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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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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)

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
  • BEST SELLER
  • COMING IN APRIL

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)

Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide

Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide

by Chris McIntyre

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES
  • COMING IN JUNE

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)

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)

Southern Africa Regional Map

Southern Africa Regional Map

by ITMB

  • 2008
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

A double-sided map of the continent south of the Zambezi River, at a scale of 1:2,125,000, with color photographs and notes on parks and major attractions. (SAF63, $12.95)

 
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)

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)

Cry of the Kalahari, Seven Years in Africa's Last Great Wilderness

Cry of the Kalahari, Seven Years in Africa's Last Great Wilderness


by Mark Owens | Delia Owens

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

The story of a family thrown out of Botswana for its stance on conservation. While their approach to conservation is controversial, there's no doubt that the Owens are dedicated to the wildlife of Southern Africa -- and are very good writers. (SAF13, $16.00)

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)

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 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
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

Allison spins captivating tales of wildlife, camps and the life of a safari guide into a hilarious, slyly informative introduction to Botswana. (BOT29, $16.95)

Blood Safari

Blood Safari


by Deon Meyer

  • MYSTERY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

In this suspenseful tale of murder, set in and around the game preserves of South Africa, bodyguard Martin Lemmer helps to uncover the truth in the killing of four poachers. (SAF255, $7.99)

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)

Elephant Song

Elephant Song


by Wilbur Smith

  • MYSTERY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

A potboiler set in Zimbabwe, in which our hero, a native Zimbabwean producer of nature films, fights the murderous ivory-traders. (ZIM04, $7.99)

Life & Times of Michael K

Life & Times of Michael K


by J.M. Coetzee

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

Coetzee sets this short, hallucinatory novel, the powerful tale of a troubled boy, in South Africa in the midst of civil war. (SAF17, $14.00)

South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion

South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Isabel Balseiro | Tobias Hecht

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

This diverse collection of short stories reveals South Africa through the eyes of its writers, including Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee and Alan Paton. (SAF236, $14.95)

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 No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency


by Alexander McCall Smith

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 235 PAGES

The delightful introduction to Botswana's formidable female detective, evoking the cultures, customs and texture of Africa. (BOT10, $13.95)

African Safari, Into the Great Game Reserves

African Safari, Into the Great Game Reserves


by Peter and Beverly Pickford

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 300 PAGES

With a traveler's notebook, essays and color photographs of Africa, its people, landscapes and wildlife, this dazzling photographic journey captures the adventure of safari. (AFR260, $49.95)

Okavango, Jewel of the Kalahari

Okavango, Jewel of the Kalahari


by Karen Ross

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES

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)

The Last Lions

The Last Lions


by Dereck & Beverly Joubert

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Dereck and Beverly Joubert track Ma di Tau (Mother of Lions) and her three newborns in the Okavango in this companion book to the National Geographic film. The book, like the documentary, was photographed around Duba Plains Camp, in northern Botswana. (BOT41, $24.00)

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart


by Peter Godwin | Chris Johns

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 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)

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa


by Chris Stuart

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Featuring 475 large color photographs, this compact, comprehensive guide covers all the mammals of Southern Africa in splendid detail. (SAF193, $31.00)

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)

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa


by Kenneth Newman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 538 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

This commemorative 10th edition celebrates the late author with a fully revised and updated version. Edits were done by his daughter, Vanessa Newman, to reflect the latest research, taxonomy and common names. (SAF29, $26.00)

Southern African Birds, A Photographic Guide

Southern African Birds, A Photographic Guide


by Ian Sinclair

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Lightweight and handy for the field, this pocket guide to the 265 most conspicuous birds south of the Zambezi River includes color photographs, brief descriptions and range maps. (SAF14, $15.95)

Southern African Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

Southern African Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide


by Mike Unwin

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

A popular photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text. (SAF131, $26.99)

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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