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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.

Essential Reading

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Lonely Planet Southern Africa

Lonely Planet Southern Africa

by Alan Murphy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 808 PAGES

This hefty practical guide to the nine nations of southern Africa, including Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique and Lesotho, is ideal for independent travelers on a multi-country tour. (SAF121, $34.99)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Botswana Map

Botswana Map

by Reise Know How

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed map of Botswana at a scale of 1:1,000,000. Unfolded size: 27 x 39 inches. (SAF07, $14.95)

 
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)

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)

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)

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)

My Traitor's Heart

My Traitor's Heart


by Rian Malan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 425 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Afrikaner journalist Malan recounts his journey back to his homeland just before the collapse of apartheid. He grapples with the black and white heart of South Africa, drawing on the 300-year history of his family in Africa and legends of the Zulu nation, in this beautifully written and brutally honest story of return. (SAF19, $15.00)

Bitter Fruit

Bitter Fruit


by Achmat Dangor

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

This powerful family tale, set in Johannesburg during the last months of Nelson Mandela's presidency, reflects the realities of South Africa. (SAF147, $13.00)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency


by Alexander McCall Smith

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 235 PAGES

The delightful introduction to Botswana's formidable female detective, evoking the cultures, customs and texture of Africa. (BOT10, $14.95)

The Reader's Companion to South Africa

The Reader's Companion to South Africa


by Alan Ryan

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 310 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A collection of 19 mostly classic traveler's accounts of South Africa. It is a vivid introduction to the land by foreign luminaries and comic masters, including Mark Twain, Alan Moorhead, Michael Palin and P.J. O'Rourke. (SAF61, $16.00)

Botswana Safari Companion

Botswana Safari Companion


by Alain Pons

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A colorful illustrated guide to wildlife, photographic opportunities and travel. There are beautiful photographs on every page, each accompanied by a caption with photography tips for travellers looking to get the most out of their cameras. (BOT28, $14.95)

African Animal Tracks

African Animal Tracks


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-out, laminated pocket field guide featuring the tracks of almost 150 species. (AFR107, $6.95)

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)

Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa

Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa


by Ian Sinclair | Phil Hockey | Warwick Tarboton

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 447 PAGES

This compact, comprehensive field guide features 200 dazzling color plates covering 950 species of birds from South Africa to southern Mozambique. Fourth Edition. (SAF12, $35.00)

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)

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)

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