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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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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)

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 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)

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)

 
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)

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 Taï National Park in Côte 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)

Disneynature Chimpanzee


by Alastair Fothergill

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • DVD

Set in Tai rainforest on Africa's Ivory Coast, this Disney wildlife documentary follows the story of a three-year-old African chimpanzee named Oscar who is adopted by the leader of his group when a rival attack leaves him orphaned. (CAF59, $26.99)

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)

Jane Goodall, 50 Years at Gombe

Jane Goodall, 50 Years at Gombe


by Jane Goodall

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

This illustrated portrait published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Goodall's groundbreaking chimpanzee research at Gombe. (AFR268, $29.95)

Jungles

Jungles


by Frans Lanting | Christine Eckstrom

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

The wildlife of Central America, the Congo, Amazon, Borneo and Madagascar are all featured in this portfolio of 120 extraordinary color photographs. (AMZ65, $19.99)

Okavango, Africa's Last Eden

Okavango, Africa's Last Eden


by Frans Lanting

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 168 PAGES

Lanting captures the wildlife and habitats of the Okavango, focusing on the wetlands. Additional chapters cover an island oasis in the Kalahari, elephants and the people of the region. This book won Lanting the BBC Photographer of the Year award. (SAF01, $39.99)

Penguin

Penguin


by Frans Lanting

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 168 PAGES

Lanting loitered among the Magellanics, Rockhoppers and Gentoos of the Falklands, spent time with the King penguins of South Georgia and, famously, camped on the sea ice to follow the life cycle of the Emperor penguins and their young. (ANT117, $14.99)

The Behavior Guide to African Mammals

The Behavior Guide to African Mammals


by Richard Estes

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 611 PAGES

The 20th anniversary edition of Estes' authoritative overview of the ecology and behavior of African mammals is for serious-minded safari-goers and scientists alike. (AFR54, $41.95)

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)

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)

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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