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15 Best African Hunting Books For When You’re Dreaming Of Being On Safari (2024)

Are you a hunter wishing you were on safari looking for some good book recommendations well, here are 15 of the best african hunting books ever written. .

I dreamed of an African hunting safari for many years before I finally made my first journey over. Each subsequent trip has further captivated my imagination and inflamed my desire to return to hunt again. To that end, I enjoy reading about Africa between trips as a way of partially satisfying that yearning for another safari. Here are my choices for the best African hunting books of all-time, all of which are great reads!

This list contains works from some legends in the field like Hemingway and Ruark as well as authors with more recent experiences like Kevin “Doctari” Robertson and Craig Boddington. And of course, no list of the best Africa hunting books would be complete without contributions from Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Courtney Selous, and John Taylor.

I can virtually guarantee that there is something for everyone on this list of the best African hunting books regardless of whether you’re a veteran of my safaris on the dark continent or dreaming of your first hunt in Africa. Note: the links below to Amazon are affiliate links. This means I will earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to create free content that’s useful to hunters like yourself. Thanks for your support.

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The Perfect Shot II by Kevin Robertson Long-time professional hunter and veterinarian Kevin “Doctari” Robertson may be Africa’s foremost living expert on animal anatomy and terminal ballistics and he put that knowledge to good use in all of his works. The Perfect Shot is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive books on shot placement on African game ever written and also contains excellent information on bullet and cartridge selection, practical ballistics, and lots of generally “good to know” information for an African safari. Not surprisingly, it is one of the best selling books ever from Safari Press.

While the original edition of The Perfect Shot is out of print (and therefore difficult to find aside from occasional used books or special limited edition copies), Robertson has since written an updated second edition with information on more species and reflects advances in bullet technology since he wrote the first edition. You may also purchase a pocket sized mini-edition of  The Perfect Shot  that only contains the shot placement diagrams to bring along with you as a reference on your hunt. Regardless of whether you’re a veteran of many African safaris or preparing for your first trip over there, the Perfect Shot II is a great read I cannot recommend it highly enough .

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Death In The Long Grass by Peter Hathaway Capstick Writers have spilled much ink over the years telling stories about the dangers that lurk in bush of Africa. Though this book is not really anything new in that regard, the fact that all the stories in it actually happened either to Peter Capstick himself or to one of his colleagues makes those deadly tales of Africa all the more chilling.

While many of the stories feature the “usual suspects” like lion, African elephant, hippopotamus, crocodile, and buffalo, some of my favorite stores were actually about animals that the average person doesn’t necessarily think about when they picture dangerous game in Africa. Written in a very colorful and entertaining matter,  Death in the Long Grass is a great book to read while relaxing in the comfort and safety of your own home. Read this book in wild of Africa at your own risk though, unless you want to be jumping out of your skin at every sound you hear during the night…

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Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway No list of the best African hunting books would be complete without a contribution from Ernest Hemingway. Chronicling his 1933 safari in British East Africa,  Green Hills of Africa , was one of the original pieces of literature about hunting in Africa that captured the imagination of the American hunter in a way that no other writer had since Theodore Roosevelt’s African Game Trails . In Green Hills of Africa , Hemingway describes the beauty and ferocity of the continent in a way that no other writer could. Not surprisingly, it’s considered one of the best African hunting books ever written.

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African Game Trails by Theodore Roosevelt Speaking of Theodore Roosevelt, the former president of the United States and noted big game hunter started off his retirement in an unusual fashion with a year long African hunting safari. Departing from North America in March of 1909, the former president and his son Kermit Roosevelt traveled to the port of Mombasa in British East Africa. The expedition then spent the better part of the next year hunting East Africa (modern day Kenya), the Belgian Congo (modern day Democratic Republic of the Congo), and Sudan, where the expedition finally ended in the city of Khartoum. Many of the animals taken on the famous expedition are on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Natural History in New York City to this day and Roosevelt chronicled the fascinating details of the expedition in great detail in his book African Game Trails .

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Bringing Back The Lions by Mike Arnold This Africa hunting book shares shares incredible tale of one of Africa’s most stunning conservation success: Mozambique’s Coutada 11. Coutada 11 was once a poached out and abused wasteland, but hunting outfitter Mark Haldane and his partners set up shop there in the early 1990s in the wake of the decades long civil war and were determined to restore the area to its former glory. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams and this new book chronicles the many years of hard work it took to get to this point as well as how the framework Haldane implemented in Coutada 11 can serve as a model for conservation success elsewhere in Africa.

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Cries of the Savanna by Sue Tidwell Make no mistake: Cries of the Savanna is an Africa hunting book at its heart. That said, author Sue Tidwell takes a different approach with this book and she tells her story from the perspective of a non-hunter accompanying her husband on safari in Tanzania. That three week long hunting trip opened her eyes to the reality of life in Africa and she does a masterful job of weaving the untold story of the native people in Africa (who live shoulder to shoulder with wildlife like lions, elephants, and buffalo) and how well-regulated and sustainable hunting actually helps both wildlife conservation and the average person living there into the story of her safari. This book is interesting and highly educational and I highly recommend it to both hunters and non-hunters alike.

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African Rifles and Cartridges by John Taylor With all due respect to men like Boddington and Capstick, few writers have as much real world hunting experience in Africa as John Taylor accumulated over the decades he spent in the Dark Continent. Not only was he a fantastic writer and story teller, but Taylor was also a bona fide technical expert on how the rifles and cartridges of that time period performed on the major species of game in Africa. This book is a good read for anyone who enjoys reading about guns as well as those who just wants to learn more about hunting Africa in general.

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Tracks Across Africa by Craig Boddington One of the things I appreciated the most about Tracks Across Africa was the fact that it is one of the few Africa hunting books I’ve ever read that chronicles stories about hunts in some of Africa’s lesser known hunting destinations. Don’t get me wrong: I love hearing about hunting safaris in Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, but it’s also nice to read about other things as well.

So, if you’re want to hear about hunting Mountain Nyala in Ethiopia, Bongo in the Central African Republic, Auodad in their native habitat in Chad, or Roan in Cameroon, then Tracks Across Africa is the book for you. Boddington also sprinkled in stories about hunting some of the more common animals and African destinations as well, so don’t worry, you can still hear about hunting kudu, springbok, and Cape Buffalo too. Filled with top notch photographs of the game and scenery he encountered on these adventures, Tracks Across Africa is a great African hunting book for anyone who enjoys reading about Africa.

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Africa’s Most Dangerous by Kevin Robertson If you are planning on hunting Cape Buffalo, then you need to read Kevin Robertson’s book Africa’s Most Dangerous . It contains much of the same information as The Perfect Shot , but it’s specifically written about Cape Buffalo and has a lot of useful and detailed information about hunting the legendary “Black Death.” Covering all aspects of the hunt to include choosing the right rifle, sights, cartridge, and bullet, shot placement on Cape Buffalo, other useful pieces of equipment to bring on a Cape Buffalo hunt, and what to expect when out in the bush on the hunt, Africa’s Most Dangerous is a must-read before going on a Cape Buffalo hunt.

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A Hunter’s Wandering in Africa by Frederick Courtney Selous Some people have a larger than life reputation and Frederick Courtney Selous was one of those people. The exploits of the noted big game hunter, explorer, naturalist, and soldier were the stuff of legend. Indeed, he was the very archetype of the white hunters of Africa and he served as inspiration for the fictional Allan Quartermain character created by H. Rider Haggard. A Hunter’s Wandering in Africa is a fascinating African hunting book that chronicles his nine years of African adventure wandering the little explored sections of central and Southern Africa hunting, collecting, and recording his interactions with the native people, flora, and fauna.

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The Horn of the Hunter by Robert Ruark When he wrote this book about his safari in modern day Kenya and Tanzania in the 1950s, I doubt Robert Ruark had any idea what sort of an impact he would have on the hunting community. Indeed, The Horn of the Hunter  made Harry Selby and his .416 Rigby famous and contributed to the enormous surge of American hunters that flocked to Africa in the following years. Ruark also delivered perhaps one of the best and most often quoted descriptions of Cape Buffalo and the effect they have on hunters in this book as well.

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It Shouldn’t Happen by Kevin Robertson Dr. Kevin Robertson is well known in hunting circles as a man who has been around the block a few times. Specifically, he’s an extremely knowledgeable and experienced hunter and veterinarian from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) who is widely considered to be one of the top authorities on hunting in Africa.

He’s also quite the story teller and does an outstanding job of sharing some of his most entertaining and humorous incidents accumulated during his decades of hunting southern Africa in his book It Shouldn’t Happen: Light-Hearted African Adventures .

Full of stories like the time Kevin stopped a charging lion with a bottle of shampoo, the time a cape buffalo ripped the shorts off one of his friends with its horns and tried to sink the man’s boat, or when a few hunters loaded a seemingly (but not quite) dead kudu into the back of their VW Minivan, It Shouldn’t Happen will make you howl with laughter.

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The Man Eaters of Tsavo by Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Patterson Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas made the Lions of Tsavo and their reign of terror famous in the movie The Ghost and the Darkness . The Man Eaters of Tsavo chronicles the true story of how these lions killed dozens of workers building the British Uganda Railway in the late 1890s and how Lieutenant Colonel John H. Patterson eventually killed both lions. Though (like always) the movie differs from reality in some ways, it stayed true to history in many others (they really did build a “railway car trap” for the lions). Any way you look at it, Patterson’s remarkable tale of how he killed the man-eaters of Tsavo and finished building the bridge is gripping and entertaining. If you enjoyed the movie, you’ll love the book.

