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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)

Eyewitness Guide South Africa

Eyewitness Guide South Africa

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (SAF138, $27.00)

Southern Africa Map

Southern Africa Map

by Nelles

  • 2016
  • MAP
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Scaled at 1:2,500,000, this shaded relief map covers South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and southern portions of Angola, Zambia and Mozambique. (SAF09, $13.95)

 
Cape Town and Region Adventure Map

Cape Town and Region Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • 2010
  • MAP

This double-sided map includes Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park and other reserves south to Cape of Good Hope. (SAF161, $11.95)

South Africa Adventure Map

South Africa Adventure Map


by National Geographic Society

  • 2011
  • MAP

This handy double-sided and detailed travel map of South Africa is printed on water and tear-resistant paper. Scale 1:1,550,000. (SAF28, $11.95)

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)

The Reef Guide, Southern Africa's East and South Coasts

The Reef Guide, Southern Africa's East and South Coasts


by Dennis King

  • REFERENCE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

For explorers of Africa's coastlines, this is a convenient identification guide to carry. Includes over 600 full-color photographs and essential information. (SAF338, $28.95)

Time Out Cape Town

Time Out Cape Town


by Time Out

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Compact, informative and lively, this outstanding guide covers where to go and what to do in Cape Town and surroundings. (SAF164, $19.95)

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)

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 SAF31) 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)

Learning Zulu, A Secret History of Language in South Africa

Learning Zulu, A Secret History of Language in South Africa


by Mark Sanders

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES

A potent mixture of autobiography, cultural portrait and history, Sanders' scholarly tour de force explores the story of the Zulu language and its unique place in South Africa today. (SAF374, $39.95)

Playing the Enemy, Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

Playing the Enemy, Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation


by John Carlin

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

Carlin vividly documents how Mandela used the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite South Africa. (SAF240, $17.00)

The Fate of Africa

The Fate of Africa


by Martin Meredith

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 792 PAGES

Ambitious in scope, immensely readable -- and as big as a doorstop -- Martin Meredith's blockbuster country-by-country overview of the tumult in Africa since independence is now revised and updated to reflect recent events. (AFR154, $23.99)

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
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 784 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, $21.99)

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)

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)

Hidden Cape Town

Hidden Cape Town


by Paul Duncan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

This unique journey behind the facades of South Africa's most interesting landmarks is both an architectural and cultural study. It includes over 300 photographs and informative text. (SAF336, $39.95)

South African Art, A Nation's Heritage

South African Art, A Nation's Heritage


by John Giblin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

Giblin's chronological exploration of South African art begins with prehistoric artifacts and ends in 1990. He discusses the contemporary art scene, the influence of settlers on artists, the Resistance Art movement and much more. (SAF396, $55.00)

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)

I Married a Travel Junkie

I Married a Travel Junkie


by Samuel Jay Keyser

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

Our reluctant traveler -- professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, Samual Jay Keyser chronicles his terrifying adventures to the Serengeti, Bwindi and other awful places with his gung-ho wife of 15 years in this ode to adventurous travel. (TVL549, $14.95)

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)

Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage


by Richard Stengel

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 243 PAGES

Time magazine editor Stengel, who collaborated with Mandela on his bestselling autobiography, distills Mandela's wisdom into 15 vital life lessons that have the power to deepen lives. (SAF324, $24.00)

Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom


by Nelson Mandela

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

The companion book to the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom sets Mandela's own words alongside interviews of friends and family and archival photos. With behind-the-scenes photos and an inside look at making the film. (SAF331, $35.00)

Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend

Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend


by Christo Brand

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

The man who guarded Mandela for 12 years at Robben Island Prison, Warrant Officer Christo Brand, shares the story of prison life in South Africa and his unlikely friendship with the nation's most infamous inmate. (SAF359, $26.99)

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)

Cobra

Cobra


by Deon Meyer

  • MYSTERY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

A page-turning thriller presenting Captain Benny Griessel and his elite South African crime squad as they attempt to catch "Cobra", a specially trained killer who may be working for the CIA. (SAF345, $26.00)

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)

Disgrace

Disgrace


by J.M. Coetzee

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Set in Cape Town and on a remote farm in the Eastern Cape, Coetzee's searing novel explores the devastating realities of racial politics in post-apartheid South Africa. Winner of the Booker Prize. (SAF89, $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, $15.00)

My Son's Story

My Son's Story


by Nadine Gordimer

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A complex story of the effects of apartheid on one black family in a segregated township near Johannesburg. (SAF77, $16.00)

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 Conservationist

The Conservationist


by Nadine Gordimer

  • LITERATURE
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Gordimer's subtle Booker Prize-winning novel portrays a wealthy South African industrialist who struggles to preserve his way of life, his power and his possessions in the face of massive injustice. (SAF218, $16.00)

The Power of One

The Power of One


by Bryce Courtenay

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

This riveting novel tells of the coming-of-age of a six-year-old English boy in South Africa during the darkest days of largely pro-Nazi South Africa, based on the author's childhood. (SAF26, $16.00)

The South Africa Reader, History, Culture, Politics

The South Africa Reader, History, Culture, Politics


by Thomas McClendon | Clifton Crais

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

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

Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians


by J.M. Coetzee

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A modern classic, this early novel by Nobel Laureate Coetzee centers on the crisis of conscience and morality of a magistrate, a loyal servant of the empire working in a tiny frontier town, doing his best to ignore an inevitable war with the "barbarians." (SAF150, $17.00)

Big Five of Africa

Big Five of Africa


by Gerald Hinde

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 143 PAGES

Award-winning wildlife photographer Gerald Hinde's stunning photographs celebrate Africa's lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalos. Brief but informative text introduces each animal but the photographs (rightly) are the main focus. Size: 8 x 8 inches. (AFR241, $20.00)

500 Common Bird Calls in Southern Africa

500 Common Bird Calls in Southern Africa


by Doug Newman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 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)

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 Kruger National Park

Animals of Kruger National Park


by Keith Barnes

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES
  • COMING IN AUGUST

In accessible text and 200 color photos, this Princeton field guide covers the most common animals of South Africa's iconic conservation area. (SAF376, $27.95)

Birds of Kruger National Park

Birds of Kruger National Park


by Keith Barnes

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN AUGUST

Organized by habitat, this easily portable field guide boasts 520 species of South African birds. A great companion to the iconic conservation area. (SAF375, $27.95)

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, $28.95)

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)

Pocket Guide Wild Flowers of South Africa

Pocket Guide Wild Flowers of South Africa


by Braam Van Wyk

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

Featuring distribution maps, fun facts and color photographs, this field guide covers 260 flowers native to South Africa. It's organized by flower color for quick field identification. (SAF392, $11.95)

South Africa Birds

South Africa Birds


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 12 PAGES

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 140 creatures often seen in South Africa. (SAF378, $7.95)

South Africa Wildlife

South Africa Wildlife


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 12 PAGES

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features 140 creatures often seen in South Africa. (SAF377, $7.95)

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 Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals


by Jonathan Kingdon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

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)

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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