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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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Lonely Planet East Africa

Lonely Planet East Africa

by Hugh Finlay

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 664 PAGES

This practical guide to East Africa features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature. Covers Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania. (EAF81, $32.99)

The Impenetrable Forest

The Impenetrable Forest

by Thor Hanson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 286 PAGES

Hanson recounts his time in the peace corps in Uganda and his work to establish a gorilla trekking program in the Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest, home to not just half of the world's mountain gorillas but also to chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, elephants, giant forest hogs and rare forest birds. (UGD10, $24.95)

Rwanda/Burundi Map

Rwanda/Burundi Map

by ITMB

  • 2007
  • MAP

A detailed, folded map of Rwanda and Burundi. (CAF27, $12.95)

Uganda Map

Uganda Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

A detailed physical map (scale 1:800,000) of Uganda, featuring city and national park insets, also covering part of Rwanda. (UGD01, $11.95)

Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

by Dian Fossey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

Fossey's highly personal, detailed account of the ecology and behavior of the mountain gorilla of Virunga based on her 13 years among "the greatest of the great apes." (UGD05, $15.95)

 
Bradt Guide Rwanda

Bradt Guide Rwanda


by Janice Booth | Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Part of the British series, this practical, detailed travel guide to Rwanda focuses on nature (especially gorillas), history and culture (CAF25, $27.99)

Bradt Guide Uganda

Bradt Guide Uganda


by Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

This informative, compact guide provides an excellent overview of Uganda's history, culture and natural history. With photographs, maps and travel information. (UGD07, $27.99)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

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: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles


by Richard Dowden

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

Africa editor of The Independent and The Economist, Richard Dowden draws on decades of experience in this multi-faceted, vivid portrait of contemporary Africa -- an Africa that, Dowden effectively argues, can only be developed by its own people. (AFR242, $19.95)

Mountain Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas


by Gene Eckhart

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Featuring 200 intimate color photographs, this up-to-date, captivating portrait reveals the gorillas of Bwindi National Forest and Virunga Volcanoes, their biology, status and hope. (UGD17, $37.95)

The Blue Sweater, Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

The Blue Sweater, Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World


by Jacqueline Novogratz

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

Inspired by the discovery of a boy in Rwanda wearing her own blue sweater (name tag still sewed inside) 11 years after she donated it to Goodwill, Novogratz relates the inspiring story of the creation of the trailblazing Acumen Fund, invests in sustainable enterprises in the developing world, and her work empowering the power around the globe. (AFR295, $15.99)

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)

The Shadow of the Sun

The Shadow of the Sun


by Ryszard Kapuscinski | Klara Glowczewska

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 325 PAGES

The veteran journalist looks back on his three decade-long odyssey through Africa in this classic, remarkable memoir. Kapuscinski captures the impossible extremes of the continent, recounting its beauty and brutality with an unfailing generosity of spirit. (AFR88, $16.00)

The White Nile

The White Nile


by Alan Moorehead

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 431 PAGES

This lively history of the Victorian search for the source of the Nile includes the extraordinary tales of Burton and Speke, not to mention the famous meeting of Livingstone and Stanley. The narrative includes vivid descriptions of Zanzibar, the last days of Khartoum and the building of the Suez Canal. (EGY79, $14.99)

Uganda: Tarnished Pearl of Africa

Uganda: Tarnished Pearl of Africa


by Thomas P. Ofcansky

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An analyst for East Africa in the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Ofcansky examines the political, social and cultural history of contemporary Uganda in this succinct, well-considered scholarly survey. (UGD15, $37.00)

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, Stories From Rwanda

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, Stories From Rwanda


by Philip Gourevitch

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 355 PAGES

The gut-wrenching story of Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, looking backward from the horrific genocide of 1994 to deep-seated historical causes (and Western inaction). Gourevitch offers both an insightful chronicle and extraordinary stories in this award-winning report. (CAF26, $17.00)

A School for My Village

A School for My Village


by Kaguri Twesigye Jackson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER

