The African bush has long inspired artists who have painted and photographed its wonders, filmed its raw beauty and written books that capture the sights, sounds and feelings of its splendid wilderness. Channel your wanderlust with a few great reads that will prepare you for an African safari and inspire you to start planning your next getaway to the bush.

1. A Game Ranger Remembers - Bruce Bryden

A collection of stories about the life of bushveld conservationist, Bruce Bryden, and his 27 years in the service of Kruger National Park. A gripping, entertaining and educational read filled with first-hand wildlife encounters, narrow escapes and a true love and respect for the bush.

2. The Elephant Whisperer - Lawrence Anthony

This bestselling book tells the story of a herd of rogue elephants and their life on an African game reserve. The herd was destined to be shot for dangerous behaviour when South African conservationist, Lawrence Anthony, intervened. As Lawrence battled to create a bond with the elephants and save them from execution, he came to realise that they had a lot to teach him about life, loyalty and freedom.

3. An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants - Daphne Sheldrick

In this heart-warming memoir, Daphne Sheldrick, one of Africa’s greatest living conservationists, shares her life story. It tells the tale of the incredible love story between Daphne and David Sheldrick, the famous naturalist and warden of Tsavo East National Park. As well as how she devoted her life to saving elephant orphans, becoming the first person to ever successfully hand-rear newborn elephants.

4. Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide - Peter Allison

A book about Peter Allison’s life and experiences as a professional safari guide, filled with entertaining stories and anecdotes. From the odd requests of tourists, to risky encounters, hilarious moments and all kinds of adventures in the African bush, this is a relaxing, fun read.

5. Memoirs of a Game Ranger - Harry Wolhuter

This book is a compilation of stories following Harry Wolhuter’s 44 years as a game ranger in the Kruger National Park. He was the first game ranger in the park and he gives a detailed account of his life as well as interesting insights into the park and its history. It’s about a life lived wild and the joy that Africa’s incredible natural world brings.

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