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Botswana, South Africa and Zambia

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Big Five of Africa

AFR241
Gerald Hinde (Photographer)
Struik
2009
143
1770071571
PAPER
Natural History
1/1/2112
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 inc
$20.00

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

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

Top 10 Cape Town and the Winelands

SAF216
Philip Briggs
DK Publishing
2017
128
1465460616
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions.
$14.00

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana Map

SAF63
Hallwag
Hallwag
2015
1
3828308457
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This fold-out overview map of Southern Africa -- including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana -- is ideal for route planning.
$11.95

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

Tomorrow is Another Country, The Inside Story of South Africa's Road to Change

SAF31
Allister Sparks
University of Chicago Press
1996
254
0226768554
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Sparks explores the extraordinary developments that led to multiracial democracy in South Africa, an essential key to understanding the country today.
$31.00

Wild at Heart

SAF130
Peter Godwin, Chris Johns (Photographer)
National Geographic
2007
176
142620194X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$65.00

Into Africa, The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

AFR130
Martin Dugard
Broadway Books
2004
340
0767910745
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

The Zambesi Expedition, To the Zambesi River and Its Tributaries

SAF136
David Livingstone
Aa Balkema
2001
433
1589761227
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$25.95

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

Long Walk to Freedom

SAF15
Nelson Mandela
Little Brown and Company
1995
640
0316548189
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

My Traitor's Heart

SAF19
Rian Malan
Grove Press
2000
425
0802136842
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.00

The Old Way, A Story of the First People

SAF183
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Picador USA
2007
384
031242728X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Marshall (Harmless People) returns after 50 years to southwest Africa and the land of her youth in this beautifully observed reprise of her classic account of the Bushmen of the Kalahari.
$18.00

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

Blood Safari

SAF255
Deon Meyer
Atlantic Monthly Press
2010
400
080214506X
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
In this suspenseful tale of murder, set in and around the game preserves of South Africa, bodyguard Martin Lemmer helps to uncover the truth in the killing of four poachers.
$7.99

Cry, The Beloved Country

SAF30
Alan Paton
Scribner
2003
317
0743262174
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Elephant Song

ZIM04
Wilbur Smith
Random House
1995
472
0449221032
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
A potboiler set in Zimbabwe, in which our hero, a native Zimbabwean producer of nature films, fights the murderous ivory-traders.
$7.99

Life & Times of Michael K

SAF17
J.M. Coetzee
Viking
1995
184
0140074481
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Coetzee sets this short, hallucinatory novel, the powerful tale of a troubled boy, in South Africa in the midst of civil war.
$15.00

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.
$15.95

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

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

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 Birds, A Photographic Guide

SAF14
Ian Sinclair
Ralph Curtis Publishing
1990
144
0883590468
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Lightweight and handy for the field, this pocket guide to the 265 most conspicuous birds south of the Zambezi River includes color photographs, brief descriptions and range maps.
$15.95

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

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 Safari Companion

AFR06
Richard Estes
Chelsea Green Publishing
1999
459
1890132446
PAPER
Field Guide
0
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

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Green Hills of Africa

EAF25
Ernest Hemingway
Touchstone
1996
304
0684801299
PAPER
Literature
1
0
0
0
Hemingway paints the true story of his ramblings on safari in this classic, exquisitely written tale of hunting around Lake Manyara, which includes some of the best writing on the land itself and original pencil drawings. Originally published in 1935.
$16.00

The Tree Where Man Was Born

EAF27
Peter Matthiessen
Penguin
2010
368
0143106244
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Matthiessen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.
$18.00

North of South, An African Journey

EAF28
Shiva Naipaul
Penguin
1979
349
0140188266
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
A sharp portrait of Africa, circa 1979. A brilliant and provocative observer, Naipaul meditates on the various peoples he encounters in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. The best, most insightful thing we've read about race relations in Africa.
$17.00

The Grass is Singing

ZIM06
Doris Lessing
HarperCollins
2008
263
0061673749
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of a white farm wife in Zimbabwe and her relationship with her African servant, the Nobel laureate’s first novel is rich in local atmosphere.
$13.99

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

Zimbabwe & Botswana Map

SAF08
ITMB
ITMB
2014
1
1553411471
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A clear map of Zimbabwe and Botswana at a scale of 1:1,170,000.
$12.95

Namibia Map

SAF06
Reise Know How
Reise Know How
2015
2
3831773130
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A folded, indexed road map of Namibia, showing all major and many minor roads, cities and towns, at a scale of 1:1,200,000.
$14.95

Insight Guide South Africa

SAF21
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2015
384
1780052618
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.99

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

Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route

SAF27
Simon Richmond
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
288
1743210116
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Geared for independent travelers, this savvy and comprehensive guide features color photographs and dozens of excellent maps. This seventh edition also covers the garden route in detail.
$21.99

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife

AFR25
Bunny McBride, Duane Schlitter, Richard Estes, Peter Alden
Alfred Knopf
1995
988
0679432345
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive photo guide covers 850 birds, mammals and reptiles of Africa. With range maps and a good country-by-country overview of habitats and parks.
$24.95

Bradt Guide Zambia

ZMB01
Chris McIntyre
Globe Pequot Press
2016
576
1784770124
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$28.99

Zambia Map

ZMB03
Globetrotter
Globe Pequot Press
2014
1
1780095929
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Designed for the traveler, this tinted map at a scale of 1:1,500,000 features highlights of Zambian history, geography and a rainfall chart.
$9.95

Africa Map, Central and South, Madagascar 746

AFR36
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2007
1
2061002927
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This fine folded map covers the continent south of Gabon, Congo, Uganda and Kenya at a scale of 1:4,000,000.
$12.95

Bradt Guide Namibia

NMB06
Chris McIntyre
Bradt Publications
2015
544
1841629146
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
From the desolate Skeleton Coast to the lush Kavango and Caprivi Strip to the picturesque capital of Windhoek, Bradt has it covered.
$27.99

None to Accompany Me

SAF76
Nadine Gordimer
Picador USA
2012
288
1250007712
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
With keen attention to character and racial politics, Nobel Prize-winner Gordimer traces the experiences of two families during turbulent, post-Apartheid South Africa.
$16.00

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

Bradt Guide Mozambique

SAF106
Philip Briggs
Bradt Publications
2017
392
1784770558
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide features an overview of the history, wildlife and natural history of Mozambique along with color photographs and maps.
$25.99

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

Malawi & Mozambique Map

SAF120
ITMB
ITMB
2012
2
1553413105
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A full color map of the two nations (with practical information for travelers) at a scale of 1:900,000 focused on Lake Malawi and including insets of Blantyre and Lilongwe. On the reverse, a coastal map which stretches from South Africa to Tanzania.
$12.95

Malawi & Mozambique Map

SAF120
ITMB
ITMB
2012
2
1553413105
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A full color map of the two nations (with practical information for travelers) at a scale of 1:900,000 focused on Lake Malawi and including insets of Blantyre and Lilongwe. On the reverse, a coastal map which stretches from South Africa to Tanzania.
$12.95

Eyewitness Guide South Africa

SAF138
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
464
1465461310
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
$27.00

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

A Photographic Guide to Sea Fishes of Southern Africa

SAF192
Elst, Rudy, King,Dennis
Struik
2007
144
1770073450
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A convenient, shirt pocket guide.
$13.00

Two Oceans: A Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa

SAF205
GM Branch
Struik
2010
432
1770077723
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive photographic field guide to the intertidal and shallow water invertebrates, fishes, seaweeds, reptiles, birds and mammals.
$35.00

The Wildlife of Southern Africa, The Larger Illustrated Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region

SAF215
Vincent Carruthers
Struik
2008
320
1770071997
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A larger format edition of the best-selling and well-known The Wildlife of Southern Africa with larger text and bigger, clearer images.
$32.00

The Smell of Apples

SAF276
Mark Behr
Picador USA
1997
200
0312152094
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Behr, who was born in Tanzania and grew up in South Africa, tells a haunting tale of social turmoil, racial oppression and lost innocence.
$18.00

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

ZMB13
Alexandra Fuller
Penguin Putnam
2012
256
0143121340
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Fuller returns to Africa in this shimmering memoir, focusing on her odyssey from the highlands of Kenya in the 1960s to the tumult of post-independence Rhodesia and life today with her husband on a farm in Zambia. Written with uncommon grace and generosity, the tale is peppered with family stories and photographs. A New York Times Notable Book.
$16.00

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

South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion

SAF236
Isabel Balseiro (Editor), Tobias Hecht (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2009
239
1883513227
PAPER
Anthology
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
This diverse collection of short stories reveals South Africa through the eyes of its writers, including Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee and Alan Paton.
$14.95

For Kids

Africa, Cultural Atlas for Young People

AFR58
Jocelyn Murray
Facts on File
2007
96
0816068267
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Anthropologist Jocelyn Murray provides an illustrated overview of African cultures and history, including an introduction to the landscape and a two-page spread on each nation.
$35.00

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.
$7.99

A Girl Named Disaster

ZIM09
Nancy Farmer
Scholastic Inc.
2012
309
0545356628
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An 11-year-old girl embarks on a year-long odyssey from Mozambique to Zimbabwe in this gripping introduction to Southern Africa, the Shona and their ideas about the spirit world. The young adult book won the Newbery.
$7.99

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, An African Tale

SAF114
John Steptoe
Lothrop Lee & Shepard
1987
32
0688040454
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A traditional Zimbabwan folktale as adapted and illustrated for younger readers, ages 4-8.
$17.99

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

The Heaven Shop

SAF177
Deborah Ellis
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited
2008
192
1554550866
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Binti, a child radio star in Malawi, is confronted with the terrible truth that her parents have died of AIDS. Sent to live with cruel relatives, she sets out to find a beloved lost brother. This award-winning book is not only an optimistic tale of hope survival, but it is also an exellent introduction to the realities of the African AIDS pandemic.
$12.95

The White Giraffe

SAF182
Lauren St. John
Penguin Putnam
2007
192
0803732112
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Myth mixes with reality on a South African wildlife preserve when young Martine discovers a white giraffe and the dangers which threaten both the animal and her new home.
$7.99

The Day Gogo Went to Vote

SAF212
Elinor Batezat Sisulu
Little Brown and Company
1999
32
0316702714
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A richly illustrated, inspiring book. When black South Africans are finally given the right to vote, Thembi goes with his great-grandmother Gogo to vote for the first time in her life.
$7.00

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

South Africa the People

SAF246
Domini Clark
2008
32
0778796590
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
From the city to rural outposts, the years of Apartheid and thrilling present, this book introduces youngsters to the the people and history of South Africa. With color photographs.
$8.95

Southern Africa, Peoples and Cultures of Africa

SAF274
Peter ( Mitchell (Editor)
Chelsea House Publishers
2006
112
081606265X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
This geographically organized introduction to the African continent includes coverage of ethnic groups, performing arts, literature, religion, social life and customs. Each volume in this set, geared toward young adults, includes color photographs and illustrations.
$54.25