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National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife

by Bunny McBride | Duane Schlitter | Richard Estes | Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 988 PAGES

This comprehensive photo guide covers 850 birds, mammals and reptiles of Africa. With range maps and a good country-by-country overview of habitats and parks. (AFR25, $24.95)

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 Tree Where Man Was Born

The Tree Where Man Was Born

by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Maasai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathiessen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti. (EAF27, $17.00)

Southern Africa Regional Map

Southern Africa Regional Map

by Marco Polo

  • 2012
  • MAP

This fold-out overview map of Southern Afirca -- including South Africa, Namibia and Bostwana -- at a scale of 1:2,000,000 is ideal for route planning. (SAF63, $12.95)

Kenya & Northern Tanzania (Serengeti) Map

Kenya & Northern Tanzania (Serengeti) Map

by Nelles

  • 2008
  • MAP

A detailed map (1:1,100,000) with inset maps of Lamu, Nairobi and Mombasa. (EAF07, $13.95)

 
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)

Serengeti National Park Map

Serengeti National Park Map


by Ma Company (Tanzania)

  • MAP

This detailed, full-color sketch map of the Serengeti ecosystem includes camps, lodges, watercourses, habitat and topography. (EAF130, $14.95)

Lonely Planet Cape Town

Lonely Planet Cape Town


by Simon Richmond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Geared for independent travelers, this savvy and comprehensive guide features color photographs and dozens of excellent maps. This seventh edition also covers the garden route in detail. (SAF27, $21.99)

Say it in Swahili

Say it in Swahili


by Sharifa Zawawi

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1972
  • PAPER
  • 205 PAGES

A palm-size pocket guide to common phrases and expressions. (EAF46, $5.95)

Victoria Falls & Surrounds, The Insider's Guide

Victoria Falls & Surrounds, The Insider's Guide


by Ian Michler

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Dr. Livingstone, I presume? This gorgeously illustrated guide covers the history, culture and nature of the Zambezi, with suggested excursions from rivers to ropes and rafting in nearby Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. (SAF247, $25.95)

Africa, a Biography of the Continent

Africa, a Biography of the Continent


by John Reader

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 816 PAGES

With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa. (AFR49, $20.00)

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)

Exploration of Africa, From Cairo to the Cape

Exploration of Africa, From Cairo to the Cape


by Ann Hugon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 173 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This jewel of a book chronicles the 19th-century exploration of Africa with hundreds of contemporary paintings and prints, brief chapters on the expeditions, and a very useful chronology. Livingstone, Burton and others are featured in a series of journal excerpts. (AFR03, $15.95)

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)

North of South, An African Journey

North of South, An African Journey


by Shiva Naipaul

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1979
  • PAPER
  • 349 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A sharp portrait of Africa, circa 1979. A brilliant and provocative observer, Naipaul meditates on the various peoples he encounters in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. The best, most insightful thing we've read about race relations in Africa. (EAF28, $17.00)

The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior

The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior


by Ole Saitoti

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

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. (EAF29, $27.95)

West with the Night

West with the Night


by Beryl Markham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Beryl Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engrossing detail in this classic memoir of amazing adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya, a favorite. (EAF10, $16.00)

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)

Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1935
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

Hemingway paints the true story of his ramblings on safari in this classic, exquisitely written tale of hunting around Lake Manyara, which includes some of the best writing on the land itself and original pencil drawings. (EAF25, $16.00)

Africa, The Serengeti

Africa, The Serengeti


by George Casey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • DVD
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

James Earl Jones narrates this dazzling 40-minute IMAX documentary of the migration of wildebeest in the Serengeti and Masai Mara. (EAF120, $19.99)

Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro


by Reinhard Kunkel

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

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. (EAF165, $75.00)

African Wildlife

African Wildlife


by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

Slip this laminated foldout guide in your pocket for quick reference in the field. (AFR109, $6.95)

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara


by Ian Sinclair | Peter Ryan

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 760 PAGES

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. (SAF143, $49.50)

East African Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

East African Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide


by Philip Briggs

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A compact guide to the birds and mammals, reptiles, insects and plants of East Africa, featuring a very good selection of large color photographs. (EAF175, $28.99)

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)

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)

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)

Wildlife of East Africa

Wildlife of East Africa


by Martin B. Withers

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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. (EAF108, $19.95)

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