A Well Read Bunch!

When heading out on safari, reading up on the culture, history, and environment of your destination is always a good idea. We have endeavored to highlight just some the books as recommended by our Partners.

We try to infuse a sense of the enormous history of Africa to guests on our safaris. Some of the recommendations are therefore histories or biographies:

The fortunes of Africa — Martin Meredith

Stanley — Tim Jeal

The Scramble for Africa — Thomas Pakenham.

The Washing of the Spears – Donald Morris

The Elephant People – Dennis Holman

The State of Africa – Martin Meredith

An African Love Story – Daphne Sheldrick

It depends on a little as to where you are going on safari and what your interests are, but the following offer interesting insights into Africa:

It’s Our turn to Eat – Michela Wrong

King Leopold’s Ghost —Adam Hochschild

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight — Alexandra Fuller

The Poisonwood Bible — Barbara Kingsolver

West With the Night — Beryl Markham

Dark Star Safari — Paul Theroux

Disgrace – JM Coetzee

Into Africa —Martin Dugard

Return to the Wild – Norman Carr

Another Day of Life – Ryszard Kapuscinski

The Lost World of the Kalahari – Laurens Van Der Post

The Soul of the White Ant – Eugene Marais

The tree where man was born — Peter Matthiessen

Elephantoms — Lyall Watson

Mimi and Toutou Go Forth — Giles Foden

Portraits in the wild — Cynthia Moss

Africa – an autobiography of a continent — John Reader

Rewilding the World — Caroline Fraser

Island Africa — Jonathan Kingdom

The Elephant Whisperer – Lawrence Anthony

Save me from the Lions mouth – James Clark

A year in the Wild – James Hendry

African Dawn – Tony Park

My Pride and Joy – George Adamson

The Shackled Continent – Robert Guest

For the story of the rise of humankind, so brilliantly told :

Born in Africa, The Quest for the Origins of Human Life – Martin Meredith

And finally, for a light-hearted comical take on the continent:

Whatever you do, Don’t run! – Hood, Hendry, Roche, Emmett

A Primate’s Memoir – Robert M. Sapolsky

“There are as many Africas as there are books about Africa — and as many books about it as you could read in a leisurely lifetime. Whoever writes a new one can afford a certain complacency in the knowledge that his is a new picture agreeing with no one else's, but likely to be haughtily disagreed with by all those who believed in some other Africa. ... Being thus all things to all authors, it follows, I suppose, that Africa must be all things to all readers.

Beryl Markham
West with the Night

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