Greg du Toit


African Wildlife Photographer | Private Safari Guide

AFRICAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

As an African wildlife photographer and private safari guide, Greg believes in the raw beauty of Africa and in the power for photography to give wild animals a voice. His photographs are intimate moments that he has experienced in wild Africa and as such no bait, camera traps, digital manipulation or captive bred animals are used in his work. See his wildlife prints gallery page and read more about his fine art wildlife prints.

SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHOR

Greg has resided in 4 African countries and lead private guided safaris in a further 15. He is the author of multiple books. His Africa coffee table book, entitled ‘AWE’, is a portfolio of his work in Africa and contains a decade’s worth of imagery. ‘Phototips – Getting It Right In Camera’ is a how-to book for wildlife photographers.

Greg is currently working on another two titles, keep visiting his Africa coffee table book page for updates.

PRIVATE SAFARI GUIDE

Greg offers the finest small group photo safaris and private guided safaris – all make for life defining moments. Each Africa safari is designed around getting the most out of the region, the wildlife and your camera. His skillset as a private safari guide includes wildlife behaviour, creative camera settings, working with light/angles plus location specific insight and knowledge. All these elements make for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience.

african wildlife photographer - greg du toit The first few years of his career were spent in Timbavati Game Reserve (South Africa), where he served an apprenticeship as a Wilderness Trails Guide. It was during these years that he set aside devoted time to study every aspect of the African bush, including identifying as many species of wild flowers, trees, grasses and dung beetles as possible! His days were spent stalking Africa’s big game on foot and these skills later proved invaluable as he focused his attention to become an African wildlife photographer and private safari guide. Since those early days, he has gone on to photograph some of Africas wildest, remotest and largest ecosystems. His artwork has hung in both the London and Sydney Natural History Museums and his GDT Authentic Africa Galleries have been exhibited across the globe, from New York to Singapore.

Although he is an African wildlife photographer and private safari guide he has also photographed brown bears and wolves in Russia, polar bears in the Arctic, tigers in India and Pumas in Chile. But African wildlife remains his true love and he is a true African specialist, spending 99% of his time working as a professional African wildlife photographer and private safari guide, across the continent. His fine art wildlife prints are easily recognised by the tangible mood, primitive energy and vibrant colours that they convey. These intimate interactions with the natural world, skilfully composed and captured in-camera, have brought him international acclaim. He was invited to exhibit his work for the National Geographic gallery in London and Singapore respectively, where his solo exhibition titled ‘Africa’ sold out in its first month, before being extended. The London gallery on Regent Street was seen by an unprecedented 40 000 visitors each day.

As an African wildlife photographer Greg regularly receives honours in the most prestigious wildlife competition in the world and he won the most coveted title in world wildlife photography when he was named the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’. His image titled ‘Crossing Frenzy’ toured the world as part of the 2009 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and his print titled ‘Black Rhino Forest’ received a Gerald Durrell Endangered Wildlife Award in the 2010 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. ‘Wild Dog Pack’ was a finalist in the 2017 black and white category and he has been awarded a total of 7 times in the ‘Wildlife Photographer Of The Year’ awards. His latest image titled ‘Keep Looking‘ was awarded in the 2020 edition of the competition and is  a true testament to his creativity and skill as an African wildlife photographer.

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African wildlife photographer Greg du Toit on the 49th Annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

African wildlife photographer - national geographic posterAlthough an African wildlife photographer, private safari guide and author by profession, his artwork, safaris and writing is much more than a career to him. It is a way for him to channel his passion for Africa and to share the beauty and AWE of Africa’s wild places with others, thereby contributing to their continued existence. Personal highlights in his career an African wildlife photographer include undertaking a three-month project that entailed camping in the remote north of Kenya, where he lived alongside local Samburu tribesman, and got to experience their culture first hand.

