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ElleD9 Nov 27th, 2006 03:53 PM

Suggested Reading pre-trip
Hi, I am so looking forward to our upcoming trip to Zambia, S Africa and Mozambique this February/Mrch. I can't read enough about these places, but you can only re-read the guidebooks so many times, so I've branched out and picked up some books, travel essays. So far, I've enjoyed paul Theroux's "Dark Star Safari" and Gavin Bell's "Over the Rainbow". I'd really appreciate any tips on other tomes from the Fodor's Africaphiles! Thanks, Ellie

Marija Nov 27th, 2006 04:18 PM

I really enjoyed "A Primate's Memoir: a neuroscientist's unconventional life among the baboons" by Robert M. Sapolsky.

matnikstym Nov 27th, 2006 04:53 PM

The Mark and Deliah Owens books are good reads, I think they have 3-4 out now-the latest is not the best, start with the first one.

Celia Nov 28th, 2006 06:31 AM

There have been several good threads on this topic in the forum here. Search for "Gordimer" and "The Covenant" and you'll find them and also links to other threads.

OnlyMeOirish Nov 28th, 2006 08:00 AM

I second "A Primates Memoir" and I have also just finished "A White Boy in Africa" - both very good reads.


Treepol Nov 29th, 2006 12:42 AM


you might enjoy the following:

Fuller, Alexandra - Scribbling the cat
(Zambia and Mozambique)

Guhrs, Vic - The Trouble with Africa : stories from a safari camp (Zambia)

Lamb, Christina - The Africa house

Malathronas, John - Rainbow diary (South Afica)

Meyer, Deon - Heart of the hunter (South Africa - fiction)

Batrus, Carol - When elephants fly : one wpman's journey from Wall Street to Zululand

Happy reading,


santharamhari Nov 29th, 2006 01:07 AM

They are all great books i'm sure....but, the most authentic reading you can do is all our trip reports and other miscellaneous info right here on these boards.....

Enjoy!!! and have a great trip.....


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