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Wade Nolan put together his top 15 Africa books for you to dive into the world of adventure. These reads are sure to prepare you and excite your spirit for your wildlife safari.

Dark Continent Explorer's
Best Books for African Safari Reading

1.    Mark and Delia Owens – Cry of the Kalahari – A modern classic to let us know that it is still possible to have new adventures.  This combination of adventure and scientific discover will probably teach you more about Africa and wildlife any other book.
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2.   Laurens Van Der Post – read anything from him but particularly, The Lost World of the Kalahari, The Heart of the Hunter and Last Testament to the Bushmen. Written by a man who grew up in Africa, was raised by a Bushwoman, was a personal friend of Carl Jung's, is a veteran in the practical aspects of adventure in the Bush, and is one of the wisest men of our age.
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3.   Shawn Varty and Molly Buchanan – I Speak of Africa The Story of Londolozi Game Reserve – Lots of animal anecdotes and an interesting history/perspective on the toil and tears of African wildlife management.  Great pictures from one of South Africa's great game lodges.
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4.  Fredrick Courtney Selous – African Nature Reminiscences -an old classic.  The scientific eye of Selous marks him as just as superb a guide today as in his own time.
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5.   Cynthia Moss – Elephant Memories, Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family – Cynthia has been involved with the elephants of Amboseli since 1973.  She and her colleagues have made a substantial contribution to our knowledge of elephant biology and behavior.  In this book she follows one extended family through 13 years of good times and bad times, observing details of their daily lives.  Any reader interested in animals will be captivated.
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6.   Karen Ross – Okavango, Jewel of the Kalahari
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7.   Sir Percy Fitzpatrick – Jock of the Bushveld – This tale of trekking supplies across the African bush in South Africa was written by a man who became a right hand man to one of the Landlords.
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8.   Ernest Hemingway – True at First Light [a new posthumous publication] and The Green Hills of Africa [his classic] – no one has a better eye for Africa, or can describe it or its affect on the human spirit as well as Papa.  If you want to go on a walking safari, read Hemingway.
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9.  Beryl Markham – West With the Night – Great descriptions of safaris with Bror Blixen
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10.  Isak Dinesen – Out of Africa – Her lyric descriptions of safaris and African life are superb.
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11.  Bartle Bull – Safari: A Chronicle of Adventure – Rollicking tales by the master of the genre. Also Cafe on the Nile and White Rhino Hotel.
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12.  Derek and Beverly Joubert – Hunting With the Moon: The Lions of Savuti. Also, the Africa Diaries: An Illustrated Memoir of Life in the Bush. The Joubert's are veteran wildlife photographers and movie makers, this couple are involved in Wilderness Safari's Vumuru and Duba Plain's Camp
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Trevor CarnabyBeat about the Bush (mammals) – This is the most informative wildlife guidebook on the market. Trevor not only shows quality pictures of the animals you'll encounter on a safari but his narrative is the best on how these animals interact with their environment.
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14. Trevor CarnabyBeat about the Bush (birds) – Carnaby's Bird Guide will not only help you ID Africa's birds but you'll learn about is lifestyle in the bush.
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15. Kobie Kruger The Wilderness Family: At Home With Africa’s Wildlife – Kobie's vivid true narrative will take you into the life of a ranger and his wife in Kruger Park as they raise a lion cub. During your safari you will be able to experience Kobie's "Kruger National Park."

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