Useful books to have if you are planning a naturalist tour to Namibia

Update (2014):  I have written a page on our company website with more books for someone planning a Namibia tour.  You can check it out at

  1. Transvaal Museum Monograph Namib Ecology, edited by M.K.Seely.  Good general desert stuff for those who want to know a little more.
  2. The Living Deserts of Southern Africa, by Barry Lovegroove.  Not just useful for the desert, but generally this book is a must.  Gives you a great understanding for the general ecology of the area.&nbps;
  3. African Insect Life, S.H.Skaife. This book is a bit old now, but get it if you can. 
  4. Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton.  I know that birding culture says that you should learn your birds, and then leave your book at home.  But this one is so fantastic, and easy to use in the field.  You should have it when you are birding, having breakfast, sitting on the bus, and so on. 
  5. Any good mammal field book for southern Africa, I am using Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa, Chris and Tilde Stuart. 
  6. A couple herp books is worth while.  At the moment I am using A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa, Graham Alexander & Johan Marais. 
  7. Human Beginnings in Southern Africa, Uncovering the Secrets of the Stone Age, H.J. Deacon & J. Deacon. 
  8. Scorpions of southern Africa, Jonathan Leemings. 
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