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South Africa: An Elegant Adventure

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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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Essential Reading Package-EXSAF333

Item EXSAF333. Buy these 5 items as a set for $91 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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 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
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

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

Culture Smart! South Africa

SAF169
David Holt-Biddle
Kuperard
2007
168
1857333462
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This handy guide will help you navigate local customs, etiquette and culture.
$9.95

Eyewitness Guide South Africa

SAF138
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
464
1465427112
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

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

A History of South Africa

SAF101
Leonard Thompson
Yale University Press
2014
512
0300189354
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A succinct history of South Africa, especially strong on early Africans and European colonization.
$20.00

Beyond the Miracle, Inside the New South Africa

SAF166
Allister Sparks
University of Chicago Press
2009
408
0226768597
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The South African journalist (Tomorrow is Another Country SAF31) continues the tale of the transformation of South Africa and its accomplishments, failures and challenges in the decade following the collapse of apartheid.
$20.00

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 Making of Modern South Africa, Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy

SAF222
Nigel Worden
John Wiley & Son
2012
198
1405154292
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This well-researched, readable primer covers South African history from colonial conquest to the end of apartheid and beyond, with an updated chapter focusing on 1994 to 2007. Worden is a professor of history at the University of Cape Town.
$39.95

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

The Life and African Exploration of Dr. David Livingstone

AFR192
David Livingstone
Cooper Square Press
2002
656
0815412088
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A reproduction of Livingstone's original 1876 report on his exploration of Africa. Includes lithographic illustrations and facsimiles of notebooks, diary entries and letters.
$28.95

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

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

Stanley, The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

AFR198
Tim Jeal
Yale University Press
2008
608
0300142234
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this grand biography, drawing on previously unavailable family archives, Jeal spins a surprising, revisionist tale of a life of tragedy, adventure, disappointment and success.
$18.00

The Mirror at Midnight, A South African Journey

SAF190
Adam Hochschild
Mariner Books
2007
308
0618758259
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Hochschild provides a new epilogue for this paper edition of his 1990 report from South Africa, a riveting blend of journalism, travel and history.
$17.95

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

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

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

South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion

SAF236
Isabel Balseiro (Editor), Tobias Hecht (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2009
239
1883513227
PAPER
Anthology
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

The Conservationist

SAF218
Nadine Gordimer
Viking
1983
272
0140047166
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Gordimer's subtle Booker Prize-winning novel portrays a wealthy South African industrialist who struggles to preserve his way of life, his power and his possessions in the face of massive injustice.
$16.00

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

Big Five of Africa

AFR241
Gerald Hinde (Photographer)
Struik
2009
143
1770071571
PAPER
Natural History
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 inches.
$20.00

South Africa

SAF288
Michael Poliza
teNeues
2010
240
3832794131
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
1
Poliza (Africa, Eyes Over Africa, AntARCTIC) reeled in several South African photographer friends for this vivid portrait of a nation, its people, cities and villages, landscapes and wildlife.
$12.95

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 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

More Books

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

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

Time Out Cape Town

SAF164
Time Out
TimeOut
2016
280
1846703611
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Compact, informative and lively, this outstanding guide covers where to go and what to do in Cape Town and surroundings.
$19.95

Skinner's Drift

SAF168
Lisa Fugard
Scribner
2006
304
0743272994
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This family drama, by the daughter of playwright Athol Fugard, unspools in Johannesburg, where the main character returns to care for her dying father.
$19.99

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

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

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

Akimbo and the Snakes

AFR172
Alexander McCall Smith, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
Bloomsbury USA
2006
80
1582347050
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A chapter book for young readers by the astoundingly prolific author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. In this tale, Akimbo visits his uncle's snake farm and meets the deadly green mamba. Geared for 8-9 year olds.
$9.95

Wild Safari Scratch and Sketch

EAF155
Heather Zschock, Kerren Barbas (Illustrator)
Peter Pauper Press
2005
64
1593599714
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Reveal the wildlife of Africa as you copy simple sketches of 20 amazing animals in this fun activity book. The bright colors and fascinating facts are enough to entice any youngster.
$12.99

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

Spud

SAF201
John van de Ruit
Penguin Putnam
2008
336
1595141871
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Van der Ruit's spirited young adult novel follows a boy's hilarious steps towards manhood in an elite boarding school as Apartheid is crumbling in 1990.
$9.99

Countries of the World: South Africa

SAF210
Viriginia Mace
2008
64
1426302037
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A vivid introduction to the cultural history, rich biodiversity and varied landscapes of South Africa. For middle readers.
$27.90

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