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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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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, $16.95)

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)

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)

Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide

Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide

by Chris McIntyre

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

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

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana Map

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana Map

by Hallwag

  • 2010
  • MAP

This fold-out overview map of Southern Africa -- including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana -- is ideal for route planning. (SAF63, $12.95)

 
Bradt Guide Zambia

Bradt Guide Zambia


by Chris McIntyre

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 518 PAGES

Safari guide McIntyre's practical and detailed overview of Zambia, its history, culture, attractions and natural history with color photographs, local maps and excellent travel information. Fourth edition. (ZMB01, $28.99)

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 Maasai 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)

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)

Into Africa, The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

Into Africa, The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone


by Martin Dugard

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A nicely paced tale of the Scottish explorer and Stanley's headline-grabbing efforts to locate him. Dugard has done his homework well, drawing on a wide variety of sources to paint a lively and nuanced portrait of the two men. (AFR130, $16.00)

The Zambesi Expedition, To the Zambesi River and Its Tributaries

The Zambesi Expedition, To the Zambesi River and Its Tributaries


by David Livingstone

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 433 PAGES

Livingstone's original account of his second expedition to Africa, first published in 1864 -- a sympathetic portrait of African peoples, rich in nature, culture and politics. (SAF136, $25.95)

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 harrowing and hilarious travel narrative makes you feel like you're right there on safari. (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)

The Eye of the Elephant, An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness

The Eye of the Elephant, An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness


by Mark Owens | Delia Owens

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 305 PAGES

The adventures of conservationists Mark and Delia Owens in the Luangwa River Valley of Zambia. They set up camp in the wilderness among the elephants, but are drawn into an ugly struggle with the local people. (ZMB04, $18.95)

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
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Allison spins captivating tales of wildlife, camps and the life of a safari guide into a hilarious, slyly informative introduction to Botswana. (BOT29, $18.95)

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
  • 311 PAGES

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)

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)

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, Africa's Last Eden

Okavango, Africa's Last Eden


by Frans Lanting

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 168 PAGES

Frans Lanting captures the wildlife and habitats of the Okavango, focusing on the wetlands. Additional chapters cover an island oasis in the Kalahari, elephants and the people of the region. This book won Lanting the BBC Photographer of the Year award. (SAF01, $39.99)

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)

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. The guide 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 Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

Southern African Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide


by Mike Unwin

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

A popular photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text. (SAF131, $26.99)

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)

Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana

Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana


by Eugene Moll

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A complete guide to the wildflowers of the region, including 332 of the most commonly encountered species. The flowers are arranged by predominant color and their pictures are accompanied by descriptions, Setswana common names and the plants' traditional uses. (BOT47, $29.95)

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