking along a tar road.

In the 1800s and early 1900s, hunters targeted elephants with big tusks. Such was the slaughter that eventually fewer and fewer elephants were born with a “tusk” gene. Within a century, Addo’s elephants became tuskless, such as these females. Several bulls from Kruger National Park have been introduced into the park, and more and more Addo elephants now have tusks again.

Camdeboo National Park

Camdeboo National Park - Eastern Cape - South Africa

When winter storms arrive, the dry veld infuses the air with a heavenly smell which is never forgotten. There’s a word for it: “petrichor”, which comes from petra meaning “stone” and ichor meaning the fluid that flows in the veins of mythological Greek gods. The smell is heaven indeed.

Cederberg Wilderness Area

Cederberg Wilderness Area in Western Cape in South Africa

The Cederberg takes its name from a species of cedar tree (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis) which is found only here. Living up to 1,000 years, it was once common, but most of the trees have disappeared and today it’s in danger of extinction. In the late 18th century, thousands were cut down to make furniture, doors and windows. In one year alone, 1879, more than 7,000 were chopped down to make telephone poles.

De Hoop Nature Reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve in Western Cape in South Africa

The 338km² terrestrial reserve meets a marine protected area extending 57km along the shore and 5km out to sea. De Hoop is a haven for species as diverse as whales, Cape mountain zebra and vultures – and human beings in need of connection to nature.

Garden Route National Park

Garden Route National Park - South Africa

Numerous rivers and stream flow from the Outeniqua Mountains south towards the oceans of Tsitsikamma. Along the way, they carve steep gorges and tumble over spectacular waterfalls. This one is on the first day of the Otter Trail.

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Golden Gate National Park - South Africa

Black-backed jackal may be seen early morning or late afternoon on either the Oribi or Blesbok loop roads. Even if you don’t spot them, you will almost certainly hear their haunting yelps echoing off the sandstone cliffs.

Karoo National Park

Karoo National Park - South Africa

Male kudu on the lookout for lions. Despite their nimbleness on rocky ground, these woodland antelope can’t run particularly quickly over open terrain, so tend to leap over bushes to evade a predator. Their jumping prowess is legendary; they’ve been reported clearing a 3m fence.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi National Park

Giraffe are not common in the Kgalagadi. Eight were introduced into the park in 1990 from Namibia and their population is slowly growing. They would not survive without fresh water provided by the numerous artificial boreholes.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park in South Africa. African rock python (Python sebae) in Pafuri section of northern Kruger.

By “tasting” the air with its tongue, an African rock python (Python sebae) can get a better sense of its surroundings, as well as locate potential prey – in this case, a photographer taking its portrait.

Tankwa Karoo National Park


Good to meet you, Mr Aardvark. I don’t know who was more surprised – me or this usually nocturnal and elusive insectivore. (Read more about this magical encounter in Wild spring 2016.)

Win a copy!

Stand a chance to win one of two copies of Scott’s new photobook, South Africa’s Wildest Places. Email the answer to the question below to [email protected] (subject line: Scott Ramsay) before 6 November 2016. Remember to include your full name, postal address and contact details. Wild will randomly select the winners. Winners will be notified via email.

Question: How many national parks are featured in South Africa’s Wildest Places by Scott Ramsay?

Winners: Exul le Roux and Bill Lightbody

Get R100 off!

Order your copy by 15 October 2016 and pay R100 less! This special offer includes free delivery to anywhere in South Africa. Take note that books will be delivered within seven days in South Africa. For orders of three books and more, send an email to [email protected]. For international deliveries: R581 per book within three weeks.

10% of profits will be donated to Pride of Table Mountain, a non-profit organisation that gives children from townships near Cape Town the opportunity to explore Table Mountain, where they learn about conservation, healthy living and leadership from mentors.

Wilderness talks by Scott Ramsay

Remember to RSVP for our free wilderness talks by Scott Ramsay in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town in October and November.

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