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Bell of Africa by W.D.M. Bell Walter Dalrymple Maitland Bell, better known as WDM Bell or Karamojo Bell, may well be the most famous elephant hunter to ever live. All told, Bell shot over 1,000 elephants over the course of his career as an African hunter. Furthermore, he was especially well known for shooting the vast majority of those elephants with smaller caliber cartridges like the 6.5x54mm, 7x57mm Mauser (257 Rigby), 303 British, and the 318 Westley Richards. Bell was a fantastic shot and studied elephant anatomy in detail, which enabled him to kill elephants with almost surgical precision using those smaller bore rifles. Well, Bell of Africa is the autobiography of this famous ivory hunter where he tells the gripping story of his adventures all over the world, but especially in Africa.

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Something of Value by Robert Ruark Something of Value is a novel loosely based on real events that took place during the violent Mau Mau rebellion in modern day Kenya during the 1950s and was Ruark’s next project after the release of Horn of the Hunter in 1953. The book primarily focuses on the story of individuals living in British East Africa during the rebellion, but hunting was deeply rooted into the culture of the settlers and plays an important role in the overall story arc. For that reason, this is a great African hunting book for those who want a gripping story as well as a glimpse into what life was like during that terrifying insurrection.

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What did you think about my choices for the best African hunting books? Did I miss any other great Africa hunting books you think should be included?

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The 9 Best African Hunting Books

Petzal picks his favorites, from Ruark and Capstick to Aagaard and Boddington

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African hunting is a thrilling and adventurous pursuit that has captivated the hearts of many explorers and hunters over the years. If you’re passionate about this exciting activity or simply curious about it, you’re in for a treat. In this article, we’ll explore the five best African hunting books that provide a window into the world of hunting on the African continent. These books are like treasure chests, filled with stories of daring expeditions, encounters with majestic wildlife, and valuable insights on hunting techniques. So, grab your safari hat and prepare for a literary journey through the heart of the African wilderness.

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1. Death in the Long Grass: A Big Game Hunter's Adventures in the African Bush​

Death in the Long Grass: A Big Game Hunter's Adventures in the African Bush

Step into the untamed heart of Africa, where danger lurks in every shadow, and adventure knows no bounds. Peter Hathaway Capstick’s mesmerizing masterpiece, “Death in the Long Grass: A Big Game Hunter’s Adventures in the African Bush,” is a thrilling journey that will leave you spellbound. This book isn’t your typical tale; it’s a real-life safari into the wild, untamed realms of Africa. Capstick, a legendary professional hunter, invites you to join him on his incredible adventures, where you’ll walk in the footsteps of lions, brave the jungle’s treacherous paths while tracking man-eating leopards, and experience the sheer terror of stampeding elephants, driven to madness by fear.

What our editor says?

“What makes “Death in the Long Grass” truly exceptional is the author’s unique perspective. Capstick doesn’t merely describe Africa; he paints it in vivid, heart-pounding detail.”

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Every page is infused with the kind of authenticity and excitement that only a professional hunter turned writer can provide. As you read, you’ll feel the earth tremble beneath the colossal weight of a primitive rhino and sense the lurking menace of crocodiles waiting patiently for their unsuspecting prey. You’ll stand toe to toe with titanic hippos and encounter Cape buffalo charging like a runaway locomotive. But it’s not just the large and iconic beasts of the African bush that will captivate you. Capstick takes you deep into the world of underrated killers, like the surprisingly brave and cunning hyena, and introduces you to silent assassins, such as the lightning-fast black mamba snake. Collective killers, like the formidable wild dog, also share their stories. Each creature is brought to life through Capstick’s masterful storytelling, making you feel as though you’re right there, witnessing their primal power.

As you flip through the pages of “Death in the Long Grass,” you’ll be transported to a world where stories come alive. Capstick’s knack for colorful descriptions and his keen eye for thrilling, authentic details will make your heart race. You’ll encounter ferocious killers in a way you never imagined, and you’ll come to understand the raw and unyielding power of Africa’s untamed creatures.

Imagine yourself in a comfortable chair, sipping a cold, refreshing drink, and being swept away by the kind of hunting stories that legends like Hemingway and Ruark used to hear. These tales were once exchanged in hotel bars from Nairobi to Johannesburg, where veteran hunters regaled their audiences with firsthand accounts of what lay beyond the campfire, seen through the sights of an express rifle. “Death in the Long Grass” is more than a book; it’s a portal to a world of peril and intrigue, where life and death dance in the wilds of Africa. Capstick’s storytelling will transport you to a place where the line between predator and prey blurs, and the courage of the hunter is matched only by the majesty of the hunted. This is a tale of survival, adventure, and the unbridled wilderness that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

  • Riveting safari stories
  • Engaging tone
  • Vivid African wildife potrayal
  • Less dangerous images

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2. Green Hills of Africa: The Hemingway Library Edition

Green Hills of Africa: The Hemingway Library Edition

Dive into the heart of adventure with “Green Hills of Africa: The Hemingway Library Edition.” This extraordinary book takes you on a thrilling journey across the untamed Serengeti, deep into the soul of one of the greatest writers of our time.

Imagine embarking on an epic safari in 1930s East Africa with the literary legend himself, Ernest Hemingway. His words paint a vivid picture of this remarkable expedition with his wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. The New York Times hailed it as “The best-written story of big-game hunting anywhere,” and it’s easy to see why.

Hemingway’s prose is a symphony of simplicity, weaving a tale of grace and ferocity. As he pursues the mighty beasts of the African plains, he isn’t merely chasing game; he’s chasing something deep within himself. The raw, primal pulse of life surges through these pages, capturing the essence of the hunt, the wild, and the human spirit.

“Green Hills of Africa” is more than just a hunt; it’s an ode to the breathtaking African landscape.

Hemingway’s words transport you to a wilderness that was already feeling the encroaching shadow of man. With keen observation and deep affection, he brings to life the vanishing beauty of a world under siege. This Hemingway Library Edition adds a new layer of intimacy and depth to the adventure. Patrick Hemingway, the author’s son and a seasoned professional hunter in East Africa, offers a personal foreword. His insight adds a family touch to this classic, giving you a unique perspective on the man behind the words. Seán Hemingway, the author’s grandson, provides a new introduction. His connection to the legacy of Ernest Hemingway infuses the book with a fresh perspective, drawing you even closer to the iconic writer.

The real gem of this edition is the never-before-published safari journal of Pauline Pfeiffer, Hemingway’s second wife. Her intimate thoughts and experiences bring a woman’s perspective to the tale, offering a captivating glimpse into the moments that shaped her husband’s storytelling. As you read her words, you’ll understand the incredible depth of their shared journey and how it influenced Hemingway’s craft.

“Green Hills of Africa: The Hemingway Library Edition” is more than a book; it’s a time machine. With each page, you’ll be transported to the heart of a bygone era, where adventure was a way of life and the wild called out to be explored. It’s a treasure trove of literary history, a safari of the soul, and an unforgettable glimpse into the life and mind of one of the world’s most celebrated authors. This edition is your passport to a time and place where the green hills of Africa stretched out before you, promising adventure, beauty, and a profound c onnection to nature. Hemingway’s words are an invitation to embark on a timeless journey, making his book one of the best African hunting safari books .

  • Personal family insights
  • Evocative African adventure
  • Unveiling untold perspectives
  • Less rating on Goodreads

3. Horn of the Hunter: The Story of an African Safari

Horn of the Hunter: The Story of an African Safari

“Horn of the Hunter: The Story of an African Safari” transports you to the wild heart of East Africa in the 1950s, where adventure and the thrill of the hunt come alive through the captivating words of Robert Ruark. If you’ve ever yearned for the majesty of an African safari but found yourself constrained by budget or courage, this book is your passport to the untamed savannas and dense jungles. Robert Ruark, a multi-talented man of words, embarks on a two-month odyssey alongside his wife. With vivid storytelling, he unveils the tapestry of East Africa’s rugged landscapes, where his daring pursuits of big game intertwine with profound philosophies.

“As you delve into these pages, you’ll witness the essence of hunting and the irresistible pull of the wild, making it an experience you’ll never forget.”

Intriguingly, Ruark’s adventures unfurl with authenticity and humility. He introduces himself to us as an ordinary man, wrestling with the expectations of his Professional Hunter (PH) Harry Selby, and the cohort of African companions who depend on him. His inner struggle to exhibit strength, courage, and marksmanship underlies his journey. As the safari progresses, a remarkable transformation occurs. Robert Ruark evolves from a novice into a worthy hunting companion. The tales evolve into shared escapades with Harry Selby and fellow hunters, as they stealthily track an array of game throughout the vast East African wilderness. With each paragraph, Ruark’s prose takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of sweltering days, bone-chilling nights, perilous river crossings, insect-infested swamps, and nerve-wracking encounters with Africa’s formidable creatures.

The beauty of this book lies in its conversational tone. Ruark’s narrative is like an intimate fireside chat, where he not only narrates the daily ins and outs of the safari but also shares anecdotes from his own life – his wartime experiences in the merchant marine, the allure of Hollywood safari movies, the mesmerizing habits of African wildlife, encounters with diverse native cultures, and a spectrum of other engaging topics. With each word, you become part of the conversation, sitting beside Ruark, sipping a cocktail, and relishing the camaraderie around the campfire.

For those familiar with Ruark’s work, “Horn of the Hunter” may not be his magnum opus, but it’s an enthralling gem that shines with the unique charm of a master storyteller. Its worth is akin to the rarest of treasures, worth the extra investment for the enduring elegance of a hardback edition. This book is a sanctuary for anyone fascinated by safari hunting or enthralled by the mystique of the African wilderness. It’s a must-own, a must-read, a journey to the heart of Africa that you won’t want to miss. “Horn of the Hunter” is an evocative masterpiece that will leave you yearning for the untamed plains, the rustling jungles, and the unquenchable spirit of adventure that only Africa can offer.

