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My Traitor's Heart

My Traitor's Heart

by Rian Malan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 425 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Afrikaner journalist Malan recounts his journey back to his homeland just before the collapse of apartheid. He grapples with the black and white heart of South Africa, drawing on the 300-year history of his family in Africa and legends of the Zulu nation, in this beautifully written and brutally honest story of return. (SAF19, $15.00)

The Safari Companion

The Safari Companion

by Richard Estes

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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. (AFR06, $30.00)

Insight Guide South Africa

Insight Guide South Africa

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

South Africa is brought to life in hundreds of color photographs and vividly written essays by a team of experts. Panoramic in scope, the guide takes us from Johannesburg out into the veld, providing genuine insight into the history, nature and modern politics of this complex land. (SAF21, $24.99)

The Wildlife of Southern Africa, A Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region

The Wildlife of Southern Africa, A Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region

by Vincent Carruthers | Kenneth Newman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

With 1,200 color illustrations by a range of experts, this compact field guide includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish and plants that a traveler is likely to encounter in southern Africa. (SAF59, $28.00)

South Africa Map

South Africa Map

by Globetrotter

  • 2014
  • MAP
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Detailed maps of Cape Town, the Garden Route, Kruger and other popular spots are featured on the reverse of this country map. (SAF09, $9.95)

 
Cape Town and Region Adventure Map

Cape Town and Region Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • 2010
  • MAP

This double-sided map includes Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park and other reserves south to Cape of Good Hope. (SAF161, $11.95)

Culture Smart! South Africa

Culture Smart! South Africa


by David Holt-Biddle

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This handy guide will help you navigate local customs, etiquette and culture. (SAF169, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide South Africa

Eyewitness Guide South Africa


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (SAF138, $27.00)

National Geographic South Africa

National Geographic South Africa


by David Lambkin

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Profusely illustrated and compact, this guide includes excellent information on history, nature and culture, with maps and color photography. (SAF224, $25.95)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

Time Out Cape Town

Time Out Cape Town


by Time Out

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Compact, informative and lively, this outstanding guide covers where to go and what to do in Cape Town and surroundings. (SAF164, $19.95)

A History of South Africa

A History of South Africa


by Leonard Thompson

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A succinct history of South Africa, especially strong on early Africans and European colonization. (SAF101, $20.00)

Beyond the Miracle, Inside the New South Africa

Beyond the Miracle, Inside the New South Africa


by Allister Sparks

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

The South African journalist (Tomorrow is Another Country), continues the tale of the transformation of South Africa and its accomplishments, failures and challenges in the decade following the collapse of apartheid. (SAF166, $20.00)

Cultures of South Africa, A Celebration

Cultures of South Africa, A Celebration


by Peter Joyce

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 140 PAGES

Photographers Roger and Pat de la Harpe collaborated with Peter Joyce for this illustrated celebration of the custom, history, traditions and people of South Africa. (SAF264, $27.00)

Playing the Enemy, Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

Playing the Enemy, Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation


by John Carlin

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

Carlin vividly documents how Mandela used the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite South Africa. (SAF240, $16.00)

The Fate of Africa

The Fate of Africa


by Martin Meredith

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 792 PAGES

Ambitious in scope, immensely readable -- and as big as a doorstop -- Martin Meredith's blockbuster country-by-country overview of the tumult in Africa since independence is now revised and updated to reflect recent events. (AFR154, $22.99)

The Making of Modern South Africa, Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy

The Making of Modern South Africa, Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy


by Nigel Worden

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 198 PAGES

This well-researched, readable primer covers South African history from colonial conquest to the end of apartheid and beyond, with an updated chapter focusing on 1994 to 2007. Worden is a professor of history at the University of Cape Town. (SAF222, $38.95)

The Scramble for Africa

The Scramble for Africa


by Thomas Pakenham

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 738 PAGES

Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in 19th century Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent. (AFR26, $23.99)

Tomorrow is Another Country, The Inside Story of South Africa's Road to Change

Tomorrow is Another Country, The Inside Story of South Africa's Road to Change


by Allister Sparks

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

Sparks explores the extraordinary developments that led to multiracial democracy in South Africa, an essential key to understanding the country today. (SAF31, $25.00)

Conversations With Myself

Conversations With Myself


by Nelson Mandela

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

Mandela draws on letters, notebooks, taped interviews and an unfinished sequel to Long Walk to Freedom for this account of a remarkable life. (SAF313, $18.00)

In Bushveld and Desert, A Game Ranger's Life

In Bushveld and Desert, A Game Ranger's Life


by Christiaan Bakkes

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A collection of autobiographical stories based on Bakkes's death-defying adventures traveling Africa, leading safaris and working for the WWF in the Kaokoveld and as a game ranger in Kruger National Park, where he lost his arm in a crocodile attack. (AFR266, $28.95)

Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom


by Nelson Mandela

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela's autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout. (SAF15, $18.00)

The Mirror at Midnight, A South African Journey

The Mirror at Midnight, A South African Journey


by Adam Hochschild

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

Hochschild provides a new epilogue for this paper edition of his 1990 report from South Africa, a riveting blend of journalism, travel and history. (SAF190, $14.95)

Blood Safari

Blood Safari


by Deon Meyer

  • MYSTERY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

In this suspenseful tale of murder, set in and around the game preserves of South Africa, bodyguard Martin Lemmer helps to uncover the truth in the killing of four poachers. (SAF255, $7.99)

Cry, The Beloved Country

Cry, The Beloved Country


by Alan Paton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

The deeply moving story of Reverend Kumalo's quest for justice. First published in 1948, it is a striking, poetic tribute to the power of the individual and a trenchant indictment of apartheid. (SAF30, $16.00)

Disgrace

Disgrace


by J.M. Coetzee

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Set in Cape Town and on a remote farm in the Eastern Cape, Coetzee's searing novel explores the devastating realities of racial politics in post-apartheid South Africa. (SAF89, $16.00)

Hottentot Venus


by Barbara Chase-Riboud

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

In this powerful historical novel, Sarah Baartman, for more than 200 years known only as the mysterious lady in the glass cage, comes vividly and unforgettably to life. (SAF318, $13.95)

Life & Times of Michael K

Life & Times of Michael K


by J.M. Coetzee

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

Coetzee sets this short, hallucinatory novel, the powerful tale of a troubled boy, in South Africa in the midst of civil war. (SAF17, $14.00)

My Mother's Lovers

My Mother's Lovers


by Christopher Hope

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 442 PAGES

Set mostly in South Africa, from the 1800s to the present, Hope dramatizes the European encounter in 20th-century Africa with this outsized tale of Kathleen Healey -- aviator, big game hunter, knitting devotee and all-around adventurer. "Kick off your shoes, pour yourself a stiff drink and take your hat off to the elder statesman of southern African words--he's done it again," says Alexandra Fuller. (SAF239, $15.00)

Rage

Rage


by Wilbur A. Smith

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 887 PAGES

Smith mixes romance, politics and history in this page-turner set in Apartheid-era South Africa. (SAF225, $8.99)

South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion

South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Isabel Balseiro | Tobias Hecht

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

This diverse collection of short stories reveals South Africa through the eyes of its writers, including Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee and Alan Paton. (SAF236, $14.95)

The Conservationist

The Conservationist


by Nadine Gordimer

  • LITERATURE
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Gordimer's subtle Booker Prize-winning novel portrays a wealthy South African industrialist who struggles to preserve his way of life, his power and his possessions in the face of massive injustice. (SAF218, $16.00)

The Power of One

The Power of One


by Bryce Courtenay

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

This riveting novel tells of the coming-of-age of a six-year-old English boy in South Africa during the darkest days of largely pro-Nazi South Africa, based on the author's childhood. (SAF26, $16.00)

Trackers

Trackers


by Deon Meyer

  • MYSTERY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 714 PAGES

A bodyguard with a criminal past is coaxed out of retirement when a wealthy farmer asks for his help in smuggling a pair of rare black rhinos out of Zimbabwe, in this cleverly-plotted thriller. (SAF311, $7.99)

Africa's Big Five

Africa's Big Five


by Gerald Hinde

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

Bestseller. Gerald Hinde teamed up with colleagues William Taylor and Richard du Toit for this portrait of the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo, featuring hundreds of color photographs by the accomplished trio. (AFR178, $39.95)

Game Ranger in Your Backpack, All-in-One Interpretative Guide to the Lowveld


by Megan Emmett

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 325 PAGES

A practical guide with information on the most commonly encountered animals and plants of South Africa's Lowveld. Includes color photos. (SAF317, $37.95)

South Africa

South Africa


by Michael Poliza

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Poliza (Africa, Eyes Over Africa, AntARCTIC) reeled in several South African photographer friends for this vivid portrait of a nation, its people, cities and villages, landscapes and wildlife. (SAF288, $12.95)

Birds of Southern Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklists

Birds of Southern Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklists


by Ber Van Perlo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

An admirably compact guide, featuring small illustrations of 1,250 species, brief descriptions and black-and-white range maps. (SAF79, $30.95)

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


by Jonathan Kingdon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. Includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps. (EAF128, $25.95)

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa


by Kenneth Newman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 538 PAGES

This commemorative 10th edition celebrates the late author with a fully revised and updated version. Edits were done by his daughter, Vanessa Newman, to reflect the latest research, taxonomy and common names. (SAF29, $26.00)

Wildlife of South Africa, A Photographic Guide

Wildlife of South Africa, A Photographic Guide


by Duncan Butchart

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A handy photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and common trees and shrubs. (SAF269, $23.95)

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