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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

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)

Insight Guide Kenya

Insight Guide Kenya

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

A thoroughly illustrated survey of the country, its people, history and wildlife. It includes an overview of individual national parks and conservation areas, as well as excellent maps. (EAF60, $22.99)

Kenya Adventure Map

Kenya Adventure Map

by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

This double-sided, water- and tear-resistant map in the growing series shows Kenya at a scale of 1:1,040,000. (EAF97, $11.95)

Origins Reconsidered, In Search of What Makes Us Human

Origins Reconsidered, In Search of What Makes Us Human

by Richard Leakey | Roger Lewin

  • SCIENCE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A personal account of hominid evolution, looking back at the evidence and conclusions from the original 1977 book "Origins," augmented with a thoughtful consideration of what makes us human. (ATP07, $17.95)

 
Ethiopia Map

Ethiopia Map


by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

Color shaded relief map of Ethiopia at a scale of 1:2,000,000, featuring an inset of central Adis Ababa, and an index of place names. (ETP14, $12.00)

Bradt Guide Ethiopia

Bradt Guide Ethiopia


by Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 614 PAGES

A region-by-region overview of the country with brief introductory chapters on wildlife, culture and history for the traveler. Includes 65 maps and a section of color photographs. (ETP05, $26.99)

Culture Smart! Ethiopia

Culture Smart! Ethiopia


by Sarah Howard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person. (ETP41, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Kenya

Culture Smart! Kenya


by Jane Barsby

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (EAF177, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook


by Tilahun Gabriel

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

A handy phrasebook for Amharic basics. This guide focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (ETP06, $8.99)

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)

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)

Layers of Time: A History of Ethiopia

Layers of Time: A History of Ethiopia


by Paul Henze

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 372 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A concise history of Ethiopia by a U.S. government officer in Addis Ababa in the 1960s. Henze has remained involved in Ethiopian affairs as a writer, consultant and frequent visitor. (ETP21, $41.00)

The Blue Nile

The Blue Nile


by Alan Moorehead

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In this grand history of exploration and events on the great river from 1798 to 1869, Moorehead follows the course of the Blue Nile from the Ethiopian highlands through Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean. (EGY67, $14.99)

The Ethiopians

The Ethiopians


by Richard Pankhurst | Barbara Pankhurst

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 299 PAGES

An outstanding survey of Ethiopian political history and culture from pre-history to 1991 by a leading scholar. (ETP20, $48.95)

Lucy, The Beginnings of Humankind

Lucy, The Beginnings of Humankind


by Maitland Armstrong Edey | Donald Johanson

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 409 PAGES

The original, influential account of the thrilling discovery of Lucy in 1974 and the impact of the discovery on ideas about human evolution. (ATP06, $17.00)

Ancestral Passions, The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings

Ancestral Passions, The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings


by Virginia Morell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

A biography of the Leakey family, documenting their discoveries and their vast contributions to the field of paleontology. The Leakeys have been instrumental in tracing human origins to East Africa. (EAF76, $38.95)

Dreams in a Time of War, A Childhood Memoir

Dreams in a Time of War, A Childhood Memoir


by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Thiong'o captures the landscape, people and culture of rural Kenya in this memoir of growing up through WWII and Kenya's fight for independence in a family with four wives and more than 20 children. (EAF375, $15.00)

In Search of King Solomon's Mines

In Search of King Solomon's Mines


by Tahir Shah

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A man with a passion for tracking down oddball legends and impossible stories, Shah tackles, in this rollicking account, Ethiopia and the legendary home of the Queen of Sheba. (ETP28, $14.95)

My Maasai Life, From Suburbia to Savannah

My Maasai Life, From Suburbia to Savannah


by Robin Wiszowaty

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Wiszowaty's lively memoir of leaving suburban Illinois to join a Maasai community in rural Kenya (where she hauled water, evaded giraffes and lived in a tiny hut with her adoptive family) provides a unique glimpse into the traditions, challenges and unexpected beauty of life in a contemporary Maasai village. (EAF365, $22.95)

Notes from the Hyena's Belly, An Ethiopian Boyhood

Notes from the Hyena's Belly, An Ethiopian Boyhood


by Nega Mezlekia

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

A memoir of childhood in Ethiopia after the downfall of Emperor Haile Selassie. Mezlekia, who was born in Jigiga in 1958, chronicles his early childhood, youthful political activism and conscription into a guerilla army. (ETP26, $18.00)

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)

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)

Animals of the Masai Mara

Animals of the Masai Mara


by Adam Scott Kennedy

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This photo guide by two safari guides focuses on the lions, cheetah, leopards, zebra, giraffe and other celebrated wildlife. (EAF394, $27.95)

Birds of the Masai Mara

Birds of the Masai Mara


by Adam Scott Kennedy

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Kennedy's compact guide, full of local knowledge on habitats and birding spots, features 300 color photographs. (EAF395, $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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