About Year in the Wild - South Africa

Welcome! My name is Scott Ramsay and I work as a freelance photographer and writer focusing on the national parks, nature reserves and community conservancies of Southern Africa.

But my work is more than just a way to pay the bills. I find great personal meaning when I’m exploring Africa’s wild places and spending time among the continent’s wild animals.

A few years ago Africa’s wilderness gave me an identity, and it pointed out the way to my own soul. I feel most at home in these wonderlands, and they inspire me like nothing else ever has or is likely to do.

This wild inspiration is too good to keep to myself, and I can’t stop sharing it with other people. I can talk all day about Africa’s parks and reserves!

So in 2012, as fulfillment of my long-held dream, I completed Year in the Wild, a journey to South Africa’s most special protected areas, including all 19 national parks and several provincial reserves.

As I explored, I took photos that I hoped would inspire people to love these places, and also to travel to them, so that they too could be moved by them, just like I am.

I also interviewed rangers, researchers, communities, scientists and fellow travellers, so that I could accurately tell the stories of these protected areas, why these places are so special, and why we – as Africans and global citizens – should look after them at all costs.

I wrote many articles for magazines, newspapers and websites, and together with my photos, my first Year in the Wild generated plenty of media exposure.

But after I finished, I was too enamoured with wilderness to stop exploring the bushveld, the desert, the ocean and the mountains. They wouldn’t let me go. These natural tapestries of Africa and their animals had transformed me in some way. I can’t get enough of them.

I also soon realized that there is an unlimited appeal to the region’s national parks and nature reserves. The more I explored, the more I found to discover. There are so many more wild places to write about, interesting people to interview and beautiful, mysterious areas to photograph. And of course, there’s the incomparable array of wild animals; Southern Africa hosts the largest diversity of large wild animals on earth.

So from July 2013 to October 2014, I will be travelling again, this time to more than 40 protected areas in the region. Some will be the same as last year, but this time I’ll be going in different seasons. Each park or reserve offers a unique experience depending on the time of year. And I’ll also be visiting many new protected areas.

I’ll also be travelling further north into the transfrontier conservation areas in southern Namibia (|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park), Botswana (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Tuli Block), Zimbabwe (Gonarezhou National Park) and Mozambique (Parque Nacional do Limpopo, Zinave and Banhine National Parks, as well as Gorongosa National Park).

As always, my goal is to inspire other Africans and foreigners to travel to these places, so that you too can be inspired. Maybe, after visiting these precious places, you will also be transformed a little, like I always am.