Favorite books about Africa! History, adventure, etc

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I have 60 books on african hunting, none fiction.

Hard to tell which is my favorite.
 

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Most of books that we read are books in plain text.
Now I have need for color illustrated book, minimum to none text.

My kids will be coming with me next time and I would like them to get familiarized with African wild life, to be able to identify the animal once they see it. They don't really want text but rather photographies. What I have seen the text does not appeal to them but many good photos like here on AH, do. they are age 12 and 14.

So the question is, which good books with nice photos of African plains game, of savanna ecosystem you guys may recommend for kids to be educational?
 

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I use bookfinder.com for searching out books. I am sure there are other sites but this one almost always works. I just finished Tony Parks Silent Predator and it was a corker, his best so far, that I have read. I didn't see any mention of The End of the Game, a photo book by Peter Beard. Very interesting book. If you really want to torture yourself, ask yourself which would be the one Africa book you would keep above all others. For me, though a tough call, I think it would the first African Hunter my James Mellon. I have a 1st HB ed and would find it very hard to part with.
For me, the one book I absolutely love and have read many, many times is J A Hunter's "Hunter" with Brian Herne's "Uganda Safaris" a very, very close second.
 

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For me, the one book I absolutely love and have read many, many times is J A Hunter's "Hunter" with Brian Herne's "Uganda Safaris" a very, very close second.
I have both of those and agree, great books. I think Hunter may have been the first African book I ever bought. Had my copy since the 60's. Uganda Safaris is not often seen and had mine a long time as well.
 

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Not a hunting book, but I really enjoyed Into Africa by Dugard. It tells the story of Stanley's search for Linvingstone, and the other early explorers. It is a researched history book, but reads like a work of fiction.
 

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I just finished “Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter” by WDM Bell and really enjoyed it — I’ll check out his other work recommended on this thread.

Earlier I had read T Roosevelt’s “African Game Trails.” I’m a huge Hemingway fan so of course I have “Green Hills” and “Under Kilimanjaro/True At First Light” as well as all the short stories.

I confess I really didn’t enjoy Capstick’s “Death in the Long Grass” — too much tortured prose. Cool stories, though.
 

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I just finished “Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter” by WDM Bell and really enjoyed it — I’ll check out his other work recommended on this thread.

Earlier I had read T Roosevelt’s “African Game Trails.” I’m a huge Hemingway fan so of course I have “Green Hills” and “Under Kilimanjaro/True At First Light” as well as all the short stories.

I confess I really didn’t enjoy Capstick’s “Death in the Long Grass” — too much tortured prose. Cool stories, though.

Agree on captsick, i wouldn't bother reading another of his books. In addition to that, some of his accounts of stories by others are inaccurate anyway.
 

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The greatest african book I've read for me is easy. No more the tusker by george rushby.

Though a different style I'd put him on par with jim corbett in my favourites. Maneaters of komaon and the fortunate tiger are great books but the maneating leopard of rudraprayag and jungle lore are the best books I've read.

Colin davies Deer on my doorstep about NZ is another great read.
 

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Part of my Africa Book Collection. When you get done reading and collecting the hunting books search out some of the early African Exploration books, amazing stories and fun to read. Excuse the pic as my bookcases were being built in the pic and some of the trim was not complete.

lastly I recommend a book called Congo Kitabu, from a late friend of mine Jean Pierre Hallet. incredible read even though he wasn't necessarily pro hunter.

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Part of my Africa Book Collection. When you get done reading and collecting the hunting books search out some of the early African Exploration books, amazing stories and fun to read. Excuse the pic as my bookcases were being built in the pic and some of the trim was not complete.

lastly I recommend a book called Congo Kitabu, from a late friend of mine Jean Pierre Hallet. incredible read even though he wasn't necessarily pro hunter.

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I enlarged the photo and read a number of your titles. Nice African library.

Looks like nice ivory too!
 

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