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  • Field Guide to Fynbos Fauna

    Concise, all-in-one guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs of the Fynbos Biome, featuring over 400 species

    South Africa’s Fynbos Biome, which spans the country’s Western and Eastern Cape provinces, is one of the richest floras in the world. In addition to its spectacular botanical diversity, the region is also famous for its remarkable variety of fauna, with some species occurring nowhere else – from the tiny Micro Frog to the brightly coloured Orange-breasted Sunbird and the large, strikingly marked Bontebok.

    The first of its kind, this concise field guide covers more than 400 species in four animal groups: mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs. The species accounts include key identification features and are paired with full-colour photographs and distribution maps. This guide encompasses popular tourist destinations such as the Cape Peninsula, the Kogelberg, the Cederberg, the Agulhas Plain, the West Coast and Baviaanskloof.

  • Field Guide to the Spiders of Southern Africa

    Thoroughly revised and updated, this long-awaited new edition of Field Guide to the Spiders of South Africa remains the most comprehensive guide to South African spiders published to date. It features over 780 of the more common spider species encountered in the field and in homes and gardens, as well as representative species from some of the rarer spider families.

    – ‘Quick Keys’ to the 72 South African spider families provide a useful starting point to identification.
    – Succinct genus and species accounts cover identifying characteristics, breeding, behaviour, distribution and conservation status.
    – Colour photographs and/or illustrations as well as distribution maps support each entry.
    – Introductory chapter discusses spider morphology, spider life cycle, the functions of silk, as well as spider collection techniques.
    – Section on venom identifies species that pose a danger to humans, unpacks neurotoxic and cytotoxic venom, and details the symptoms and treatment of spider bites.

  • Field Guide to Scorpions of Southern Africa

    An authoritative antidote to the myths surrounding these often maligned and misunderstood creatures.

    Among the world’s most fascinating living fossils, scorpions have been around for some 420 million years. South Africa is home to an astonishing variety, with 108 species in three families occurring in most of the region’s biomes, from desert and grassland to fynbos, savanna and forest. Scorpions are even found in urban gardens.

    Field Guide to Scorpions of South Africa is the first comprehensive guide to describe and illustrate all known species in the country. The clear, detailed species accounts cover appearance, habitat and behaviour, and discuss the variation within species according to region. Up-to-date distribution maps are included for all species and exceptional photographs, carefully worked to show astounding detail and vivid colours, bring to life the intricate patterning and colours of different species. Both males and females are presented, as well as a variety of colour forms, facilitating accurate identification in the field.

    The introduction discusses scorpion classification, anatomy, biology, behaviour and habitat, as well as venomosity and the treatment of stings. Tips on how and where to find scorpions and how to contribute to their conservation as a citizen scientist are also included.

    An invaluable tool for students, researchers, academics, hikers and anyone with an interest in South Africa’s rich and fascinating fauna.

  • Guide to Seabirds of Southern Africa (New Edition)

    This revised, updated and expanded edition of Guide to Seabirds of Southern Africa remains the only book to focus exclusively on the seabirds of southern Africa and includes nine new species for the region. This essential guide offers:

    – Authoritative text richly supported with photographs and distribution maps.
    – Clear ID pointers plus information on biology, behaviour and conservation status.
    – An expanded introduction covering seabird origins, moult, feeding, breeding, conservation, and how best to watch and photograph these iconic birds.
    – A bonus feature on flying fish and flying squid.

    An essential guide for birdwatchers and nature lovers who spend time at sea.

  • Nature Now Trees of Kruger

    This book describes and illustrates 80 of the larger, more conspicuous and common tree species likely to be seen while travelling in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
    Intended as a handy guide to accurate identification, each spread shows the tree in full display along with a selection of supplementary images such as leaves, flowers, fruit and bark.
    Succinct text with minimal botanical jargon supports the images, and informative boxes describe the uses of plant parts.
    A series of maps demarcating 35 different vegetation zones or ‘landscapes’ within the Park helps readers to determine which tree species are likely to be seen in which area.

