The Kingdom of the Africanis

It’s been a while since we found something really inspiring to write about.
But we’re back.

And with Daniel Naudé’s Animal Farm.

This is a series focusing on South Africa’s Africanis, aboriginal dogs thought to have migrated from Egypt and that now inhabit rural South Africa. Naudé first encountered these slender and agile creatures in 2006. And though his images depict remarkable stillness, it takes a photographer with great talent to capture these skittish animals.

Africanis 14. Philippolis,
 Free State, 12 August 2009


Pack of dogs hunting. Richmond, Northern Cape, 25 January 2009


Africanis 2. Strydenburg,
 Northern Cape, 1 April 2008


Sheep grazing on Annandale potato farm. Barkly East, Eastern Cape,
22 July 2010


David Tieties with his three-day-old donkey. Verneukpan, Northern Cape,
6 April 2009


Africanis 11. Murraysburg,
Western Cape, 4 February 2009


Ben Fyfer, an Nguni cattle farmer,
at his desk. Louwna, North West Province, 2 March 2010


Africanis 12. Richmond, Northern Cape, 4 April 2009


Toppie Steenberg’s homing pigeons. Strydenburg, Northern Cape,
21 June 2011


Mario Jacobs with an African clawless otter. Quaggasfontein farm, Graaff-Reinet district, Easter


Niklaas Ockers, an ostrich Jockey. Oudtshoorn, Western Cape,
28 July 2011


Young cow with branch collar. Woodford, KwaZulu-Natal,
25 October 2009


Africanis 23. Richmond, Northern Cape, 28 January 2009


Xhosa cow on the shore. Mgazi, Eastern Cape, 19 May 2010


Sneeuberg Pass. Sneeuberg, Murraysburg district,
2 February 2009

All images courtesy:

Looking at these images makes me think about how we adapt to survive our surroundings. But when these change take place faster than we can naturally cope with, some rare and special parts of us become extinct rather than evolve.

While the true Africanis are still found today in those parts of South Africa where a traditional lifestyle is maintained, as the country develops it’s hard to say whether this special breed will retain it’s distinctness or soon morph into something more commonplace.


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