These are my five favorite books about Safari-life. All of them taught me incredible things about African wildlife. They are also very inspiring personal stories of people who made their dreams come true against all odds.
1. An African Love Story
This is the life story of Daphne Sheldrick – an inspiring story from one of Africa’s greatest living conservationists. From the adventurous days of old Africa up until the modern challenges of conserving what she loves, this is a beautiful tale filled with her personal memories. Not only will this book spark your love for Safari-life, but also give you a deeper understanding of conservation. Beautiful storytelling! This is one of my all-time favorite books!
2. The Elephant Whisperer
This incredible story starts when Lawrence Anthony is asked to accept a herd of ‘rogue’ elephants on his reserve at Thula Thula and everybody tells him not to. But he was the herd’s last chance of survival – notorious escape artists, they would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn’t take them. He agreed and this herd changed his life forever, teaching him amazing things about love, loyalty and freedom. I enjoyed reading his story immensely and learnt a lot about elephant behavior in the process.
3. Don’t run – whatever you do
Highly entertaining short stories from every-day-life as as safari-guide! You will get through this book in no time, laughing all the way!
4. Born Wild
This is a wonderful book about a rebellious guy from London who never quite fit in and finally found his life’s calling when he moved to Kenya and became George Adamsons assistant, working with lions to reintroduce them back into the wild. I personally love the stories he tells about his every-day-life in the little bush camp him and George called home. Tony shows that it is possible to start anew and find your own path even if everybody else tells you you’re never gonna make it.
5. Save me from the lion’s mouth
Very educational book – not quite a fun read, but if you’re interested in conservation and the human-wildlife-conflict in Africa, I urge you to read this book. It will open your eyes and ask questions. James Clarke is a brilliant writer and a passionate conservationist, who shines a light not only on the importance of saving endangered species, but also to understand what it means to live “door to door” with these wild animals every day.