Good African Reads

At Personal Collection we know that many travellers like to do some background reading to get a "feel" for the country they are to visit.  Below are some of the books that we have liked or that have been recommended to us by clients.  We offer a mixture of the informative, the well-written and those that are just downright entertaining!

  • Adamson, George  My Pride and Joy - Life with lions in the Kenyan bush
  • Adamson, Joy  Born Free - Famous story of raising a lion cub in Kenya
  • Balfour, Daryl  Etosha: A Visual Portrait - Evocative photos of Namibian National Park
  • Beddow, Tim and Burns, Natasha  Safari Style - Gorgeous coffee-table tome of interiors and architecture to die for (includes some of our featured lodges and hotels) 
  • Bull, Bartle  Safari - History of the African Safari in South and East Africa
  • Clarke, Gary - I'd rather be on Safari
  • Dinesen, Isak - Out of Africa
  • Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria  Among the Elephants - Elephant study from eminent animal behaviourists
  • Douglas-Hamilton, Oria  The Elephant Family Book - Lovely and informative picture-book for children
  • Fox, James  White Mischief - Murder among the decadent "Happy Valley Set" in colonial Kenya
  • Gordimer, Nadine  The Conservationist - Powerful novel about apartheid
  • Huxley, Elspeth  The Flame Trees of Thika - Memoir of a Kenyan childhood
  • Huxley, Elspeth  Out In The Midday Sun - Kenya both pre- and post-independence
  • Jacobson, Dan  The Electronic Elephant - Travel through S.Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia
  • Lamb, Christina - The Africa House
  • Lessing, Doris  The Grass is Singing - 1950 novel criticising white culture in Africa
  • Mandela, Nelson  Long Walk to Freedom - Fascinating autobiography of Nobel prizewinner
  • Markham, Beryl  West with the Night - Autobiography of pioneering Kenyan aviatrix
  • Matthiessen, Peter  Sand Rivers - Account of exploration of the Selous in Tanzania
  • Owens, Mark and Delia  Cry of the Kalahari - Ecological study
  • Pakenham, Thomas  The Scramble for Africa - Excellent historical study of colonial greed, conquest and loss
  • Patterson, R.J.  The Man Eaters of Tsavo - Tsavo's famous lions
  • Ridgeway, Rick  In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro - Account of very long walk from the top of Mt Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean
  • Scott, Jonathan  The Great Migration - The amazing migration of game between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya 
  • Sheldrick, Daphne  Orphans of Tsavo - Animal orphanage in Tsavo, Kenya
  • Sparks, Allister  The Mind of South Africa - Historical study told through the eyes of Boer, English and black communities
  • Smith, Alexander Mcall - No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and others in the series
  • Thurman, Judith  Isak Dinesen - Biography of Karen Blixen