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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.

Essential Reading

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Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

by Peter Godwin | Chris Johns

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

This lush collection of full-color photographs tackles conservation, development and tradition in southern Africa. It's a well-illustrated portrait of the region by National Geographic photographer Johns and veteran journalist Godwin. (SAF130, $65.00)

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)

Wildlife of Southern Africa

Wildlife of Southern Africa

by Martin B. Withers

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This Princeton Pocket Guide, featuring 400 color photographs by Withers and co-author David Hosking, covers all the birds, mammals, lizards and insects you are likely to encounter. (SAF300, $19.95)

Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide

Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide

by Chris McIntyre

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

With comprehensive coverage of history, flora, fauna and practicalities, this third edition presents Okavango, Chobe, the Kalahari and other popular destinations in absorbing detail. (BOT18, $27.99)

Southern Africa Regional Map

Southern Africa Regional Map

by Marco Polo

  • 2012
  • MAP

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

 
Lonely Planet Botswana & Namibia

Lonely Planet Botswana & Namibia


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

An informative practical guide to Botswana and its attractions, including nearby Victoria Falls. (BOT14, $28.99)

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)

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)

Where Fire Speaks, A Visit With the Himba

Where Fire Speaks, A Visit With the Himba


by David Campion | Sandra Shields

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 165 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

The journalist and photographer team, funded by the International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development, captures the challenges and life of the Himba people of northern Namibia. (NMB18, $16.95)

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 Old Way, A Story of the First People

The Old Way, A Story of the First People


by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Marshall (Harmless People) returns after 50 years to southwest Africa and the land of her youth in this beautifully observed reprise of her classic account of the Bushmen of the Kalahari. (SAF183, $17.00)

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle


by Robyn Scott

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Haphazardly schooled by her free-spirited mother and left to roam the bush, Scott writes with warmth and candor of her unconventional upbringing in Botswana, commenting on her Grandpa Ivor (personal pilot to the first president of Botswana), physician father's work, unfortunate pets, siblings and adventures. (SAF203, $16.00)

Whatever You Do, Don't Run

Whatever You Do, Don't Run


by Peter Allison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Allison spins captivating tales of wildlife, camps and the life of a safari guide into a hilarious, slyly informative introduction to Botswana. (BOT29, $18.95)

The Double Comfort Safari Club

The Double Comfort Safari Club


by Alexander McCall Smith

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 211 PAGES

The infinitely patient Precious Ramotswe and secretary (make that assistant detective!) Grace Makutsi travel to the Okavango in this delightful 11th book in the enjoyable series. (BOT38, $15.00)

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo


by Peter Orner

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER

Set in 1991 at a school in the middle of a Namibian desert, soon after independence from South Africa, Orner's hypnotic debut novel revolves around a young American teacher's captivating and beautiful co-worker, Mavala Shikongo. (NMB15, $13.99)

Classic Africa

Classic Africa


by Michael Poliza

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Printed and beautifully bound in Italy, Michael Poliza's exquisite new book showcases the wildlife of Africa -- each elephant, zebra, lion or rhino photographed alone or in a group against the African plains. The photographs, taken over a decade, have been rendered in rich sepia, not only recalling safaris of yore but also adding to their distinctive beauty. With full-age photos printed on uncoated, heavyweight vellum, bound in textured suede-like cloth. (AFR279, $125.00)

In Search of Remarkable Trees, On Safari in Southern Africa

In Search of Remarkable Trees, On Safari in Southern Africa


by Thomas Pakenham

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

Pakenham interweaves travel, social history, folklore and botany in this illustrated account of journeys in search of spectacular, old and amazing baobabs, jacarandas and other noteworthy sylva of Southern Africa. (SAF195, $45.00)

Okavango, Jewel of the Kalahari

Okavango, Jewel of the Kalahari


by Karen Ross

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

An ecologist and champion of Botswana (she has been instrumental in getting Okavango listed as a World Heritage Site), Ross gives equal weight to the wildlife, habitats and people of the Delta and surrounding sands in this terrific portrait, featuring 170 color photographs. (BOT39, $28.95)

Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa

Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa


by Ian Sinclair | Phil Hockey | Warwick Tarboton

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 447 PAGES

This compact, comprehensive field guide features 200 dazzling color plates covering 950 species of birds from South Africa to southern Mozambique. Fourth Edition. (SAF12, $35.00)

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)

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