  • Nature Now Mammals of Kruger

    This easy-to-read, fact-filled guide features over 80 mammal species found in the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s most popular game-viewing destinations.
    Packed with stunning photographs and engaging text, it provides brief pointers for accurate identification and highlights the most interesting facts about each species. Did you know that leopards are more dangerous than lions, elephants use their trunks to snorkel, giraffes give birth standing up, and no two zebras have the same stripe pattern?

    Aimed at nature enthusiasts of all ages, this compact guide:
    – Covers the Park’s rich diversity of mammals – from the world-famous Big Five to the miniature mongooses seen dashing across the road
    – Unpacks each animal’s most interesting characteristics and behaviours
    – Notes the record-breakers: who has the longest horns, strongest jaws or greatest appetite?
    – Provides game-watching tips for successful safaris, as well as ‘Best viewing’ notes for each species
    – Features striking photographs of Kruger’s wildlife in action

  • Nature Now Insects and Other Critters of Kruger

    Besides being a world-famous game-viewing destination, the Kruger National Park is
    home to an incredible diversity of bugs, beetles, butterflies, spiders, scorpions and other creepy-crawlies. Packed with colour photographs, this visual guide will appeal to anyone keen to identify and learn more about the Park’s infinite variety of smaller inhabitants. Find out what
    happens inside a termite mound, how ladybirds protect themselves from predators, and why dung beetles race to fresh dung pats. This handy book:

    – Spans 30 groups, including moths, beetles, wasps, crickets and spiders, and features over 200 commonly encountered species
    – Contains vivid photographs of Kruger’s most interesting and attractive critters
    – Unpacks noteworthy behaviours and biology
    – Introduces key concepts, such as mimicry, cryptic coloration, metamorphosis, parasitism and pollination
    – Includes bug-watching and photography tips for beginners

  • An illustrated guide to Medicinal Plants of East Africa

    Medicinal Plants of East Africa is the first photographically illustrated guide to showcase the most important healing plants of the region. e book describes 136 plant species in everyday use in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Brief descriptions of each species cover that plant’s appearance, ecology and specific medicinal uses. To aid identification, more than 600 colour photographs have been included. Also included are recipes for remedies to treat a wide range of ailments. An easy-to-understand summary of the science behind the treatments concludes each section.

    Supplementary features:
    – Introduction to the medicinal virtues and active ingredients of plants
    – Common methods of preparing medicines from plant materials
    – Summary of ailments and the plants prescribed to treat them
    – Glossaries of medical and botanical terminology and extensive reference lists.

    Medicinal Plants of East Africa will appeal to ethnobotanists, health and wellness practitioners, travellers and all with an interest in the remarkable healing properties of plants.

  • Two Oceans A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa

    More than 2,200 species are described in this expanded, fully revised edition, which includes an additional 125 species, 260 updated species names, 190 new photographs and revised distribution maps. Bursting with life and vibrant in colour, Two Oceans is a celebration of the extraordinary diversity of life that inhabits the sea and surrounding coastline. For over 25 years, this award-winning guide has been the pre-eminent book to which scientists, students, beachcombers and divers turn to identify and learn about marine life, from sponges to fishes, birds to whales and seaweeds to dune forests.

    Key features include:
    – Expanded and revised: 125 species added and 190 new photographs
    – Accurate and up-to-date distribution maps
    – Spectacular full-colour photographs
    – Highly accomplished author team

    The authors, George and Margo Branch, Charles Griffiths and Lynnath Beckley are internationally acclaimed award-winning scientists with a passion for communicating the rich diversity of our marine world.

  • A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa

    This long-awaited third edition of A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa has been updated, revised and expanded. New information based on scientific research relating to behaviour, identification, reproduction and snake venoms has been included in the species accounts. Features of this book:

    – Covers all essential aspects of snake biology and behaviour.
    – Species descriptions are accompanied by full-colour photographs and distribution maps.
    – Simple icons make essential information available at a glance.
    – A separate ‘key features’ box assists in quickly identifying species in the field.
    – Chapters on classification and identification, keeping snakes, and the treatment of snakebite supplement the species accounts.

