The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (2003)
This first novel in the widely acclaimed series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.


Cry of the Kalahari

Cry of the Kalahari by Mark & Delia Owens (1992)
This is the story of the Owens’ travel and life in the Kalahari Desert. Here theses American scientists studied unique animals with dynamic characters and were confronted with danger from drought, fire, storms, and the animals they loved. Although their ideas on conservation proved to be controversial, the Owens offer an unparalleled view into the Botswana wilderness.


Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden

Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden by Frans Lanting (1995)
This photo essay captures the magnificent animals of the Kalahari Desert and their fragile environment in a highly praised collection of 125 extraordinary photographs, taken during a year-long expedition by award-winning National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting.


Whatever You Do, Don’t Run

Whatever You Do, Don’t Run by Peter Allison (2007)
At age 19, Australian-born Allison headed to Africa for challenge and adventure, planning to stay no more than a year; having found work as a safari guide, he’s still there more than a decade later. In this fun, fearless memoir, Allison shares his experiences taking guests through the African wilderness. Along the way, Allison examines his fellow guides, the struggle with exhaustion, getting lost and the temptation to make frequently visiting animals into pets, as well as some poignant asides on love and death.