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Southern African Wildlife (Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides)) Paperback – 15 Jul 2011

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Product details

  • 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: 45,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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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By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
If you think that going on safari should consist of more than lazily ticking off a lion, a hippo and a zebra before heading for the barbeque, this is the book for you. It takes you deep into the bush and opens your eyes in the way that a ranger in the field might do, from explaining the breeding habits of turtles to advising what to do if charged by a lion. The writing is infused with enthusiasm, and has a lightness of touch that keeps you reading - it's therefore ideal for whetting your appetite before you go, keeping you company while you're there, and offering a nostalgic reminder when you get back.
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.
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By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2003
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Southern Africa has to be one of the best wildlife-watching destinations on earth, with far more to see and enjoy than can be packed into the average two-week itinerary. This new wildlife-watching guide will help visitors make the most of this animal extravaganza. Mike Unwin, who obviously loves the area and its animals, takes us on a lively, quirky tour of the wildlife, highlighting the 'greatest hits' but not neglecting the less well-known but no less fascinating species and groups. The book also has plenty of travel advice and information on animal tracks and signs. It's illustrated with a wealth of beautiful colour photos, and many of the author's own superb line drawings. It's wonderfully inspiring - I can't wait to road-test it in the field.
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A good wildlife primer, with brief description of habitats, and a wide range of creatures, from mammals to invertebrates. Tips on different countries, and how to watch and photograph wildlife, but if like most of us, you choose an organised trip, these parts may not be used as much. Would be useful in choosing a trip. Not a pocket field guide, and my only reason for not awarding five stars is the lack of animal distribution maps, which comes with the pocket guides anyway. A good read, and exciting preparation.
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I am very pleased with the guide it is a handy size and should be very easy to use for identifying animals,insects and birds when I go to South Africa. Lovely photos and a clear text well laid out.
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I originally bought this as a reference guide and was initially disappointed. Once I got to read it, I was really pleased I'd bought it. It is more a general guide for wildlife and being on safari, very interesting and well written. From my experience of being on safari, it is mostly accurate too. Well worth buying
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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. Very handy having it out in the bush.
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This book is exactly what you want to have on safari. You can take it with you on game drives as it isn't hugely bulky, it has a good selection of animals so that you rarely see something the book doesn't talk about, and the descriptions of the animals, habitats etc are just right in length, with a good mix of text and photos. The price also means you can happily put it in your rucksack, whereas some of the elaborately illustrated wildlife books are so expensive that you would never want to take them off the coffee table!
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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 . The info was wordy rather than concise which is what a field guide needs to be in my opinion.
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