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Where to buy Fieldguids in Capetown

Unread postby Toddelelfe » Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:26 am

Where would you buy in CT maps and books for birds and mammals?
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Unread postby arks » Wed Nov 15, 2006 2:14 am

I'd try Exclusive Books in the V&A Waterfront mall — it's in the northern wing, at the end closest to the harbour (away from the car park). They have a good selection of books and maps. However, someone local may have a better suggestion :wink:

If you have a look at their website, try searches on "field guide" and "wildlife" and you'll get a good idea of what they carry. Also, for CT and TMNP, I can highly recommend this handy and useful little book 8)
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:18 am

CNA Waterfront, lower level near Exclusive Books is probably a bit cheaper and better selection. but I have only seen official Kruger maps at EB.

If going to Kruger, rther buy one of the selection at the gate or first rest camp. I find the Honeyguide publications the best by a nose!

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Unread postby Toddelelfe » Wed Nov 15, 2006 10:21 am

This helps a lot, thanks. So i could read a bit about mammals and birds on my way from CT to KTP and KNP, while my sister must drive the car :lol:
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:04 pm

It might be an idea to download a list of birds found in the parks first, and use it to look up birds, because the bird books have over 900 birds in them and it is pretty confusing sometimes if you don't know what to expect.

When you are in CT if you have some time, maybe some of the local forum members could take you birding. I would be happy to.
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Unread postby Toddelelfe » Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:24 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:It might be an idea to download a list of birds found in the parks first, and use it to look up birds, because the bird books have over 900 birds in them and it is pretty confusing sometimes if you don't know what to expect.

When you are in CT if you have some time, maybe some of the local forum members could take you birding. I would be happy to.

This sounds great. I will come back to your idea, next year, when he holiday is close by.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:59 pm

Sorry, but unless you are Richard Branson, Waterfront is great.
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Unread postby Toddelelfe » Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:22 am

My problem is my limited place and the weight of all these things. Last year i travelled with 22 kg in the main bag and 17 kg on my shoulders. And with the new rules for flying, i must try to took my weight in the limit. So i thought to buy some things in CT.
And i like to have a look in the book in my hand, before i buy it. Specially when it is a book with pictures.
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Unread postby arks » Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:12 am

I agree with you, TE, I like to have seen a book — and particularly a field guide — before I buy it. It is also quite hard to find SA field guides outside of SA, which MM may not realise. And to order from kalahari.net for international shipping, well that really ups the price, so internet shopping is NOT cost effective for the overseas visitor.

I have bought all my field guides while in SA and now end up lugging them with me, but then often post them back home to myself as the actual costs of posting books is FAR less than what the internet retailers charge for international shipping :twisted: :twisted:

As BB points out, CNA is also an option, but I found the had very little, some maps, but few field guides. Exclusive Books has a far better selection.
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Unread postby gwendolen » Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:43 am

arks wrote:It is also quite hard to find SA field guides outside of SA, which MM may not realise.


Amazon Germany does have quite a good selection. birds, mammals

My problem is my limited place and the weight of all these things.


Just curious TE, but what will you do on your next trip to SA? :twisted:

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:47 pm

I can see that your needs are different.
The two biggest stores are "Estoril" and "Exlusives".
Although CNA do not have the selection, they do have fair prices.
I belong to a book club and I get some really good prices on Wildlife books. I can also see that I do not have to add it onto my luggage.
I have a bit of a thing about the Waterfront, so maybe I have been unfair here. There are many franchised shops that have "across the board" pricing.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:31 pm

Are you going to Namibia on the way to Cape Town, TE.

A lot of Germans do.
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Unread postby arks » Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:40 pm

gwendolen wrote:
arks wrote:It is also quite hard to find SA field guides outside of SA, which MM may not realise.


Amazon Germany does have quite a good selection. birds, mammals

OK, Gwen, perhaps it's just hard/impossible to find SA field guides in the USA :(

TE, I always manage to include my essential books in my luggage — 2 bird books, a mammal book, my Cape wildlife book (small but very helpful!) — and I've yet to be overweight. The only other heavy items I bring with me are my cameras, but those I carry on, and one pair of moderately heavy shoes, so I should think that once you have the books you want/need, you should be able to bring them with you on your return trips.
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Unread postby restio » Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:56 pm

TE, if you're shopping in Cape Town, then Exclusive Books (EB) and Wordsworth are basically your choices for new books.

- Wordsworth has a branch in the Gardens Centre.
- EB (http://www.exclusivebooks.com/) has branches in the Waterfront, Cavendish Square and Canal Walk.

MM, I also don't like shopping at the Waterfront, but I think EB does have across the board pricing. (The Waterfront is a good outing for a small child, so we do go there more than I'd like :wink:)

Some of the best selections of field guides that I've seen are in the small EB shops at airports. :? If you don't manage to get the book you're looking for in a shopping centre, then the EB at Cape Town Airport is worth a visit. You have to first check in and then go through the security with your boarding pass.
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Unread postby Toddelelfe » Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:42 am

Bush Baptist wrote:Are you going to Namibia on the way to Cape Town, TE.

A lot of Germans do.

I know, and i thought about it, but RSA is to big and the time is limited on 4 weeks. And for my sister it is te first time to RSA, so i decided to be only in RSA.
The route is CT - Port Nolloth - KTP - Graskop - KNP - St. Lucia - Durban. And my sister says, after seeing my pics, that KTP and KNP is a must do. :lol:
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