Books to inspire travellers (actual and armchair)

Thinking of exploring the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park? The semi-arid Kalahari doesn’t instantly spring to mind when you think of a ‘bush holiday’, but this part of the world has it’s own stark beauty, along with truly spectacular scenery and wildlife. Kgalagadi Self-Drive – Routes, Roads and Ratings is a complete guide to travelling through this fascinating section of South Africa and Botswana. The comprehensive text by Ingrid van den Berg and Jaco Powell gives all the details needed to make visitors’ trips simple and hassle-free. The utterly gorgeous photographs by Philip and  Ingrid van den Berg, Heinrich van den Berg and Jaco Powell makes it a page turner and will have you planning that trip before you know it. Oh … and  armchair adventurers will love it just as much! HPH Publishing, R490


The Garden Route, one of South Africa’s most-visited and most beautiful areas, has been declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Anyone planning a trip along all or part of this area should grab a copy of A Guide to the Garden Route, a must-have paperback that covers hikes, drives, mountain bike and adventure routes, as well as info on whale-watching, birding hot spots and  fauna and flora from Still Bay to Storms River. There are also jolly useful maps. Throw in historical, environmental, cultural and geological info and you’ve got absolutely everything you need to enhance your holiday experience and transform it into something truly special. Jacana, R260

Visiting any of South Africa’s justly famous national parks can be a mind-boggling experience. However, much of the guesswork has been removed by two prominent conservationists – Chris and Mathilde Stuart. The new edition of Stuarts’ Field Guide to National Parks and Nature Reserves of South Africa, with slight name changes, has been thoroughly revised and updated. It’s an indispensable guide along jam-packed with all the information you’ll ever need. It features 43 parks and reserves, arranged by province, and includes info on the history, location, landscape, geology, vegetation and wildlife of each reserve. With comprehensive text, more than 900 colour photographs, as well as maps and ID guides for easy identification of what you see, this is a don’t-leave-home-without-it publication. Struik Nature, R300

Our wildlife photographic book of the year!

Oh my. We’re huge fans of internationally acclaimed photographer Hannes Lochner and swoon over his magnificent photographic books. And now we’re lusting after his latest coffee- table book, Planet Okavango. Page after page after jaw-droppingly beautiful page of exceptional photographs, featuring the wetland deltas of Botswana and its inhabitants. It’s a real and evocative tribute to this area and it’s beauty is perfectly captured by Lochner, who spent two and a half years in the area, with every waking moment dedicated to photography. Lochner is a true wildlife photographer, for whom photography is an art. His methods are renowned as groundbreaking – he visualises his images before even capturing them, and his wealth of talent and experience brings his readers delight, wonder and awe. And trust us, Planet Okavango offers exactly this. This massive, 220-page coffee-table gem is an exceptional book and an exceptional buy. You’ll find it at good bookstores for around R980 or you can buy a special limited edition version, which is packaged in a gorgeous box, with a certificate of authenticity and a signed, numbered reproduction of a Lochner image. This version costs R1 960 and there are only 500 available from HPH Publishing.



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