Regular readers of this blog will know by now that I like nothing more than to disappear into the wilds, to places like the Kalahari, Namibia or Botswana. When I'm not in the wilds, I love to read about it. Here are five of the books about Africa that have inspired me over the years.
Heinrich, Philip and Ingrid van den Berg have produced a number of beautiful African wildlife photo books over the years. Their latest is Land of Contrast: Southern Africa’s diverse biomes. Guest blogger Heinrich van den Berg shares five photos from the book.
The Kalahari. It’s vast and ageless, a semi-desert of photogenic red dunes and star-crammed skies where African animals run wild. Be warned: visit it once and it may capture your heart forever. That's certainly what happened to me, and now you can read about it in my new book.
In 2009 In Search of the African Wild Dog was published, full of beautiful photos and thoughtful text by this week’s guest bloggers Roger and Pat de la Harpe. Then the Endangered Wildlife Trust suggested they should do a book on lions, ‘the next big conservation issue’. That lion book has hit book shelves across South Africa.
If you’re anything like me, reading a book about wildlife is a poor second to getting out into one of Africa’s game parks and seeing it for yourself. But there are times when that’s not possible, so here are 5 suggestions for books about wildlife that will keep you entertained until you can get your next Kruger, Etosha or Chobe ‘fix’.
You’ve travelled well when your most valuable souvenirs are the stories you can’t wait to share. Here are 6 of my favourite African travel books, in no particular order, in case you’re looking for something enjoyable to read over the holidays.
I’ve been rereading local boy Dana Snyman’s On the Back Roads. And I’m loving it just as much as I did when it first came out.
I love travel and I love books so it’s always exciting to find a new book about places I can travel to. Enter Passes & Poorts: Getaway’s top 30 scenic mountain routes in the Western Cape (Jacana 2010).
If you love wildlife and yearn to get away from the rat race to live a life that’s exciting and different, do yourself a favour and get hold of a copy of the book Hyena Nights & Kalahari Days (Jacana 2010) by husband and wife team Gus and Margie Mills.
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I'm an independent travel writer and book editor with a passion for Africa - anything from African travel, people, safari and wildlife to adventure, heritage, road-tripping and slow travel.