Southern African Wildlife
by Mike Unwin
Southern African Wildlife Guide – Expert information and travel advice featuring southern African wildlife, flora and fauna, birdwatching, practical field tips, conservation, safaris and natural history. Includes the Okavango Delta, Zambezi Valley, Kalahari, Luangwa Valley and national parks such as Kruger, Hwange, Chobe and Etosha.
About this book
This new, thoroughly revised edition of Bradt’s Southern Africa Wildlife guide provides an overview of all southern African wildlife – not only ‘big game’ and other large mammals, but also birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Excellent for independent travellers, it is reliable as a standalone guide combining both wildlife and visitor information, and is also a perfect complement to traditional field guides. Countries covered include Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini and Zimbabwe, with Malawi and Zambia both added to this new edition. Colour photographs illustrate all key species and the engaging text extends beyond basic identification features to illuminate the natural history and ecology of the wildlife that visitors will encounter. Text has been updated throughout to reflect the latest conservation initiatives and wildlife population figures. Included are a practical guide to tracks and signs, plus top tips for optimising your wildlife experience, as well as a ‘where to go’ overview which outlines the key wildlife attractions of each country and, together with a seasonal highlights calendar, enables visitors to plan a safari that suits their interests.
About the Author
Mike Unwin’s experience of southern Africa began in 1988, when he arrived as a teacher in Zimbabwe and spent much of the next two years chasing wildlife around the bush. He quickly fell in love with the region – its people and its wildlife – and, over five more years based in Eswatini, he was able to explore all its key conservation areas. Hands-on wildlife experience ranged from safari adventures, such as wild camping in the Kalahari and canoeing the Zambezi, to volunteer work for the Southern African Frog Atlas Project and setting up the Swaziland Bird Club. Since returning to his native UK and becoming a freelance writer, Mike has returned regularly to southern Africa on assignment, revisiting old haunts and discovering new ones. Today his body of work reflects his knowledge, experience and passion. Author of more than 35 books on wildlife for both adults and children, and regular contributor to numerous publications – from national newspapers such as the Telegraph to specialist magazines such as Travel Africa – Mike’s numerous awards include UK Travel Writer of the Year (British Guild of Travel Writers, 2013) and Bradt/BBC Wildlife Nature Writer of the Year (2000). He is also an accomplished photographer, illustrator and public speaker, and an enthusiastic imitator of unusual animal noises.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
What’s new?, How to use this book, Learning the lingo, The southern African environment
Savannah woodland, Grassland, Forest, Desert, The arid zone, Fynbos, Wetlands and waterways, The coast, The human landscape
Carnivores, African elephant, Hoofed mammals, Primates, Ant-eating oddities, Small mammals,
Seabirds and waterbirds, Ground birds, Raptors, ‘Near-passerines’: a mixed bag of birds, Perching birds
Reptiles and Amphibians
Tortoises, turtles and terrapins, Snakes, Lizards, Crocodiles, Frogs
Millipedes and centipedes, Arachnids, Insects
Tracks and Signs
Tracks, Droppings, Who’s at home?, Feeding signs
Making the Most of It
Planning your trip, Looking for animals, Other ways to watch wildlife, Roughing it, Photography, Back home
Where to Go
Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe