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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.

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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
  • BEST SELLER
  • COMING IN APRIL

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)

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)

Southern Africa Regional Map

Southern Africa Regional Map

by ITMB

  • 2008
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

A double-sided map of the continent south of the Zambezi River, at a scale of 1:2,125,000, with color photographs and notes on parks and major attractions. (SAF63, $12.95)

 
Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide

Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide


by Chris McIntyre

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES
  • COMING IN JUNE

With comprehensive coverage of history, flora, fauna and practicalities, this third edition presents Okavango, Chobe, the Kalahari and other popular destinations in absorbing detail. (BOT18, $27.99)

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)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

Wildlife Photography, On Safari With Your DSLR

Wildlife Photography, On Safari With Your DSLR


by Uwe Skrzypczak

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Skrzypczak includes chapters on equipment, technique, composition and wildlife in this practical, beautifully illustrated guide, loaded with striking images of the wildlife of Ngorongoro, the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. (EAF379, $39.95)

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)

Picturing Bushmen, The Denver African Expedition of 1925

Picturing Bushmen, The Denver African Expedition of 1925


by Robert James Gordon

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 325 PAGES

Serious-minded, wonderfully illustrated and informative, this book not only documents the 1925 expedition to Etosha in search of the "Bushman," it also cleverly shows the key role of the expedition in romanticizing the Heikum. (NMB05, $24.95)

The Harmless People

The Harmless People


by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

A classic study of the Bushmen of the Kalahari, novelistic in its detail. Based on the author's fieldwork, the account is direct, informative, and strong on the character of the people and land. (SAF60, $15.95)

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)

Cry of the Kalahari, Seven Years in Africa's Last Great Wilderness

Cry of the Kalahari, Seven Years in Africa's Last Great Wilderness


by Mark Owens | Delia Owens

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

The story of a family thrown out of Botswana for its stance on conservation. While their approach to conservation is controversial, there's no doubt that the Owens are dedicated to the wildlife of Southern Africa -- and are very good writers. (SAF13, $16.00)

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)

Sands of Silence, On Safari in Namibia

Sands of Silence, On Safari in Namibia


by Peter Hathaway Capstick

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1991
  • HARD COVER
  • 214 PAGES

With its color photography and enthusiasm for hunting, this first-person account is classic Capstick -- and an absorbing, appreciative look at the country, its people and wildlife. (NMB03, $35.00)

Traversa, A Solo Walk Across Africa from the Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean

Traversa, A Solo Walk Across Africa from the Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean


by Fran Sandham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Sandham writes with down-to-earth glee of the personalities, hardships, pleasures and idiocy of a 3,000-mile trek (sometimes in the company of a donkey or mule) through tough terrain. (AFR212, $25.00)

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle


by Robyn Scott

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Haphazardly schooled by her free-spirited mother and left to roam the bush, Scott writes with warmth and candor of her unconventional upbringing in Botswana, commenting on her Grandpa Ivor (personal pilot to the first president of Botswana), physician father's work, unfortunate pets, siblings and adventures. (SAF203, $16.00)

Whatever You Do, Don't Run

Whatever You Do, Don't Run


by Peter Allison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

Allison spins captivating tales of wildlife, camps and the life of a safari guide into a hilarious, slyly informative introduction to Botswana. (BOT29, $16.95)

Mating

Mating


by Norman Rush

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

This comic novel evokes daily life in Botswana and skewers the notion of well-intentioned academics at large in the developing world. The description of a trek from Gaborone to the Kalahari is terrific. (BOT03, $16.95)

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 1991at 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)

Big Five of Africa

Big Five of Africa


by Gerald Hinde

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 143 PAGES

Hinde's stunning photographs celebrate Africa's lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo. (AFR241, $20.00)

Horn of Darkness, Rhinos on the Edge

Horn of Darkness, Rhinos on the Edge


by Carol Cunningham | Joel Berger

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A lively account of field work, combining adventure, natural history and thoughtful commentary on the plight of the severely endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia. (NMB07, $50.00)

Okavango, Jewel of the Kalahari

Okavango, Jewel of the Kalahari


by Karen Ross

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES

An ecologist and champion of Botswana (she has been instrumental in getting Okavango listed as a World Heritage Site), Ross gives equal weight to the wildlife, habitats and people of the Delta and surrounding sands in this terrific portrait, featuring 170 color photographs. (BOT39, $28.95)

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 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)

Birds of Southern Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklists

Birds of Southern Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklists


by Ber Van Perlo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

An admirably compact guide, featuring small illustrations of 1,250 species, brief descriptions and black-and-white range maps. (SAF79, $30.95)

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
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

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)

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