Books make wonderful gifts and are a fantastic way to share your travelling experience with those you left at home, or to keep the memories of your travels alive. Here are seven books that capture exciting aspects of the beautiful country of South Africa which will make excellent gifts or mementoes to take home with you.
Books to take home from South Africa
September 11th, 2012
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A weighty tome
'South Africa' By Michael Poilza
While this photography book might take up your entire luggage allowance, the incredible images by famous German photographer Michael Poliza show South Africa at its best. His wildlife and landscape photographs are breathtaking and you'll no doubt spend hours pouring over the pages.
'Awesome South Africa' By Derryn Campbell
A funky and vibrant coffee table book, Derryn Campbell’s Awesome South Africa looks at all the crazy, wonderful and beautiful aspects of the Rainbow Nation. With information on all eleven official languages, famous South Africans’ quotes, write-ups on the stadiums built for the 2010 World Cup and an explanation of the South Africa coat of arms, this book is a fantastic gift for adults and older children.
Take the wild home
'Wildlife of Southern Africa' By Carol Polich
Carol Polich shares her photographs and behind-the-lens stories in this book which contains more than 90 images of African animals, ranging from the Big Five to more curious creatures. It’s a great way to remember any safari experience you're bound to enjoy in the South African wilderness.
'Been there done that' By David Bristow
Start planning your next trip with this book of the best places to stay, things to see and adventures to be had, in South Africa. Having travelled most of Southern Africa, David Bristow (past editor of Getaway magazine) has complied a comprehensive list of what to get up to in this neck of the woods. This is sure to stir up your friends’ and family’s interest in a country as intriguing and diverse as South Africa.
For the kids
'Nelson Mandela’s Favourite African Folktales' Publishedby WW Norton & Company
This beautifully illustrated, full-colour book has 32 African folktales, all chosen by none other than Nelson Mandela. Share the magical stories of various African cultures with your children through these imaginative stories.
The travel novel
'The Marginal Safari' By Justin Fox
Travel around the borders of South Africa in Justin Fox’s non-fiction travel novel. Fox wanders through strange small towns, parts of the wilderness and cities as he circles South Africa, all the while learning about himself and his country.
Taste of South Africa
'Springbok Kitchen' By Duane and Warren Heath
Nothing says South Africa quite like rugby and cooking! Duane and Warren Heath have asked some of the county’s best loved rugby players to share their favourite recipes. While you might not like rugby, you’ll definitely like their food. This is a wonderful memento of the South African spirit and you'll be able to relive you trip every time you cook from its pages.
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