From the rich history of South Africa to the mesmerising wildlife of East Africa, these books are the perfect in-flight companions to set the mood for your African adventure. These hand-picked titles promise to whisk you away into the landscapes, history, and heartbeats of Africa.
Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela
If you are visiting South Africa, we recommend you read Long Walk to Freedom.
Delve into Mandela's personal account of his relentless struggle for freedom. From his imprisonment on Robben Island to his remarkable journey to freedom and inauguration as President.
A Short History of South Africa - Gail Nattrass
If you are visiting South Africa, we recommend you read A Short History of South Africa.
This book provides a brief, general account of the history of the most complicated and fascinating country of South Africa as well as the prospects and challenges for the future.
Wildlife of East Africa - Martin Withers & David Hosking
This is a concise yet informative and visually breathtaking field guide. It features full-colour photos of 475 common species of animals and flowers found in East Africa.
Love, Life, and Elephants - Dame Daphne Sheldrick
If you are visiting Kenya, we recommend you read Love, Life and Elephants.
A touching memoir of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a renowned conservationist who dedicated her life to rescuing orphaned elephants in Kenya. Her story intertwines her journey with her passionate efforts to protect Africa's wildlife.
This is a true story of two young Americans who lived in the Kalahari Desert for seven years in an unexplored area with no roads or people.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba
If you are visiting Malawi, we recommend you read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
This heartfelt story is about a young boy from Malawi who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. This is his story of how he found a way to make a difference and how he brought light to his family and village. This true story has also been made into a Netflix Original movie.
A Drink of Dry Land : Journeys through Namibia - Chris Marais
If you are visiting Namibia, we recommend you read A Drink of Dry Land: Journeys through Namibia.
This book follows the adventures of two journalists over a two-month 4x4 trip across Namibia from the Kalahari to the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund, Etosha and beyond.
Heading on a photographic safari? Take a look at "Into Africa" by renowned National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting. It's a masterclass in capturing Africa's landscapes and wildlife, offering both inspiration and technique. A must-read before your adventure.
Wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda (Travellers Guide) - David Hosking and Martin Withers
If you are visiting Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda, we recommend you read Wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda (Travellers Guide).
This traveller's guide is the perfect companion for the safari enthusiast. It is the ultimate guide to the wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda featuring 475 species of bird, mammal, snake, lizard, insect and tree. A must-have for all those visiting the game reserves in one of these East African countries.
The Elephants and I: Pursuing a Dream in Troubled Zimbabwe - Sharon Pincott
If you are visiting Zimbabwe, we recommend you read The Elephants and I: Pursuing a Dream in Troubled Zimbabwe.
This is a true story about an Australian woman who travelled as a tourist to Africa and then decided to leave her old life and live permanently in tumultuous Zimbabwe to work with elephants on land bordering Hwange National Park.
In the Kingdom of Gorillas: The Quest to Save Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas - Bill Weber
If you are visiting Rwanda, we recommend you read In the Kingdom of Gorillas: The Quest to Save Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas.
This book introduces readers to entire families of gorillas, perfect if you are taking part in gorilla trekking in Rwanda.