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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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Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa

by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 304 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. Originally published in 1935. (EAF25, $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)

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 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)

Northern Tanzania Map

Northern Tanzania Map

by Ma Company (Tanzania)

  • MAP

A colorful, hand-drawn map at a scale of 1:1.4 million shows popular game parks and reserves, including Tsavo, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngornogoro, Tarangire and Kilimanjaro. (EAF154, $14.95)

 
Serengeti National Park Map

Serengeti National Park Map


by Ma Company (Tanzania)

  • MAP

This detailed, full-color sketch map of the Serengeti ecosystem includes camps, lodges, watercourses, habitat and topography. (EAF130, $14.95)

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)

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)

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)

Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar

Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar


by Emily Ruete

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

Born Princess Salme in the Sultan's court on Zanzibar, the author wrote this book for her children in the 1800s as a tribute to the island. It is rich in details of a long-lost way of life, recalling the time when the sultans reigned on Zanzibar. (EAF44, $10.95)

North of South, An African Journey

North of South, An African Journey


by Shiva Naipaul

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1979
  • PAPER
  • 349 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A sharp portrait of Africa, circa 1979. A brilliant and provocative observer, Naipaul meditates on the various peoples he encounters in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. The best, most insightful thing we've read about race relations in Africa. (EAF28, $17.00)

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)

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)

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)

Elephant Memories, Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family

Elephant Memories, Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family


by Cynthia Moss

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 364 PAGES

A tribute to the elephants in Kenya's Amboseli National Park by Cynthia Moss, founder and director of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project. Moss writes with authority and verve about her favorite creatures. (EAF79, $22.50)

African Wildlife

African Wildlife


by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

A laminated foldout guide illustrating almost 150 species of African animals, designed for quick reference in the field. (AFR109, $6.95)

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)

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)

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)

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