Recommended Reading

It is not necessary to do any pre-departure reading or purchase any field guides, however an understanding of Africa and also of her people and wildlife will add another dimension to your trip. A basic understanding of wildlife behaviour will also improve your photographs immeasurably.

Your guide is likely to be carrying a copy of the SASOL or Newman’s Bird book and there will also be a small library of reference books at most of the camps. Many guests discover a sudden appreciation of birds after a couple of days in Africa so you may enjoy taking your own bird book.

We would be delighted to hear about any other books (fiction or non-fiction) that you have enjoyed or found useful and would like to share with future guests.

Safari Guides

  • Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa: Chris & Tilde Stuart
  • The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals: Jonathan Kingdon
  • The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals: Richard Estes
  • Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa: Ken Newman
  • SASOL Birds of Southern Africa: Ian Sinclair
  • Birds of Prey of Southern, Central, and East Africa: David Allan
  • Field Guide to the Snakes & Other Reptiles of Southern Africa: Bill Branch
  • Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa: Piet van Wyk & Braam van Wyk
  • Wildlife of Southern Africa: Vincent Carruthers
  • A Field Guide to the Tracks and Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife: Chris & Tilde Stuart


  • Richard du Toit’s Essential Wildlife Photography: Richard du Toit
  • RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography: David Tipling

History, culture and politics

  • The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence: Martin Meredith
  • The Life and Work of Thomas Baines: Jane Carruthers
  • A Marriage of Inconvenience: Michael Dutfield
  • The Scramble for Africa: Thomas Pakenham
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela: Nelson Mandela
  • King Leopold’s Ghost: A story of greed, terror and heroism: Adam Hochschild
  • Dark Safari: The Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley: John Bierman

Natural history, ecology and conservation

  • Cry of the Kalahari: Mark and Delia Owens
  • The Lost World of the Kalahari: Sir Laurens Van Der Post
  • The Harmless People: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
  • The Bushmen: Anthony Bannister and Peter Johnson
  • The Elephant Whisperer: Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence


  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: Alexander McCall Smith
  • When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: Peter Godwin
  • Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa: Peter Godwin
  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood: Alexandra Fuller
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness: Alexandra Fuller
  • The Last Resort: A Zimbabwe Memoir: Douglas Rogers
  • House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-torn Zimbabwe: Christina Lamb
  • The Africa House: Christina Lamb
  • Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart: Tim Butcher
  • Chasing the Devil: On Foot Through Africa’s Killing Fields: Tim Butcher
  • Don’t Run Whatever You Do: My adventures as a safari guide: Peter Allison
  • The Poisonwood Bible: Barbara Kingsolver