Our beautifully produced large format edition of Michael Poliza’s Africa was hailed by many as one of the best books on this subject ever published. Africa is now a bestseller with worldwide distribution. Since a gigantic coffee table book weighing over five kilos (13 pounds) may not be everyone’s idea of the perfect travel companion, we have decided to bow to popular demand and publish The Essential Africa. This is a more concise, portable edition of the large format book which will include the very best of Africa and half of its photographs. We believe we’ve succeeded in making the breathtakingly beautiful photography of the large format edition accessible to the largest possible audience. Michael Poliza is a true adventurer and his voyage around the world on a 75 ft yacht was followed by millions via the internet. He is mainly based in Cape Town, and is a pioneer in the use of digital photography for illustrated books.