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South Africa: Whitewater & Wildlife

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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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.

Essential Reading

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The Safari Companion

The Safari Companion

by Richard Estes

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES

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)

The Wildlife of Southern Africa

The Wildlife of Southern Africa

by Vincent Carruthers | Kenneth Newman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

With 1,200 color illustrations by a range of experts, this compact field guide includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish and plants that a traveler is likely to encounter in southern Africa. (SAF59, $28.00)

National Geographic South Africa

National Geographic South Africa

by David Lambkin

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Profusely illustrated and compact, this guide includes excellent information on history, nature and culture, with maps and color photography. (SAF224, $25.95)

 
Culture Smart! South Africa

Culture Smart! South Africa


by David Holt-Biddle

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This handy guide will help you navigate local customs, etiquette and culture. (SAF169, $9.95)

Top 10 Cape Town and the Winelands

Top 10 Cape Town and the Winelands


by Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. (SAF216, $14.00)

A History of South Africa

A History of South Africa


by Leonard Thompson

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A succinct history of South Africa, especially strong on early Africans and European colonization. (SAF101, $20.00)

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)

Beyond the Miracle, Inside the New South Africa

Beyond the Miracle, Inside the New South Africa


by Allister Sparks

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

The South African journalist (Tomorrow is Another Country), continues the tale of the transformation of South Africa and its accomplishments, failures and challenges in the decade following the collapse of apartheid. (SAF166, $20.00)

The Making of Modern South Africa, Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy

The Making of Modern South Africa, Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy


by Nigel Worden

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 198 PAGES

This well-researched, readable primer covers South African history from colonial conquest to the end of apartheid and beyond, with an updated chapter focusing on 1994 to 2007. Worden is a professor of history at the University of Cape Town. (SAF222, $38.95)

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart


by Peter Godwin | Chris Johns

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

This lush collection of full-color photographs tackles conservation, development and tradition in southern Africa. It's a well-illustrated portrait of the region by National Geographic photographer Johns and veteran journalist Godwin. (SAF130, $65.00)

Conversations With Myself

Conversations With Myself


by Nelson Mandela

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

Mandela draws on letters, notebooks and taped interviews for this account of a remarkable life. (SAF313, $18.00)

Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom


by Nelson Mandela

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela's autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout. (SAF15, $18.00)

No Future Without Forgiveness

No Future Without Forgiveness


by Desmond Tutu

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, Desmond Tutu writes with insight and compassion in this memoir of his work for reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. (SAF97, $16.99)

Cry, The Beloved Country

Cry, The Beloved Country


by Alan Paton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

The deeply moving story of Reverend Kumalo's quest for justice. First published in 1948, it is a striking, poetic tribute to the power of the individual and a trenchant indictment of apartheid. (SAF30, $16.00)

Life & Times of Michael K

Life & Times of Michael K


by J.M. Coetzee

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

Coetzee sets this short, hallucinatory novel, the powerful tale of a troubled boy, in South Africa in the midst of civil war. (SAF17, $14.00)

South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion

South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Isabel Balseiro | Tobias Hecht

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

This diverse collection of short stories reveals South Africa through the eyes of its writers, including Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee and Alan Paton. (SAF236, $14.95)

The South Africa Reader, History, Culture, Politics

The South Africa Reader, History, Culture, Politics


by Clifton Crais | Thomas McClendon

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

A rich guide to the traditions and politics of South Africa, this reader gathers diverse voices into one cultural potrait. Cartoons, songs and fiction are juxtaposed with iconic historical documents. (SAF327, $29.95)

African Safari, Into the Great Game Reserves

African Safari, Into the Great Game Reserves


by Peter and Beverly Pickford

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 300 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

With a traveler's notebook, essays and color photographs of Africa, its people, landscapes and wildlife, this dazzling photographic journey captures the adventure of safari. (AFR260, $49.95)

Giraffe Reflections

Giraffe Reflections


by Dale Peterson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 222 PAGES

A unique, comprehensive portrait of these most fascinating of African animals. In spite of their size, defensive abilities and graceful manner, giraffes may not survive this century, and here you will learn why. (AFR312, $39.95)

South Africa

South Africa


by Michael Poliza

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Poliza (Africa, Eyes Over Africa, AntARCTIC) reeled in several South African photographer friends for this vivid portrait of a nation, its people, cities and villages, landscapes and wildlife. (SAF288, $12.95)

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa


by Kenneth Newman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 538 PAGES

This commemorative 10th edition celebrates the late author with a fully revised and updated version. Edits were done by his daughter, Vanessa Newman, to reflect the latest research, taxonomy and common names. (SAF29, $26.00)

Wildlife of Southern Africa

Wildlife of Southern Africa


by Martin B. Withers

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This Princeton Pocket Guide, featuring 400 color photographs by Withers and co-author David Hosking, covers all the birds, mammals, lizards and insects you are likely to encounter. (SAF300, $19.95)

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