- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 2 edition (15 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841623474
- ISBN-13: 978-1841623474
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Southern African Wildlife (Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides)) Paperback – 15 Jul 2011
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Mike Unwin is a writer of non-fiction books for both children and adults, specialising in wildlife, travel and conservation. You can also see his writing in such newspapers and magazines as The Independent, Wanderlust, Travel Africa, High Life, Bird Watching and BBC Wildlife. Mike's awards include the BBC Wildlife/Bradt Travel Guides Travel Writer of the Year (2000) and the British Guild of Travel Writers Best Overseas Feature (2008). He occasionally pops up on such radio shows as Radio 4's Excess Baggage and Traveller's Tree.
Mike was born in the UK in 1965 and studied English at Manchester University. He worked for many years in first teaching and then publishing before deciding to chance it as a freelance writer. Nearly eight of these years were spent in southern Africa, notably Zimbabwe and Swaziland, which nurtured a love for this part of the world that now colours much of his writing. Though no serious scientist, Mike's passion for natural history has always led him to grub around in search of wild things - whether in the African bush or on an English beach - and inspires him to communicate this to others through his writing. He also enjoys drawing and photographing the natural world, and has contributed many images to both his own work and other people's.
Mike now lives in Brighton, UK, with his wife and young daughter. He keeps his African hand in as editor of Travel Zambia magazine, and nips off to other exciting places whenever people are prepared to send him there.
'A book like this is a must if you are going on safari. It's an invaluable guide.' Abroad Magazine 'A highly focused view of the best wildlife.' SX Magazine 'This weighty, full-colour guide is unequalled in its sheer level of detail and its readability'. Travel Africa
About the Author
Mike Unwin divides his time between editing natural history books, writing, photography and illustration. He is author of Bradt's 100 Bizarre Animals and co-author of 100 Animals To See Before They Die.
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The book is wide in scope, covering mammals, birds, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians as well as habitats, tracks and how to go about a safari. But astonishingly for a book you can slip into your pocket, it offers much more than a brief overview. Unless you are a specialist, this is all you would really need to appreciate everything you see (other than a field guide to birds, which you would need for identification purposes). Both the photography and illustrations are superb. I'm off to South Africa in a few weeks, and my copy is already dog-eared.
Anyway this book was a definite winner - he had his nose in it the whole time and read it from cover to cover during our time on safari! It's not really a field guide/atlas to identifying species but we did manage to identify several things using it. It's more of an informative guide, providing interesting facts about each animal, written well and with humour. We'll definitely be taking it on our next safari.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now what I expected. Too wordy, not enough detail, but maybe I'm wrong for the book!Published 4 months ago by Wildy
One of the best writers about wildlife ever. He is enthusiastic and knows his stuff. You will never regret owning this superb reliable book.Published 6 months ago by H. G.
A very handy little book with lovely photos and details of the many animals found in and around South Africa. Small enough to take with you.Published 6 months ago by Wendy
Best travel guide compared to what other travellers were using when I was in South Africa. Even the guide was impressed with the book, able to mark off and identify what you see. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sharon price
A good general guide to take on safari and light enough to carry around with you. Contained more information than I expected and particularly useful for mammals. Read morePublished 7 months ago by cynmet
Awaiting my use in Namibia, next year, and loaned in the meantime to friends who are going to South Africa this year!Published 16 months ago by ginnym
I was recently on a trip to South Africa and found this book very useful. It is small enough to bring along on safaris.Published on 14 Sept. 2013 by Private
Not really afield guide. A guide book yes but it doesn't tell much of the animals behaviour, habitat or tracks. I found I really didn't use it much . Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2013 by Leigh P.
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