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Tanzania: Serengeti to Zanzibar

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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)

Africa, The Serengeti

Africa, The Serengeti

by George Casey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • DVD

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

Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa

by Ernest Hemingway

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 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)

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)

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)

Tanzania Map

Tanzania Map

by Nelles

  • 2009
  • MAP

A clear, 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)

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)

Zanzibar Map

Zanzibar Map


by Ma Company (Tanzania)

  • MAP

This colorful traveler's map to Zanzibar at a scale of 1:100,000 sows Stone Town on the reverse. (EAF114, $11.95)

Bradt Guide Zanzibar

Bradt Guide Zanzibar


by David Else | Sarah Chanter

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A personal, detailed guide to Zanzibar, its history, culture, attractions and natural history. With color photographs and maps. (EAF33, $24.99)

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)

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 Masai Mara. (EAF379, $39.95)

Africa's Turn?

Africa's Turn?


by Edward Miguel

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

Refreshingly optimistic, Berkeley economist Edward Miguel brings together nine experts on Africa and international development to respond to his observation that African nations are making modest but genuine recent gains in the standard of living and better government. (AFR240, $14.95)

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)

Born in Africa

Born in Africa


by Martin Meredith

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Martin Meredith (The Fate of Africa) turns to human origins and the riveting tale of rival anthropologists, archaeologists and scientists who have struggled to unravel the story of the evolution of humankind on the plains of Africa. (AFR286, $15.99)

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, $21.99)

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)

Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar

Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar


by Emily Ruete

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

Born Princess Salme in the Sultan's court on Zanzibar, the author wrote this book for her children in the 1800s as a tribute to the island. It is rich in details of a long-lost way of life, recalling the time when the sultans reigned on Zanzibar. (EAF44, $10.95)

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 Masai, 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 Book of Secrets

The Book of Secrets


by M.G. Vassanjii

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 337 PAGES

Intrigue, history and politics along East Africa's Swahili Coast. The many machinations of this prize-winning novel revolve around the discovery of a 1913 diary of a British colonial administrator in Dar es Salaam. (EAF65, $19.00)

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)

Great Migrations

Great Migrations


by K.M. Kostyal

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

This companion book to the National Geographic series captures the drama of not just the Africa plains but of diverse creatures from butterflies and crabs to penguins and whales on the move across land and sea. (BST162, $35.00)

Into Africa, With a New Postscript

Into Africa, With a New Postscript


by Craig Packer

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

Packer writes of a year in the field, from studying primates at Gombe to the lions of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. (EAF77, $27.50)

No Way Home, The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations

No Way Home, The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations


by David Wilcove

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A conservation biologist at Princeton, Wilcove argues powerfully that we must protect the habitats and byways of the grand migratory assemblages on the ground, in the air and on the water (CON41, $25.00)

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)

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 Photographic Guide, Southern, Central, and East African Mammals

A Photographic Guide, Southern, Central, and East African Mammals


by Chris Stuart | Tilde Stuart

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A compact guide, designed for the field, including almost all of the conspicuous species and a good sampling of the smaller or more secretive animals. (EAF16, $15.95)

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)

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)

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)

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