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South AfricaThe Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants

A remarkable and heart-warming account for those interested in animals, nature and the conservation issues of South Africa, that follows Lawrence Anthony on his quests to create a sanctuary for a herd of rogue elephants. A delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and conservation enthusiasts.

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Multi-countryDON’T RUN, Whatever You Do: My adventures as a Safari Guide

In this book, Peter Allison shares his experiences as a safari guide, giving a great insight into the safari experience. n Don't Run, Whatever You Do, you'll hear outrageous-but-true tales from the most exciting safaris. You'll find out when an elephant is really going to charge, what different monkey calls mean and what do in a face off with lions.

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EgyptThe Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

An insightful read that reveals the wonders of Ancient Egypt. This book is sure to give anyone the necessary knowledge to understand Ancient Egypt in all its complexity. Toby Wilkinson’s detailed knowledge of significant historical moments from the building of the Pyramids to Cleopatra’s fatal entanglement with Rome will make you an expert of this intriguing era in no time.

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South AfricaCry, the Beloved Country

This deeply moving novel is a work of love, hope, courage and endurance in a time of racial injustice in South Africa. It is a beautiful tale that tells the story of two fathers and two sons, with a message so universal that it can be applied to much of life today. A must read for those with an interest in the social history of South Africa.

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KenyaThe Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

Elspeth Huxley’s recalls the fond memories of her childhood as she and her family set off to travel to Thika in Kenya and growing up among the Masai and Kikuyu people. It is a beautiful and sensitive account to settler life at the turn of the twentieth century, examining both the struggles and wonders of life in Kenya during this time.

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KenyaThe Ghosts of Happy Valley: Searching for the Lost World of Africa’s Infamous Aristocrats

In this travelogue, author Juliet Barnes sets out to explore the history of the infamous Happy Valley, where a small community of affluent white expatriates settled between the wars. With the help of an African guide, Barnes discovers the remains of grand residences and speaks with elders who share their memories of these bygone time. The Ghosts of Happy Valley is a blend of travel narrative and social history offering a fresh and much-needed perspective into Kenya’s infamous Happy Valley.

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ZimbabweHouse of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-Torn Zimbabwe

A powerful and insightful book that aims to tell the turbulent history of Zimbabwe through the personal stories of Nigel and Aqui. Lamb weaves the stories of their lives together, effortlessly depicting the violence and turmoil that occurred in Zimbabwe. A compelling story that empathises with the victims of an international crisis.

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Multi-countryAncient Africa - Fully Explained: Geography, Prehistory, Early History and the Rise of Its Civilizations

This book offers and informative insight into the history of Africa and is essential for anyone who wants to learn about the history of Africa. A truly engaging book that is suitable for all, covering all parts of the continent as Muksawa explores the landscape, civilisation and culture, through a variety of images and maps.

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Multi-countryAccess Africa: Safaris for People with Limited Mobility (Bradt Travel Guides)

An insightful report that explores the accessibility of the five major safari countries of Africa for those with limited mobility. It offers a thorough examination of the services offered to disabled travellers, in terms of accommodation, travel procedures and itineraries. An excellent read which ensures the inclusion of those with limited mobility in the travel industry.

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ZambiaThe Africa House: The True Story of an English Gentleman and His African Dream

From the world of British colonials in Africa, Christina Lamb tells the true story of an English gentleman and his African dream. Assembled from the diaries and letters that lay within the now neglected house, Lamb tells a story fuelled with passion, power and betrayal offering an insight into the political and social atmosphere of Zambia, during a time of hostility

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Zanzibar & Tanzania CoastThe Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War

“The Zanzibar Chest” is a necessary book…you will struggle to find a more authentic, urgent or brilliant account of the underbelly of contemporary Africa…this book seems destined to become a classic.’ Christopher Ross, Sunday Express

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EthiopiaIn Ethiopia with a Mule

Inspired by childhood stories of Prester John and the Queen of Sheba, in 1966 Dervla Murphy bought Jock, an amiable pack-mule, and set off to trek across the highlands of this awesome but troubled land. She wandered south from the Red Sea shore to Sheba's Aksum and up onto the icy roof of Africa, the Semien mountains.

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EthiopiaLights Camera Jemuru

Lights, Camera, Jemuru is the remarkable story of the young Ethiopian film-makers of Gem TV, and how their films are transforming lives all over Ethiopia. It’s also a vibrant portrait of Ethiopia; a land of biblical history, diverse ethnic peoples, staggering natural beauty and deep-rooted culture. Sometimes sad, often funny and always moving.

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