  • Transformative journey
  • Timeless African charm
  • Immersive safari experience
  • Some irrelevant information

4. A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa: Being a Narrative of Nine Years Spent Amongst the Game of the Far Interior of South Africa

A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa: Being a Narrative of Nine Years Spent Amongst the Game of the Far Interior of South Africa

Step into the world of Frederick Courteney Selous, a remarkable figure from the past whose name resonates through the annals of history. A man whose life was an unending adventure, his book, “A Hunter’s Wanderings in Africa,” is a mesmerizing narrative that transports you to the heart of an uncharted Africa in the 19th century. Imagine journeying through the wilderness with Selous, a man who counted Theodore Roosevelt, Cecil Rhodes, and Frederick Russell as his friends and who inspired the famous writer H. Rider Haggard to create the thrilling Allan Quartermain adventure series.

“Selous’ life was a tapestry of extraordinary exploits, and this book unravels the threads of his nine-year odyssey amidst the exotic game of the far interior of South Africa.”

Selous, the master-hunter, reveals a side of himself that might seem paradoxical to modern sensibilities. He was not merely a relentless pursuer of game; he was also a staunch conservationist who played a pivotal role in preserving Africa’s precious wildlife. He realized the value of understanding and protecting the animals he encountered during his expeditions. Picture him recording in painstaking detail the captivating flora and fauna he encountered as he ventured deeper into the heart of this unexplored continent. For nine years, he crisscrossed the lands of central and southern Africa, embarking on treacherous hunts and documenting his observations. His account stands as a testament to the Africa of the mid-19th century, a time when the land was teeming with mysteries and untamed beauty. Selous’ dedication to the natural world extended beyond his writing. He donated many of the animals he hunted to the Natural History Museum, enabling their scientific study for over a century. He was well aware of the damage hunting could inflict on wildlife, and his legacy lives on through the Selous Game Reserve, a vast expanse of 19,000 square miles dedicated to preserving nature in its purest form.

This book is a treasure trove of Selous’ meticulous observations and academic contributions to the field of zoology. It offers a unique window into the Africa of his time, a land unspoiled by modernization, where the boundaries between the wilderness and civilization were as fluid as the rivers he navigated. As Theodore Roosevelt aptly put it, Selous led a life that was both adventurous and fascinating, contributing to the expansion of human knowledge and interest.

Frederick Courteney Selous was more than just a hunter; he was an explorer, a military officer, a professional hunter, and a passionate conservationist. His first visit to Africa in 1872, at the tender age of nineteen, marked the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the continent. Over the next nine years, he ventured into the uncharted regions north of the Transvaal and south of the Congo Basin, greatly enhancing our understanding of the land we now know as Zimbabwe. During his travels, Selous conducted invaluable ethnological investigations, establishing connections with tribes and chiefs who had never before encountered a white man. His ability to win their trust and respect, notably that of Lobengula, is a testament to his character and the depth of his interactions. Frederick Courteney Selous may have departed this world in the tumultuous throes of World War I at the age of sixty-five in 1917, but his legacy lives on in the pages of “A Hunter’s Wanderings in Africa.” This book is a time machine that transports you to an Africa of old, a land of wonder and enchantment, and into the extraordinary life of a man who forever altered the course of history through his fearless expeditions and unwavering commitment to the preservation of its natural splendor.

  • Vivid natural world portrayal
  • Captivating historical narrative
  • Cultural understanding enhancement
  • The binding quality needs improvement.

5. Cries of the Savanna: An adventure. An awakening. A journey to understanding African wildlife conservation.

Cries of the Savanna: An adventure. An awakening. A journey to understanding African wildlife conservation.

In the heart of Tanzania’s untamed wilderness, Sue Tidwell embarked on an adventure that would transform her life in ways she could never have imagined. “Cries of the Savanna” is not just a book; it’s a captivating journey into the world of African wildlife conservation, a story that will open your eyes to the profound beauty and fragility of our natural world. Sue Tidwell, an ordinary American with an extraordinary curiosity, found herself in an extraordinary situation. Her first night in a humble Tanzanian tent was anything but ordinary. The chilling roar of a prowling lion shattered the silence, a terrifying symphony that would be her haunting lullaby for the nights to come. It was a stark reminder of the wild, unpredictable world she had entered.

“Cries of the Savanna” is not just Sue’s personal narrative; it’s a tapestry woven from her experiences, local insights, and a deep dive into the science of conservation.

For Sue, Africa’s majestic creatures had always been a distant dream, a realm of imagination and admiration. The idea of joining her husband on a big game hunt filled her with apprehension and uncertainty. Her initial steps onto African soil were not auspicious either, as blood-sucking tsetse flies swarmed around her, painting her entrance with a touch of bizarre realism. But, as the days turned into weeks, Sue’s animosity began to melt away, replaced by an insatiable curiosity. She found herself immersed in the heart-pounding adventure of tracking formidable beasts. What was once fear turned into a deep fascination. Alongside her, a young, government-assigned game scout became an unexpected companion, transcending cultural and language barriers, forming an unbreakable bond in the face of danger. As Sue delved deeper into the wild, she discovered more than just the majesty of nature. The Masimba Camp crew shared their tales and wisdom, revealing the complex relationship between the local communities and the much-maligned safari industry. Sue’s perspective underwent a profound transformation as she unraveled the delicate balance between conservation, survival, and culture. Sue’s preconceived beliefs were challenged, shattered, and reshaped under the relentless force of reality. The book is a remarkable fusion of adventure and enlightenment, a journey that challenges your own preconceptions about wildlife and conservation.

Sue Tidwell’s storytelling is nothing short of captivating. Her words paint vivid pictures of the African landscape, bringing the sights, sounds, and scents of the savanna to life. Accompanied by over ninety photos and illustrations, the book is a visual and emotional feast, immersing you in the heart of Africa’s wilderness.

“Cries of the Savanna” is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of nature to ignite transformation. Sue’s narrative is filled with self-deprecating humor, evoking laughter even in the face of adversity. It’s a rare blend of adventure and introspection, a journey of self-discovery set against the backdrop of a rugged and romantic landscape. This unflinching and passionate memoir is a tribute to the enchanting world of African wildlife and the unsung heroes of conservation. If you crave awe-inspiring adventures, a truth revealed through laughter, and the realization that life can be stranger than fiction, then

“Cries of the Savanna” is a must-read. It’s not just a book; it’s a call to action, an invitation to embrace the wild, and a journey that will leave you forever changed. Don’t wait; step into the savanna today. Buy “Cries of the Savanna” and experience the magic of Africa for yourself.

  • Rich visual elements
  • Deep personal growth
  • Eye-opening wildlife encounters
  • Comparatively less popular on Amazon

Buying Guide: Finding the Best Books About Hunting in Africa

Here’s a buying guide to help you make an informed choice: 1. Research Authors : Start by researching reputable authors in the field of African hunting. Authors with extensive experience and knowledge about the subject are more likely to provide valuable insights. 2. Book Reviews : Read reviews and ratings from other readers. Websites like Amazon can provide valuable feedback to help you gauge the quality of the book. 3. Book Type : Determine the type of African hunting book you’re interested in. Are you looking for a memoir, a field guide, a historical account, or an instructional book? Clarify your preferences before making a purchase. 4. Editions and Updates : Some books may have multiple editions or updated versions. Ensure you’re purchasing the latest edition to access the most recent information. 5. Content and Focus : Consider the specific focus of the book. Does it cover a particular animal, region, or hunting technique that aligns with your interests? Make sure the book’s content matches your preferences. 6. Photography and Illustrations : High-quality photographs and illustrations can greatly enhance the reading experience, offering visual insights into the African wildlife and landscapes. Check if the book includes these elements. 7. Accuracy : Verify the accuracy of the information provided in the book. Authenticity and precision are vital in hunting literature. 8. Reputation of Publisher : Established publishers are more likely to produce quality books. Investigate the reputation of the publisher to ensure the book is well-edited and produced. 9. Availability : Ensure the book is readily available in your preferred format, whether that’s hardcover, paperback, or e-book. 10. Price : Compare prices from various sources to find the best deal. Keep in mind that quality often comes at a price, so be willing to invest in a well-regarded book.

In conclusion, our exploration of the five best African hunting books has shed light on the rich literary landscape that captures the thrill, adventure, and challenges of hunting in this majestic continent. Each book we’ve delved into offers a unique perspective, from heart-pounding tales of tracking dangerous game to insightful reflections on conservation and the intricate relationship between man and nature. We have strived to provide comprehensive reviews, including the cons, to ensure our readers make informed choices when selecting their next literary adventure. Authenticity has been our guiding principle, and we hope our assessments have been valuable in your quest to explore the world of African hunting through the written word. Should you seek further guidance or have specific questions about African hunting literature, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to offer expert suggestions, fostering a deeper appreciation for the wild and untamed beauty of Africa that these books so brilliantly capture. Happy reading and may your next literary safari be as thrilling as the stories we’ve shared!

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On Safari in East and Southern Africa

Aubrey wynne-jones (macmillan south africa ltd., 1980, 180 pages), reviewed by ken bailey.

Like many others, early on I read the books of Capstick, Ruark and Hunter, dreaming of the day I could live out my own African hunting adventure. As that dream neared reality, I went looking for books that were less adventure-oriented and more instructive. It was 1986, and where I lived, in Edmonton, Alberta, with no internet and few resources available, I stumbled across this title and had my local bookstore bring in a copy. The price tag is still on it, $41.95, a princely sum for a book in those days. But Wynne-Jones’ book provided me with useful advice as I planned my safari, and much of it still holds up today.

The first section provides a ton of practical information; some is targeted to the visiting hunter, while other sections pertain more to the DIY hunter. The latter includes recommendations for camp gear, set-up and location, food and beverage suggestions, tracking tips, and advice on emergency and game extraction equipment to carry in your vehicle. Of course, these activities are largely handled by PHs and their teams for the vast majority of us today; DIY is restricted to local residents as far as I know.

