The landscapes, ecosystems and light of east Africa are a boon to the photographer. South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe all offer incredible experiences that connect the visitor to nature and so called ‘primitive’ ways of life. The life of the animals is slow, gorillas, lions and leopards, among other species, spend a great deal of time lying down and as a spectator of this wilderness it can seem so gentle and peaceful; but very quickly and surprisingly the safety of a safari vehicle can be jeopardised by a broken clutch, a deep ditch or a faulty radio – or the sudden turn of a large cat on a walking safari. The experience of sitting in wilderness, vulnerable to wild animals is humbling: Africa is life on the edge for both animals and humans. The image shown here is from Botswana, very early in the morning, as the Impala feed on the fruit of the trees; leopards are often found in the tree branches above, waiting to pounce.