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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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Wildlife of Southern Africa

SAF300
Martin B. Withers
Princeton University Press
2011
272
069115063X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

The Safari Companion

AFR06
Richard Estes
Chelsea Green Publishing
1999
459
1890132446
PAPER
Field Guide
1
0
0
0
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.
$30.00

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

SAF13
Mark Owens, Delia Owens
Houghton Mifflin Company
1985
352
0395647800
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide

BOT18
Marcelle Bienvenu (Contributor), Chris McIntyre
Bradt Publications
2014
560
1841624896
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With comprehensive coverage of history, flora, fauna and practicalities, this fourth edition presents Okavango, Chobe, the Kalahari and other popular destinations in detail.
$27.99

Botswana Map

SAF07
Reise Know How
Reise Know How
2014
1
3831772770
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of Botswana at a scale of 1:1,000,000. Unfolded size: 27 x 39 inches.
$14.95

Botswana Adventure Map

BOT08
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Maps
2012
1
156695620X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Waterproof and tear-resistant, this double-sided travel shows parks, preserves, roads and towns at a scale of 1:1,100,000.
$11.95

Safari Planning Map, East & Southern Africa

SAF340
The Africa Adventure Company
Perseus
2015
1
0939895218
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This large-scale, colorful map covers the top safari countries and important wildlife reserves of East and Southern Africa. With enlargements of key regions like Northern Tanzania, Southern Kenya and Northern Botswana to Victoria Falls, the map includes information on planning your safari and climate graphs.
$11.95

Culture Smart! Botswana

SAF178
Michael Main
Kuperard
2007
168
1857333403
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$9.95

Affluence Without Abundance, The Disappearing World of the Bushmen

SAF400
James Suzman
Macmillan
2017
288
1632865726
HARD COVER
History
7/11/2017
0
0
0
0
Suzman takes readers into the world of the San people of southern Africa, the longest-enduring civilization in human history that is well known for living privately, having few needs and living in harmony with the environment.
$29.00

Africa, a Biography of the Continent

AFR49
John Reader
Alfred Knopf
1999
816
067973869X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.00

The Scramble for Africa

AFR26
Thomas Pakenham
Avon Books
1992
738
0380719991
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.99

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

SAF203
Robyn Scott
Penguin Putnam
2009
464
014311509X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Whatever You Do, Don't Run

BOT29
Peter Allison
Lyons Press
2013
272
0762796472
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Allison spins captivating tales of wildlife, camps and the life of a safari guide into a hilarious, slyly informative introduction to Botswana.
$18.95

Mating

BOT03
Norman Rush
Vintage Books
1992
480
067973709X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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. Winner of the National Book Award.
$16.95

The Double Comfort Safari Club

BOT38
Alexander McCall Smith
Pantheon Books
2011
211
0307277488
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Infinitely patient Precious Ramotswe and her prickly secretary (make that assistant detective!) Grace Makutsi, head to the Okavango Delta where there have been several unexplained and troubling events including the demise of one of the guests.
$15.00

Big Five of Africa

AFR241
Gerald Hinde (Photographer)
Struik
2009
143
1770071571
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

African Wildlife

AFR109
James Kavanaugh
Waterford Press
1999
1583550321
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A laminated foldout guide illustrating almost 150 species of African animals, designed for quick reference in the field.
$7.95

Birds of Botswana

SAF370
Peter Hancock
Princeton University Press
2015
400
0691157170
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This companion to Botswana's diverse birdlife presents every species recorded to date, with more than 1,200 color illustrations, detailed species accounts, seasonality and breeding bars and distribution maps.
$29.95

Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa

SAF12
Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton
Princeton University Press
2011
447
069115225X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This compact, comprehensive field guide features 200 dazzling color plates covering 950 species of birds from South Africa to southern Mozambique. Fourth Edition.
$35.00

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

EAF128
Jonathan Kingdon
Princeton University Press
2004
272
0691122393
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's celebrated guide, that includes information on distribution, ecology and conservation status, with 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps.
$29.95

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

SAF29
Kenneth Newman
Struik
2010
538
1770078762
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.00

Southern African Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

SAF131
Mike Unwin
Bradt Publications
2011
234
1841623474
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A popular photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text.
$26.99

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals

AFR32
Jonathan Kingdon
Princeton University Press
2015
544
0691164533
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$49.50

The Wildlife of Southern Africa

SAF59
Vincent Carruthers (Editor), Kenneth Newman (Illustrator)
Struik
2017
320
177584353X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.00

Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana

BOT47
Eugene Moll
Struik
2014
400
1775840336
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

