There's a whole forum called Recommended Reading
which might be useful.
I have a book called The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa
by Burger Cillie which I love. It's published by Briza Publications, ISBN 1 875093 10 9. What I really like it about is:
- it has all the large mammals, and most of the smaller ones you are likely to see(although not bats and mice)
- each mammal has a double-spread, with two photos on the right hand page, and details on the left hand page (description, sexual dimorphism, habitat, habits, voice, breeding)
- also on the left hand page is a table which among things has a distribution map, photo of dung, spoor, gives mass, life expectancy, enemies etc
- right at the back of the book is a list of all SA parks (SAN Parks and others) with a table showing which animals occur in each park
- also right at the back are pages showing all the spoor for easy comparison
- best of all, it is an A5 sized volume of just over 200 pages and thus great as a field guide because it's so portable
And before you ask: I don't work for Briza Publications - I just really like the book.
Hi Dreamer !
I have to agree to Restio . Very good recommendation.
I bought ' The Mammal Guide of South Africa ' during our stay in KwaZulu last November. I was looking for a Mammal Guide book for quite a while. And I instantly liked it.
Before I was travelling with 'The Wildlife of South Africa' which comes quite handy as it has as well ,Plants Insects,Snakes, Trees etc.
But it is a bit of everything and nothing .
As you just got the main species and every now and then you are missing that specific Antilope, small Bokie etc.
I can not add anything more to the very good description Restio made.
We are now travelling with Peter Apps 'Wild Ways', SASOl Birds of Southern Africa and Burger Cillies The Mammal Guide of South Africa.
But I am still looking for a small guide to the Snakes and Insects , it has to be small as otherwise we are ending up carrying a whole library with us.