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Recommended Reading


Sometimes on a safari trip one has moments of appreciating true relaxation, the time to unwind, and the pleasure of simply enjoying a good book.

There is much that can be read about whilst in Africa. For a few simple novels on getting to know and understand Africa and the safari experience a little better, we recommend:

- Cry of the Kalahari, by Mark and Delia Owens

In 1974 Mark and Delia Owens, two young American scientists, auctioned off everything they owned and traveled to Africa. They were determined to study the great carnivores before lack of conservation policies led to the final destruction of African Wildlife. Cry of the Kalahari is the story of their seven years with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, birds, shrews, lizards and many other creatures they cam to know; it tells how they survive and conducted research in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.

- Whatever You Do, Don't Run, by Peter Allison

Based on the all-too-true theory in Botswana that something is only food that runs, this is an excellent holiday read that will have you laughing the whole way through. It recounts stories of Allison's experiences with wild African animals that he had as a game ranger working in Botswana - some of them serious, some of them funny, and all of them touching in some way. It is adventurous, humorous, well written in a relaxing holiday style, and ever so entertaining!

- Out of Africa, by Karen Blixen

"I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills... Up in this high air you breathed easily... you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be."
From the moment Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya in 1914 to manage a coffee plantation, her heart belonged to Africa. Drawn to the intense colours and ravaging landscapes, Blixen spent her happiest years on the farm, and her experiences and friendships with the people around her are vividly recalled in these memoirs.
Out of Africa is the story of a remarkable an unconventional woman, and of a way of life that has vanished forever.

For a great book on the subject of wildlife photography, we recommend:

- RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography, by David Tipling

This is the ultimate reference book for all aspiring and established natural history photographers, and will equip its readers with everything they need to know to help them take better digital wildlife photographs. It is accessibly written by and beautifully illustrated with the work of one of Britain's best-known wildlife photographers.

For a thorough, good quality guide to the mammals of Africa that you may encounter on your safari holiday, we recommend:

- The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa, by Burger Cillie

Having a mammal guide at your fingertips can be a useful little edge while traveling around Africa. Packed with a wealth of information and statistics, this little book will answer any questions you may have about a long list of animals that you may see on your safari. It is compact, lightweight, and very informative.

For an impressive guide to bird life in southern Africa, we recommend:

- Roberts Bird Guide, by the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund

This carry-with-you field guide is a compliment to the very exhaustive Roberts Birds, described as the best bird book on the African continent. The field guide version is well thought out and will give you a page by page colourful and informative guide to a list of birds far longer than you could hope to see, together with excellent information about their habitats, lifestyles and breeding patterns. A must have accompaniment for the avid birdwatcher.

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