Where Fire Speaks, A Visit With The Himba

Where Fire Speaks, A Visit With The Himba by David Campion & Sandra Shields (2003)
The journalist and photographer team, funded by the International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development, capture the challenges and life of the Himba people of northern Namibia.


The Burning Shore

The Burning Shore by Wilbur Smith (2007)
An epic tale of romance, survival, etc. set in Southwestern Africa (aka Namibia) by the master of South African pulp fiction. Besides being excellent airplane reading, the book, about the adventures of a British flying ace, conveys a good sense of the landscape, wildlife and history of Namibia.


The Elephants Secret Sense, The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa

The Elephants Secret Sense, The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa by Caitlin O’Connell (2008)
Southern Africa was once regarded as a worthless jumble of British colonies, Boer republics, and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. But then prospectors chanced upon the world’s richest deposits of diamonds and gold, setting off a titanic struggle between the British and the Boers for control of the land. The result was the costliest, bloodiest, and most humiliating war that Britain had waged in nearly a century, and the devastation of the Boer republics.


Africa, A Biography of the Continent

Africa, A Biography of the Continent by John Reader (1999)
With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful tale of the continent in this lively history of Africa, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.