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Wildlife Adventure in Namibia

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The Wildlife of Southern Africa, A Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region

The Wildlife of Southern Africa, A Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region

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)

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 Namibia

Bradt Guide Namibia

by Chris McIntyre

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

From the desolate Skeleton Coast to the lush Kavango and Caprivi Strip to the picturesque capital of Windhoek, Bradt has it covered. (NMB06, $26.99)

Namibia Map

Namibia Map

by Reise Know How

  • 2009
  • MAP

A folded, indexed road map of Namibia, showing all major and many minor roads, cities and towns, at a scale of 1:1,200,000. (SAF06, $14.95)

 
Safari Planning Map, East & Southern Africa

Safari Planning Map, East & Southern Africa


by The Africa Adventure Company

  • 2014
  • MAP

This large-scale colorful map covers the top safari countries and important wildlife reserves of East and Southern Africa. With enlargements of key regions like Northern Tanzania, Southern Kenya and Northern Botswana to Victoria Falls, the map includes information on planning your safari and climate graphs. (SAF340, $11.95)

500 Common Bird Calls in Southern Africa

500 Common Bird Calls in Southern Africa


by Doug Newman

  • REFERENCE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

Accounting for each species of southern African songbird, their songs, similar-sounding species, favored habitats and ranges, this reference is ideal for the voyaging birder. Includes a CD of bird calls. (AFR317, $23.00)

Culture Smart! Namibia

Culture Smart! Namibia


by Sharri Whiting

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER

A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (NMB22, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Botswana & Namibia

Lonely Planet Botswana & Namibia


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

An informative practical guide to Botswana and its attractions, including nearby Victoria Falls. (BOT14, $28.99)

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)

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)

Don't Look Behind You!

Don't Look Behind You!


by Peter Allison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Subtitled A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos, this sequel to Allison's Whatever You Do, Don't Run includes more harrowing, hilarious adventures throughout Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique. (SAF252, $16.95)

The Healing Land, The Bushmen and the Kalahari Desert

The Healing Land, The Bushmen and the Kalahari Desert


by Rupert Isaacson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 278 PAGES

A powerful account of the ancient traditions of the Kalahari Bushmen and the very contemporary struggle of a people who have been displaced from their land. (SAF135, $13.00)

The Burning Shore

The Burning Shore


by Wilbur Smith

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 632 PAGES

An epic tale of romance, survival and daring set in Southwestern Africa (aka Namibia) by the master of South African pulp fiction. (NMB12, $8.99)

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo


by Peter Orner

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER

Set in 1991 at a school in the middle of a Namibian desert, soon after independence from South Africa, Orner's hypnotic debut novel revolves around a young American teacher's captivating and beautiful co-worker, Mavala Shikongo. (NMB15, $13.99)

Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast


by Amy Schoeman

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

This revised edition of Shoenman's classic, first published in 1971, shows the magnificent landscapes, wildlife and nature of the Namib desert, Skeleton Coast and Northwest Namibia in 160 color essays and accompanying essays on geology, climate, nature and history. (NMB08, $54.00)

Soul of a Lion, One Woman's Quest to Rescue Africa's Wildlife Refugees

Soul of a Lion, One Woman's Quest to Rescue Africa's Wildlife Refugees


by Barbara Bennett

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Bennett recounts with affection and humor her volunteer sabbatical at Namibia's Harnas Wildlife Foundation, where she worked with orphaned, injured and abandoned wild animals alongside Harnas' inspiring founder, Marieta van der Merwe. (NAM59, $26.00)

The Black Rhinos of Namibia, Searching for Survivors in the African Desert

The Black Rhinos of Namibia, Searching for Survivors in the African Desert


by Rick Bass

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Bass' lifelong search for rare and iconic animals takes him into the harsh terrain of the Namib desert on the trail of the rare black rhino. With insightful prose, Bass tells the story of the rhinos -- brought back from near-extinction thanks to cutting edge conservation. (EXP98, $14.95)

The Elephant's Secret Sense, The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa

The Elephant's Secret Sense, The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa


by Caitlin O'Connell

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

O'Connell chronicles the extraordinary social lives of elephants in Etosha National Park with this powerful account of a 14-year study. (NMB20, $15.00)

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. Includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps. (EAF128, $25.95)

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)

Southern African Mammals Made Simple

Southern African Mammals Made Simple


by Doug Newman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 104 PAGES

Profiling 115 mammals common to Southern Africa, many of which (bat-eared fox, oribi, hartebeest) are not found anywhere else. The guide offers a three-step, foolproof process for identifying similar-looking species. (SAF342, $18.00)

The Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa

The Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa


by Ian Sinclair

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Featuring beautiful illustrations, calendar bars and distribution maps, the newly revised Struik guide to Southern African birds is a local bestseller. (SAF343, $32.00)

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