Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Recommended Books About South Africa and its People

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A Long Walk to Freedom

by Nelson Mandela

The famously taciturn South African president reveals much of himself in Long Walk to Freedom. A good deal of this autobiography was written secretly while Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years on Robben Island by South Africa’s apartheid regime. Among the book’s interesting revelations is Mandela’s ambivalence toward his lifetime of devotion to public works. It cost him two marriages and kept him distant from a family life he might otherwise have cherished. Long Walk to Freedom also discloses a strong and generous spirit that refused to be broken under the most trying circumstances–a spirit in which just about everybody can find something to admire.

South Africa

by Dorling Kindersley

The guides that show you what others only tell you! Whether it’s the wine, the wildlife or the watersports that draw you to South Africa, make sure you see it all with this essential guide. Explore the Palace of the Lost City and plan your trip to Kruger National Park using the unique 3D models and maps. With tips on where to sample traditional or fusion cuisine you can soak up the true South African experience with the locals.

The Boer War

by Thomas Pakenham

The war declared by the Boers on 11 October 1899 gave the British, as Kipling said, “no end of a lesson”. It proved to be the longest, the costliest, the bloodiest and the most humiliating campaign that Britain fought between 1815 and 1914. Thomas Pakenham has written a full-scale history of the war, based on first-hand and largely unpublished sources ranging from the private papers of the leading protagonists to the recollections of survivors from both sides.

Cape Town (Lonely Planet S.)

by Simon Richmond

This guide to Cape Town provides detailed coverage of the architecture of Cape Town, walking tours of the city, a special section on gay and lesbian Cape Town, as well as much more.

Southern African Wildlife

by Mike Unwin

The wildlife of southern Africa is the major attraction for visitors to this popular region. This highly focused guide encompasses all the best wildlife regions south of the Zambezi and Kunene rivers: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, southern Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Giving an overview of each of the diverse habitats of the region, it provides a colourful introduction to the mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates of the area, covering all major animal groups and their behavioural characteristics. Offering a country-by-country summary of key wildlife sites, the guide suggests how to make the most of a safari, from planning your trip to tracks and signs and photography tips. Designed both as a souvenir and a practical guide, the book should appeal to the field naturalist and the first-time safari visitor alike.

Kruger National Park

by L.E.O. Braack

Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres of undisturbed savanna, woodland, riverine forest and mountain ranges, the Kruger National Park has a rich mix of wildlife. This guide to the park contains useful information, travel tips, maps and suggested excursions.

Road Atlas of South Africa

by Claudia DOS Santos

An informative and beautifully illustrated Atlas with concise, user-friendly text. Detailed maps highlight scenic routes, national parks and places of interest and are accompanied by full-colour photographs, climate charts and “top attractions” fact panels. The Area Map section contains all the top tourist regions, indicating quality hotels, places of interest, road conditions, useful contact numbers and travel tips, as well as exciting events and festivals. The Town Plans are of major centres and indicate name and position of hotels, one-way streets, parking areas, places of interest, libraries and post offices. Comprehensive street plan of Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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