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South Africa

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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)

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)

Insight Guide South Africa

Insight Guide South Africa

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

South Africa is brought to life in hundreds of color photographs and vividly written essays by a team of experts. Panoramic in scope, the guide takes us from Johannesburg out into the veld, providing genuine insight into the history, nature and modern politics of this complex land. (SAF21, $24.99)

South Africa Map

South Africa Map

by Globetrotter

  • 2014
  • MAP
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Detailed maps of Cape Town, the Garden Route, Kruger and other popular spots are featured on the reverse of this country map. (SAF09, $9.95)

 
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)

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
  • 2009
  • 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), 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)

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, $16.00)

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, $22.99)

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
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 704 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

Covering the epic history 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 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)

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. Includes over 300 photographs and informative text. (SAF336, $39.95)

Conversations With Myself

Conversations With Myself


by Nelson Mandela

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

Mandela draws on letters, notebooks, taped interviews and an unfinished sequel to Long Walk to Freedom 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. Keyser's blog, "Chronicles of a Man who Married a Travel Junkie" is at http://travelreluctantly.blogspot.com. (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, The Book of the Film

Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, The Book of the Film


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)

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 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 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)

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, $16.00)

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)

South Africa

South Africa


by Michael Poliza

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 277 PAGES

Poliza and dozens of fellow South African photographers work their large-scale magic on the landscapes, people and wildlife of South Africa in this striking tribute, which is also available in a new paperback edition. (SAF283, $95.00)

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

Slip this laminated foldout guide in your pocket for quick reference in the field. (AFR109, $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. 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)

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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