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Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa

by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 304 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. Originally published in 1935. (EAF25, $16.00)

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)

Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania

Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania

by Chris McIntyre | Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 430 PAGES

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

The Safari Companion

The Safari Companion

by Richard Estes

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES

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)

Tanzania Map

Tanzania Map

by Nelles

  • 2009
  • MAP

A double-sided map with neighboring Rwanda and Burundi. (EAF08, $13.95)

 
Northern Tanzania Map

Northern Tanzania Map


by Ma Company (Tanzania)

  • MAP

A colorful, hand-drawn map at a scale of 1:1.4 million shows popular game parks and reserves, including Tsavo, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngornogoro, Tarangire and Kilimanjaro. (EAF154, $14.95)

Safari Planning Map, East & Southern Africa

Safari Planning Map, East & Southern Africa


by The Africa Adventure Company

  • 2014
  • MAP

This large-scale colorful map covers the top safari countries and important wildlife reserves of East and Southern Africa. With enlargements of key regions like Northern Tanzania, Southern Kenya and Northern Botswana to Victoria Falls, the map includes information on planning your safari and climate graphs. (SAF340, $11.95)

Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi Adventure Map

Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi Adventure Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

This double-sided regional map at a scale of 1:1,315,000 shows northern Tanzania on one side with southern Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi on the reverse. (EAF400, $11.95)

Bradt Guide Tanzania Safari

Bradt Guide Tanzania Safari


by Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 588 PAGES

With Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Coast, this comprehensive guide covers all Tanzania from Arusha and the Serengeti to the Selous Game Reserve in the South. With maps, town plans and lots of practical travel information. (EAF39, $26.99)

Culture Smart! Tanzania

Culture Smart! Tanzania


by Quintin Winks

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This pocket guide introduces local customs, etiquette and culture. (EAF208, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Tanzania

Lonely Planet Tanzania


by Mary Fitzpatrick

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to Tanzania featuring maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature and much nuts-and-bolts information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. (EAF95, $25.99)

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)

Wildlife Photography, On Safari With Your DSLR

Wildlife Photography, On Safari With Your DSLR


by Uwe Skrzypczak

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Skrzypczak includes chapters on equipment, technique, composition and wildlife in this practical, beautifully illustrated guide, loaded with striking images of the wildlife of Ngorongoro, the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara. (EAF379, $39.95)

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)

African Heroes, Samburu-Maasai

African Heroes, Samburu-Maasai


by Matteo Guzzini

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

Guzzini captures the rituals of the Masaai communities of Tanzania and Kenya in beautiful photographs that honor the people and their land. (EAF415, $55.00)

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)

Missing Links, In Search of Human Origins

Missing Links, In Search of Human Origins


by John Reader

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 538 PAGES

Reader (Africa, Biography of a Continent) traces the history of palaeoanthropology in this masterful account of science, the fossil record and the changing understanding our place on Earth. With 75 color photographs of key fossils. (AFR297, $34.95)

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)

Out of Africa

Out of Africa


by Isak Dinesen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 466 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

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. (EAF22, $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)

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)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Snows of Kilimanjaro


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 156 PAGES

Set in Africa, this collection of 10 prime Hemingway stories includes not just the famous title story but also The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, a chilling masterpiece about an American couple on a big game safari. (EAF26, $14.00)

Serengeti Spy

Serengeti Spy


by Anup Shah

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 204 PAGES

A hoof-level view of the Masai Mara and Serengeti. Photographer Anup Shah lets the wildlife reveal themselves, placing small remote cameras at watering holes, outcrops and other strategic spots. The ground-level perspective is as surprising as it is clever, putting you face-to-face with lion and cheetah and wildebeest and all the creatures in action across the plains. (EAF396, $40.00)

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)

Tales from Gombe

Tales from Gombe


by Fiona Rogers | Anup Shah

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Matching science with art, husband-and-wife team Shah and Rogers tell the epic saga of Gombe National Park's chimpanzees, probably the most famous group of wild animals in history. (AFR329, $69.95)

The Serengeti Lion, A Study of Predator-Prey Relations

The Serengeti Lion, A Study of Predator-Prey Relations


by George Schaller

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 494 PAGES

A classic study in field biology and winner of the National Book Award, this book is the result of Schaller's long-term study of the ecology of the Serengeti lion. (EAF13, $32.50)

A Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Tanzania

A Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Tanzania


by Charles Foley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

With tips on where to see each species, color photos and illustrations and distribution maps, this up-to-date field guide prepares the reader to spot more than 135 species of land and marine mammals. (EAF416, $29.95)

African Wildlife

African Wildlife


by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

A laminated foldout guide illustrating almost 150 species of African animals, designed for quick reference in the field. (AFR109, $6.95)

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)

Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro

Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro


by Adam Scott Kennedy

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Featuring more than 270 bird species, this guide to fowl in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes 480 color photos and accessible text. (EAF417, $27.95)

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. The guide includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps. (EAF128, $25.95)

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