The Book

There is a wild sea-forest growing beneath the wind and waves at the southern tip of Africa. Here, millions of creatures live in a borderless realm still ungoverned by man and it is strange and beautiful beyond the telling.

Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck grew up playing in these forests, and this early immersion in the ocean had a subtle and profound impact on the course of their lives. Return to the Golden Forest documents their rediscovery of the forests of their childhood and showcases Craig’s photographic work over the past 6 years.

Craig has become a world expert in kelp forest ecology and developed the world’s first form of underwater tracking. Diving without wetsuits in the icy waters, both Ross and Craig discovered how immersion in the cold generated new reserves of energy for their minds and bodies, and how curious forest creatures became more receptive to them. New scientific discoveries were revealed, as were insights into our human origins, and our primal connection with nature.

Most of all, Return to the Golden Forest is a love story about the unexpected relationships we can have with wild animals, each other, and the wildness that still thrives within us.

Return to the Golden Forest will be published by Quiver Tree Publishers and is due for release 2018.