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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

 
Kenya Adventure Map

Kenya Adventure Map


by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

This double-sided, water- and tear-resistant map in the growing series shows Kenya at a scale of 1:1,040,000. (EAF97, $11.95)

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)

Swahili, A Language Map

Swahili, A Language Map


by Kristine K. Kershul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2010
  • MAP
  • 1 PAGES

This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly-needed words and phrases. (EAF362, $7.95)

Culture Smart! Kenya

Culture Smart! Kenya


by Jane Barsby

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (EAF177, $9.95)

Insight Guide Kenya

Insight Guide Kenya


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

A thoroughly illustrated survey of the country, its people, history and wildlife. It includes an overview of individual national parks and conservation areas, as well as excellent maps. (EAF60, $22.99)

Lonely Planet Kenya

Lonely Planet Kenya


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • COMING IN JULY

A practical guide in the popular series, featuring plenty of maps, tips and basic sightseeing information. (EAF442, $26.99)

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)

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)

African Heroes, Samburu-Maasai

African Heroes, Samburu-Maasai


by Matteo Guzzini

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

Guzzini captures the rituals and travels of the mysterious Masaai communities of Tanzania and Kenya in beautiful, untouched photographs that honor the people and their land. (EAF415, $55.00)

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 Fortunes of Africa, A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor

The Fortunes of Africa, A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor


by Martin Meredith

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 704 PAGES

Covering the epic story of colonialism in Africa, Meredith's magisterial history depicts empire-hungry kings, missionaries, tribal warlords, mining barons -- even modern multinational corporations. An expansive but entertaining read. (AFR327, $35.00)

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)

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)

Love, Life and Elephants

Love, Life and Elephants


by Daphne Sheldrick

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Orphans' Nursery in Nairobi National Park and, with her late husband, warden of Tsavo National Park, Daphne Shedrick writes with humor and passion of a life devoted to conservation, including tales of a host of personable orphans. (EAF392, $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)

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)

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)

Nowhere in Africa

Nowhere in Africa


by Stefan Zweig

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 291 PAGES

Sweig's frankly autobiographical tale of fleeing the Nazis for a life in rural Kenya in 1938 is based on his experience as a German Jewish refugee. (EAF391, $23.00)

The Clouds Beneath the Sun

The Clouds Beneath the Sun


by Mackenzie Ford

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A rousing good read, authentic setting and morally ambiguous plot make this latest novel by Mackenzie Ford, nom de plume of historian Peter Watson, a winner. Mackenzie brings real depth and authority to this novel of a young archaeologist in Kenya in the turbulent 1960s. (EAF367, $16.95)

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)

Africa, The Serengeti

Africa, The Serengeti


by George Casey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • DVD

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

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)

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)

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)

Animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area


by Vicki Kennedy | Adam Scott Kennedy

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

This guide compiled by safari guides Adam and Vicki Kennedy and local experts, features 89 species of mammal and reptile the traveler is likely to find. Featuring 146 stunning color photos, insights into behavioral habits and tips on how to locate specific animals. (EAF419, $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)

Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro

Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro


by Adam Scott Kennedy

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Featuring a habitat-based approach to more than 270 bird species, this handy guide to fowl in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Speke Gulf includes 480 color photos and accessible text. (EAF417, $27.95)

East Africa Birds, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

East Africa Birds, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • COMING IN APRIL

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 120 birds often seen in East Africa's forests, wetlands, marshes, deserts and coastlines. (EAF443, $6.95)

East Africa Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals

East Africa Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • COMING IN APRIL

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features the creatures often seen in the legendary Serengeti and Maasai Mara reserves and beyond. (EAF444, $6.95)

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)

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals


by Jonathan Kingdon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 476 PAGES
  • COMING IN APRIL

This stunningly-illustrated, comprehensive field guide by a leading authority includes over 500 of Kingdon's exquisite color paintings. Fully revised and updated with more than 1,100 species. (AFR32, $49.50)

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