Wildlife of the Okavango, Common Animals and Plants

SAF398
Duncan Butchart
Casemat
2017
144
1775843386
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
An easy-to-use, all-in-one field reference to the Okavango and surrounding sanctuaries: Moremi, Chobe, Mudumo and Caprivi Strip. It fully describes over 300 common species and combines useful information on geology, climate and habitat with plenty of color photographs.
$11.95

Relentless Enemies

BOT32
Beverly Joubert
National Geographic Video
2007
1426290454
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
Beautifully filmed at Duba Plains in HD, this National Geographic documentary captures the drama, power and beauty of the lions and water buffaloes of the Okavango. 90 minutes.
$19.98

More Books

The Myth of Wild Africa

AFR15
Jonathan Adams, Thomas McShane
University of California Press
1996
290
0520206711
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
The authors, associated with the World Wildlife Fund, demolish the romantic fallacy of an untouched continent where animals roam freely in sanctuaries. It's a no-holds-barred critique of old-style conservation in Africa.
$29.95

Lost World of the Kalahari

SAF24
Laurens van der Post
Harcourt Books
1986
279
0156537060
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Originally published in 1958, this poetic book is the story of a quest to find the San people in the remote desert. It has become a classic romanticized tale of an encounter between the literate European and "noble savage": mystical, captivating and a useful record of a time.
$21.95

Birds of Southern Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklists

SAF79
Ber Van Perlo
Princeton University Press
2009
320
0691090343
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
An admirably compact guide, featuring small illustrations of 1,250 species, brief descriptions and black-and-white range maps.
$30.95

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

BOT10
Alexander McCall Smith
Doubleday
2009
235
1400034779
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The delightful introduction to Botswana's formidable female detective, evoking the cultures, customs and texture of Africa.
$15.00

Lonely Planet Botswana & Namibia

BOT14
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2013
424
1741798930
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An informative practical guide to Botswana and its attractions, including nearby Victoria Falls.
$28.99

The Healing Land, The Bushmen and the Kalahari Desert

SAF135
Rupert Isaacson
Grove Press
2003
278
0802140513
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A powerful account of the ancient traditions of the Kalahari Bushmen and the very contemporary struggle of a people who have been displaced from their land.
$13.00

The Kalahari Typing School for Men

BOT17
Alexander McCall Smith
Doubleday
2004
191
140003180X
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The fourth in the enormously pleasurable series firmly grounded in the culture, foilkways and landscapes of southern Africa.
$15.95

Blue Shoes and Happiness

BOT25
Alexander McCall Smith
Alfred Knopf
2007
240
1400075718
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The seventh installment in McCall-Smith's best-selling series, in which blue shoes (or other possessions) are not the road to happiness.
$14.95

Beat about the Bush: Mammals

SAF219
Trevor Carnaby
Independent Publishers Group
2007
380
1770092404
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
With clear illustrations, a detailed section on tracks and signs and 700 beautiful wildlife photos, this indepth question-and-answer guide by a South African ranger covers the mammals of Africa in comprehensive detail.
$40.00

Eye of the Leopard

AFR256
Beverly Joubert, Dereck Joubert
Rizzoli International
2009
208
0847833224
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
The National Geographic photographers Dereck and Beverly Joubert document the life of a young leopard, born at Mombo Camp in Botswana's Moremi Reserve, in dazzling color and evocative black-and-white.
$75.00

A Carrion Death: A Detective Kubu Mystery

BOT37
Michael Stanley
HarperCollins
2009
464
0061252417
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The debut of Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department.
$14.99

The Last Lions

BOT41
Dereck & Beverly Joubert
National Geographic
2011
176
1426207794
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Dereck and Beverly Joubert track Ma di Tau (Mother of Lions) and her three newborns in the Okavango in this companion book to the National Geographic film. The book, like the documentary, was photographed around Duba Plains Camp, in northern Botswana.
$24.00

The Last Lions

BOT43
Dereck & Beverly Joubert (Director)
National Geographic Video
2012
6314554365
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
Filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert track the one lioness, Ma di Tau (Mother of Lions) and her three newborns in the Okavango.
$19.99

500 Common Bird Calls in Southern Africa

AFR317
Doug Newman
Struik
2013
152
1431701203
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.00

The Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa

SAF343
Ian Sinclair
Struik
2014
464
1775840999
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Featuring beautiful illustrations, calendar bars and distribution maps, the newly revised Struik guide to Southern African birds is a local bestseller.
$32.00

Southern African Mammals Made Simple

SAF342
Doug Newman
Struik
2014
104
1920572384
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café

BOT48
Alexander McCall Smith
Pantheon Books
2015
272
080416990X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The 15th installment of the popular series follows Precious Ramotswe in her latest misadventure in Botswana.
$14.95

The Delta

AFR325
Tony Park
St. Martin's Press
2014
480
125005558X
HARD COVER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Set on the Delta River in Botswana, this thriller tells the story of an assassin on the run after failing to kill the president of Zimbabwe.
$27.99

