Travelling in Africa seems like a dream for many people who live outside the continent. However, it’s a great destination for everyone to explore, including domestic explorers. While the coronavirus limits travel at moment, most people hope that one day soon, they can get out and about on adventures. Whether you visit Botswana, South Africa, or further afield, sooner or later you’re bound to wish you packed a few books other than bird, mammal, and flora guides. Here’s five that we recommend for a lazy day.
Travelling in Africa brings moments of adventure but also restful hours
Whether you splash out money on a properly guided safari or choose a self-catering option in places like Kruger or elsewhere, sooner or later, you run out of reading material. There’s plenty to keep you interested or even some adrenalin moments. However, throughout Africa, hot days mean lazy hours. What better than a book to keep you amused?
Travelling in Africa brings an opportunity to read some excellent books. In fact, people never stop writing them. A recent addition was written by an American-born naturalized African ranger, Edward Ostrosky. Titled Macphersons Elephant, it reveals a fictionalised story of living with elephants and poachers in a protected area on the border of war-torn Mozambique. As an ex-manager of the Tembe Elephant Park in KwaZulu, expect to find some interesting takes on the animals and local culture. You can order it from Amazon. South Africans will also find an eBook HERE.
Whatever You Do, Don’t Run by Peter Allison
When travelling in Africa, sometimes, you don’t want a book that tells you how marvellous a safari guide is. If you look for funny anecdotes, combined with some sizzling moments, then look no further than Peter Allison’s book. Self-deprecating, real, and hugely entertaining, the Botswana guide who became famous brings a totally readable book. Likely, you’ll read it cover to cover in a day. And then, read it again. He later made a name for himself on National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, and on television programs such as Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures.
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony comes highly recommended. It’s possible that before you go travelling in Africa you already watched the movie. Made after the death of the author, it’s an incredibly touching story about rescued elephants in Zululand. Tragedy, successes and tears meet with some exceptional insights into the elephants. The book was translated into many languages and distributed across the world. Even if you saw the movie, it’s worth a read. Order it HERE or look for it in your local bookshop.
Can You Smell The Rain? and The Lost World of The Kalahari
The next book you should think about when travelling in Africa is Can you Smell the Rain?: A Memoir of Mozambique: From communism and war to democracy and peace – From boardroom intrigue to private islands. In the description on Amazon, it reads, “It is proof that nothing is impossible and Africa offers an opportunity to those who persist.” Aardvark Safaris and Azura Retreats recommend it.
Well, the final book we recommend when you are travelling in Africa comes from Laurens van der Post. Written in the 1950s, it covers the time when he became an expert as the principal chronicler of the Stone Age Kalahari Bushmen. His reputation became a bit tarnished after his death as some people accused him of embellishment. Nevertheless, the book makes for a fascinating read.
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