Peter Derichs was born in Germany in 1947. At age 8 his family emigrated to South Africa. At an early age he developed an interest in animals and the outdoors.
After matriculating in Cape Town he eventually ended up in South West Africa (Namibia) working for the Hydrology section of the Department of Water Affairs.
For 6 years he spent 3 weeks per month travelling the length and breadth of that beautiful country.
His travels took him to the Skeleton Coast, Bushmanland, Kaokoland, Ovambo, Caprivi, the Diamond Sperrgebiet and Southern Angola.
During this time he developed a passion for photography and some of his photos are still available as postcards in Windhoek today.
After graduating from University of South Africa, he and his wife moved to Richards Bay in Kwa-zulu Natal and eventually to Johannesburg.
Like millions of South Africans, he took every opportunity he could get to travel to the various National Parks.
On one of his numerous trips to the then Gemsbok National Park (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) it struck him that although he had been there on many occasions he did not know what he was looking at.
What did the place name mean?
What tree is that?
How deep is the water?
What is the quality of the water?
What happened here historically?
He realized that if he did not know the answers, there must be many people who did not know them either. The idea of a totally different guidebook was born.
It must be simple; it must have all the information on one page; there must be a visual reference for the visitor, in short, a 12 year old must be able to understand it.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was printed in 2001. By 2016 over 15 000 copies had been sold. The feedback was so positive that he decided to tackle the Kruger National Park. This book was published in 2008 and re-printed in 2016.
Since then the Augrabies Falls National Park and the Addo Elephant National Park have also been published.
Bowing to popular demand the books were then developed as an app. The Kruger, Kgalagadi and Addo books are available as an iPad app.