Writer – David Bristow
David has degrees in journalism from Rhodes University and environmental sciences from the University of Cape Town, and has been a nature and travel writer for most of his working life. With a special focus on Africa, he has written or edited nearly 30 books on the region. These range from a biography of Soweto, to a guide on the Drakensberg Mountains, to a wildlife encyclopaedia.In fact, during his 13 years as editor of Africa’s leading travel magazine (Getaway), his colleagues dubbed him the walking enviropaedia.
His travels have taken him across the length and breadth of Africa, as well as to places as far-flung as Antarctica, Alaska and the Himalayas – as the writer/photographer of the first official Mountain Club of South Africa expedition there. He has also climbed all of the highest peaks in Africa.
David’s abiding passion is wildlife, and the conservation of Africa’s wild places and wild creatures (with a strong belief that factoring in their future depends on safari-community partnerships).
When not travelling he mountain bikes and surfs near his home, which is on a marina in Cape Town.
Photographers – Roger and Pat de la Harpe
Roger and Pat de la Harpe’s careers in photography and writing have spanned some 28 years, starting when Roger was appointed as the photographer for Natal Parks Board (now Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife) in 1986. He held this post for 16 years before leaving to freelance in the wildlife, travel and tourism sectors. Pat has a degree in social sciences from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and followed a career in commerce and local government before joining Roger on his many trips and commissions in Africa.
They are not new to book publishing having written and/or photographed some 26 books between them, the latest ones being In search of the African Wild Dog and In Search of the African lion. In addition their work has appeared in many local and international publications, most notably Getaway Magazine, Africa Geographic, German GEO and BBC Wildlife. They also undertake commissioned shoots in the tourism industry.
Roger and Pat work as a team and share a passion for natural history, wild places and different cultures. When not at work they enjoy movies and long walks in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands where they live and where Roger indulges in his other passion – mountain biking.
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