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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown
by Paul Theroux

Language

English

Pages

490

Publication Date

April 05, 2004

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<DIV>In <I>Dark Star Safari</I> the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.<BR /><BR /> Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results is an insightful meditation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people, and "a vivid portrayal of the secret sweetness, the hidden vitality, and the long-patient hope that lies just beneath the surface" (Rocky Mountain News). In a new postscript, Theroux recounts the dramatic events of a return to Africa to visit Zimbabwe.</DIV>
Cry of the Kalahari
by , Delia Owens

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 22, 2014

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<P>This is the story of the Owens’ travel and life in the Kalahari Desert. Here they met and studied unique animals and were confronted with danger from drought, fire, storms, and the animals they loved. This best-selling book is for both travelers and animal lovers.
A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa
by Steve Kemper

Language

English

Pages

441

Publication Date

June 25, 2012

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<p><strong>"Kemper’s majestic account of Barth’s journey restores the reputation of an explorer who was as passionate about science as he was about rigorous travel. It’s an enthralling adventure, captivatingly told." —Ziauddin Sardar, <em>Times</em> (London)</strong></p><br /><p>In 1840 Heinrich Barth joined a small British expedition into unexplored regions of Islamic North and Central Africa. One by one his companions died, but he carried on alone, eventually reaching the fabled city of gold, Timbuktu. His five-and-a-half-year, 10,000-mile trek ranks among the greatest journeys in the annals of exploration, and his discoveries are considered indispensable by modern scholars of Africa. In this historical adventure, the first book about Barth in English, Kemper goes a long way toward rescuing this fascinating figure from obscurity.</p>
The Eye of the Elephant: An Epic Adventure in the African Wildern...
by , Delia Owens

Language

English

Pages

324

Publication Date

October 29, 1993

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<DIV><B>The authors of <I>Secrets of the Sahara</I> battle the elephant poachers of Zambia in this “exciting . . . part adventure story, part wildlife tale” (<I>The Boston Globe</I>).</B><BR /><BR /> Intelligent, majestic, and loyal, with lifespans matching our own, elephants are among the greatest of the wonders gracing the African wilds. Yet, in the 1970s and 1980s, about a thousand of these captivating creatures were slaughtered in Zambia each year, killed for their valuable ivory tusks. When biologists Mark and Delia Owens, residing in Africa to study lions, found themselves in the middle of a poaching fray, they took the only side they morally could: that of the elephants.<BR />  <BR /><I>The Eye of the Elephant</I> recounts the Owens’ struggle to save these innocent animals from decimation, a journey not only to supply the natives with ways of supporting their villages, but also to cultivate support around the globe for the protection of elephants. Filled with daring exploits among disgruntled hunters, arduous labor on the African plains, and vivid depictions of various wildlife, this remarkable tale is at once an adventure story, a travelogue, a preservationist call to action, and a fascinating examination of both human and animal nature.</DIV>
Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
by Peter Allison

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

June 03, 2014

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<DIV><DIV>A hilarious, highly original collection of essays based on the Botswana truism: “only food runs!” <i>With a new introduction and new material from the author</i><BR><BR>In the tradition of Bill Bryson, a new writer brings us the lively adventures and biting wit of an African safari guide. Peter Allison gives us the guide’s-eye view of living in the bush, confronting the world’s fiercest terrain of wild animals and, most challenging of all, managing herds of gaping tourists. Passionate for the animals of the Kalahari, Allison works as a top safari guide in the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta. As he serves the whims of his wealthy clients, he often has to stop the impulse to run as far away from them as he can, as these tourists are sometimes more dangerous than a pride of lions. <BR>No one could make up these outrageous-but-true tales: the young woman who rejected the recommended safari-friendly khaki to wear a more “fashionable” hot pink ensemble; the lost tourist who happened to be drunk, half-naked, and a member of the British royal family; establishing a real friendship with the continent’s most vicious animal; the Japanese tourist who requested a repeat performance of Allison’s being charged by a lion so he could videotape it; and spending a crazy night in the wild after blowing a tire on a tour bus, revealing that Allison has as much good-natured scorn for himself. <BR>The author’s humor is exceeded only by his love and respect for the animals, and his goal is to limit any negative exposure to humans by planning trips that are minimally invasive—unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way!<BR><BR></div>New story: People often ask safari guides about the experience that frightened them the most. In this story Peter Allison tells of the time he became aware of unseen danger, and knew that somewhere within meters of him was a hunting lioness.<span> Peter Allison is originally from Sydney, Australia. His safaris have been featured in <i>National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler</i>, and on television programs such as <i>Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures.</i> He travels frequently to speaking appearances, and splits most of his time between Botswana, Sydney, and San Francisco.<BR><BR></span><br /></div>
Casablanca: My Moroccan Food
by Nargisse Benkabbou

