South Africa : Reading list

You can start getting into the country you are visiting before you go away by doing some background reading. Many hotels and camps have reference books for your enjoyment and interest, but you may want to do some reading in advance and the following list provides a few suggestions. We have also included novels about other parts of Africa which we thought you might enjoy.

Travel and Wildlife Guides

  • The Bradt Travel Guide South Africa
  • Rough Guide South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland
  • Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland
  • Southern African Wildlife (Bradt Wildlife Guides), Mike Unwin
  • Southern Africa (Lonely Planet Watching Wildlife)
  • A Field Guide to African Wildlife, Peter Alden and Richard Estes
  • The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals, Richard Estes
  • Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa and Common Birds of Botswana, Ken Newman
  • Newman’s Birds of the Kruger Park, Newman
  • Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands, Alan Kemp
  • Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey and Warwick Traboton

Biographies, novels and other interesting reading

  • Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela
  • Shadow of the Sun: My African Life, Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • Disgrace, JM Coetzee
  • Africa: A Biography of the Continent, John Reader
  • The Electric Elephant, D Jacobson
  • Shadow of the Sun: My African Life, Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • Don’t Lets Go To The Dogs Tonight ,Alexandra Fuller
  • A Good Man In Africa, William Boyd
  • White Mischief, James Fox
  • The Bang Bang Club, Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  • Mukiwa, Peter Godwin
  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  • The Last King of Scotland, Giles Fodden
  • No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith

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