Holidaying in the bush this year? The SANParks Times round up their favourite page turners to keep you entertained
MEMORIES OF A GAME RANGER (PROTEA), HARRY WOLHUTER, R203
Harry Wolhuter, one of the first game rangers in the Sabi Nature Reserve, and currently in the Kruger National Park, tells tales of patrols on horseback, lion attacks, crocodiles in swimming pools, irate hippos at ranger posts and poaching.
THE BUSHMAN WINTER HAS COME (PENGUIN BOOK GROUP), PAUL JOHN MYBURGH, R219
Paul Myburg, anthropologist and multiple award-winning documentary film-maker, spent seven years with the last group of Gwikwe Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. He learns about their inevitable journey to the modern world and cultural oblivion.
HYENA NIGHTS AND KALAHARI DAYS (JACANA MEDIA), GUS AND MARGIE MILLS, R117
Hyena have a bad reputation. Gus and Margie Mills spent two years in the Kalahari tracking and studying the brown hyena, and their research separates fact from fiction.
THE LAST RHINOS (SIDGWICK & JACKSON LTD), LAWRENCE ANTHONY & GRAHAM SPENCE, R161
The scene is set a bit further from home, but still relevant. The story is about a man who embarks on a bid to save Congo’s last northern white rhino from extinction. With all diplomatic efforts failing, he tries to negotiate with rebels. BBC Wildlife magazine describes it as “a rattling read with an urgent message”.
A CAMEO FROM THE PAST (PROTEA), TOL PIENAAR, R770
This book looks at the long, challenging history of The Kruger National Park, including events that led to the proclamation of the original Sabie Reserve and the Anglo-Boer War.
WILD WAYS (STRUIK NATURE), PETER APPS, R175
Not your typical field guide, this book covers the behaviour of southern African mammals. It explains, for example, why a mongoose would groom a warthog. Learn about everything from fruit bats to pangolin and whales.
BRIEWE UIT DIE TANKWA (LAPA), LETI KLEYN AND DAWID SLINGER, R335
An Afrikaans coffee-table book filled with stories of the Tankwa Karoo National Park, from both locals and tourists.