Safari Reading List

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.

~ St Augustine 

Travel to Africa will illuminate your world. Our clients frequently return with stories about how much they learned about the wildlife they saw, the environment, and the local culture. Much of your learning will come from the local people you encounter, particularly your safari guide. But we strongly encourage you to find some time to do some arm chair traveling in advance of your departure by reading a few of our recommended books listed below.

EAST AFRICA
• Out of Africa, Shadows on the Grass – Isak Dinesen (aka Karen Blixen)
• I Dreamed of Africa – Kuki Gallman
• West with the Night – Beryl Markham
• The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories – Ernest Hemingway
• Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story – Dame Daphne Sheldrick
• Unbowed – Wangari Maathai
• The Hanging Tree – David Lambkin
• The Tree Where Man Was Born – Peter Matthiessen
• Year of the Gorilla – George Schaller
• In the Dust of Kilimanjaro – David Western
• Coming of Age with Elephants – Joyce Pool
• Land of a Thousand Hills – Roz Carr
• Dark Star Safari – Paul Theroux
• Circling the Sun – Paula McLain
• A Guide to the Birds of East Africa – Nicholas Drayson
• Out in the Midday Sun – Elspeth Huxley
• The In-Between World of Vikram Lall – M.G Vassanji
• The White Masai – C. Hofmann

SOUTHERN AFRICA
• Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
• Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
• African Stories – Doris Lessing
• A Walk with a White Bushman – Laurens van der Post
• The Covenant – J.A. Michener
• Life and Times of Michael K, Waiting for the Barbarians, Disgrace – J.M Coetzee
• Brave Men’s Blood – Ian Knight
• Elephant Song, The Leopard Hunts in Darkness – Wilbur Smith
• South African Wine – Hughes, Hands, Kench et al
• The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
• Blood River – T. Butcher
• No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
• Makiwa, When the Crocodile Eats the Sun, The Fear – Peter Godwin
• Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness – Alexandra Fuller
• The Last Resort – Douglas Rogers
• Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

HISTORY
•Africa: Biography of a Continent – John Reader
•The State of Africa – Martin Meredith
•The Scramble for Africa – Thomas Pakenham

WILDLIFE
• Adventuring in East Africa – Allen Bechky
• Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania – Dale Zimmerman et al
• Insight Guides East African Wildlife
• In the Shadow of Man – Jane Goodall
• A Field Guide to Wildlife Photography in East Africa – Joe McDonald
• Travels Along the Edge – David Noland
• Safari: A Chronicle of Adventure – Bartle Bull
• Behaviour Guide to African Mammals and The Safari Companion – Richard D. Estes
• Adventuring in Southern Africa – Allen Bechky
• Complete Guide to Walks and Trails in South Africa – Jaynee Levy
• Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa – Kenneth Newman
• Guide to Southern African Game & Nature Reserves – Chris & Tilde Stuart
• Guide to Southern African Safari Lodges – Peter Joyce
• The Lions and Elephants of Chobe – Bruce Aitken
• Kalahari – Life’s Variety in Dune and Delta – Michael Main
• Zambezi – River of Africa – Mike Coppinger and Jumbo Williams
• African Thunder – The Victoria Falls – Jan and Fiona Teede
• Eye of The Elephant – Mark and Delia Owen
• Running Wild: Dispelling the Myths of African Wild Dog – John McNutt
• Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa – Braam Van Wyk & Piet Van Wyk
• Cathedral of the Wild: An African Journey Home – Boyd Varty
• Whatever You Do, Don’t Run (Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide) – Peter Allison
• The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild – Lawrence Anthony

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