“People Places Spaces” is the tagline on renowned SA photographer Dook’s website. From his extensive body of work shooting travel, lodges, resorts and hotels, he curates some of his favourite shots.
Swinging in the Seychelles
This coconut tree had an extra nut, which was me as I was the only one who would scramble up the trunk to tie the rope.
Gorah Elephant Camp, Addo Elephant National Park
I waited over an hour for the elephant to come out of the bushes and follow their path to the camp’s waterhole.
Kingston Treehouse, Lion Sands, Kruger National Park
The entrance is through some rocks and over a small drawbridge to a spectacular view. It’s weatherproof and has its own bathroom – perfect for those pretending to be tougher than they are.
Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
It’s hard to resist shooting the cliched shot of a head popping over the edge of an infinity pool, so got the whole body in too.
Zanzibar fisherman with sail fish
Unlike huge longliner fishing boats that plunder a 100 of these in one go, this magnificent specimen was caught on handline and landed on a hand-carved wooden dhow not much bigger than the fish by a man who depends on it for his livelihood.
Chalkley Tree House, Lions Sands, Kruger National Park
To get this shot I sat on top of 30m of scaffolding, surrounded by thorn trees, and holding my breath before I did long exposures so it would stop swaying. Yes, there is a toilet, and there’s a gate to stop the nasties coming up to eat you.
&Beyond Sandibe Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana
One of the most interesting and beautiful lodges I’ve ever photographed. It stands out, but fits into the bush perfectly!
&Beyond Benguerra Island lodge, Mozambique
Traditional Arabic dhows are an African east coast icon and one of &Beyond’s community projects helps local fisherman clean up their craft and earn extra income by offering guests a sunset sail.