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Passage to 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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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

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

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

Big Five of Africa

AFR241
Gerald Hinde (Photographer)
Struik
2009
143
1770071571
PAPER
Natural History
1/1/2112 12:00:00 AM
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

Southern Africa Map

SAF09
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2016
2
3865745040
MAP
Reference
0
0
1
0
Scaled at 1:2,500,000, this shaded relief map covers South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and southern portions of Angola, Zambia and Mozambique.
$13.95

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

More Books

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

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

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.
$59.00

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

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

Sleepwalking Land

SAF220
David Brookshaw (Translator), Mia Couto
Serpent's Tail
2006
213
185242897X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Written by a native Mozambican in Portuguese (and translated to English), this highly-acclaimed novel of turmoil and civil war is rich with magical realism. This novel has been included on lists of the best African books of the 20th century.
$16.95

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

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 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

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