Five Must-Read Books for Wildlife and Safari Enthusiasts

Posted by Tania on Fri April 19, 2024.

In April, we celebrate World Book Day - a time to reflect on the pivotal role that books continue to play in enriching our lives. We particularly value how books can ignite incredible journeys and deepen our understanding of the environments and creatures we encounter on safari. Whether you’re preparing for your next South African adventure or simply dreaming of the wild from your living room, we’ve curated a list of five essential reads for you to enjoy.

"Sasol Birds of Southern Africa" by Ian Sinclair

This comprehensive guide is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the birdlife of Southern Africa. Complete with the latest updates, detailed illustrations, and helpful regional maps, "Sasol Birds of Southern Africa" is ideal for both beginner birdwatchers and expert ornithologists. Keep this guide close at hand on safari, whether you are lounging in camp, embarking on a morning bush walk, or enjoying a sunset game drive.

"Beat About the Bush: Mammals and Birds" by Trevor Carnaby

Dive into the intricate details of wildlife behaviour with Trevor Carnaby’s indispensable guide, "Beat About the Bush: Mammals and Birds." This book is packed with insights into the motivations behind various species' actions in the wild. It's perfect for those who wish to move beyond mere observation, offering a richer appreciation of animal life and survival strategies.

"Sappi Tree Spotting Lowveld including Kruger National Park” by Val Thomas and Rina Grant

Discover the diverse botanical life of the Lowveld with "Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld including Kruger National Park." Essential for anyone wanting to identify and appreciate the trees and shrubs in this unique area, this guide features colour illustrations that highlight the unique characteristics of each species and their typical locations.

"Game Drive" by Heinrich van den Berg

"Game Drive" offers a unique, pocket-sized, full-color guide perfect for any safari in Southern Africa. Filled with the stunning photography of the renowned Van den Bergs, this hardcover book provides practical tips on spotting, identifying, and documenting the region’s rich wildlife. This guide is available for purchase at the Shumbalala Game Lodge gift shop.

“Long Walk to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela

"Long Walk to Freedom" is the profound autobiography of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first Black president and a pivotal figure in the country’s history. Recounted in his own words, this book covers his journey from his early years to his fight against apartheid, imprisonment, and eventual rise to national leadership, offering crucial insight into the historical and cultural landscape of South Africa.

Whether you’re planning your next safari or dreaming about future travels, these books are perfect companions to ignite your passion for the wild and prepare you for the adventure of a lifetime.

Happy reading, adventurers!