Botswana Timeless Wilderness Book List



Cry of the Kalahari, Seven Years in Africa’s Last Great Wilderness

Author: Mark Owens, Delia Owens
Type: Biography Published: 1985
Format: PAPER Pages: 352
Cost: $14.75
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The story of a family thrown out of Botswana for its stance on conservation. While their approach to conservation is controversial, there’s no doubt that the Owens are dedicated to the wildlife of Southern Africa — and are very good writers.”

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

Author: Robyn Scott
Type: Biography Published: 2009
Format: PAPER Pages: 464
Cost: $9.89
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Haphazardly schooled by her free-spirited mother and left to roam the bush, Scott writes with warmth and candor of her unconventional upbringing in Botswana, commenting on her Grandpa Ivor (personal pilot to the first president of Botswana), physician father’s work, unfortunate pets, siblings and adventures.”


Field Guides

Wildlife of East Africa

Author: Martin B. Withers
Type: Field Guide Published: 2002
Format: PAPER Pages: 256
Cost $19.95
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This take-along guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages.

The Safari Companion

Author: Richard Estes
Type: Field Guide Published: 1999
Format: PAPER Pages: 459
Cost $30.00
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An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa’s mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind.

Big Five of Africa

Author: Gerald Hinde (Photographer)
Type: Natural History Published: 2009
Format: PAPER Pages: 143
Cost $20
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Award-winning wildlife photographer Gerald Hinde’s stunning photographs celebrate Africa’s lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalos. Brief but informative text introduces each animal but the photographs (rightly) are the main focus. Size: 8 x 8 inches.

African Wildlife

Author: James Kavanaugh
Type: Field Guide Published: 1999
Format: PLASTIC CARD Pages: 0
Cost $7.95
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A laminated foldout guide illustrating almost 150 species of African animals, designed for quick reference in the field.

Birds of Botswana

Author: Peter Hancock
Type: Field Guide Published: 2015
Format: PAPER Pages: 400
Cost: $29.95
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This companion to Botswana’s diverse birdlife presents every species recorded to date, with more than 1,200 color illustrations, detailed species accounts, seasonality and breeding bars and distribution maps.”

Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa

Author: Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton
Type: Field Guide Published: 2011
Format: PAPER Pages: 447
Cost: $35.00
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This compact, comprehensive field guide features 200 dazzling color plates covering 950 species of birds from South Africa to southern Mozambique. Fourth Edition.”

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

Author: Jonathan Kingdon
Type: Field Guide Published: 2004
Format: PAPER Pages: 272
Cost $29.95
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A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon’s celebrated guide that includes information on distribution, ecology and conservation status, with 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps.

Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa

Author: Kenneth Newman
Type: Field Guide Published: 2010
Format: PAPER Pages: 538
Cost: $26.00
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The eighth edition of the classic field guide, our favorite for Southern Africa, with hundreds of large color plates and revised information on habitats and distribution. Maps, text and illustrations are grouped together for easy reference. This is the book to carry anywhere south of the Zambezi.”

Southern African Wildlife, A Visitor’s Guide

Author: Mike Unwin
Type: Field Guide Published: 2011
Format: PAPER Pages: 234
Cost: $26.99
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A popular photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text.”

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals

Author: Jonathan Kingdon
Type: Field Guide Published: 2015
Format: PAPER Pages: 544
Cost: $49.50
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This stunningly illustrated, comprehensive field guide by a leading authority includes over 500 of Kingdon’s exquisite color paintings. Fully revised and updated with more than 1,100 species.”

The Wildlife of Southern Africa

Author: “Vincent Carruthers (Editor), Kenneth Newman (Illustrator)”
Type: Field Guide Published: 2017
Format: PAPER Pages: 320
Cost: $23.00
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With 1,200 color illustrations by a range of experts, this compact field guide includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish and plants that a traveler is likely to encounter in southern Africa.

Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana

Author: Eugene Moll
Type: Field Guide Published: 2014
Format: PAPER Pages: 400
Cost: $29.95
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A complete guide to the wildflowers of the region, including 332 of the most commonly encountered species. The flowers are arranged by predominant color and their pictures are accompanied by descriptions, Setswana common names and the plants’ traditional uses.”

Wildlife of the Okavango, Common Animals and Plants

Author: Duncan Butchart
Type: Field Guide Published: 2017
Format: PAPER Pages: 144
Cost: $11.95
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An easy-to-use, all-in-one field reference to the Okavango and surrounding sanctuaries: Moremi, Chobe, Mudumo and Caprivi Strip. It fully describes over 300 common species and combines useful information on geology, climate and habitat with plenty of color photographs.”

Culture Smart! Botswana

Author: Michael Main
Type: Guidebook Published: 2007
Format: PAPER Pages: 168
Cost: $11.99
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A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.”



Affluence Without Abundance, The Disappearing World of the Bushmen

Author: James Suzman
Type: History Published: 2017
Format: HARD COVER Pages: 288
Cost: $29.00
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Suzman takes readers into the world of the San people of southern Africa, the longest-enduring civilization in human history that is well known for living privately, having few needs and living in harmony with the environment.”

Africa, a Biography of the Continent

Author: John Reader
Type: History Published: 1999
Format: PAPER Pages: 816
Cost $21.00
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With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.

The Scramble for Africa

Author: Thomas Pakenham
Type: History Published: 1992
Format: PAPER Pages: 738
Cost: $23.99
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Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in 19th-century Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.”




Author: Norman Rush
Type: Literature Published: 1992
Format: PAPER Pages: 480
Cost: $16.95
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This comic novel evokes daily life in Botswana and skewers the notion of well-intentioned academics at large in the developing world. The description of a trek from Gaborone to the Kalahari is terrific. Winner of the National Book Award.

The Double Comfort Safari Club

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Type: Literature Published: 2011
Format: PAPER Pages: 211
Cost: $15.95
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Infinitely patient Precious Ramotswe and her prickly secretary (make that assistant detective!) Grace Makutsi, head to the Okavango Delta where there have been several unexplained and troubling events including the demise of one of the guests.”



Botswana Map

Author: Reise Know How
Type: Reference Published: 2014
Format: MAP Pages: 1
Cost: $14.95
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A detailed map of Botswana at a scale of 1:1,000,000. Unfolded size: 27 x 39 inches.”

Botswana Adventure Map

Author: National Geographic Society
Type: Reference Published: 2012
Format: MAP Pages: 1
Cost: $11.95
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Waterproof and tear-resistant, this double-sided travel shows parks, preserves, roads and towns at a scale of 1:1,100,000.”

Safari Planning Map, East & Southern Africa

Author: The Africa Adventure Company
Type: Reference Published: 2015
Format: MAP Pages: 1
Cost: $11.95
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This large-scale, colorful map covers the top safari countries and important wildlife reserves of East and Southern Africa. With enlargements of key regions like Northern Tanzania, Southern Kenya and Northern Botswana to Victoria Falls, the map includes information on planning your safari and climate graphs.”


Travel Narrative

Whatever You Do, Don’t Run

Author: Peter Allison
Type: Travel Narrative Published: 2013
Format: PAPER Pages: 272
Cost: $18.95
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Allison spins captivating tales of wildlife, camps and the life of a safari guide into a hilarious, slyly informative introduction to Botswana.”

Relentless Enemies

Author: Beverly Joubert
Type: Travel Narrative Published: 2007
Format: HARD COVER Pages: 176
Cost: $19.98
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Beautifully filmed at Duba Plains in HD, this National Geographic documentary captures the drama, power and beauty of the lions and water buffaloes of the Okavango. 90 minutes.”