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East African Safaris

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.
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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

Wildlife of East Africa

EAF108
Martin B. Withers
Princeton University Press
2002
256
0691007373
PAPER
Field Guide
1
0
0
0
This take-along guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages.
$19.95

West with the Night

EAF10
Beryl Markham
North Point Press
2013
294
0865471185
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engrossing detail in this classic memoir of amazing adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya. A favorite.
$16.00

Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Map

EAF35
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2014
1
3707913880
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful shaded relief map at a scale of 1:2,000,000, with parks and reserves clearly marked.
$14.95

Kenya & Serengeti (Tanzania) Map

EAF07
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2015
2
3865742882
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map (1:1,100,000) with inset maps of Lamu, Nairobi and Mombasa.
$13.95

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

Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania

EAF143
Chris McIntyre, Philip Briggs
Bradt Publications
2013
430
1841624578
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical overview of the history, wildlife and attractions of the Serengeti and surrounding parks, including Zanzibar.
$25.99

Culture Smart! Tanzania

EAF208
Quintin Winks
Kuperard
2009
168
1857334833
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This pocket guide introduces local customs, etiquette and culture.
$9.95

Eyewitness Guide Kenya

EAF356
Philip Briggs
DK Publishing
2015
440
1465428321
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date; it's the guide to carry. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions, it also has an overview of parks and habitats and a 50-page field guide.
$25.00

Lonely Planet East Africa

EAF81
Hugh Finlay
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
672
1742207812
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to East Africa features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature. Covers Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania.
$34.99

Lonely Planet Swahili Phrasebook

EAF96
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
260
1743211961
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A pocket phrasebook, dictionary and language guide for the traveler to East Africa.
$9.99

Wildlife Photography, On Safari With Your DSLR

EAF379
Uwe Skrzypczak
Lightning Source
2010
240
1933952563
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$39.95

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

African Heroes, Samburu-Maasai

EAF415
Matteo Guzzini (Photographer)
Random House
2014
176
8857219062
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Guzzini captures the rituals and travels of the mysterious Masaai communities of Tanzania and Kenya in beautiful, untouched photographs that honor the people and their land.
$55.00

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

Dreams in a Time of War, A Childhood Memoir

EAF375
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Doubleday
2011
272
0307476219
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Thiong’o captures the landscape, people and culture of rural Kenya in this memoir of growing up through WWII and Kenya’s fight for independence in a family with four wives and more than 20 children.
$16.00

I Dreamed of Africa

EAF23
Kuki Gallman
Penguin Putnam
2000
315
0140287442
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This bestseller is a highly personal account of tragedy and magic in Kenya. Italian-born Gallman tells of her move to Ol Ari Nyiro, a ranch set in the highland plain in the shadow of Mount Kenya.
$17.00

My Maasai Life, From Suburbia to Savannah

EAF365
Robin Wiszowaty
Douglas & McIntyre
2010
300
1553655095
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Wiszowaty's lively memoir of leaving suburban Illinois to join a Maasai community in rural Kenya (where she hauled water, evaded giraffes and lived in a tiny hut with her adoptive family) provides a unique glimpse into the traditions, challenges and unexpected beauty of life in a contemporary Maasai village.
$22.95

Out of Africa

EAF22
Isak Dinesen
Vintage Books
1985
466
0679724753
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
The perennially best-selling tale of a naive young woman who leaves Denmark for East Africa, Dinesen's (AKA Karen Blixen) autobiography draws us into life on a struggling coffee plantation. It's a moving story inspired by a love for Kenya and its people. Includes the novella Shadows on the Grass.
$15.95

The Flame Trees of Thika

EAF24
Elsbeth Huxley
Penguin
2000
280
0141183780
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The classic account of a young woman's life as a pioneering settler in Thika, Kenya. Huxley looks back at her intrepid parents and the home they made together in Kenya's Highlands.
$18.00

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

EAF80
John Henry Patterson
Skyhorse
2013
346
1620874067
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A reprint of the remarkable 1907 tale of a Victorian adventurer (and later game warden) who set out to build the Mombasa to Uganda railway, a project much confounded when two lions ate much of the work force.
$18.95

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

EAF61
Rick Ridgeway
Henry Holt and Company
1999
288
0805053905
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Ridgeway recounts his walk from Mount Kilimanjaro across Tsavo National Park to the Indian Ocean in the company of Iain Allan (and an armed guard). It's a perceptive overview of Kenya, its wildlife and conservation by an appreciative observer.
$22.99

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.
$17.00

The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior

EAF29
Ole Saitoti
University of California Press
1988
144
0520063252
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Bridging several worlds with tremendous grace, Saitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai, both as spokesperson for his tribe and as one of the first Maasai safari guides.
$29.95

Too Close to the Sun

EAF172
Sara Wheeler
Random House
2009
292
0812968921
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Wheeler captures the romance and adventure of 1920s-era East Africa in this winning biography of Denys Finch Hatton, the handsome gadabout, daring bush pilot and companion of Baroness Blixen and Beryl Markham.
$18.00

Unbowed, A Memoir

EAF167
Wangari Maathai
Doubleday
2007
368
0307275205
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The remarkable life story of Nobel Prize-winning Wangari, the founder Kenya's Green Belt Movement who has spent a lifetime fighting for women's rights and the environment. Forty million trees have been planted in Kenya.
$17.00

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, A Novel

EAF195
Nicholas Drayson
Lightning Source
2009
192
0547247958
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Drayson draws on his time in Nairobi for this sweet novel about East Africa society -- revolving, naturally, around birding and the Hunt Ball at the Asadi Club. Reality intervenes in the shape of renegade Somalis.
$14.95

Green Hills of Africa

EAF25
Ernest Hemingway
Touchstone
1996
304
0684801299
PAPER
Literature
0
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 Constant Gardener

EAF382
John Le Carre
Scribner
2004
496
0743262433
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Le Carre opens this nail-biting thriller set in contemporary Kenya with the murder of an idealistic young woman -- en route to deliver major news to Richard Leakey.
$16.00

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

EAF26
Ernest Hemingway
Scribner
1995
156
0684804441
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in Africa, this collection of 10 prime Hemingway stories includes not just the famous title story but also The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, a chilling masterpiece about an American couple on a big game safari.
$15.00

Born Free, A Lioness of Two Worlds

AFR186
Joy Adamson
Pantheon Books
2000
220
0375714383
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
The 40th anniversary edition of Adamson's enduring tale set in Kenya's northern frontier district.
$16.00

Serengeti Spy

EAF396
Anup Shah
Harry N. Abrams
2012
204
1419702785
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A hoof-level view of the Masai Mara and Serengeti. Photographer Anup Shah lets the wildlife reveal itself by placing small remote cameras at watering holes, outcrops and other strategic spots. The ground-level perspective is as surprising as it is clever, putting you face-to-face with lion and cheetah and wildebeest and all the creatures in action across the plains.
$42.00

The Fossil Trail, How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution

ATP08
Ian Tattersall
Oxford University Press
2009
352
0195367669
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
This balanced and thought-provoking survey examines how significant fossil finds and new theories have been used by scientists to trace the path of human evolution.
$54.95

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

Animals of the Masai Mara

EAF394
Adam Scott Kennedy
WildGuides
2012
144
0691156018
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This photo guide by two safari guides focuses on the lions, cheetah, leopards, zebra, giraffe and other celebrated wildlife.
$27.95

Birds of the Masai Mara

EAF395
Adam Scott Kennedy
WildGuides
2012
176
0691155941
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Kennedy's compact guide, full of local knowledge on habitats and birding spots, features 300 color photographs.
$27.95

Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro

EAF417
Adam Scott Kennedy
Princeton University Press
2014
224
0691159106
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Featuring a habitat-based approach to more than 270 bird species, this handy guide to fowl in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Speke Gulf includes 480 color photos and accessible text.
$27.95

East African Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

EAF175
Philip Briggs
Bradt Publications
2016
288
1841629200
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact guide to the birds and mammals, reptiles, insects and plants of East Africa, the Bradt field guide features a great selection of large color photographs, recommendations and detailed species profiles.
$28.99

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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

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

Birds of East Africa

EAF92
Terry Stevenson, John Fanshawe
Princeton University Press
2006
602
0691126658
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Compact and comprehensive, this guide to 1,388 species of birds in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi features 286 excellent color plates, range maps and notes on habitats and conservation. A veteran tour leader, co-author Stevenson lives in Kenya.
$39.50

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

The Marsh Lions, The Story of an African Pride

EAF389
Brian Jackman
Bradt Publications
2012
224
1841624284
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Illustrated with photographs and drawings by Jonathan and Angela Scott, this new edition of the tale of a pride of lions in the Masai Mara includes a chapter bringing the story up to date.
$16.99

On This Earth, a Shadow Falls

EAF398
Nick Brandt
Harry N. Abrams
2014
192
1938922441
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This exquisite, oversized portfolio, bound in linen, showcases 90 rich black-and-white portraits of majestic lion, cheetah, elephant, gorilla and wildlife across the African continent.
$160.00

The Reef Guide, Southern Africa's East and South Coasts

SAF338
Dennis King
Struik
2014
336
1775840182
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
For explorers of Africa's coastlines, this is a convenient identification guide to carry. Includes over 600 full-color photographs and essential information.
$28.95

For Kids

How It Was With Dooms, A True Story from Africa

EAF37
Xan Hopcraft
Simon & Schuster
2000
64
0689835396
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
This moving story explores the love between a boy and his pet cheetah. A pleasure for ages 4-8.
$18.99

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

Going Solo

EAF78
Roald Dahl
Puffin
2009
224
0142413836
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
With its large print and album-like photographs, both young and old will delight in Dahl's recollections of his adventures as a WWII-era Royal Air Force pilot in Tanzania and Greece.
$7.99

Moja Means One, Swahili Counting Book

EAF99
Muriel Feelings, Tom Feelings (Illustrator)
Puffin
1992
56
0140546626
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Tom provides richly detailed illustrations to accompany Muriel's presentation of the numbers one to ten in Swahili. Intended for children ages 4-8, this Caldecott Honor book is packed with the sights and sounds of East Africa.
$6.99

Jambo Means Hello, Swahili Alphabet Book

EAF100
Muriel Feelings, Tom Feelings (Illustrator)
Puffin
1995
56
0140546529
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Young travelers and their parents will delight in this memorably illustrated introduction to the people and culture of East Africa, which presents a word, with its English translation, for each of the 24 letters in the Swahili alphabet.
$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

Serengeti Journey, On Safari in Africa

EAF150
Gare Thompson
2006
48
0792259521
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A fun and informative overview of the Serengeti and its wildlife for readers ages 4 to 8.
$17.90

African Plains Coloring Book

EAF164
Dianne Gaspas-Ettl
Dover Publications
1996
48
0486292304
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
These 41 charming illustrations introduce diverse East African wildlife and habitats, from gamboling rock hyraxes to herds of hippo and zebras, roosting guineafowl and the aardvark.
$4.99

The Place of Lions

EAF168
Eric Campbell
Harcourt Books
1995
208
0152003711
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Stranded on the Serengeti after a plane crash, 14-year old Chris goes for help -- and befriends an aging lion along the way -- in this young adult thriller. With a glossary of Kiswahaili words and a strong sense of both the culture and landscapes of East Africa.
$13.95

Listening For Lions

EAF179
Gloria Whelan
HarperCollins
2007
194
006058176X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Plucked from her life among the Maasai and Kikuyu people in East Africa after the Great War, young Rachel fights for her family and the life she had in rural Africa in this absorbing novel for middle-schoolers.
$6.99

Here Is the African Savanna

EAF186
Tom Leonard (Illustrator), Madeleine Dunphy
Perseus
2006
0977379523
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Rhyming verse and colorful illustrations introduce young readers to the animals, habitat and ecosystem of the African savanna.
$9.95

Wangari's Trees of Peace, A True Story from Africa

EAF188
Jeanette Winter
Harcourt Books
2008
32
0152065458
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
An illustrated biography of Wangari Mathaai, founder of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Kenya.
$17.99

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

Mark of the Lion

EAF342
Suzanne Arruda
New American Library
2007
336
0451219589
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Killer lions, hyenas and African sorcerers are only a few of the problems that intrepid photojournalist Jade Del Cameron faces in the land of the man-eaters of Tsavo. The thrilling debut of the series is rich in history, mystery and adventure. The series continues with five more books, marvelously set in Kenya.
$15.00

My Life with the Chimpanzees

EAF343
Jane Goodall
Aladdin Books
1996
156
0671562711
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Goodall recounts with affection her childhood dream of working with animals, her first trip to Africa as a young woman and her now decades-long work at Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania in this account of her life for kids ages 9-12. Includes Goodall's own photographs.
$8.99

Face to Face With Leopards

BST139
Dereck & Beverly Joubert
2009
32
1426306369
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. It's dark. It's scary. The wildlife photographers introduce youngsters to the mysterious leopard -- and the thrill of their work in the African bush -- in this informative, easy-to-read book in the National Geographic series, which also includes Face to Face with Elephants (AFR221, $16.95) and Face to Face with Lions (BST115, $16.95).
$16.95

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, A Nandi Tale

EAF360
Verna Aardema
Puffin
1983
0140546162
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
One in a series of brightly illustrated, rhyming tales for young children set in Africa.
$7.99

Lala Salama, A Tanzanian Lullaby

EAF381
Patricia MacLachlan
Candlewick Press
2011
40
0763647470
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
In this sweet, bilingual book (in English and Swahili) a young Masai boy leads his flock of goats, singing Lala Salama, an African lullaby, to the animals he encounters as he walks home.
$16.99

Me... Jane

EAF385
Patrick McDonnell
Little Brown and Company
2011
40
0316045462
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Written with the cooperation of the great naturalist, young Jane Goodall's formative years are re-imagined in this captivating picture book by Patrick McDonnell. Dreams, as it turns our, do come true; the book end with a photograph of the adult Goodall in the field.
$17.00

Safari, A Photicular Book

EAF397
Dan Kainen
Workman Publishing Company
2012
17
0761163808
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
As if on safari, readers encounter eight wild animals in this mesmerizing book which uses clever sliding lenses to make the cheetah bound, the gazelle leap, the African elephant flap its ears and the gorilla munch the leaves off a branch. With a lively, informative essay and an at-a-glance list of important facts.
$25.95