  • N Volledige Gids Tot Die Slange Van Suider-afrika

    Hierdie langverwagte derde uitgawe van ‘n Volledige Gids tot die Slange van Suider-Afrika is ten volle opgedateer. Nuwe inligting gebasseer op wetenskaplike navorsing is ingesluit, en hou verband met gedrag, identifikasie, voortplanting en gif. Kenmerke van hierdie boek:

    – Dek al die noodsaaklike aspekte van biologie en slang gedrag.
    – Spesies se beskrywings word vergesel van volkleur fotos en verspreidingskaarte.
    – Eenvoudige simbole maak belangrike inligting dadelik beskikbaar.
    – ‘n Aparte ‘Kyk uit vir’ blokkie help om spesies in die veld gou te identifiseer.
    – Hoofstukke oor klassifikasie en identifikasie, aanhou van slange, en die behandeling van slangbyte vul die inligting aan.

  • Field Guide to the Amaryllis Family of Southern Africa and Surrounding Territories

    The Amaryllidaceae family is distributed in warm temperate and tropical parts of the world. With 18 genera and 265 taxa occurring in the region, southern Africa is recognised as a major centre of diversity for this intriguing family. This compelling guide features all the species found in the region, conveniently grouped according to the biome of their natural habitat, and includes a useful key to genera and species.

    Species accounts feature:
    – Comprehensive text suitable for laypersons and scientists
    – Information on distribution, similar taxons, life cycle and flowering period
    – Notes on cultivation, history, medicinal properties and conservation
    – Distribution maps
    – Colour photographs and watercolour plates

    An invaluable addition to the library of any plant or nature lover.

  • Stuarts’ Field Guide to National Parks & Game Reserves – Namibia | Botswana | Zimbabwe | Zambia | Malawi

    The first guide ever to document and explore the diverse parks and reserves of Africa’s ‘middle belt’, it covers Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. The region contains prized spots such as the world-famous landscapes of the Namib and Kalahari deserts, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and Lake Malawi, and some of Africa’s best-known conservation areas, including Etosha, Chobe, Mana Pools, Hwange, Kafue and Nyika.

  • Snakes and other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi

    Zambia and Malawi are home to 240 known snake, lizard, terrapin, tortoise and crocodile species. Snakes and other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi is the first field guide to describe every species of reptile known to occur in this region – including 14 endemics and several new discoveries.

    – Comprehensive descriptions of each order, suborder, family, genus and species.
    – Species descriptions cover identifying features, behaviour, prey and predators, reproduction, range, and danger to humans.
    – Accounts are supported by stunning colour photographs and up-to-date distribution maps that draw on over 16,000 recorded observations.
    – Dichotomous identi cation keys guide users to the correct genus and species.
    – Introduction includes clear diagrams of morphological features and unpacks the region’s biogeography and diverse habitat types, di erent venom types and the basic principles of snakebite treatment.

  • The Living Deserts of Southern Africa

    For generations, the deserts of southern Africa have intrigued scientists and travellers alike. Seemingly barren wastes, they in fact teem with life – from ants to elephants, stone plants to the curious welwitschia, dainty dik-diks to towering gemsbok, and cart-wheeling spiders to fog-basking beetles. How do they cope with scarce resources, unpredictable rainfall and extreme temperatures? How do they protect themselves against predators? And what is the impact of climate change on these life forms and their habitats?

    Drawing on an earlier edition, published in 1993, biologist Barry Lovegrove answers these questions and unravels many of the mysteries associated with life in the desert. He describes the four arid biomes of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana –
    Desert, Arid Savanna, Succulent Karoo and Nama-Karoo – and explains how and why such a great diversity of plants, insects, mammals, reptiles and birds successfully exist in these regions. The text is supported by the most recent research, spectacular photographs, and explanatory diagrams and maps.

    The Living Deserts of Southern Africa is a compelling, in-depth read that is accessible to both the serious student and academic as well as the interested nature lover.

