SASOL Birds of Southern Africa
An excellent all round bird field guide for southern Africa. This comprehensively revised edition ensures up-to-the-minute information, latest taxonomy and an advanced technique for improved field identification. A checklist corresponding to this field guide will be provided at the beginning of the program.
Long Walk to Freedom
An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life. Mandela recounts the circumstances of his imprisonment and ultimately his successful drive to end Apartheid.
Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa
This classic field guide features hundreds of color plates, a comprehensive checklist – and information on habitat and distribution.
Lonely Planet Botswana
A comprehensive, practical guide in Lonely Planet’s hallmark style with 16 detailed maps and a separate chapter on Victoria Falls.
The Scramble for Africa
A well-written, meticulously researched history of the Victorian land grab in Africa. The book includes especially good portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.
Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa
Omitting the smaller, seldom-seen mammals, the book provides details on the larger, more common mammals. It will make an invaluable contribution to any collection of books on nature. It is made especially user-friendly with color-coding and habitat symbols, color photographs and maps.
Whatever You Do. Don’t Run
These safari stories are both humorous and educational: two of the authors are employed by Wilderness Safaris. Illustrated by the authors.
The Collector of Treasures
Bessie Head produced a number of beautifully drawn novels and stories before her death in 1986. In this collection, she writes eloquently of village life in Botswana.
Cry of the Kalahari
A thoroughly readable version of Born Free, set in Botswana (and just as weepy about the animals). This is the book that got the Owens family thrown out of Botswana, in part because of their opposition to fencing the land.
A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa
The other excellent reptile guide to the region. Includes more up- to-date taxonomy than the Branch guide but is slightly larger.
In Bushveld and Desert – A Game Ranger’s Life
Entertaining book of wilderness tales. The author is a long–time serving ranger and guide.
Lost World of the Kalahari
Originally published in 1958, this poetic book is the story of a quest to find the San people in the desert. It has become a classic romanticized tale of an encounter between a literate European and a “noble savage.”
The Eye of the Elephant
Mark and Delia Owens, having set up camp in the Luangwa River Valley in northern Zambia among the elephants, are drawn into an ugly struggle with the local people.
The Safari Companion
An encyclopedic guide to the behavior of Africa’s mammals by a noted scientist.
A History of South Africa
A succint history of South Africa.
Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
A firsthand account of Nelson Mandela's wisdom from Richard Stengel, a close friend of Mandela and the editor of Time magazine.
Southern, Central, and East African Mammals
A compact guide to 152 mammals.
A Traveller’s Wildlife Guide, Southern Africa
New pictorial guide illustrating Southern Africa’s commonly occurring species from birds to mammals and insects. Concise text complements the high-quality images.
Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa
Best all round field guides that features mammals, birds, amphibians, retiles, trees and additional plants. It covers common species.
Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern Africa
This book answers many questions about the curious creatures that are the reptiles and amphibians of southern Africa.
Birds of Southern Africa: The Complete Photographic Guide
This brand new photographic field guide to the birds of southern Africa presents more than 2,500 images showing a wide selection of age and sex plumage variations, perched and in-flight birds, and color morphs where relevant, making it the most comprehensive collection of bird photographs of the region ever produced in a single volume.
Accompanying text focuses on identification, call, status, breeding details and diet. Also included for each species is a distribution map and a calendar bar indicating occurrence and breeding months.
About the author: IAN SINCLAIR is renowned in African birding circles for his field knowledge and expertise in identifying the region's many bird species. His vast experience has been gained in expeditions to every corner of Africa, as well as to the Himalayas, Antarctica and Marion Island. He has authored or co-authored several successful bird books, including the hugely successful Field Guide to Birds of SA and the equally successful Birds of Southern Africa.
The Last Resort: A Memoir of Mischief and Mayhem on a Family Farm in Africa
Thrilling, heartbreaking, and, at times, absurdly funny, The Last Resort is the remarkable true story of one family in a country under siege and a testament to the love, perseverance and resilience of the human spirit. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Rogers is the son of white farmers living through the country's long and tense transition from postcolonial rule, including the upheaval that resulted from President Robert Mugabe's violent program to reclaim white-owned land. The Last Resort is an inspiring, coming-of-age tale about home, love, hope, responsibility, redemption, and how to survive a corrupt dictatorship with a little innovation, bribery and humor.
The Behavior Guide to African Mammals: Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, Primates
The Behavior Guide to African Mammals is as different from a conventional field guide as motion pictures are from a snapshot. Whether we are able to look at them face to face, on television, or in the hundreds of illustrations provided here by Daniel Otte, this guide allows us to understand what animals do and what their behavior means.
Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork and on the research of many other scientists, Richard Estes describes and explains the behavior of four major groups of mammals. Estes's remarkably informative guide is as up-to-date for the zoologist as it is accessible for the interested onlooker.
Watch My Tracer
A third-generation Rhodesian tells the story of his upbringing on a farm and his days learning to track and survive in the bush that would assist him during the Rhodesian Civil War as a part of the clandestine operation unit known as the Pachedu.
Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier
Thomas Wolfe's axiom about not being able to go home again gets a compelling spin through Alexandra Fuller's journeys through modern Zambia, to the battlefields in Zimbabwe and Mozambique with the scarred veteran of the Rhodesian Wars she only identifies as "K." Though she and "K" are African by family roots rather than blood, she quickly discovers that 30 years of civil war have scarred them - and the indigenous peoples they encounter - in markedly different ways
The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals
The most complete African mammal guide available.