The book’s section on rifle, cartridge and optics recommendations for the various species has been duplicated and bested in any number of books dedicated to these topics, before and since. Some of what’s here, particularly the optics section, is outdated, and several of today’s popular cartridges hadn’t been developed when this book was written. Still, the suggestions provided are meaningful and will resonate with many hunters, especially those who still prefer a .270 Win. to one of the many new 6.5s or .277s on the market.

There’s a short section on bullet placement that focusses on the big five, a brief chapter on bird hunting, and a detailed listing of Rowland Ward’s minimum trophy standards for nearly every imaginable species of game, along with detailed instructions, complete with accurate sketches, as to how each species is to be measured. As an Appendix to the book, there’s also detailed instructions and minimum scores for the SCI scoring method—my book is the 2 nd edition, printed in 1982; I’m not certain if the first edition includes the SCI information or whether it was added as an Appendix in subsequent printings only.

The largest section of this book dedicates a couple pages or more to every popular, and some not so popular, game species. Each is broken down into subsections—species identification (including height, weight, color, horn description, etc.), preferred habitat and basic behaviour, the regions where the best trophies have been taken (including maps), and a short section revealing some basic hunting tips. Each species page is also beautifully illustrated by South African artist Andr é de Villiers. Interestingly, this section in my copy of the book still has my pencil notations on several pages, remnants from me attempting to narrow down my “want and can afford” list as I planned my first safari.

It’s fair to say that there have been several books published that offer advice for planning your safari that are more complete or more up-to-date than this one, including significantly greater information on the landscapes, hunting conditions and game animals you can expect to encounter—Mellon’s African Hunter and African Hunter II edited by Boddington and Flack immediately come to mind. Still, Wynne-Jones’ Hunting—On Safari in East and Southern Africa is an eminently readable book that is well-thought out and contains an immense amount of information that’s as accurate and useful today as it was when it was written.

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The ultimate safari reading list.

Finally booked that safari trip you’ve been dreaming about for years? Now’s the time to start thinking about which African safari books to get reading!

Whether you need a book on safari to read on the plane or, enjoy downtime between game drives, or read up on your destination before you go, don’t just stick to the guide book or wildlife tome. Rather let yourself be whisked away by these memoirs and fiction inspired by the land of safari.

Here’s our pick of the very best African safari books:

Born Free: The Full Story by Joy Adamson

All three books in the ‘Born Free’ trilogy had an incredible impact on wildlife conservation , and are a must-read for a safari trip – especially if you’re taking children or teenager.

Illustrated with beautiful photographs (and with a safari-related film of the same name), the first book tells Joy’s story of acting as a surrogate mother to an orphaned lion cub named Elsa. After three years of teaching the cub how to survive in the world, she sets Elsa free hoping she will discover her real pride in the Kenya grasslands.

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Collected African Stories (Vol 1 and 2) by Doris Lessing

She may have been British, but Doris Lessing was a Nobel prize-winning author who lived for 25 years on a farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe ) and campaigned against Apartheid in South Africa . Her collection of short stories (taken from This Was The Old Chief’s Country , and four tales from her book Five ) is a fascinating ode to and critique of the Africa she lived in, from the relationship between British colonials and the native people to the African wildlife she encountered every day.

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Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens

This moving memoir tells the story of two American scientists, who decided to auction off all their belongings and relocate to Africa to study the carnivores of the Kalahari desert – an area with no conservation policies and an increasingly endangered African wildlife .

The book details how they survived seven years in the wilderness, plus details of their research and all the incredible creatures they encountered, from jackals and hyenas to lions and lizards.

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Don’t Run, Whatever You Do: My Adventures as a Safari Guide, by Peter Allison

This hilarious novel is Bill Bryson-esque in its wit and humour. Peter Allison works as a safari guide in the Okavango Delta , and he recounts his experiences with the wildlife and his wealthy guests – sometimes the latter are more dangerous than the former!

Peppered with a genuine love for the animals and passion for trips that aren’t invasive to the local habitat (despite his guests getting lost naked in the jungle, refusing to wear suitable safari clothes in favour of pink, and letting a squirrel eat their malaria pills), Allison offers essential words of safari wisdom, such as ‘Don’t run, whatever you do ‘ and ‘Never stand behind a frightened zebra’!

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The Elephant Whisperer: Learning about life, loyalty and freedom from a remarkable herd of elephants, by Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence

South African Conservationist Lawrence Anthony writes of his experience accepting a herd of rogue elephants on his game reserve at Thula Thula. The herd had escaped from reserves before, and this was their last chance of survival – but the tragic loss of a mother and baby means they don’t make it easy for Lawrence as they try to resist his attempts to bond with them.

Equal parts laugh out loud funny and incredibly moving moments, the book is as much a fascinating insight into life on a reserve as a great read on elephants and other types of wildlife. It’s a bit of an emotional roller-coaster and thoroughly absorbing, so great for a long journey and fighting jetlag!

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When on an African safari, there is plenty of free time in a typical day to kick back, relax and read a book in between game drives. Even if you’re not on safari, there’s nothing better than a story that transports you straight to Africa to bide the time until you can be back in the savannah again

This list of the best books to read on safari in Africa are either fictional stories set in Africa , anecdotal books about safari rangers or field guides to enhance your experience and teach you more about the flora and fauna you may come across.  

A Year in the Wild – James Hendry

A Year in the Wild is, without a doubt, one of my favourite books of all time – not just my favourite safari book! 

It tells the hilarious story of two feuding brothers who are sent to work at a safari camp for a year to work out their differences in the wild. Expect tons of animal encounters, interactions with other (slightly crazy) staff and over-demanding guests, and you’ve got a novel that you’ll belly laugh all the way through. 

The book gives a fascinating insight into what goes on behind the scenes at a safari camp. The author, James Hendry, is an experienced safari guide based in South Africa , meaning many of the characters, landscapes and tales are based on real experience. James’ dry sense of humour is apparent on every page, and his writing is almost guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye – just mostly through laughter. You really won’t want to put this book down, and when you finally finish it, you’ll be happy to hear there is a sequel!

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Back to the Bush – James Hendry

The sequel to James Hendry’s A Year In The Wild is Back to the Bush . It picks up at the end of the last book, with the brothers continuing their jobs in the safari lodge. This time, it focuses on Angus, the sarcastic safari guide (based largely on its author) as he tells the story of his next year in the lowveld. 

You’ll meet some brand new characters, as well as some old, with stories of love, friendship and of course, plenty of really irritating safari guests and staff members. Much like the first book, there are moments that will make you cry and be completely in awe of the struggles that come with living in the bush. 

James Hendry’s wit and sarcasm are still in strong supply, as well as his incredible ability to make you feel like you’re in South Africa, sitting in Angus’ jeep as one of his guests. This book about safari is well-deserving of a place on your bookshelf – whether that’s while you’re in your camp relaxing after a game drive, or when you’re back home longing for your next trip.

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The Elephant Whisperer – Lawrence Anthony

The Elephant Whisperer is a poignant, heartfelt and true story of a herd of rogue elephants that arrived on conservationist Lawrence Anthony’s game reserve. It shares the tale of him trying to keep the animals safe from execution, so prepare to ride an emotional rollercoaster of humour, love and sorrow.

The story is exceptionally told and is full of wonderful characters and animals, but also shows the grim realities of running a lodge that guests are so often protected from. Expect terrifying encounters with poachers, heart-wrenching stories of loss and a few wild mishaps – only some caused by the elephants themselves.

This is a truly compelling read and a must-own for animal lovers everywhere. 

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Run – Peter Allison

Peter Allison is an experienced safari guide now based out of a lodge in Botswana , and Whatever You Do, Don’t Run is a collection of anecdotes from his time working at various African safari camps. It centres on one of the first (and best) pieces of advice he was given by a colleague before he knew what to expect . When up against a wild animal in the bush, whatever you do, don’t run.

It’s a very easy book to read on safari thanks to its short chapters, each one centred on a real-life tale from the bush. Each one is told from Peter’s perspective and does a great job of conjuring up landscapes, characters and thrilling animal encounters. It will transport you to Africa on every page, all the while teaching you about the oddities of the bush and behind the scenes of a safari camp.

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Don’t Look Behind You – Peter Allison

The second of Peter Allison’s safari books is Don’t Look Behind You . It’s full of the real-life tales Peter wasn’t able to tell in his first book, including encounters with some of the wildest and most dangerous animals on the planet. The stories stem from his time as a safari guide at a camp in Botswana and a private nature reserve in South Africa, making this a fantastic read when on safari.

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife

Another must-read book on safari is a field guide, and my favourite is the National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife . Field guides are designed to share facts about the flora, fauna and landscapes of national parks and game reserves across southern Africa. Though your safari guides will be able to answer the vast majority of questions you may have, a field guide is a great book to have back at the camp in case you wanted to read up on the animals you saw on game drive earlier on in the day.

Books like these are often heavy and bulky, but the National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife is pocket friendly but still crammed full of information. You’ll discover everything you need to know about the birds, mammals, reptiles and many other creatures you may come across on safari. Learn about the appearance, habitat, diet, characteristics and young of hundreds of species. 

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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series – Alexander McCall Smith

Though not strictly a book about safari, the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series is still worthy of a place on our list of books to read on safari. 

Set in Botswana, the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency tells the story of Precious Ramotswe, a female private detective who solves crimes in the local area. Though the crimes make up around half of each book, the real focus is on Precious’ life, her past and her story of growing up in Africa. Through this, each book conjures up fabulous images of the landscapes, people and culture of Botswana. 

The books are very lighthearted but there are thrilling moments too. So if you’re after something charming to read while on safari, any of the books in this series should make you very happy.

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Make sure the best African safari books on this list feature on your packing list , and you’ll always have something thrilling to turn to while you’re waiting for your next game drive.

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Best African safari books – Wildlife & travel guides

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Looking for the best safari guidebooks to inspire your next vacation? The following compilation features some of the top African safari books and travel guides that’ll help you level up your safari experience. 

This list of safari guidebooks was handpicked by the Africa Freak community and our experienced editorial team.

All you need to do is pick the best African wildlife books for your trip and remember to add them to your African safari packing list .

Let’s dive in!

Top African Animal Books

  • Larger Animals of East Africa (Collins Safari Guides) (Paperback) by David Hosking & Martin B. Withers .

This is one of the first safari guidebooks I ever bought. The classic African safari field guide to large African wildlife is a great starting point for budding safari enthusiasts.

Larger Animals of East Africa was written by two wildlife experts with over 20 years of experience leading safaris in East Africa . It covers an impressive 76 species and boasts around 200 color photographs.

– What I love about the book : Great illustrations, key facts, distribution, habits, conservation, and status. Very easy to use.

– Criticism : The edition is considerably outdated as it was published in 1997. A refresher could only be beneficial to this quality item.

NB : For a similar but more up-to-date animal guide, consider buying Wildlife of East Africa by Martin B. Withers & David Hosking .

  • The Behavior Guide to African Mammals (Paperback) by Richard D. Estes .

This African animals book is a popular favorite amongst the Africa Freak editorial team, and it’s perfect for anyone who wants to learn more than the physical characteristics of African mammals.

The unique African safari guide compiles many years of fieldwork and research into the behavior of African mammals .

Whether you’re an amateur naturalist or closer to an expert, you’re sure to find this safari guide informative and handy. This guide, beautifully illustrated by Daniel Otte , delves deep into animal behavior and much more.

– What we love about the book : It’s very informative and features detailed illustrations. This safari guidebook is a great African safari companion for amateurs and experts.

– Criticism : This safari guide is harder to read than most guides due to its academic nature.

  • Serengeti: Natural Order on the African Plain (Hardcover) by Mitsuaki Iwago .

I will always remember the day I first got this book from my parents. I was only 5 or 6 at the time, but it is perhaps the one book that truly made me fall in love with Africa and its extraordinary wildlife.

Mitsuaki Iwago is more than just a photographer. He is an artist. While this isn’t exactly a guide, it’s a fantastic book to have for every African safari enthusiast.

Serengeti by Mitsuaki Iwago is a compilation of stunning photography that makes for the perfect coffee table read and conversation starter.

– What I love about the book : Published in 1987, it’s a classic compilation of brilliant photography. 

– Criticism : This animals of Africa book doesn’t offer much more than wildlife and landscape imagery, as well as photographic inspiration.

  • Signs of the Wild (Paperback) by Clive Walker .

Signs of the Wild: A Field Guide to the Spoor & Signs of the Mammals of Southern Africa is my “bible” when it comes to field guides for Southern Africa.

Anyone who has spent some time in the African wilderness knows that animal sightings often start with spoor , tracks , and small signs .

This handy guide contains insightful information on animal identification , distribution maps , and color photographs of Southern African mammals.

Here are some of the features that make this guide absolutely special:

– The environmental glossary for key terms and definitions.

– Stunning illustrations for each species.

– Concise descriptions and distribution maps.

–  Animal names translation into the main local languages: Afrikaans, Shona, Ndebele, Zulu, Siswati, Venda, Tswana/Sotho, and Nama/Damara.

– What I particularly like about the book : feces and spoor sections (illustrated) + comparative spoor illustrations.

  • The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Animals (Paperback) by Richard D. Estes .

The most complete guide to watching African mammals. This incredible guide has it all, including behavioral displays of species (territorial marking, aggression, courtship rituals), illustrations , extensive maps , wildlife photography tips , and vegetation zones .

It is one of the best African safari guides for anyone who wants to understand a little more about African mammals. Safari experts will love the black-and-white illustrations and detailed information.

– What I love about the book : The beautiful illustrations and comprehensive information.

– Criticism : This volume can get a little too technical and lacks color photography. It’s also fairly robust and isn’t easy to travel with.

  • Game Ranger in Your Backpack (Paperback) by Megan Emmett & Sean Pattrick .

If you’re going on an African wilderness excursion without a safari tour guide, this is a fantastic safari guide book to take with you. Game Ranger in Your Backpack is a practical and interpretive identification guide for wildlife in South Africa’s Lowveld. 

Our editorial team loves this book for its valuable information on mammals , reptiles , birds , amphibians , plants and flowers , and more. If you’re planning an African self-drive safari , this guide is worth getting.

– What we love about this book : Game Ranger in Your Backpack is easy to read, and it includes color-coded chapters and hundreds of stunning pictures.

– Criticism : The book was published in 2011 and could use a revision only because it’s such a great African tour guide substitute. 

  • A Photographic Guide to Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa (Paperback) by Louis Liebenberg .

Everyone from first-time safari-goers to experienced guides could use this African safari field guide on tracking animals in Southern Africa.

This handy photographic guide is filled with insightful images and detailed information that makes tracking easier.

It works well as a reference to pass around on group safaris , a self-drive safari companion , and a refresher for experienced guides.

Like many African wildlife books, the guide comes with distribution maps to illustrate where each species is found in southern Africa. 

– What we love about this book : The photographs of droppings and tracks are handy, and the distribution guide provides valuable information.

– Criticism : While this guide is still valuable to have, we’d love to see an update, especially on the distribution maps. Much has changed since the book’s publication in 2001.

  • Tracker Manual (Paperback) by Alex van den Heever , Renias Mhlongo & Karel Benadie .

Tracker Manual is one of the most recently published African wildlife books that focuses on tracking animals in southern Africa.

This safari guidebook provides practical information on tracking around 160 African animals , compiled by industry experts.

Written to be an on-the-go guide, the manual features excellent color photos and simple bulleted text , as well as detailed descriptions for more in-depth information.

– What we love about this book : Tracker Manual is easy to read and offers accessible information for levels of safari fans.

Best Safari Guides on Birding

  • Roberts Bird Guide (Paperback) by Hugh Chittenden , Greg Davies & Ingrid Weiersbye .

Roberts Bird Guide is the ultimate compilation of information on birds in southern Africa. This African guide covers 1000 bird species through photographs and illustrations accompanied by detailed information to make identification easy.

– What we love about this book : It is one of the best African safari books on birding, and is suited for both amateurs and experts.

  • Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa (Paperback) by Norman Arlott (Author), Phil Hockey (Author), Ian Sinclair (Author) & Peter Hayman (Illustrator).

This book is similar to one of the earlier versions (which I have) but is completely revised and updated to include bird species name changes , distribution maps , and revised bird taxonomy .

– Criticism : It is fairly large and hard to carry around when birding in the wilderness.

  • Birds of Southern Africa (Princeton Field Guides) (Paperback) by Ian Sinclair (Author), Phil Hockey (Author), Warwick Tarboton (Author), Peter Hayman (Illustrator) & Norman Arlott (Illustrator).

This impressive guide features around 950 beautiful species of African birds  and over 4000 illustrations by experts. While it’s a fairly old publication (2002), it’s still a great reference for birding in southern Africa.

– What we love about this book : The guide is written by ornithologists and beautifully illustrated. It’s also easy to carry around and has a glossy cover to resist water splashes.

NB : For birds of East Africa, the fully revised and updated new edition (2020) is worth checking out too.

Trees, Plants & Flowers – African Safari Books

  • Trees and Shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park (Paperback) by Ernst Schmidt , Mervyn Lotter & Warren McCleland .

If you’re traveling through South Africa’s Mpumalanga province and Kruger National Park , this guide to the region’s trees and shrubs is one of the best safari books to take along with you. 

With easy-to-read information and beautiful illustrations and photographs, it’s great for both beginner naturalists and seasoned botanists.

  • Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Paperback) by Braam van Wyk & Piet van Wyk .

The ideal read for beginner tree enthusiasts , this field guide is simply written and illustrated by two of southern Africa’s leading tree experts.

The paperback includes detailed information and wonderful color photographs of around 900 tree species in southern Africa, making it one of the best safari books.

General Africa Travel Books

  • East Africa (Multi-country African travel guide) (Paperback) by Mary Fitzpatrick , Tim Bewer & Matthew Firestone .
‘Best for curious and independent-minded travelers’ — Wall Street Journal
  • Southern Africa (Multi-country African travel guide) (Paperback) by Alan Murphy , Kate Armstrong , Matthew Firestone , Mary Fitzpatrick , Michael Grosberg , Nana Luckham & Andy Rebold .
‘For sheer global reach and dogged research, attention must be paid to Lonely Planet…’ — Los Angeles Times

Safari Tales

  • Don’t Look Behind You! : A Safari Guide’s Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos by Peter Allison .
“The best compliment you can pay a travel writer is to read his work and feel like you’re right there with him. For more than two hundred pages, I felt like I was in Africa, up to my neck in danger. I don’t even know this guy, but more than once I lay awake at night, worrying for his safety. Enough adventure, action, life lessons, and laughs to fill a movie and four sequels. The fact that Allison survived to write any of this down is a miracle in itself.” — Cash Peters, author of “Gullible’s Travels”.
  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Run : True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide (Paperback) by Peter Allison .
“His misadventures make Whatever You Do, Don’t Run an absorbing read… The material is rich, and Allison is a gifted storyteller. And the only thing stranger than African fiction is African truth.” — National Geographic Adventure “After reading this entrancing memoir, an African safari may move to No. 1 on your travel wish list. The only catch is you’ll want the author as your guide.” — Chicago Sun-Times

Electronic African Wildlife Books

  • Mammals of Southern Africa by Lee Gutteridge .
  • 100 Bushveld Trees by Megan Emmett Parker .
  • First Field Guide to Grasses of Southern Africa by Gideon Smith .
  • Sasol Birds of Southern Africa by Ian Sinclair , Phil Hockey , Warwick Tarboton , Peter Ryan & Niall Perrins .
  • Snakes of Southern Africa by Johan Marais .

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African big game hunting has existed since the mid 19th century when a few intrepid adventurers hunted for meat and trophies by themselves and for themselves.

It wasn't until the turn of the 20th century that equally intrepid hunters started to hire 'professional' hunters to accompany them on their African hunting safaris. East Africa was the place to hunt and large safari companies sprang up to outfit these long hunting safaris and manage their stables of famous Professional 'White' Hunters.

Today, African hunting trips with a Professional Hunter are the norm and are even more popular than ever, even if on a somewhat smaller scale. However now big game hunting battles against general public disapproval, unscrupulous operators and red tape which can make arranging an African hunt a major and complicated mission.

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Important News For African Hunters

SA Express Suspends All Flights SA Express announces that it has suspended all operations from 18 March 2020 until further notice. This is not entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

South African Airways Firearm Charges Applicable on all tickets sold on or after the 15 May 2019. SAA has introduced charges for handling hunting firearms. Flights within South Africa - USD 30, flights within Africa - USD 60 and international flights - USD 100 per firearm per sector. The handling of separately packed ammunition (up to 5 kg) is included in the fee. Passengers must pay the handling fee charge applicable for each sector of travel and the fee is payable in advance or at the airport. Read more in Firearms & Ammunition section of Special Baggage

Tanzania Plastic Bag Ban As of 1 June 2019, the Government of Tanzania activates an official notice to travellers planning to visit Tanzania that all plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in mainland Tanzania. Ziploc bags are exempt. Read more...

South Africa - O R Tambo International Airport New Luggage Regulation As of 25 March 2019, O R Tambo International Airport will not accept 'irregular' shaped bags at check-in counters. If you have luggage without a flat side or with long straps, go to the luggage wrap station where it can be wrapped in such a way to comply with the new rules. Read more...

South African Child Travel Regulation Amendment As of 1st December 2018, where a child presents a passport which contains the details of his or her parent or parents, an immigration officer shall not require such child to produce an unabridged birth certificate on rrival or departure in South Africa. Read more...

As of 23 March 2017, the South African Police will no longer accept US Customs Form 4457 as proof of firearm ownership, if the date in the top right hand corner has expired . Please check your 4457 form and if expired, apply for a new one. You can download the 4457 here .

Tanzania New Firearm Import Requirement Tanzania is now requiring all hunters who are importing firearms to provide photographs of the firearm(s) and photographs of their serial numbers. This has been confirmed by the Tanzania Professional Hunters Association and Tanzania Hunting Operators Association.

Yellow Fever Certification For Life As of 11 July 2016 the certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is valid for the life of the person vaccinated. This lifetime validity applies automatically to all existing and new certificates, beginning 10 days after the date of vaccination. Accordingly, as of 11 July 2016, revaccination or a booster dose of yellow fever vaccine will not be required for international travellers as a condition of entry into a State Party, regardless of the date that their international certificate of vaccination was initially issued. Read more from the WHO

New USF&W Elephant Trophy Import Rules Regardless of the 1989 CITES international trade ban on elephant ivory, USF&W has recently seen fit to use the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to institute a near-total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory. As of 6th July 2016 all elephant trophies, regardless of the country in which they were taken (including CITES II elephant populations), will require an Import Permit. This also includes elephant trophies taken before this date which arrive in the US after the date. In addition, US hunters may only have 2 import permits in a year. To get your import permit, you must complete Form 3-200-19 .

EU Fails To Stop All Hunting Trophy Imports 19 March 2016. Good news for European hunters...The motion by a group of European Parliament members to restrict the import of all hunting trophies to the European Union failed to achieve the requisite number of votes to be considered at the Parliament's next sitting.

No Hunting Firearms To CAR As of March 2016, airlines to CAR are enforcing the UN arms embargo on CAR which blocks the transport of hunting firearms. Air France is the main carrier into CAR for hunters but all other airlines travelling to CAR will also enforce this UN regulation.

USF&W Uplisting Of African Lions As of 22nd January 2016, USF&W will require 'Threatened Species Import Permits' for all wild lion hunting trophies from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa (including captive-bred lions). 'Endangered Species Import Permits' will be required for all wild lion hunting trophies from from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and CAR. Permits will not be available until essentially USF&W approve of the lion conservation management plans of each country. Read the USF&W African lion ruling in full

EU Elephant Trophy Import Ban For Mozambique, Tanzania & Zambia As of 2nd July 2015, no EU member states will allow the import of elephant hunting trophies from Mozambique, Tanzania or Zambia. The EU Scientific Review Group have now issued negative determinations for the elephant populations of these countries. Read more...

EU Lion Trophy Import From Tanzania & Zambia As of 7th March 2015, the EU Scientific Review Group issued a positive opinion for the import of lion hunting trophies from Tanzania and Zambia Read more...

No African Lion Trophies To Australia As of 13 March 2015, Australia has imposed a blanket ban on the import of all African lion products including hunting trophies "in response to Australian public concerns about 'canned hunting' of African lions." Read more...

EU African Lion Trophy Import Ban From Burkina Faso, Benin & Cameroon As of 5 February 2015, the EU has effectively banned imports of lion hunting trophies into all EU member states from several west African countries, including Burkina Faso, Benin and Cameroon. The EU now requires CITES I import permits for African lion from all African countries, polar bear, African elephant, Southern white rhinoceros, hippopotamus and argali sheep as part of the EU's 'stricter domestic measures'. Read more...

Yellow Fever Certification For South Africa As of 4 February 2015, you will no longer have to produce proof of yellow fever vaccination on arrival in South Africa from a 'low risk' country, as defined by the WHO. Low risk yellow fever countries include Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, São Tomé and Principe. This is good news for hunters transiting in South Africa from Zambia or Tanzania. Read more...

Transiting With Firearms In the Netherlands As from 19 May 2014 a 6 page 'Application Consent For Weapons And Ammunition' form must be submitted in advance to transit with firearms through the Netherlands. The single page form is no longer accepted. Go to Transiting With Firearms to download the latest application form.

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Safari Press is known for its high-quality, limited-edition books, which we issue in several series: Classics in Big-Game Hunting Series, Sporting Firearms Series, Hunting at High Altitudes Series, Classics in Wingshooting Series, and Classics in African Hunting Series. The books featured in these series were published by Safari Press in strictly limited editions of mostly 1,000 or 500 copies. All are numbered, have slipcases, and almost all of these books are signed by the authors. Except for the first three titles in the Classics in African Hunting Series, all books in the Safari Press series are original titles and all are first editions. Books with numbers marked in red are sold out.

SAFARI PRESS’S CLASSICS IN AFRICAN HUNTING SERIES A series of books devoted exclusively to African big-game hunting

1 - WHITE HUNTER by John Hunter Limited to 1,000 numbered and slipcased copies.

2 - HORNED DEATH by John Burger Limited to 1,000 numbered and slipcased copies.

3 - AFTER BIG GAME IN CENTRAL AFRICA by Edouard Foa Limited to 1,000 numbered and slipcased copies.

4 - FROM MT. KENYA TO THE CAPE by Craig Boddington Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

5 - SAFARI RIFLES by Craig Boddington Limited to 500 numbered, leatherbound, signed, and slipcased copies.

6 - ELEPHANT HUNTING IN PORTUGUESE EAST AFRICA by José Pardal Limited to 1,000 numbered, leatherbound, signed, and slipcased copies.

7 - HUNTING IN TANZANIA edited by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

8 - HUNTING IN ZIMBABWE edited by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

9 - HUNTING IN THE SUDAN edited by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

10 - HUNTING IN BOTSWANA edited by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

11 - HUNTING IN ETHIOPIA edited by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

12 - HUNTING IN ZAMBIA edited by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

13 - HUNTING IN SOUTH AFRICA edited by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

14 - HUNTING IN KENYA edited by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

15 - ONE HAPPY HUNTER by F. M. George Barrington Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

16 - SOLO SAFARI by Terry Cacek Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

17 - THE LAST OF THE FEW by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

18 - A MAN CALLED LION by Peter H. Capstick Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

19 - BARON IN AFRICA by Brian Marsh Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

20 - MONTHS OF THE SUN by Ian Nyschens Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

21 - MY LAST KAMBAKU by Leo Kröger Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

22 - WHERE LIONS ROAR by Craig Boddington Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

23 - MEMOIRS OF AN AFRICAN HUNTER by Terry Irwin Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

24 - FOURTEEN YEARS IN THE AFRICAN BUSH by Anthony S. Marsh Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

25 - AFRICA’S GREATEST HUNTER by Frederick Selous edited by Dr. James A. Casada Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by Casada, and slipcased copies.

26 - BUFFALO, ELEPHANT, & BONGO by Reinald von Meurers Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

27 - UNDER THE AFRICAN SUN by Dr. Frank C. Hibben Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

28 - HEART OF AN AFRICAN HUNTER by Peter Flack Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

29 - THE HUNTING INSTINCT by Philip D. Rowter Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

30 - OUT IN THE MIDDAY SHADE by William York Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

31 - THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE OF A VAGABOND HUNTER by Sten Cedergren Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

32 - HUNTING THE BIG FIVE by Robin Hurt Limited to 376 numbered & lettered, leatherbound, signed, and slipcased copies.

33 - THE LOST WILDERNESS by Mohamed Ismail and Alice Thor Pianfetti Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by both authors, and slipcased copies.

34 - THE WHEEL OF LIFE by Bunny Allen Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

35 - SAFARI: A DANGEROUS AFFAIR by Walt Prothero Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

36 - THE LAST OF OLD AFRICA by Brian Nicholson Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

37 - FREDERICK C. SELOUS: A HUNTING LEGEND edited by Dr. James A. Casada Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by Casada, and slipcased copies.

38 - HEAT, THIRST, AND IVORY by Fred Everett Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

39 - THE ADVENTURES OF SHADREK by Ron Thomson Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

40 - CANNIBALS AND BIG GAME by Channing Beebe Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

41 - THE BIG FIVE by Dr. S. Lloyd Newberry Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

42 - SEARCH FOR THE SPIRAL HORN by Craig Boddington Limited to 1,250 numbered, signed by author, slipcased copies.  Copies numbered 1-250 are bound in full leather.

