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Wilderness Dreaming – Memoir of a Wildlife Photographer

Wilderness Dreaming – Memoir of a Wildlife Photographer

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Wilderness Dreaming
Memoir of a Wildlife Photographer

By Greg du Toit

Packed with adrenalin-fuelled adventures, humour and true-life campfire tales, Wilderness Dreaming is an endearingly honest memoir of one photographer’s unforgettable quest for his own lost Africa.

‘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!’ 

‘I often think about the wild life my grandfather lived. The dreams dancing across these pages will evoke the same nostalgia in my children.’


Greg du Toit recounts his fascinating life having spent decades as an African Wildlife Photographer, including incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences like photographing lions from the middle of a watering hole. This autobiography is a must for anyone who dreams of Africa.

Extract from the book:

The human mind is remarkable. 

In what I am certain are the final moments of my life, my mind draws me out of my body – out from the perilous situation I am in. Perhaps I am on my way to heaven and God is simply sparing me the pain of experiencing being torn apart? But no, all of a sudden my vertical travel stops – abruptly. It seems the lift has gotten stuck on its way up and has left me suspended, looking down at myself and my current precarious position, sitting in a waterhole, fearing for my life. Twelve months and 270 hours have culminated in this moment. 

Like Superman stuck to a flytrap, I hover above my waterhole. Arms outstretched and my legs spread-eagled, I watch my desperate attempt to escape being prey play out below me.

Gazing down, I see the Great Rift Valley sprawled across Africa. In its vastness my waterhole is a mere puddle, with a barely perceptible dot in the middle of it. That dot is me. I am all alone and suffering the close attention of two lionesses, whose flattened ears and twitching tails speak volumes. Is this how ....




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.

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Wilderness Dreaming

Unbelievable book. Loved it. So I then bought the coffee table book. Highly recommend especially as a gift

Yvonne R.
South Africa

Can't put it down!

Very good description of surroundings, you can see and feel the situations. Insightful, funny at times and good and easy reading. A lot of knowledge shared, not keeping the info as intellectual property, but sharing it with others. Thank you, I enjoyed it very much.

Anneke R.
South Africa South Africa

Wilderness Dreaming

Greg du Toit's book - Wilderness Dreaming - is an adventure on its own. It gives you an insight into his upbringing, his adventures in different lodges and camps, his breathtaking encounters with wildlife and his own photographic experiences and battles he faced. I couldn't put the book down and I relived the story when I read it. The book stands out on its own as it is a real life story and I will definitely read it again.

Connie E.
South Africa South Africa

Entertaining read

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 evey bookshelf to tell the story of how life is in the bush.

Duncan N.
South Africa South Africa

Wilderness Dreaming

The quality and content of the book is excellent. Great work HPH team

South Africa South Africa

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