The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior
Bridging several worlds with tremendous grace, Saitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai, both as spokesperson for his tribe and as one of the first Maasai safari guides.
This slim novel tells the story of modern Sri Lanka through the eyes of a servant and his oblivious master. Haunting and atmospheric.
Wildlife of the Seychelles
A photographic guide to the wildlife of the Seychelles, featuring 51 color plates of birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates.
A unique, comprehensive portrait of these most fascinating of African animals. In spite of their size, defensive abilities and graceful manner, giraffes may not survive this century and here you will learn why.
The White Nile
This lively history of the Victorian search for the source of the Nile includes the extraordinary tales of Burton and Speke, not to mention the famous meeting of Livingstone and Stanley. The narrative includes vivid descriptions of Zanzibar, the last days of Khartoum and the building of the Suez Canal.
Bradt Guide Seychelles
A detailed overview of Seychelles, its history, wildlife, culture and major attractions in the series by Bradt. Geared for the independent traveler, it includes maps, town plans and lots of practical travel information.
Animals of the Masai Mara
This photo guide by two safari guides focuses on the lions, cheetah, leopards, zebra, giraffe and other celebrated wildlife.
What the Buddha Taught
A classic account of Theravada Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for any visitor to Southeast Asia.
Running in the Family
Award-winning author Ondaatje returns to his native Sri Lanka in this hypnotic travelogue. His lovingly traced family memoirs are interspersed with poetry and ruminations on the island's post-colonial history.
Out of Africa
The perennially best-selling tale of a naive young woman who leaves Denmark for East Africa, Dinesen's (AKA Karen Blixen) autobiography draws us into life on a struggling coffee plantation. It's a moving story inspired by a love for Kenya and its people. Includes the novella Shadows on the Grass.
The Tree Where Man Was Born
A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Masai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathiessen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.
The Song of the Dodo
Clearly written and engaging, Quammen narrates his adventures on the trail of natural wonders in Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Galapagos and Komodo and explains complex evolutionary phenomena with humor, wit and understanding.
Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar
Born Princess Salme in the Sultan's court on Zanzibar, the author wrote this book for her children in the 1800s as a tribute to the island. It is rich in details of a long-lost way of life, recalling the time when the sultans reigned on Zanzibar.
Wildlife of East Africa
This take-along 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.
The Safari Companion
An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind.