Books about Africa
Going to Africa, try to prepare yourself: for your Safari, get some animals and birds book. Read stories and novels about Africa and get some Coffee albums as souvenirs.
Here you will find my recommendation of books on Africa:
The kingdon Pocket guide to African mammals. Is an easy to use illustrated guide That covers all species of terrestrial mammals.
While the above deals with mammals all over Africa, here is a pocket guide to East African (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) wildlife with its 475 common species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and trees all in full colored photos.
For Birds lovers, There are quite few, very good, Birds guides. You may try The Stevenson and Fanshawe ‘Birds of East Africa’ , The Stevenson and Redman ‘Birds of the horn of Africa‘ , the Sinclair and Hockey ‘Birds of Southern Africa’ Or the very ambitious Sinclair and Ryan ‘Birds of Africa south of the Sahara’
Books about Africa by non-African writers:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover. A great book describing Africa (the Congo) through the eyes of a missionary family.
Books about Africa by African writers
Chinua Achebe is an African writer from Nigeria, and a winner of Nobel prize. His books, although from the 60′, are as good old wine. This book ‘Things fall Apart’ focus on the effect of the white people arrival into the life of African village.
Coffee table Albums
Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith are Talented photographers. In my opinion their photo albums, showings the people and cultures of Africa, are among the best one can find. This Album is about African Ceremonies, and you may have a look on more of thier books: ‘Maasai‘, ‘Dinka‘, ‘Ethiopia‘, and some general ones like: Africa Adorned , rites of passage, faces of Africa, and pained bodies.