  • Saunders Field Guide to Gladioli of Southern Africa

    The genus Gladiolus has fascinated plant collectors, taxonomists and the general public for centuries. Known for their spectacular flowers, these highly adapted and specialised plants occur throughout Africa, Madagascar, Europe and the Middle East. South Africa is home to more than half of the world’s Gladiolus species and the Western Cape is the heart of species diversity. Saunders’ Field Guide to Gladioli of South Africa is the first of its kind to offer a complete photographic record of the 166 species that occur in the region. Posthumously completed, this book is the culmination of the Saunders’ long search to find and photograph every known species of Gladiolus in South Africa. It includes:

    – An introduction comprising a brief history of gladioli, information about the morphology and taxonomy of the genus, and guidelines for use in the field.

    – Detailed descriptions of the main floral parts of each species, along with information about ecology, pollinators, similar species and conservation status; field notes were written by Rachel Saunders.

    – Over 1,000 exquisite photographs taken in situ detailing morphology and habitat.

    – Up-to-date distribution maps indicating where species have been recorded.

    – A glossary of terms with illustrations unpacking difficult terminology.

  • Walking Safaris

    South Africa has a unique set of characteristics that make walking safaris in big game areas one of the safest and most rewarding outdoor experiences: a huge expanse of protected habitat richly populated with wildlife; excellent tourism facilities; a favourable climate; and expertly trained trail guides. Seasoned hikers, Hlengiwe Magagula and Denis Costello cover more than 50 guided walks across 21 parks and reserves in South Africa (including two in eSwatini and one in Botswana). They unpack the options available in each park, from short dawn and dusk walks and multi-day wilderness trails to backpacking trails that span several days. Facilities range from ultra-luxurious to ‘wild camping’, either in tents or under the stars. Also included is a series of first-hand accounts that vividly illustrate the magical experience of exploring the bush on foot. An advisory section gives a rundown of when to go, what to pack, what to wear, and the dos and don’ts of walking in areas with big game.

  • Renosterveld of the Overberg

    Part of the Fynbos biome, Renosterveld is one of the world’s most threatened vegetation types, with just 5% of its original extent remaining. Focusing specifically on the Renosterveld of the Overberg region in the Western Cape, this field guide is the first of its kind to cover this highly endangered ecosystem, characterised by nutrient-rich soil which has been exploited for agriculture.

    An in-depth introduction sets the scene, defining what Renosterveld is and giving some historical background to the ecology of the area.
    The plants section follows, featuring over 980 plant species from the common and ‘showy’ to the weird, obscure and often-overlooked.
    A shorter section of 140 animal species showcases the diversity of creatures found here despite severe habitat loss and fragmentation.
    Additional features include a glossary with supporting illustrations, guidelines for landowners and farmers, and a comprehensive index.
    Field Guide to Renosterveld of the Overberg promises to be an enduring record of this unique and severely threatened ecosystem. It will be a vital addition to any nature lover’s bookshelf.

  • Sasol Voels Suider-Afrika PVC (5th)

    Die vyfde uitgawe van Sasol Voëls van Suider-Afrika is tans volledig bygewerk deur die deskundige skrywerspaneel, met bykomende bydraes van twee nuwe voëldeskundiges. Hierdie omvattende topverkopergids is grootliks verbeter en sal beslis sy plek behou as een van die mees betroubare veldgidse in Afrika.

    Belangrike kenmerke van die nuwe uitgawe:

    Meer as 800 nuwe illustrasies
    Skandeer en speel voëlroepe deur die gratis aflaaibare toep te gebruik
    Omvattende hersiening (met mees onlangse spesierekords), verspreidingskaarte en plaatbyskrifte
    Nuwe toevoegings van bydraende skrywers
    Omvattende dekking van die streek se voëls

  • Sasol Birds Southern Africa PVC (5th)

    Now in its fifth edition, Sasol Birds of Southern Africa has been brought fully up to date by its expert author panel, with additional contributions from two new birding experts. Greatly enhanced, this comprehensive, best-selling guide is sure to maintain its place as one of Africa’s most trusted field guides.

    Key features of the 5th revised edition:

    More than 800 new illustrations
    Scan and play bird calls using free downloadable app
    Fully revised text (with latest species records), maps and plate annotations
    Fresh input from new contributing authors
    Comprehensive coverage of the region’s birds