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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
  • 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)

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)

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)

Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Map

Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • MAP

A colorful shaded relief map at a scale of 1:2,000,000. (EAF35, $14.95)

 
Kenya & Northern Tanzania (Serengeti) Map

Kenya & Northern Tanzania (Serengeti) Map


by Nelles

  • 2008
  • MAP

A detailed map (1:1,100,000) with inset maps of Lamu, Nairobi and Mombasa. (EAF07, $13.95)

Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania

Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania


by Chris McIntyre | Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 430 PAGES

A compact, practical overview of the history, wildlife and attractions of the Serengeti and surrounding parks, including Zanzibar. (EAF143, $24.99)

Culture Smart! Tanzania

Culture Smart! Tanzania


by Quintin Winks

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This pocket guide introduces local customs, etiquette and culture. (EAF208, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Kenya

Eyewitness Guide Kenya


by Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date; it's the guide to carry. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions, it also has an overview of parks and habitats and a 50-page field guide. (EAF356, $25.00)

Lonely Planet Swahili Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Swahili Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

A pocket phrasebook, dictionary and language guide for the traveler to East Africa. (EAF96, $9.99)

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, 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)

Kenya

Kenya


by Michael Poliza

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

Alternating aerial shots with dramatic landscapes, vivid animal studies and portraits of the Maasai, Poliza's latest stunning book captures the spirit of Kenya and its people. (EAF380, $95.00)

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)

No Picnic on Mount Kenya

No Picnic on Mount Kenya


by Felice Benuzzi

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

This daring tale of the author's escape from a prisoner of war camp to climb Mount Kenya is not just great reading. Benuzzi's account of landscapes, animals and habitats encountered on his way could also be of interest to anyone contemplating scaling the peak. (EAF59, $16.95)

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)

I Dreamed of Africa

I Dreamed of Africa


by Kuki Gallman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES

This bestseller is a highly personal account of tragedy and magic in Kenya. Italian-born Gallman tells of her move to Ol Ari Nyiro, a ranch set in the highland plain in the shadow of Mount Kenya. (EAF23, $17.00)

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)

Out of Africa

Out of Africa


by Isak Dinesen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 466 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The perennially best-selling tale of a naive young woman who leaves Denmark for East Africa, Dinesen's (AKA Karen Blixen) autobiography draws us into life on a struggling coffee plantation. It's a moving story inspired by a love for Kenya and its people. Includes the novella Shadows on the Grass. (EAF22, $15.00)

The Flame Trees of Thika

The Flame Trees of Thika


by Elsbeth Huxley

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

The classic account of a young woman's life as a pioneering settler in Thika, Kenya. Huxley looks back at her intrepid parents and the home they made together in Kenya's Highlands. (EAF24, $17.00)

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo


by John Henry Patterson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

A reprint of the remarkable 1907 tale of a Victorian adventurer (and later game warden) who set out to build the Mombasa to Uganda railway, a project much confounded when two lions ate much of the work force. (EAF80, $18.95)

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro


by Rick Ridgeway

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Ridgeway recounts his walk from Mount Kilimanjaro across Tsavo National Park to the Indian Ocean in the company of Iain Allan (and an armed guard). It's a perceptive overview of Kenya, its wildlife and conservation by an appreciative observer. (EAF61, $19.99)

The Tree Where Man Was Born

The Tree Where Man Was Born


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Maasai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathiessen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti. (EAF27, $17.00)

The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior

The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior


by Ole Saitoti

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Bridging several worlds with tremendous grace, Saitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai, both as spokesperson for his tribe and as one of the first Maasai safari guides. (EAF29, $27.95)

Too Close to the Sun

Too Close to the Sun


by Sara Wheeler

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

Sara Wheeler captures the romance and adventure of 1920s-era East Africa in this winning biography of Denys Finch Hatton, the handsome gadabout, daring bush pilot and companion of Baroness Blixen and Beryl Markham. (EAF172, $18.00)

Unbowed, A Memoir

Unbowed, A Memoir


by Wangari Maathai

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

The remarkable life story of Nobel Prize-winning Wangari, the founder Kenya's Green Belt Movement who has spent a lifetime fighting for women's rights and the environment. Forty million trees have been planted in Kenya. (EAF167, $16.00)

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, A Novel

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, A Novel


by Nicholas Drayson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Drayson draws on his time in Nairobi for this sweet novel about East Africa society -- revolving, naturally, around birding and the Hunt Ball at the Asadi Club. Reality intervenes in the shape of renegade Somalis. (EAF195, $14.95)

Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1935
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

Hemingway paints the true story of his ramblings on safari in this classic, exquisitely written tale of hunting around Lake Manyara, which includes some of the best writing on the land itself and original pencil drawings. (EAF25, $16.00)

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener


by John Le Carre

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

Le Carre opens this nail-biting thriller set in contemporary Kenya with the murder of an idealistic young woman -- en route to deliver major news to Richard Leakey. (EAF382, $16.00)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Snows of Kilimanjaro


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 156 PAGES

Set in Africa, this collection of 10 prime Hemingway stories includes not just the famous title story but also The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, a chilling masterpiece about an American couple on a big game safari. (EAF26, $14.00)

Africa, The Serengeti

Africa, The Serengeti


by George Casey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • DVD
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

James Earl Jones narrates this dazzling 40-minute IMAX documentary of the migration of wildebeest in the Serengeti and Masai Mara. (EAF120, $19.99)

Born Free, A Lioness of Two Worlds

Born Free, A Lioness of Two Worlds


by Joy Adamson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES
  • YOUNG ADULTS

The 40th anniversary edition of Adamson's enduring tale set in Kenya's northern frontier district. (AFR186, $16.00)

Serengeti Spy

Serengeti Spy


by Anup Shah

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 204 PAGES

A hoof-level view of the Masai Mara and Serengeti. Photographer Anup Shah lets the wildlife reveal themselves, placing small remote cameras at watering holes, outcrops and other strategic spots. The ground-level perspective is as surprising as it is clever, putting you face-to-face with lion and cheetah and wildebeest and all the creatures in action across the plains. (EAF396, $40.00)

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)

The Fossil Trail, How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution

The Fossil Trail, How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution


by Ian Tattersall

  • SCIENCE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This balanced and thought-provoking survey examines how significant fossil finds and new theories have been used by scientists to trace the path of human evolution. (ATP08, $39.95)

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)

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 Kenya and Northern Tanzania

Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania


by Dale Zimmerman | Donald Turner | David Pearson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

Ideal for the Serengeti, this field guide features 124 stunning color plates. (FG39, $35.00)

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)

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