43 - AFRICAN EXPERIENCE by Craig Boddington Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

44 - TALES OF A TROPHY HUNTER IN AFRICA by Peter Flack Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

45 - AFRICAN ADVENTURES AND MISADVENTURES by William York Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

46 - ON SAFARI WITH BWANA GAME by Eric Balson Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

47 - MY WANDERINGS THROUGH AFRICA by Mike Cameron with James Cameron Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

48 - KWAHERI! by Robert von Reitnauer Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

49 - AFRICAN HUNTER II edited by Craig Boddington and Peter Flack Limited to 500 numbered, signed by both authors, slipcased copies. Copies numbered 1-50 are bound in full leather and housed in a clamshell box.

50 - FRAGMENTS OF AFRICA by Gordon Cundill Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

51 - MEMORIES OF AFRICA by Werner Brach Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

52 - ELEPHANT HUNTERS, MEN OF LEGEND by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

53 - BUFFALO! by Craig Boddington Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

54 - A PIONEERING HUNTER by Brian Marsh Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

55 - BWANA BABU by Joseph C. Greenfield Jr. Limited to500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

56 - HUNTING FOR TROUBLE by Geoff Wainwright Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

57 - STRANGE TALES FROM THE AFRICAN BUSH by Hannes Wessels Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

58 - TUSKERS IN THE DUST by Fred Everett Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

59 - AAGAARD'S AFRICAN ADVENTURES by Finn & Berit Aagaard Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by Berit Aagaard, and slipcased copies.

60 - AFRICA’S MOST DANGEROUS by Kevin Robertson Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

61 - LEGENDS OF THE AFRICAN FRONTIER by David Chandler Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

62 - TRACKS ACROSS AFRICA by Craig Boddington Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies. Deluxe edition is limited to 26 lettered edition bound in leather with clamshell box.

63 - SIATWINDA by J. McGregor Brooks Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

64 - IT SHOULDN’T HAPPEN by Kevin and Catherine Robertson Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

65 - SUN OVER THE DARK CONTINENT by Charles Bazzy Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

66 - SAFARI RIFLES II by Craig Boddington Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

67 - BREATH OF AFRICA by Pierre Decoster Limited to 250 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

68 - CLAWS & FANGS by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

69 - ELEPHANT! by Craig Boddington Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.  First 100 copies are bound in leather.

70 - FROM THE OKAVANGO TO THE PLAINS OF EAST AFRICA by Steve Christenson Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

71 - CAMPFIRE TALES by Rolf Rohwer Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

72 - HORN OF THE HUNTER (60 th Anniversary Edition) by Robert Ruark Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by Harry Selby, and slipcased copies.

73 - THE AFRICAN DIARY OF BOB EASTMAN BY Rick Sapp Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

74 - QUEST FOR AFRICA’S TOMORROWS by Fred Duckworth Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.  First twenty-five copies bound in leather.

75- MORE SAFARIS WITH BWANA GAME by Eric Balson Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

76 - FROM THE CONGO BASIN TO THE HIGHLANDS OF ETHIOPIA by Steve Christenson Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

77- THE PERFECT SHOT II by Kevin Robertson Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

78 - MORNING SHADOWS, EVENING SUN  by Brad Fitzpatrick Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

79- FOOTSTEPS OF AN IVORY HUNTER by Ian R. Nyschens and Cheryl Nyschens Morck. Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by Cheryl Nyschens Morck, and slipcased copies.

80- BETWEEN THE CONGO RIVER AND THE WHITE NILE by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

81 -GREAT AFRICAN TROPHIES by Diana Rupp Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

82 - HUNTING THE AFRICAN RHINO by Jim Rikhoff Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

83 - THE WANDERERS by Hoffman Theron van Zijl Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

84- AFRICA’S GREATEST TUSKERS by Tony Sanchez-Ariño Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

85 - INCIDENTS FROM AN ELEPHANT HUNTER’S DIARY by W. D. M. Bell Limited to 1,000 numbered and slipcased copies.

86- REMINISCENCES OF AN ELEPHANT HUNTER by W. D. M. Bell Limited to 1,000 numbered and slipcased copies.

87 - FROM THE CAPE TO THE KASSERINE  by Craig Boddington Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.  Deluxe edition is limited to 26 lettered edition bound in leather with clamshell box.

88 - TALL TALES  by Buzz Charlton Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.  Deluxe edition is limited to 26 lettered edition bound in leather with clamshell box.

89 - BUFFALO II!  by Craig Boddington Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

Books with numbers marked in red are sold out.

SAFARI PRESS’S CLASSICS IN BIG-GAME HUNTING SERIES A series of books devoted to big-game hunting worldwide except for Africa

1 - HUNTING ON THREE CONTINENTS WITH JACK O’CONNOR by Jack O'Connor Limited to 500 numbered, signed by Bradford O'Connor, and slipcased copies.

2 - INDIAN HUNTS AND INDIAN HUNTERS OF THE OLD WEST by Dr. Frank C. Hibben Limited to 500 numbered, leather bound, signed, and slipcased copies.

3 - JAGUAR HUNTING IN THE MATO GROSSO AND BOLIVIA by Tony de Almeida Limited to 500 numbered, leatherbound, signed, and slipcased copies.

4 - DEER HUNTING COAST TO COAST by Craig Boddington and Bob Robb Limited to 500 numbered, leatherbound, signed, and slipcased copies.

5 - PEAR FLAT PHILOSOPHIES by Larry L. Weishuhn Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

6 - HORNED GIANTS by Capt. John H. Brandt Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

7 - ALASKAN ADVENTURES, VOL. I by Russell Annabel Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by David Annabel & Dell Annabel Lamey, and slipcased copies.

8- ADVENTURE IS MY BUSINESS, VOL. II by Russell Annabel Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by David Annabel & Dell Annabel Lamey, and slipcased copies.

9 - ADVENTURE IS IN MY BLOOD, VOL. III by Russell Annabel Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by David Annabel & Dell Annabel Lamey, and slipcased copies.

10 - THE HIGH ROAD TO ADVENTURE, VOL. IV by Russell Annabel Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by David Annabel & Dell Annabel Lamey, and slipcased copies.

11 - THE WAY WE WERE, VOL. V by Russell Annabel Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by David Annabel & Dell Annabel Lamey, and slipcased copies.

12 - BEAR ATTACKS by Kathy Etling Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

13 - HOME FROM THE HILL by Fred Webb Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

14 - AMERICAN MAN-KILLERS by Don Zaidle Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

15 - SOME BEARS KILL by Larry Kaniut Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

16 - THE JUNGLE HUNTER by Joe Cavanaugh Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

17 - CAMPFIRE LIES OF A CANADIAN HUNTING GUIDE by Fred Webb Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

18 - GONE ARE THE DAYS by Peter Byrne Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

19 - HUNTING THE ALASKAN HIGH ARCTIC by Scott Haugen Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

20 - HUNTING THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN by APHA Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by four authors, and slipcased copies.

21 - JACK O’CONNOR by Robert Anderson Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

22 - RETURN TO TOONAKLUT by Jeff Davis Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

23 - CAMPFIRES edited by Brooke ChilversLubin Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by four authors, and slipcased copies.

24 - YOSHI by Watson Yoshimoto Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

25 - ROYAL QUEST by Bill Quimby Limited to 500 numbered, signed by author and HIH Prince Abdorreza, and slipcased copies. Copies numbered 1-50 are bound in full leather and housed in a clamshell box.

26 - TO HECK WITH IT, I'M GOING HUNTING by Arnold Alward Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

27- THE WEATHERBY edited by Nancy Vokins Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by sixteen authors, and slipcased copies.

28 - THE DANGEROUS GAME by Walt Prothero Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

29 - HEAD FER THE HILLS, VOL. VI by Russell Annabel Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by David Annabel & Dell Annabel Lamey, and slipcased copies.

30 - TROUBLE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT, VOL. VII by Russell Annabel Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed by David Annabel & Dell Annabel Lamey, and slipcased copies.

31 - GENTLEMAN HUNTER by Peter Byrne Limited to 1,000 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

32 - WIND IN MY FACE by Hubert Thummler Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

33- NOT ASSIGNED  

34 - I KILLED FOR A LIVING by Etienne Oggeri Limited to 500 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

35 - AROUND THE WORLD AND THEN SOME by David Hanlin Limited to 250 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

36 - BORN TO HUNT by Gary Ingersoll Limited to 150 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

37 - JOURNALS OF ANDREW J. STONE by R. Margaret Frisina Limited to 250 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

38 - OUT OF BULLETS!  by Johnny Chilton Limited to 250 numbered, signed, and slipcased copies.

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Hello, I would be interested. Where are you located? If you are in the US, would you consider sending to the EU? Thanks, V.  

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Let me know what you want for the African Rifles and Cartridges by John Taylor, American Hunting Rifles & Safari Rifles by Boddington.  

VertigoBE said: Hello, I would be interested. Where are you located? If you are in the US, would you consider sending to the EU? Thanks, V. Click to expand...

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I could be interested in the Capstick books and the African Rifles and Cartridges by John Taylor, American Hunting Rifles & Safari Rifles by Boddington. Price depending of course....  

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I would be interested in.....Pondoro, white hunters, Mahohboh, the last Ivory hunter, African Rifles & Cartridges, the perfect show Also if you come across anything by Tony Arino Sanchez.... I'd be interested as well. Please send me PM with prices - I'm located in the USA FYI  

Good books - watching for more... Sold books on Ebay can give a decent rage of prices. I would be interested in African Hunter by Mellon  

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Alg22 I have interest in the following books: White Hunter Encyclopedia of Big Game Animals in Africa Finn Aagard- Selected Works The Perfect Shot- Robertson I would appreciate a price quote and shipping cost. Thanks  

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Reading these would make me want to spend more money I don't have lol. Any talk about the rifles or cartridges. Any other books other then safari stuff.  

Yes. There are couple more bins of books reloading and general shooting,.. Will have another thread for those when I get to them.  

