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Old Mar 18th, 2005, 07:55 AM
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Botswana Field Guide

Have been looking for a good field guide that is specific to Botswana but have yet to find such a thing.
For those of you who have traveled to Africa ...
Will a general South Africa field guide be a better option ?
Can you recommend a good compact field guide that I can take with me.
I am assuming that most camps have guides in the vehicles but I would like to have my own to study before we depart.
7 1/2 weeks and counting...
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Old Mar 18th, 2005, 08:23 AM
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I would recommend the Richard Estes Safari Companion, it does not have color plates but has so muh relevant information about each mammal species.
If its a bird guide then either Newmans or Sasol are great.
There in Audobon guide to mammals and birds of Africa, but for study ahead I prefer the Estes.

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Old Mar 18th, 2005, 03:35 PM
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Thanks Matt.. I found a copy of Richard Estes book in our public library system.
Do you take a feild guide with you or did you find the camps had them in the vehicles?
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Old Mar 18th, 2005, 10:53 PM
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wallybrenda, the vehicles usually have a guide, but you won't be looking at it much with the live game in front of you! However, every single lodge I have visited had a great library of field guides that you can look at during siesta.
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 11:55 AM
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I dont take the mammal guide with me, preferring to read up on things before and after. I do take my Newmans Bird Guide with me, most vehicles have one, but I like my own so I can improve my spotting ability without having to have the guide passed back and forth. Also the guide sometimes has a different book and it is great fun to both have your guide available and be comparing illustrations with what you saw and achieve consensus on an ID.
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