Dreaming of Lions, My Life in the Wild Places

SAF386
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Chelsea Green Publishing
2016
320
1603586393
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Thomas' sharply observed and candid memoir illuminates a lifetime of observing wild places. The renowned anthropologist discusses living with the Dodoth people of Uganda, studying wolves on Baffin Island and lions in Namibia.
$17.95

For Kids

Ashanti to Zulu, African Traditions

AFR73
Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Margaret Musgrove
Penguin Putnam
1976
32
0140546049
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A full-color introduction to 26 different African cultures, arranged from A to Z. Intended for kids ages 9-12, this classic won the Dillons their second Caldecott Medal for best illustration in a children's book.
$6.99

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

AFR135
Nelson Mandela
W. W. Norton & Company
2007
144
0393329909
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A team of folklorists, poets and authors present these wide-ranging, beautifully illustrated tales from all over the continent, including many traditional stories from Nelson Mandela's youth.
$17.99

Wild Safari Scratch and Sketch

EAF155
Heather Zschock, Kerren Barbas (Illustrator)
Peter Pauper Press
2005
64
1593599714
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Reveal the wildlife of Africa as you copy simple sketches of 20 amazing animals in this fun activity book. The bright colors and fascinating facts are enough to entice any youngster.
$12.99

Face to Face With Cheetahs

AFR222
Chris Johns
2008
32
1426303238
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
You're crouched in hiding, camera at the ready, waiting for one of nature's loners, the cheetah. It's dark. It's scary. Chris Johns, editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine, introduces you to a family of these cagey cats with stunning photographs and action-packed stories of his research in the Okavango Delta.
$16.95

African Wildlife Trivia

AFR227
Dawid van Lill
Struik
2008
128
1770075232
PAPER
Natural History
6/1/2017
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Full of facts and fun, this primer on the insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds of Africa contains eye-catching illustrations and information on African geography--a great introduction for kids and their parents.
$12.95

Mystery of Meerkat Hill

BOT46
Alexander McCall Smith
Doubleday
2013
112
0345804465
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Set in the Botswanan brush, this mystery by bestselling author McCall Smith is an amusing introduction to Africa in which a clever meerkat aids a search for a missing cow.
$6.99

Get Bushwise on Safari

AFR328
Nadine Clarke
Random House
2013
188
1431702064
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Intended for readers ages 9 to 12 but great for the entire family, this illustrated, interactive field guide leads readers into three African settings: the Bushveld, the desert and a river.
$23.00

Flip Flap Safari

AFR335
Nosy Crow
Candlewick Press
2015
28
0763676055
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A creative way to introduce children to Africa’s best-known animals. Kids mix and match animal tops and bottoms and can see what new creatures appear, from zebra-dile to lion-ephant! A very silly, but very charming book.
$11.99

Let's Explore... Safari

AFR344
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
48
1760340391
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 on safari with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete.
$9.99

Adventure Pack, Safari

AFR347
Cynthia Stierle
Lightning Source
2016
56
1626862648
HARD COVER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Perfect preparation for a wild safari, this activity book is packed with fun things to do: crossword puzzles, word-searches, a 32-page fact book, a sliding picture viewer with images, 30 reusable stickers and 24 fact cards. For ages 4 and up.
$21.95

Let's Explore... Desert

DES16
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
48
1786573148
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 on safari with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete.
$9.99

Worth Looking For

Okavango, Africa's Last Eden

SAF01
Frans Lanting
Taschen
2013
168
0811811824
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
1
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.
$39.99

Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo

SAF175
Beverly Joubert (Photographer), Dereck Joubert
National Geographic
2006
176
1426200048
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
1
The husband-and-wife team document two years among the lions of Botswana's Duba Plains in 100 stunning images in this companion book to a National Geographic film on the Okavango Delta.
$40.00

Okavango, A Journey

BOT26
Adrian Bailey, Robin Keene-Young
Struik
2006
144
1770072713
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
1
The South African-based team, drawing on over a decade of visits to the Okavango Delta, captures its wildlife and habitats in beautiful color photographs.
$24.95

Victoria Falls & Surrounds, The Insider's Guide

SAF247
Ian Michler
Struik
2009
160
1770073612
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
Dr. Livingstone, I presume? This gorgeously illustrated guide covers the history, culture and nature of the Zambezi, with suggested excursions from rivers to ropes and rafting in nearby Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.
$25.95

African Safari, Into the Great Game Reserves

AFR260
Peter and Beverly Pickford
John Beaufoy Publishing
2011
300
1906780447
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
1
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.
$49.95

Okavango, Jewel of the Kalahari

BOT39
Karen Ross
Struik
2003
216
1868727297
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
1
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.
$28.95