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

May 03, 2018

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<p><h3> <b><i>OBSERVER</i> RISING STAR IN FOOD 2018 </b></h3></p><p><h3> 'a book that is infused with the flavours of Morocco and is as accessible as it is inspiring' -<b> Nigella Lawson </b></h3><br /><h3> 'It practically sings with aromatic spices and ingredients' - <b><i>Delicious. </i></b></h3></p><p><h3> 'Breathes new life into Moroccan food' - <b><i>BBC Good Food </i></b></h3></p><p>Morocco is one of the top destinations in the world. This beautiful North African country lies on the border of Europe and the rest of the Arab world, drawing people in with its colourful souks, vibrant landscapes, cheerful hospitality and, most importantly, the food.</p><p><b><i>Casablanca </i>is the exciting debut from Moroccan chef Nargisse Benkabbou.</b> This book features recipes for simple and satisfying dishes such as <b>Artichoke, baby potato & preserved lemon tagine,</b> <b>Sticky ras el hanout & peach short ribs </b>and <b>Buttermilk chicken kebabs</b>. Also featured are tasty western classics with a unique Moroccan twist: try your hand at <b>Orange blossom, beetroot & goats' cheese galette</b>, <b>Roasted almond & rainbow couscous stuffed poussin</b> and <b>Moroccan mint tea infused chocolate pots</b>.</p><p>Nargisse breathes new life into Moroccan cuisine, blending that authentic Moroccan spirit and the contemporary to create accessible recipes for the everyday.</p>
Secrets of the Savanna: Twenty-three Years in the African Wildern...
by , Delia Owens

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

July 17, 2007

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<DIV>In this riveting real-life adventure, Mark and Delia Owens tell the dramatic story of their last years in Africa, fighting to save elephants, villagers, and -- in the end -- themselves. The award-winning zoologists and pioneering conservationists describe their work in the remote and ruggedly beautiful Luangwa Valley, in northeastern Zambia. There they studied the mysteries of the elephant population’s recovery after poaching, discovering remarkable similarities between humans and elephants. A young elephant named Gift provided the clue to help them crack the animals’ secret of survival. A stirring portrait of life in Africa, Secrets of the Savanna is a remarkable record of the Owenses' unique passions.</div>
Insight Guides Kenya: (Travel Guide with free eBook)
by Insight Guides

Language

English

Pages

312

Publication Date

May 01, 2019

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<p><strong>Insight Guides: all you need to inspire every step of your journey.</strong><br /><br />From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this is all you need to plan your trip and experience the best of Kenya, with in-depth insider information on must-see, top attractions like Mount Kenya and the Maasai Mara National Reserve, and hidden cultural gems like the Gede Ruins.<br /><br />·       <strong>Insight Guide Kenya </strong>is ideal for travellers seeking immersive cultural experiences, from exploring Kenya's national parks to discovering Diani Beach<br />·       In-depth on history and culture: enjoy special features on Kenya's mammals and Eating and entertainment, all written by local experts<br />·       Invaluable maps, travel tips and practical information ensure effortless planning, and encourage venturing off the beaten track<br />·       Inspirational colour photography throughout - Insight Guides is a pioneer of full-colour guide books<br />·       Inventive design makes for an engaging, easy reading experience<br /><br /><strong>About Insight Guides: Insight Guides </strong>is a pioneer of full-colour guide books, with almost 50 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps, as well as phrase books, picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.</p>
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an In...
by Jacqueline Novogratz

Language

English

Pages

322

Publication Date

February 16, 2010

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<i>The Blue Sweater</i> is the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it. It all started back home in Virginia, with the blue sweater, a gift that quickly became her prized possession—until the day she outgrew it and gave it away to Goodwill. Eleven years later in Africa, she spotted a young boy wearing that very sweater, with her name still on the tag inside. That the sweater had made its trek all the way to Rwanda was ample evidence, she thought, of how we are all connected, how our actions—and inaction—touch people every day across the globe, people we may never know or meet.<br /><br />From her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing organization she runs today, Novogratz tells gripping stories with unforgettable characters—women dancing in a Nairobi slum, unwed mothers starting a bakery, courageous survivors of the Rwandan genocide, entrepreneurs building services for the poor against impossible odds. <br /><br />She shows, in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and can change millions of lives. More than just an autobiography or a how-to guide to addressing poverty, <i>The Blue Sweater</i> is a call to action that challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world.
The Caliph's House
by Tahir Shah

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

January 31, 2006

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In the tradition of <i>A Year in Provence</i> and <i>Under the Tuscan Sun</i>, acclaimed English travel writer Tahir Shah shares a highly entertaining account of making an exotic dream come true. By turns hilarious and harrowing, here is the story of his family’s move from the gray skies of London to the sun-drenched city of Casablanca, where Islamic tradition and African folklore converge–and nothing is as easy as it seems….<br /><br />Inspired by the Moroccan vacations of his childhood, Tahir Shah dreamed of making a home in that astonishing country. At age thirty-six he got his chance. Investing what money he and his wife, Rachana, had, Tahir packed up his growing family and bought Dar Khalifa, a crumbling ruin of a mansion by the sea in Casablanca that once belonged to the city’s caliph, or spiritual leader.<br /><br />With its lush grounds, cool, secluded courtyards, and relaxed pace, life at Dar Khalifa seems sure to fulfill Tahir’s fantasy–until he discovers that in many ways he is farther from home than he imagined. For in Morocco an empty house is thought to attract jinns, invisible spirits unique to the Islamic world. The ardent belief in their presence greatly hampers sleep and renovation plans, but that is just the beginning. From elaborate exorcism rituals involving sacrificial goats to dealing with gangster neighbors intent on stealing their property, the Shahs must cope with a new culture and all that comes with it. <br /><br />Endlessly enthralling, <i>The Caliph’s House</i> charts a year in the life of one family who takes a tremendous gamble. As we follow Tahir on his travels throughout the kingdom, from Tangier to Marrakech to the Sahara, we discover a world of fierce contrasts that any true adventurer would be thrilled to call home.

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