The Eye of the Elephant: An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness by Mark & Delia Owens (1992)
Each year from 1973 to 1985, an estimated 1000 elephants were slaughtered in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley for their ivory tusks, skin, tails and feet; in 1991, only 12 were killed in this fashion. No little credit for saving the elephants is due to the Owenses (Cry of the Kalahari), biologists who set out to research animal behavior but stayed to persuade villagers that rather than shooting elephants, they could gain more in food, jobs and money by letting the animals live and attracting tourists to see them.
The Zambesi Expedition, To the Zambesi River and Its Tributaries by David Livingstone (2001)
The original account of Livingstone’s journey on the Zambezi. It’s a sympathetic portrait of African peoples, rich in nature, culture and politics. Subtitled “Dr. Livingstone’s Expedition to the Zambesi River and Its Tributaries: and of the Discovery of the Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa.
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller (2012)
In this sequel to Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (see the Zimbabwe reading list), Alexandra Fuller returns to memoir to retell her parents’ story of tragedy and renewal through a journey that takes them from Kenya and Rhodesia to Zambia.