John Taylor books are SOLD. Pondoro and African Rifles and Cartridges.  

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John Taylor books arrived today. They're in surprisingly great shape! A pleasure doing business.  

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#1 Botswana

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Thus, poachers are seen as enemies of the people. As a result, Botswana has come into view as Africa's most sought-after ecotourism destination. Starting from the Chobe National Park to the Moremi Nature Reserve, you'll be able to witness numerous gems all around the country.

Back in 2014, Botswana widely banned the hunting of wild animals and implemented strict laws which are still in practice. The country resumes its zero-tolerance for poaching and their very own environmental minister, Tshekedi Khama, has even launched a shoot-to-kill policy for poachers.

Botswana, with its wildlife conservation and natural parks, is a haven for nature lovers. It is currently in the top 5, as its approach to the protection and conservation of wildlife is worth the praise. As a country, it is very forward-thinking, some may even call it aggressively forward-thinking when it comes to its preservation and anti-poaching laws.

<p><strong>Recommended Tours:</strong></p> <p>Its fertile land provides a safe and comforting home to around 200 <a class="wpil_keyword_link" href="https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/mammals/" title="mammal">mammal</a> species. This includes elephants, hippos, monkeys and so much more. Along with 650 bird species and 5,500 plants. Even though the country is still underdeveloped and most of the population live in rural households, its national parks, and sight-seeing destinations are on the top 10 of our lists.</p> <p>Even though many would face some difficulties in locating Malawi on a map, given how tiny it is, the country is home to the world-renowned Lake Malawi National Park. This is practically one-third of the country and is the most biodiverse lake in the world.</p>

Its fertile land provides a safe and comforting home to around 200 mammal species. This includes elephants, hippos, monkeys and so much more. Along with 650 bird species and 5,500 plants. Even though the country is still underdeveloped and most of the population live in rural households, its national parks, and sight-seeing destinations are on the top 10 of our lists.

Even though many would face some difficulties in locating Malawi on a map, given how tiny it is, the country is home to the world-renowned Lake Malawi National Park. This is practically one-third of the country and is the most biodiverse lake in the world.

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Most of the land in Namibia is occupied by the Kalahari and Namib Deserts. Along with that, the country also has 12 national parks and many other areas which are protected. So, if you go there for a safari, you'll have many rich areas to see and explore.

When it comes to countries with the least amount of population, Namibia is one of them. Which proves to be a good thing for nature. This is because most of the land in Namibia is still unspoiled by human filth or any sort of development, giving nature a chance to breathe.

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In the country's Volcanoes National Park, you'll find 10 habituated gorilla families. Groups of 8 trekkers can visit them for one hour per day. But that's enough to get the best African safari experience. And as a nature lover, you'll enjoy the experience to the max.

If you've been around for some time, you'll be familiar with Rwanda's mountain gorillas. They were famously broadcasted and their fight for survival was shown on  National Geographic . This was all thanks to the late  Dian Fossey  back in the 1970s who advocated for the rights of these mountain gorillas throughout her life.

Considering the tragic history surrounding the mass genocide of the people of Rwanda back in 1994, it's truly a blessing what the country has achieved in the past 25 years. There have been countless investments in infrastructure. This has resulted in the country being a very fast-growing destination for ecotourism.

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#6 South Africa

But given all the advantages, it's safe to conclude that South Africa also suffers from over-tourism. I mean, if you have so many great attractions, people will flock towards it. Chances are that you'll find yourself in the middle of dozens of unruly visitors who are not too keen on obeying the rules. This occurs mostly during the peak seasons.

Annually, the country has one million visitors. Its biggest attraction is the Kruger National Park with its enrichment in biodiversity. Visitors there also have the liberty to self-drive, thus, getting a first-person private but superb experience. 

For some time now, South Africa has been climbing the charts to become one of the most popular destinations for African safaris. Given its location, South Africa is a very convenient and cheap destination for people from the United States. Besides that, the country also boasts a well-developed infrastructure which makes it perfect for luxury travelers as well.

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#7 Tanzania

One of the most popular locations would be the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The country is also a haven for 1100 different bird species. It's no wonder that Tanzania gets this much rep. Especially when the country boasts so many wonders.

We talked about Kenya being the top destination for Safari. Now Tanzania here takes second place in being the continent's most popular safari destination. And why shouldn't it? The country has 16 national parks and an extraordinary amount of wealth and wildlife wonders for the people to witness.

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Some of its natural attractions include housing the highest mountain range in Africa. It also has the world's largest free-standing volcano and the second-largest freshwater lake. With its 30 national parks and other wildlife reserves, Uganda boasts many more sanctuaries which are worth the visit. Especially if you're a lover of nature and wildlife.

Often called "The Pearl of Africa", Uganda is certainly a great pick for an African safari. Its reputation as being one of the best ecotourism destinations comes from the country's natural attractions and wildlife.

<p><strong>Recommended Tours:</strong></p> <p>Out of its 20 national parks, the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is home to many wildlife animals such as African elephants, Angolan giraffes, Cape buffalo, etc. Other than that, there are many private ownerships of National parks, notably the Kasanka National Park which is near the basin of Lake Bangweulu. It's a safe place where visitors can see 400 different avian species.</p> <p>Zambia may be a bit far down the list of popular destinations for your African safari, but many consider it to be a destination for diversified and immersive safari experiences, and making a notable feature on our 10 Best African Countries for Safari guide. The country is steadily focusing on conservation as their president has shown a keen interest and is working on building the nation's economy as well as the infrastructure.</p>

Out of its 20 national parks, the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is home to many wildlife animals such as African elephants, Angolan giraffes, Cape buffalo, etc. Other than that, there are many private ownerships of National parks, notably the Kasanka National Park which is near the basin of Lake Bangweulu. It's a safe place where visitors can see 400 different avian species.

Zambia may be a bit far down the list of popular destinations for your African safari, but many consider it to be a destination for diversified and immersive safari experiences, and making a notable feature on our 10 Best African Countries for Safari guide. The country is steadily focusing on conservation as their president has shown a keen interest and is working on building the nation's economy as well as the infrastructure.

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Order immediate ban on elephant hunting, president suluhu urged, trophy hunting in enduimet area of tanzania risks wiping out the shared resource.

  • The targeted elephants are males in their reproductive prime.
  • Hunting undermines conservation efforts, disrupts the social structure of elephant communities, and threatens their future.

Elephants are seen as wildlife recover from drought at Kimana Sanctuary in the outskirts of Amboseli National Park on November 26, 2022

Over 50 conservation organisations have petitioned Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu to order an immediate ban on elephant trophy hunting.

The organisations warn the ongoing trophy hunting in the Enduimet area of Tanzania risks wiping out the shared resource.

WildlifeDirect, Wildlife Conservation and Management Professionals Society of Kenya, ElephantVoices, Ulinzi Africa Foundation, Amboseli Trust for Elephants, and Save the Elephants have signed the petition.

Others signatories are the Conservancies Association of Kenya, Luigi Footprints Foundation, Maniago Safaris, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, Teens For Wildlife, Stand Up Shout Out, Nature Kenya, Amboseli Ecosystem Trust, Action For Cheetah Kenya, Big Life Foundation, and Conservation Alliance of Kenya.

The petition says that e ach elephant is known individually, most of them from birth.

It says the recent trophy hunting not only endangers elephants but also jeopardises this irreplaceable body of knowledge and the genetic legacy of some of Africa's largest-tusked elephants.

"The targeted elephants are males in their reproductive prime and, with tusks symbolising their grandeur, are critical for maintaining the population's genetic propensity for large tusks, which are a major draw for tourism, a vital sector for both our countries."

The petition says t he hunting of these individuals undermines conservation efforts, disrupts the social structure of elephant communities, and poses a significant threat to the future of this population.

"We implore you to recognise the scientific, ecological, and economic value of the Amboseli elephants and to grant permanent protection to these icons of Africa in the cross-border area that is part of their regular range," the petitioners say.

The organisations want Suluhu to f ormalise regulations to ban hunting of elephants in Enduimet Wildlife Management Area, Narco Ranch, Longido GCA, Lake Natron East GCA, and Lake Natron North GCA, and c ollaborate with Kenya to find alternative conservation strategies that ensure the Amboseli elephants' protection.

There was an international outcry when four individually known elephants, subjects of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, were shot by trophy hunters on the Tanzanian side of the border in 1994.

In 1995, a moratorium on trophy hunting of this cross-border elephant population was agreed upon between nations.

Late last year, however, two adult males were shot south of the border in Tanzania, ending a 30-year trophy hunting moratorium.

A third elephant was shot in the same area in late February 2024, and, as of March 10, a further three licenses are said to have been granted, raising alarm and putting the integrity of the Amboseli elephant population in jeopardy.

The Amboseli elephants live in Kenya and Tanzania.

The ecosystem includes Amboseli National Park and the surrounding conservancies and lands in Kenya (8,000 km2) and the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area and beyond in Tanzania.

There are currently 2,000 elephants in this ecosystem.

For 51 years, these elephants have been closely studied by the Amboseli Elephant Research Project.

It is the longest continuously running study of elephants in the world and one of the longest studies of any animal.

Each elephant is known individually, has a code number or name, and is documented photographically.

Birth dates for all but a few of the older individuals are known, as are those of the mother, the family, and, in some cases, the father.

A detailed database contains every elephant identified over five decades, including births and deaths, and numbers over 4,000 individuals.

A linked database houses every recorded sighting.

The Amboseli data is an extraordinarily rich and important body of knowledge.

Each individual and each record is a building block that underpins this immense scientific achievement gained over the past half century.

There are 63 elephant families in the Amboseli population, of which 17 families, consisting of 365 members, regularly spend time in Tanzania.

In addition, approximately 30 adult male elephants, over the age of 25 use the Enduimet area and beyond in Tanzania as part of their home range.

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