Suggested Reading List
Africa, The Serengeti
Author: George Casey (Director), James Earl Jones (Narrator)
Description: A dazzling 40-minute IMAX documentary of the wildebeests' year-long migration in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.
Author: Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh
Description: Slip this laminated foldout guide in your pocket for quick reference in the field.
Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania
Author: Dale Zimmerman, Donald Turner, David Pearson
Description: Ideal for the Serengeti, this field guide features 124 stunning color plates.
Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar
Author: Philip Briggs
Description: A compact, practical overview of the history, wildlife and attractions of northern Tanzania, including the Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Olduvai, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
Culture Smart, Tanzania
Author: Quintin Winks
Description: This pocket guide introduces local local customs, etiquette and culture.
Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
Author: Joseph Lenasolai Lekuton & Herman Viola
Description: Although this short memoir is written for young adults, it will appeal to adults of all ages. Lekuton, a Maasai, details his childhood in Kenya as a member of a poor tribe, living a traditional nomadic lifestyle. He contrasts the freedoms and tribal culture of his early childhood with life at a missionary boarding school and his eventual move to the U.S. to pursue a college education.
Green Hills of Africa
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Description: Hemingway and his wife set out on a two-month East African safari. This classic brings culture, customs and natural beauty of the area to life in beautiful, descriptive personal prose.
Insight Guides Tanzania & Zanzibar
Author: Insight Guides
Description: Part of the Insight Guide Series, this book contains a wealth of information about Tanzania and Zanzibar. Filled with maps, information and great photos.
Into Africa, With a New Postcript
Author: Craig Packer
Description: Packer writes of a year in the field, from studying primates at Gombe to the lions of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
Author: Jonathan Kingdon
Description: An artist and biologist, Kingdon provides both delightful full-color illustra-tions and informative text for this great guide.
Lonely Planet Tanzania Country Guide
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: Following in the tradition of Lonely Planet's country guide publications, this book provides a nice overview of Tanzania, its people, and its many attractions.
Mammals of Africa Including Madagascar (Collins Field Guide).
Author: Theodore Hattenorth, Robert W. Hayman, and Helmut Diller
Description: This book is considered the "Bible" of animal guides by some travelers.
Author: Reinhard Kunkel
Description: Kunkel's three hundred stunning photographs celebrate the abundant wildlife of the crater and surrounding conservation area. Kunkel has been traveling and photographing in the region since 1973.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tourist Map and Guide
Author: Harms IC Verlag
Description: The entire conservation area at a scale of 1:230,000, with a nicely detailed topographic map of the crater itself on the reverse.
Serengeti National Park Map
Author: Ma Company (Tanzania)
Description: This detailed, full-color sketch map of the Serengeti ecosystem includes camps, lodges, watercourses, habitat and topography.
Serengeti, Natural Order on the African Plain
Author: Mitsuaki Iwago
Description: This handsomely produced volume by the celebrated Tokyo photographer features 300 full-color images of the Serengeti plains. Beautiful and timeless, it's one of our favorite photo collections.
Tales from Tanzania: A Mostly True Story
Author: Scott Balows
Description: Balows' keen ear for dialogue and wry perspective make Tales From Tanzania a must read for anyone who's ever (or, for that matter, never) traveled with a group of strangers. A highly entertaining account of the comic human safari.
Description: A clear, double-sided map of Tanzania, with neighboring Rwanda and Burundi, at a scale of 1:1,500,000.
Author: David Lamb
Description: As bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, Lamb logged over 300,000 miles in Africa. He talked to presidents and guerrilla leaders, university professors and witch doctors. Part travelogue, part contemporary history, this is still one of the best overviews of modern-day Africa (published in 1987).
The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals
Author: Richard Estes
Description: Specifically written for those interested in understanding behavior of the animals they see on safari. This text includes icons, tables and a thorough glossary.
The Tree Where Man Was Born
Author: Peter Matthiessen
Description: This classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life, takes in the Maasai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathies-sen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.
The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior, An Autobiography
Author: Ole Saitoti
Description: aitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai as spokesperson for the tribe and one of their first safari guides, bridging several worlds with tremendous grace.
West with the Night
Author: Beryl Markham
Description: Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engross-ing detail in this memoir of adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya, a Lon-gitude favorite.
Wildlife of East Africa
Author: Martin B. Withers, David Hosking
Description: This compact guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages.