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Great Game Parks of Southern Africa

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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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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

Africa's Big Five

AFR178
Gerald Hinde
Struik
2005
144
1868725820
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Bestseller. Gerald Hinde teamed up with colleagues William Taylor and Richard du Toit for this portrait of the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo, featuring hundreds of color photographs by the accomplished trio.
$39.95

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lonely Planet Southern Africa

SAF121
Alan Murphy
Lonely Planet Publications
2013
808
1741798892
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$34.99

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 Fate of Africa

AFR154
Martin Meredith
Hachette
2011
792
1610390717
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Ambitious in scope, immensely readable -- and as big as a doorstop -- Martin Meredith's blockbuster country-by-country overview of the tumult in Africa since independence is now revised and updated to reflect recent events.
$23.99

The Harmless People

SAF60
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Vintage Books
1989
303
067972446X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

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

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

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 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

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

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black

SAF221
Nadine Gordimer
Penguin Putnam
2008
192
0143114239
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The Nobel Prize winner daringly explores racial identity, sexuality and loss in this marvelous collection of South African tales.
$15.00

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.
$16.00

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

Mortals, A Novel

SAF141
Norman Rush
Vintage Books
2004
736
0679737111
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A dazzling novel, set among American expatriates in 1990s Botswana. Rush pulls off the trick of making the sprawling book both personally and politically charged.
$19.95

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

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

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

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 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

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.
$6.99

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

Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope

SAF173
Beverley Naidoo
HarperCollins
2008
175
0060508019
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
For almost 50 years, apartheid forced the young people of South Africa to live apart as Blacks, Whites, Indians and "Coloreds." These stories by Carnegie Medalist Naidoo dramatize young people's choices in a beautiful country made ugly by injustice. Each short story is set in a different decade during the turbulent years from 1948 to 2000, and portrays powerful fictional characters caught up in very real events.
$6.99

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