Africa is a rich source of remarkable wildlife footage, as viewers of nature documentaries and dedicated television channels such as Foxtel’s Animal Planet and NatGeo Wild well know. But here is a coffeetable book filled with images that bring the continent so dramatically to life, beasts and birds all but leap and fly off the pages. Perth-based Kym and Tonya Illman spend about three months a year photographing in the wild and their new publication, Africa on Safari (Papadakis, $65), is a showcase of their best images. Aside from glossy reproduction and close-encounter portraits, useful photography tips are included. For snapping mountain gorillas, expect overcast skies; “a fast lens like a 135mm f/2.0 is ideal”; and be aware your nature guide will not permit the use of a potentially startling flash. The Illmans have been experimental with their techniques, from using quadcopters and remotecontrolled camera buggies (of great interest to a juvenile leopard, as shown in two amusing “selfie” shots) to attaching remote-controlled cameras to tree trunks or piles of dung, at eye-level with the potentially dangerous locals. A huddle of wild-eyed migrating wildebeest, prettily patterned guinea fowl and a prancing black rhino stand out in a memorable mix across 200 pages. More: facebook.com/AfricaOnSafari.