Hemingway Wing Safari Reading List



The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior

Author: Ole Saitoti
Type: Biography Published: 1988
Format: PAPER Pages: 170
Cost: $29.95
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Bridging several worlds with tremendous grace, Saitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai, both as spokesperson for his tribe and as one of the first Maasai safari guides.

West with the Night

Author: Beryl Markham
Type: Biography Published: 2013
Format: PAPER Pages: 294
Cost: $16
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Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engrossing detail in this classic memoir of amazing adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya. A favorite.



Tribes of the Great Rift Valley

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Type: Cultural Portrait Published: 2007
Format: HARD COVER Pages: 272
Cost: $75
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A photojournalist based in East Africa since 1991, Gilbert (Broken Spears) turns her attention on the traditional peoples of Eritrea, the Ethiopian highlands, and plains of Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi in this collection of striking black-and-white photographs.


Field Guides

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 East Africa

Author: Terry Stevenson, John Fanshawe
Type: Field Guide Published: 2006
Format: PAPER Pages: 602
Cost $39.50
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Compact and comprehensive, this guide to 1,388 species of birds in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi features 286 excellent color plates, range maps and notes on habitats and conservation. A veteran tour leader, co-author Stevenson lives in Kenya.

East African Wildlife, A Visitor’s Guide

Author: Philip Briggs
Type: Field Guide Published: 2016
Format: PAPER Pages: 288
Cost $28.99
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A compact guide to the birds and mammals, reptiles, insects and plants of East Africa, the Bradt field guide features a great selection of large color photographs, recommendations and detailed species profiles.

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.

Pocket Guide to Mammals of East Africa

Author: Tilde Stuart
Type: Field Guide Published: 2009
Format: PAPER Pages: 160
Cost: $12.50
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Three hundred and sixty diverse species of African mammal, from elephants and antelopes, shrews and mice, get a color photograph, map, footprint and key information in this handy guide.

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.

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.

Lovely Planet East Africa

Author: Hugh Finlay
Type: Guidebook Published: 2015
Format: PAPER Pages: 672
Cost $34.99
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This practical guide to East Africa features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature. Covers Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania.



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.



Green Hills of Africa

Author: Ernest Hemingway
Type: Literature Published: 1996
Format: PAPER Pages: 304
Cost: $17.00
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Hemingway paints the true story of his ramblings on safari in this classic, exquisitely written tale of hunting around Lake Manyara, which includes some of the best writing on the land itself and original pencil drawings. Originally published in 1935.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Author: Ernest Hemingway
Type: Literature Published: 1995
Format: PAPER Pages: 156
Cost: $16
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Set in Africa, this collection of 10 prime Hemingway stories includes not just the famous title story but also The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, a chilling masterpiece about an American couple on a big game safari.



Kenya & Serengeti (Tanzania) Map

Author: Nelles
Type: Reference Published: 2015
Format: MAP Pages: 2
Cost $13.95
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A detailed map (1:1,100,000) with inset maps of Lamu, Nairobi and Mombasa.

New Map of Serengeti National Park

Author: Marco Editions
Type: Reference Published: 2014
Format: MAP Pages: 2
Cost $14.95
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This detailed, full-color sketch map of the Serengeti ecosystem includes camps, lodges, watercourses, habitat and topography.

Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda Map

Author: Freytag & Berndt
Type: Reference Published: 2014
Format: MAP Pages: 1
Cost: $14.95
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A colorful shaded relief map at a scale of 1:2,000,000, with parks and reserves clearly marked.


Travel Narrative

North of South, An African Journey

Author: Shiva Naipaul
Type: Travel Narrative Published: 1979
Format: PAPER Pages: 349
Cost $17.00
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A sharp portrait of Africa, circa 1979. A brilliant and provocative observer, Naipaul meditates on the various peoples he encounters in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. The best, most insightful thing we’ve read about race relations in Africa.

The Tree Where Man Was Born

Author: Peter Matthiessen
Type: Travel Narrative Published: 2010
Format: PAPER Pages: 368
Cost $18.00
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A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Matthiessen’s field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.