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Drama and beauty abound on the plains of our continent, and the raw emotion of the untamed African wilderness is captured in this gallery by Kym and Tonya Illman.

This small selection of images from their book, Africa on Safari, proves that there is no greater theatre than nature itself.

   The images are the result of thousands of hours spent on safari across Africa, concealed in photographic hides or in chartered helicopters. Using cameras buried at the edges of waterholes, mounted aerial drones, and remote control buggies, these two Australian photographers capture a range of events from the brutality of the food chain to playful shots of uninhibited wildlife. And the best part is that each image is accompanied by the fascinating tale, recounted by Kym himself, of how it came into being.

   

Find out more about Kym and Tonya Illman on the last page of this gallery.