Daryl Balfour, Author, wildlife photographer

Daryl Balfour

Author, wildlife photographer

Daryl and Sharna Balfour are regarded among Africa’s leading wildlife photographers and authors, with numerous best-selling coffee-table books to their credit, including:

  • Simply Safari (Struik and Abbeville Publishers, 2001)
  • African Elephants - A Celebration of Majesty (Struik and Abbeville Publishers, 1997)
  • Chobe - Africa’s Untamed Wilderness (Southern  Books, 1997)
  • This Is Botswana (New Holland Publishers, 1994)
  • Etosha (Struik Publishers, 1992) and
  • Rhino - The Story of the Rhinoceros and a Plea for its Conservation (Struik, 1991)

Daryl and Sharna have contributed, as principal photographer, to many other major books, including:

  • The Spectacular World of Wildlife (Reader’s Digest)
  • Wildest Africa (New Holland)
  • Kenya The Beautiful (New Holland) and South African Wine (Struik)

Their work is represented by several of the world’s leading photo agencies, including Getty Images and The Image Bank, the biggest and most prestigious of them all, and has been published in publications such as National Geographic, International Wildlife, Outside, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Outdoor Photographer, Animan (Switzerland), Tier (Germany).

The couple were regular contributors to Africa Geographic, for whom Daryl wrote a monthly “How To...” photographic column, as well as the sister publication Africa Birds & Birding. Daryl and Sharna currently spend much of their time in Kenya, where they have a seasonal safari camp in the Maasai Mara focussing on Big Cats as well as the annual wildebeest migration.

Daryl and Sharna now live in Nelspruit, South Africa, bordering the Kruger National Park, but travel throughout Africa and much of the rest of the world for up to 10 months of each year.

While they do consider themselves to be “Africa specialists” their travels have taken them from Alaska to Antarctica, as well as to much of the world in between. They have received international recognition for both their photographs and environmental writing, and were featured lecturers at the prestigious North American Nature Photography Association’s annual summit in Las Vegas, USA in January 2001.

In addition to his photography and writing Daryl has built up an international reputation as a specialist photographic safari guide, leading photographers as well as VIP travellers to remote corners of Africa, Alaska, Canada and the Polar Regions. Of special interest to photographers are the special wildebeest migration safaris they organise and lead in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara each year.

Daryl, a former newspaper investigative reporter and photo-journalist, and Sharna have been full-time professional wildlife photographers since 1989, and enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience with fellow photographers.