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
A story of survival and war, love and madness, loyalty and forgiveness, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is an intimate exploration of Fuller's parents and of the price of being possessed by Africa's uncompromising, fertile, death-dealing land. We follow Tim and Nicola Fuller hopscotching the continent, restlessly trying to establish a home. War, hardship, and tragedy follow the family even as Nicola fights to hold on to her children, her land and her sanity. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken by the continent she loves, it is the African earth that revives and nurtures her.
Birds of Africa South of the Sahara
This compact field guide, the first to describe and illustrate all of the birds of sub-Saharan Africa, features 359 color plates and 2,100 range maps. Especially useful for those southern African countries without their own field guides.
Richard du Toit’s Essential Wildlife Photography
Introduction to the basics of African wildlife photography. Emphasis on film but many principles remain the same for digital.
A Complete Guide to Freshwater Fishers of Southern Africa
Best all round freshwater fish field guide for southern Africa. Good plates and distribution maps.
Okavango, Africa’s Last Eden
In this handsome volume, master wildlife photographer Franz Lanting captures the wildlife and habitats of the Okavango
Adventuring in Southern Africa
This comprehensive guide to game parks throughout Southern Africa includes an overview of the region, tips on watching wildlife and good descriptive information on each park or nature reserve.
The Myth of Wild Africa
A no-holds-barred attack on old-style conservation in Africa, provocative and dead-on. The authors explore the fallacy of an untouched continent where animals roam freely in sanctuaries.
RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife photography
This is a helpful and practical guide to all aspects of digital wildlife photography, accessibly written by and beautifully illustrated
Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa
Excellent all round reptile field guide (turtles, snakes, lizards, geckoes, chameleons) for southern Africa. Photographic plates and distribution maps.
The Wildlife of Southern Africa – A field guide to the animals and plants of the region
Excellent all round field guide that features mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, trees and additional plants. It covers many of the more common species.
Southern Africa Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide
A popular, photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text.
Silent Thunder, In the Presence of Elephants
In this memoir, Katy Payne relates stories of research, discovery and conservation in Africa. An acoustic biologist, Payne has worked on communication among elephant populations at Amboseli National Park, Etosha and Sengwa.
Roberts’ Bird Guide
An excellent all round bird field guide for southern Africa. Good plates and distribution maps.
The Harmless People
A classic study of the Bushmen of the Kalahari. It’s an account of the author’s fieldwork, strong on the character of the people.
Starwise- A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe
Fantastic practical guide to the southern skies by the late Tony Fairall – one of South Africa’s better known astronomers.
Africa’s Top Wildlife Countries
Comprehensive guide to safari destinations all over Africa. Includes features useful for getting the best out of a safari.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
A worthy heir to Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller's endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller's debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
McCall Smith’s detective, Mma Ramotswe, makes her debut. A pleasure in every respect, this novel – not really a mystery – evokes the cultures, customs and diverse landscapes of Botswana.
Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. The guide includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps.
Photographic Guide to Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa
An excellent pocket sized guide to large mammal and some other tracks in southern Africa. Very easy to use and clearly illustrated.
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
Dark Star Safari is the utterly engrossing account of Paul Theroux's epic overland journey spanning the length of the African continent from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa. Traveling Africa via numerous means of transportation, including rattletrap bus, armed convoy and dugout canoe, Theroux's skill with prose is able to transport his readers with him along this journey as he endures dangerous and dismaying circumstances.
Throughout he discusses the state of the continent with Africans, aid workers, missionaries and tourists helping to create a work that is an insightful meditation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people across the continent.
Frogs and Frogging in Southern Africa
Best all – round frog field guide for southern Africa. Includes CED of Frog calls. Good Photographic plates and distribution maps.
Field Guide to the Tracks and Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife
This guide is unique in its approach to identification. It allows you to first look at the track or sign and then, by means of keys, to determine the animal group or species responsible for what you see. The keys refer you to detailed descriptions and illustrations. The guide is arranged to enable quick identification.
An authoritative, illustrated account of the behavior, ecology and conservation of wild dogs. Author John mcnutt is a founder of the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project.
Out of Darkness, Shining Light
So begins Petina Gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa—the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there.
The Impossible Five
Justin Fox drew up a list of the most elusive animals and set off to find "The Impossible Five" – the Cape Mountain Leopard, the Aardvark, the Pangolin, the Riverine Rabbit, and the Naturally Occurring White Lion. In a humorous, original, off-beat adventure story, Fox travels around Africa in search of these forgotten animals, meeting some very weird characters and other absurd mammals along the way.
Born and Bred in the Zambezi Valley
Jane Vlahakis Nash's astonishing story begins with two Greek brothers, Demetri and Nicholaos, who fled injustice in Turkey and went to Africa to start a new life. They settled at Chirundu on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in Northern Rhodesia. Here is a gold mine for members of the extensive Vlahakis family, but it's also a valuable resource for lovers of Africa, students of sociology, and anyone who is aware of what it means to be 'coloured' in a predominantly Bantu society, ruled in those days by white settlers.
The Last Elephants
African savanna elephants--among the most magnificent and beloved of our fellow mammals--are an extraordinary, social, and intelligent species. The Last Elephants, an homage to these animals and a clarion call for their preservation, is based upon a shocking finding: savanna elephant populations across Africa are being decimated, with two to three murdered every hour for their ivory. Without action, these elephants soon will vanish from our world. They are a species in imminent danger of extinction, and it is up to us to save them.
Secrets of the Savanna
In this riveting real-life adventure, Mark and Delia Owens tell the dramatic story of their last years in Africa, fighting to save elephants, villagers, and -- in the end -- themselves. The award-winning zoologists and pioneering conservationists describe their work in the remote and ruggedly beautiful Luangwa Valley, in northeastern Zambia. There they studied the mysteries of the elephant population’s recovery after poaching, discovering remarkable similarities between humans and elephants.