Okavango: A Field Guide
The one I have weighs a few pounds so I don't plan on bringing it. Just so easy and no hard copy needed. Many lodges have mini libraries with what are considered the best field guides and those are readily available for guests to use. Thanks for the info! Is there an app you recommend?
Bird field guides - Botswana Forum - TripAdvisor
I think the last time I was in Africa there weren't any apps for birds. The bird app is just called " African Birds " and is divided into categories with colour pictures , description and general information and small map of habitat locations. I recall purchasing on-line from the Apple Store for a few dollars a few years back. The animal one is called "African Safari " and pretty much an identical layout.
Am not a birder in the true sense but I do know it didn't have anything on Collared Pratincoles, so I suspect other birds might be missing as well and it does not have bird call sounds. I have an old hard copy of " Newman's Birds of Southern Africa '' and I know there are apps for that on smart phone and Ipad etc.
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Tip: All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips. Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers. Profile Join. Log in Join. Bird field guides. The following are some of the books we recommend for guests preparing for or considering an African safari. Many are also beautiful reminders of your African safari and just flipping through them will have you yearning to return again. The list is by no means exhaustive and we encourage you to contact us if you are interested in specific recommendations.
We have grouped our recommendations by subject matter. If you would like assistance locating a book some may not be currently available in the US but we have several contacts in Southern Africa and can source any still in print for you - please give us a call. One final note worth mentioning For this reason, you should not plan to carry any books with you on your African safari. Guest copies of the more popular books recommended here are also available in many of the African safari camps and most of these are available for purchase in their curios. Still, I would not recommend taking up too much valuable space in your luggage with lots of books during your trip - I only take along a small writing journal for notes, etc.
Eyes on Africa, Ltd. All rights reserved. Excellent photographs, but more importantly, superbly edited and full of more information than one could possibly devour in one reading.
dutchmountainpress.com/776-smartphone-track.php We refer to it constantly. A must have for anyone who has visited. Highly recommended. An outstanding book, packed with information and not at all outdated in that respect. The book is the companion volume to the three-part television special made for the acclaimed PBS series Nature. Highly recommended if you can find a used copy. The book is one of the very large scale coffee-table size books but instead of page after page of animal photos, this one combines many unique sepia-tones photos, color drawings, maps and illustrations, and more unusual full-color photos than you would expect.
The book covers the Okavango Delta, Chobe and the 2 rivers through a series of vignettes, interviews with local people, anecdotes of their own experiences, and intimate photographs. One of the older books on the Delta but still widely available to our knowledge. A solid overall general work on the Delta but really more of a collectors item for those who want them all. Okavango - Africa's Last Eden - Frans Lanting Big seller, lots of full-page large format color photos by the award-winning wildlife photographer.
The accompanying text is very brief and more like short poems accompanying the fine pictures. Not in my top three list, but if you're a fan of Mr. Lantings or just want another beautiful coffee-table browser on the Delta, it won't disappoint. One of James' favorites - essentially his Bible. Note that she is reportedly working on a new edition to cover grasses and such.
Wild About the Okavango - Duncan Butchart An all-in-one guide to common animals and plants - very nice field guide, small enough to take on game drives easily. Excellent book for the first-time visitor.
African Guide Academy
We recommend this one for anyone going to the Delta - widely available at most of the camps' curio shops or at book stores in South Africa. The book is published by Wilderness Safaris, who have managed Mombo Camp since They spent days and nights on the hunt with Lions, closely followed Leopards, Cheetah and Elephants and their hard work is revealed in their stunning images.
- The Functions of Sleep.
- Ernest Hemingway: the Oak Park legacy.
- Pattern Recognition: 4th International Conference Cambridge, U.K., March 28–30, 1988 Proceedings.
- Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana: Including the Okavango Delta, Heath, Heath?
- Bird field guides - Botswana Forum.
- Ships of the American Revolutionary Navy (New Vanguard, Volume 161).
- Neurology Update : Reviews for Continuing Professional Development;
The book runs almost as a diary, with daily extracts from their journals and it makes for an excellent read. One of our favorites. The book portrays the cycle of life along Botswana's Khwai River which links the Okavango Delta to the sands of the semi-arid Kalahari. The two spent a year traveling along the Khwai and their photos are magnificent, including some amazing animal interactions are captured.
Highly recommended, especially if you are heading to the Botswana. The photos are of excellent quality and the text informative. Not the first book I would recommend, but a nice addition to a collection. The book gives excellent insight into the culture and life of Botswana's people as well as valuable information on overland travel routes, recommended camps and lodges, and tips on where to find the best arts, crafts, festivals and music on your travels.
We have traveled with Ian in the Okavango and he has a great knowledge of Botswana's culture and its people. I found this book refreshingly unique in its format and a very easy and interesting read.
Skeleton Coast - Amy Schoeman An in-depth look at the moist, coastal desert park in far western Namibia. Very nice photographic book, packed with information on the region's history, geology, climate, plants, wildlife, shipwrecks The best book available on the Skeleton Coast, hands down. If you're considering a visit, this is the book. Crucial if you're looking to identify flora in this region of Namibia. Same layout and nice artwork. The book covers the different people, cultures and geographies of South Africa the country with decent accompanying photographs. The text is well written and covers the history of the country as well as looking at the present day clime and hopes for its future.
Good overview. The book is a tribute to the trees of the Kruger National Park and the adjacent private game reserves. Superb photos accompany an informative and wide-ranging text. A page or two on 50 or 60 species. The book is arranged into chapters covering seven ecological niches. Each chapter includes information on the animals, birds and flora, as well as giving pertinent tourist information, such as accommodation and facilities available note that the book was published in but most info should hold true today.
Lots of great photography and interesting reading. A must have if you're interested in the birds. Note that this book or one like it is available on virtually every African safari vehicle. Identifying the raptors is not easy for those who do not live amongst them day in and day out. Gives nice illustrations for identifying while at perch, flying side views and from below and also distinctive behaviors. A treasure trove for the raptor fan! The format of the book is unique in that each of the 15 sections covers a habitat, which is color-coded on the fore-edge of the books pages.