Another special time for him as an African wildlife photographer was the extensive undertaking to photograph the remote region of Kenya’s south Rift Valley, home to the traditional Loodokilani clan of the Maasai tribe. It was during this sixteen month project that Greg was able to spend much time on the remote shores of Lake Natron, not only the largest breeding ground for Lesser Flamingo in the world, but also one of Africa’s most inhospitable lakes. His time spent documenting from the shores of Lake Natron led to an Africa Geographic cover story titled ‘Living on the Edge’. While in Kenya he also undertook to photograph nomadic free ranging lion, which eke out a precarious existence beyond formal park or reserve boundaries. Setting up hides and spending 270 hours sitting in the water, he was finally able to capture images of these wild and elusive creatures. This project resulted in a story titled ‘A Waiting Game’ published in the BBC Wildlife magazine. He was also interviewed about this story on NBC’s Today Show as well as on BBC World Service (click here to see more of Greg in the media). This story received wide media coverage the world over and lead to the cover photo of his first Africa coffee table book and is a central theme in his memoir, ‘Not Without My Binoculars’.

Greg also spent a total of 22 months in the deep south of Tanzania where it was so remote and wild that in the south of Ruaha National Park this African wildlife photographer had to first slash rudimentary bush tracks, before undertaking to photograph the area. This project led to the first ever published photographic portfolio on Ruaha National Park and was a cover story for the Africa Geographic magazine and titled ‘Beneath The Radar’. A more recent private safari guide adventure entailed trekking with local Maasai guides and pack mules over the wall of the Great Rift Valley, walking from the Masai Mara to Lake Natron.

As an African wildlife photographer Greg was commissioned by the BBC Wildlife Magazine to assemble a groundbreaking portfolio on African leopards. This project lasted three years and saw him spending over 600 hours in the field photographing African leopards and resulted in a 13 page published portfolio. You can now have Greg as your private safari guide and learn his recipe for photographing leopards on this Africa photo safari that takes the form of a predator workshop.

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Most recently Greg’s images have featured in the ‘Remembering Wildlife’ series of Africa coffee-table books and auctions, hosted at London’s Royal Geographic Society. These projects are a collaboration of African wildlife photographers and private safari guides, and all proceeds have gone to wildlife conservation. Greg has contributed his images and prints to all Remembering Wildlife books and auctions (currently 6 books). He is also an ambassador for lion conservation in Kenya where he supports the ‘Rebuilding The Pride‘ lion project helping to protect the free ranging lion population in the south Rift Valley of Kenya. Through the hosting of exhibitions in both Kenya and the USA, as well as the selling of his books at these events, he helps raise funds and awareness for this project. As a private safari guide he also offers a very special safari to visit this area, which includes Shompole hide photography.

As an African wildlife photographer Greg has given presentations as far afield as northern Finland (read more about him as an adventure keynote speaker). He also offers the best bespoke private African photography safari itineraries and small group photo safaris.

After living in the African bush and on remote locations he is now based in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. From this base he works as a private safari guide and produces his GDT wildlife prints which he ships across the globe. He is also available as an African wildlife photographer for commissions and was commissioned by the National Geographic Channel for the launch of their Great Migrations series.

Greg was selected by the California Academy of Sciences as a judge for the Big Picture Natural World Competition and in 2021 he joined forces with some of the most renowned photographers in the world to auction prints for the ‘Art For Wildlife Rangers sale’. As an African conservation photographer Greg regularly donates prints to charities, see a list of charities he supports here.

