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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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)

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)

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)

Serengeti, The Eternal Beginning

Serengeti, The Eternal Beginning

by Boyd Norton

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Featuring 250 exquisite color photographs alongside Norton's firsthand accounts of travels in Serengeti National Park, Kenya's Masai Mara and Ngorongoro over a decades-long career. (EAF378, $35.00)

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)

 
Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area


by Ma Company (Tanzania)

  • 2003
  • MAP

An attractive, colorful and informative sketch map of the area with notes on wildlife and conservation at a scale of 2:210,000. (EAF153, $14.95)

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)

Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania

Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania


by Chris McIntyre | Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 430 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

A compact, practical overview of the history, wildlife and attractions of the Serengeti and surrounding parks, including Zanzibar. (EAF143, $24.99)

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)

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)

Through the Dark Continent, Volume 1

Through the Dark Continent, Volume 1


by Henry M. Stanley

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A reprint of the original accounts of Henry Morton Stanley in Africa. (CAF06, $24.95)

Ancestral Passions, The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings

Ancestral Passions, The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings


by Virginia Morell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

A biography of the Leakey family, documenting their discoveries and their vast contributions to the field of paleontology. The Leakeys have been instrumental in tracing human origins to East Africa. (EAF76, $38.95)

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)

Stanley, The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

Stanley, The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer


by Tim Jeal

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

In this grand biography, drawing on previously unavailable family archives, Jeal spins a surprising, revisionist tale of a life of tragedy, adventure, disappointment and success. (AFR198, $18.00)

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)

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)

Big Five of Africa

Big Five of Africa


by Gerald Hinde

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 143 PAGES

Hinde's stunning photographs celebrate Africa's lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo. (AFR241, $20.00)

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 East Africa

Birds of East Africa


by Terry Stevenson | John Fanshawe

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 602 PAGES

Compact and comprehensive, this guide to 1,388 species of birds in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi features 286 excellent color plates, range maps and notes on habitats and conservation. A veteran tour leader, co-author Stevenson lives in Kenya. (EAF92, $39.50)

Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania

Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania


by Dale Zimmerman | Donald Turner | David Pearson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

Ideal for the Serengeti, this field guide features 124 stunning color plates. (FG39, $35.00)

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)

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