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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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Item EXSAF176. Buy these 6 items as a set for $125 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't Look Behind You!

SAF252
Peter Allison
Lyons Press
2009
256
1599214695
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Subtitled A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos, this harrowing and hilarious travel narrative makes you feel like you’re right there on safari.
$16.95

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

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 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

Horn of Darkness, Rhinos on the Edge

NMB07
Carol Cunningham, Joel Berger
Oxford University Press
2000
256
0195138805
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A lively account of field work, combining adventure, natural history and thoughtful commentary on the plight of the severely endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia.
$50.00

Soul of a Lion, One Woman's Quest to Rescue Africa's Wildlife Refugees

NMB26
Barbara Bennett
National Geographic
2010
320
1426206542
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Bennett recounts with affection and humor her volunteer sabbatical at Namibia's Harnas Wildlife Foundation, where she worked with orphaned, injured and abandoned wild animals alongside Harnas' inspiring founder, Marieta van der Merwe.
$26.00

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

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

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Power of One

SAF26
Bryce Courtenay
Ballantine Books
1996
528
034541005X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This riveting novel tells of the coming-of-age of a six-year-old English boy in South Africa during the darkest days of largely pro-Nazi South Africa, based on the author's childhood.
$17.00

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

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

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

Mukiwa, A White Boy in Africa

SAF33
Peter Godwin
Grove Press
2005
432
0802141927
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The unsentimental story of a boy's coming of age in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in the 1960s, offering a rare perspective on the consequences of colonialism.
$16.00

The Eye of the Elephant, An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness

ZMB04
Mark Owens, Delia Owens
Lightning Source
1993
305
0395680905
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The adventures of conservationists Mark and Delia Owens in the Luangwa River Valley of Zambia. They set up camp in the wilderness among the elephants, but are drawn into an ugly struggle with the local people.
$18.95

Living Fossil, The Story of the Coelacanth

BST09
Keith Stewart Thomson
W. W. Norton & Company
1992
256
0393308685
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Thomson relates the remarkable discovery of the long-thought-extinct fossil fish in the deep waters of the Mozambique channel and Comoros Islands.
$19.95

Sands of Silence, On Safari in Namibia

NMB03
Peter Hathaway Capstick
St. Martin's Press
1991
214
0312064594
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
With its color photography and enthusiasm for hunting, this first-person account is classic Capstick -- and an absorbing, appreciative look at the country, its people and wildlife.
$35.00

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

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

Picturing Bushmen, The Denver African Expedition of 1925

NMB05
Robert James Gordon
Ohio University Press
1997
325
0821411888
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Serious-minded, wonderfully illustrated and informative, this book not only documents the 1925 expedition to Etosha in search of the "Bushman," it also cleverly shows the key role of the expedition in romanticizing the Heikum.
$24.95

Africa's Vanishing Wildlife

AFR43
Chris Stuart
Smithsonian Institution Press
1996
208
1560986786
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Outstanding photography and text profiling wildlife found all over the continent.
$45.00

The Behavior Guide to African Mammals

AFR54
Richard Estes
University of California Press
2012
611
0520272978
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
The 20th anniversary edition of Estes' authoritative overview of the ecology and behavior of African mammals is for serious-minded safari-goers and scientists alike.
$44.95

The Washing of the Spears

SAF49
Donald R. Morris
Da Capo Press
1998
692
0306808668
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Written at Hemingway's suggestion, this sprawling chronicle of the Zulu nation and particularly of the war of 1879, takes places in an "endless land of scattered riches and infinite variety."
$27.95

Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa

SAF67
Alan Barnard
Cambridge University Press
1992
379
0521428653
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A scholarly comparative study of San ("Bushmen"), Khokhoi ("Hottentot") and Damara peoples of the Kalahari.
$57.00

Journeys With Flies

SAF69
Edwin Wilmsen
University of Chicago Press
1999
168
0226900185
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An impressionist account of field work and travels among the Zhu, Mbanduru and Tswana people of the Kalahari in Botswana.
$32.00

The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives, An Illustrated Guide to Their Evolution and Natural History

BST50
Alan Turner, Mauricio Anton (Illustrator)
Columbia University Press
2000
256
0231102291
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A thoroughly researched guide to modern felines and their ancestors.
$29.95

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

African Animal Tracks

AFR107
James Kavanaugh
Waterford Press
1999
1583550372
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A fold-out, laminated pocket field guide featuring the tracks of almost 150 species.
$7.95

African Birds

AFR108
James Kavanaugh, Raymond Leung (Illustrator)
Waterford Press
2000
158355033X
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A laminated fold-out guide illustrating almost 150 species of African birds.
$7.95

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

African Predators

AFR114
M.G.L. Mills, Gus Mills, Martin Harvey (Photographer)
Smithsonian Institution Press
2001
160
1560980966
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A natural history of the giant cats and other predators of Africa, covering evolution, behavior and conservation, and complemented by full-color photographs.
$39.95

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

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

Elephantoms, Tracking the Elephant

SAF129
Lyall Watson
W. W. Norton & Company
2003
261
0393324591
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
An evocative account of the myth, lore and nature of elephants in South Africa.
$19.95

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

The Peopling of Africa, A Geographic Interpretation

AFR140
James L. Newman
Yale University Press
1997
252
0300072805
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An anthropological study of Africa, which considers, among other factors, genetics, religion, language and technology.
$26.00

The Remarkable Baobab

NAT71
Thomas Pakenham
W. W. Norton & Company
2004
144
0393059898
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A celebration of the tremendous, twisted baobabs of Africa, Madagascar and Australia in 60 large-format color photographs.
$19.95

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

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