Guest Testimonials

  • We would like to thank you for the great predator trip to Kenya, with the extension to Amboseli. From the beginning to the end, you managed to get us into the right spot at the right time. Your dedication to the bush and the animals was extraordinary. On every game drive we could be sure that you would give your best ing terms of getting us to the predators, especially to the cats. We managed to get to some amazing sightings with the big cats and elephants! Especially at Amboseli we felt the dedication in searching the big tusker and on our first day, shortly after we landed on the airstrip, and we succeeded to see Craig - the second biggest tusker in Amboseli. A dream come true! The lodges were well chosen and in amazing surroundings. What makes the trip with you special and productive is the fact that you know the places and the people (drivers) very well. This small, but key-factor, gave us some amazing encounters with lions, leopards an elephants. It was an mind-blowing experience to travel with you and we hope that you will see us again in the future. If you are looking for a down-to-earth person, that is connected to the bush and the animals, and if you want to see nature through his eyes and through your camera, Greg is THE ONE. Thank you for this amazing trip!
    Thomas and Sarah (Switzerland)
  • 'On behalf of Kim and myself, I wanted to thank you for a superlative vacation. Although we have not finished going through all of our photos yet (so many!), we can say that any single day of our safari exceeded our expectations for the entire trip. We saw that much! And the credit is due to Greg and our local guides David and Patrick, who were kind enough to share their knowledge of the natural history of East Africa, as well as insights into the Maasai culture. Kim and I are both trained as anthropologists, so understanding the dynamic of the Maasai and their landscape was important to us. We were very excited to learn about how the conservancies work, as this sounds like an important innovation in conservation. We also greatly appreciated the opportunity to take a walking safari! In closing, the last thing we expected to see was a leopard somersaulting over a dead Caracal, but the attached photo proves me wrong. Thanks again!'
    David and Kim Purcell (USA)
  • 'It was a great pleasure to discover that Greg is an outstanding naturalist and birder as well as a world-class photographer. Birders and naturalists who lack an interest in photography would certainly be interested in Greg's other skills. Greg played a very large role in assuring the success of our Safari in many ways.'
    Bob and Sue Purcell (USA)
  • 'Good morning Greg. I trust you got home safely. Thanks for being such an incomparable guide and company. See you in February, if not before (maybe October).'
    Stephen and Eric Cheek (UK)
  • 'Our safari exceeded our expectations! Greg's companionship, leadership & instruction was outstanding. It was clear that he engaged the best drivers in Bashi & Roan. They amazed us in their ability to find wildlife & the lengths to which they go to ensure we were in the right spot. We appreciated his "bush school" where he reiterated basic photography techniques. His reminders of the starting point settings while on location was also very helpful. We also had great fun photographing predators by spotlight & flash. He even taught us to photograph the night sky. Greg, I hope we can travel with you again in East Africa. Words cannot express how happy & excited we are with you, your team & our images!'
    Tom and Pam Holmes (USA)
  • 'I have traveled several times to Africa, but my recent trip with Greg to Mahale and the Serengeti has been a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Greg's photo workshop was amazing. I feel much more comfortable with my camera now. The greatest wisdom I carried away from Greg is this: I am the photographer not the camera, I can be in control and not depend on the  camera's interpretation of what I see. His tips and advice put me on the right direction to being in control! Beyond the camera, Greg's passion for the natural and his immense knowledge of the Serengeti from the predators to the birdlife and to the smallest flower in that never-ending expanse, gave me a privileged glimpse into the heart of Africa. Thank you Greg. See you on the predator tour!'
    Punam Anand Kumar (India)
  • 'A journey for my soul. Wild as I always wanted it to be. Everlasting memory. Grazie Greg.'
    Silvia Leonardi (Italy)
  • 'Hi Greg, At last we found time to send you a message! We're so busy editing photo's! Thank you very, very, very much for sharing these amazing two places with us! That was the best safari we did, EVER. And I'll never forget the baobab, still makes me cry when I think of it, sooooo beautiful! And of course thanks for all the foto lessons and your patience, explaining and setting my camera. Please let us know when your book is on the market, as said, we'll take about 5 copies! Bye for know, we'll be in touch, have fun on your next trip!'
    Astrid & Jurg Bluemel (Switzerland)
  • 'Greg, Thank you for making possible an unending number of opportunities for us to be part of African nature and wildlife experiences that have have changed our lives and touched our souls. We anxiously await our next adventure with you. With our sincere and heartfelt thanks, Clinton and Rae-Anne Jammer.'
    Rae-Anne Jammer (Canada)
  • 'I had a hard time writing this review. After having spent almost two full weeks with Greg, he has become a friend. And as much as it sounds odd to say, I expected to grow as a photographer, but did not expect to grow as a person like I did as well. Greg was able to take my photography to the next level in more ways than I can express. My understanding of both camera mechanics as well as animal behavior, from start to finish, was incredibly improved. He is beyond knowledgeable in both and it made the game drives interesting, and exciting. Getting to a good sighting, and being able to ask what settings we needed, or what to look for, made the whole process seamless. There was little guessing, shots just started to look good. Then, after a day or two, they started to look very good. I was almost always in the right position! We are already planning future trips with Greg, and I can see this becoming an annual destination. I can not recommend him enough!'
    Chris Fischer (USA)