Kaguri returns home to Uganda to found the Nyaka and Kutamba AIDS Orphans schools. (UGD27, $16.00)

First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria, How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third-World Adventure Changed My Life

First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria, How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third-World Adventure Changed My Life


by Eve Brown-waite

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

An honest and humorous first-hand account of a pampered city girl's unlikely transformation into a Peace Corps worker and her misadventures along the way, as she confronts intestinal parasites, rat-infested toilets and her own prejudices in Ecuador and Uganda. (UGD23, $14.00)

Land of a Thousand Hills, My Life in Rwanda

Land of a Thousand Hills, My Life in Rwanda


by Rosamond Halsey Carr

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

Carr's thrilling memoir is a testament to her life in Rwanda -- a love affair with a country and a people that has spanned half a century. Following 1994's Hutu-Tutsi genocide, the author turned her flower plantation into a shelter for the lost and orphaned children. (CAF46, $18.00)

Left to Tell, Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Left to Tell, Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust


by Immaculee Ilibagiza

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 215 PAGES

Ilibagiza tells the story of her survival, the murder of her family during the 1994 slaughter in Rwanda -- and her faith in the prayer in this powerful memoir. (CAF54, $14.95)

Out of America, A Black Man Confronts Africa

Out of America, A Black Man Confronts Africa


by Keith B. Richburg

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 258 PAGES

A tough, provocative account by a journalist who was based in Nairobi from 1991-1994 and covered murder, war and coups in Liberia, Rwanda and Somalia. (AFR134, $16.99)

The Wizard of the Nile, The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted

The Wizard of the Nile, The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted


by Matthew Green

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

A British journalist with experience in East Africa, Green journeys up the White Nile in Uganda to report on Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army, which has terrorized Uganda for two decades. (UGD26, $20.00)

The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland


by Giles Foden

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A lurid, darkly humorous novel based on the desperate last days of the rule of Idi Amin in Uganda. The book is rich in detail of not only the lunacy of a failing despot, but also of everyday life -- especially among the expatriates. (UGD08, $14.00)

Among African Apes

Among African Apes


by Christophe Boesch | Martha Robbins

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

Robbins and Boesch tell the compelling stories of wild apes and the researchers who study them, including field research in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Ivindo National Park in Gabon and the Tai National Park in Cote d'Ivoire. With some photographs. (UGD25, $21.95)

Among the Great Apes, Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives

Among the Great Apes, Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives


by Paul Raffaele

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

Acclaimed nature journalist Raffaele's epic journey to survey the last remaining great apes living in the wild takes him from the orangutans of Borneo to the central African highlands where he gets up close with mountain gorillas, chimps and bonobos. (SCI306, $15.99)

Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes

Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes


by Pamela S. Turner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 48 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

An illustrated overview of the work of Dr. Felicia Nutter and the Rwanda's Mountain Gorilla Project, geared for grades five to eight. With excellent color photographs throughout. (UGD14, $9.99)

In the Kingdom of Gorillas, Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land

In the Kingdom of Gorillas, Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land


by Bill Weber | Amy Vedder

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A gripping account of conservation, ecology and politics in Rwanda's Virunga Mountains by the husband-and-wife team who worked with Dian Fossey in the 1970s. (UGD11, $23.99)

The Myth of Wild Africa

The Myth of Wild Africa


by Jonathan Adams | Thomas McShane

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

The authors, associated with the World Wildlife Fund, demolish the romantic fallacy of an untouched continent where animals roam freely in sanctuaries. It's a no-holds-barred critique of old-style conservation in Africa. (AFR15, $29.95)

The Year of the Gorilla

The Year of the Gorilla


by George Schaller

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

A vivid tale of adventures among the gorillas of the Virunga volcanoes of Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda -- a wonderful account of field work under trying circumstances by a great wildlife biologist. (UGD03, $29.00)

Through a Window, My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe

Through a Window, My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe


by Jane Goodall

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

The now-classic account of Jane Goodall's research into the life of the chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. (EAF42, $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)

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)

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)

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)

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