When we send an author on Safari she comprehensively edits our suggested book list for us.

It’s simply the kind of company we are… we inspire our guests and they pay it forward.

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Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Alexandra Fuller

With captivating and occasionally hilarious prose,
the author shares visceral memories of an unruly childhood in Africa.

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Alexandra Fuller

The author returns to Africa and focuses on her funny, terrifying,
exotic mother. A portrait of an eccentric family set against the gathering
doom of civil war.

Love, Africa

Jeffrey Gettleman

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, Gettleman writes a deeply personal account of his service as a foreign correspondent in Africa.

Out of Africa

Isak Dinesen

Using her pen name, Baroness Karen Blixen recounts seventeen eventful years managing a coffee plantation in Kenya. A memoir filled with affection for and understanding of the land and its people.

I Dreamed of Africa

Kuki Gallmann

A wife and mother’s poignant memoir captures the beauty, drama, and heartbreak of her family’s life in Kenya.

West with the Night

Beryl Markham

A British-born Kenyan aviator recounts her exploits as a bush pilot and her crowning achievement: a solo flight across the Atlantic, east to west, in a small plane with no radio or electric guidance.

Dark Star Safari

Paul Theroux

The author takes an eventful journey by bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train from Cairo to Cape Town. He recalls his Peace Corps service in Nyasaland (now Malawi) almost forty years earlier and notes disturbing developments in the Dark Continent.

Cry of the Kalahari

Mark and Delia Owens

Two young Americans who lived for seven years deep in the Kalahari Desert, write a stirring account of their research into the behavior of animals that had never before encountered humans.

The Eye of the Elephant

Mark and Delia Owens

Relocated to Zambia’s North Luangwa Valley, the Owens document their ongoing animal research and their campaign against the horrific slaughter of elephants for tusk, skin, tails, and feet.

Secrets of the Savanna

Mark and Delia Owens

Credited with saving Zambia’s North Luangwa Valley from the ravages of local animal poachers, the authors reveal their perilous struggle against gangs, corrupt officials, and occasionally, the animals themselves.

Green Hills of Africa

Ernest Hemingway

Using the spare prose that made him famous, the author depicts a month on safari in the game country of East Africa, where he and his wife Pauline journeyed 1933.

The Elephant Whisperer

Lawrence Anthony

The author, who accepted a herd of “rogue” elephants on his reserve in Zululand, tells of his very close encounters with the awesome and inspiring creatures.

Africa in My Blood

Jane Goodall

The renowned researcher on chimpanzees offers a revealing self-portrait in letters.

On Leopard Rock

Wilbur Smith

This Zambian adventure writer, the author of action-packed family sagas set in Africa, looks back at his life and the exploits that inspired his acclaimed novels.

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith

Precious Ramotswe, a cheerful woman of traditional build, is founder and owner of Botswana’s only female-run detective agency. Nineteen delightful novels follow in this beloved series about Mma Ramotswe’s pleasing solutions to problems that vex her clients.

Waiting for Bones

Donna Cousins

Four friends on an African safari become separated from their guide. A fast-paced thriller that mixes survivalist fare and character study in a richly drawn natural environment.

The Story of Bones

Donna Cousins

Bones escapes a narrow existence in a poor village to become a guide at a premier African safari camp. Keenly observed characters and wildlife populate this novel, with unexpected twists that build to a memorable conclusion.

Brazzaville Beach

William Boyd

This thought-provoking novel about the nature of man and apes features an intrepid heroine who is part Dian Fossey, part Indiana Jones.

What is the What

Dave Eggers

This epic work of fiction draws from the eventful life of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the thousands of so-called “lost boys” who were forced to leave their villages in Sudan and trek hundreds of miles on foot to freedom.

No Time Like the Present

Nadine Gordimer

The political complexities of post-apartheid South Africa play out in this celebrated novel, as middle-class parents face up to a country where injustice still finds a home. One of the author’s many books and short stories for which she won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Poached—Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking

Rachel Love Nuwer

The author, an award-winning science journalist, explores the shadowy underground of the global wildlife trade and the valiant efforts to stop it before elephants, rhinos, pangolins, and more cease to exist.

Safari, A Chronicle of Adventure

Bartle Bull

An illustrated history of the African safari from the first great expedition in 1836 to the hunting guides of the twentieth century. The author, an active environmentalist, examines the ethics of hunting and the dilemmas of the hunter-conservationist.

Skeletons on the Zahara

Dean King

Hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, the gripping narrative recounts the trials of twelve American sailors shipwrecked off the west coast of Africa in 1815.


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