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  • Geological Journeys South Africa

    Geological journeys – a traveller’s guide to South Africa’s rocks and landforms is an essential companion for car journeys. For those who wonder about the jaunty tilt of a mountain ahead, the unusual patterns of a road cutting, the colour and texture of the roadside soil, or the purpose of a distant minehead, this volume offers answers and explanations about features along all the major routes across South Africa, and some of the lesser, but geologically interesting, routes too.

    Also included are the three main metropolitan areas – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban – so that city residents can understand the geological features surrounding them. Using familiar landmarks to pinpoint sites and subtle phenomena, the authors bring to light our rich geological heritage, its likely roots and often tumultuous history.

    Along the way, they also discuss the historical background, personalities and stories that relate to the landscape.

    R450.00
  • My First Book of Southern Africa Birds V1

    A very first guide to birds for children aged 3 to 7, this book presents 56 of the most striking and commonly seen southern African birds. After a brief introduction that explains how the book works and provides simple guidelines for watching birds, each new page introduces a new bird. Most of the information supplied is visual, in the form of a full colour illustration of the bird and line drawings of food eaten, typical nest and the bird’s track. A visual guide to the bird’s size is given at the base of the page.

    All text appears in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu

    Click here for review

    R140.00
  • Southern African Birdfinder

    The essential companion to all local bird field guides, this book fills a gap in the market for a comprehensive guide to the region’s top birding spots and to finding southern Africa and Madagascar’s most desirable birds. The authors outline and describe 39 key bird routes and more than 330 birding sites (and their associated birds) across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and the little-documented but increasingly popular areas of Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. All sites are ranked into one of three categories of priority: essential (the region’s best); excellent (top sites but expendable to a time-limited visitor) and local interest (ideal for those looking for new areas to explore). Sites include practical details of access, best times to visit, habitat diversity and the birds that occur there and general natural history; the more important sites feature a detailed map. A guide to finding the region’s top 150 birds and an annotated checklist conclude the book.

    R440.00
  • Stargazing From Game Reserves in Southern Africa

    A must-have for outdoor enthusiasts, Stargazing from Game Reserves in Southern Africa offers visitors to game and nature parks an exciting night-time activity, giving them an opportunity to turn their binoculars skyward after dark. The author takes readers on a brief celestial ‘game drive’, first setting the scene and then directing them towards the ‘Big Five’ constellations of the night-sky, with clear steps on how to find them. There is also a chapter on tracking the planets and tips on spotting the moons of Jupiter and the crescent of Venus. The book concludes with a set of 12 star maps. Expertly illustrated with colour photographs and drawings, the book also features useful tips and hints for all keen star-watchers.

    R230.00
  • Story of Earth and Life

    Southern Africa is without equal in terms of geology, a treasure trove of valuable minerals with a geological history dating back some 3 600 million years. In addition, the evolution of plants and animals, especially mammals and dinosaurs, is well preserved in the region, which also has among the best records of the origin of modern man. The Story of Earth and Life provides a fascinating insight into this remarkable history: how southern Africa’s mineral deposits were formed; how its life evolved and its landscape was shaped; the Big Bang that marked the beginning of time and matter; drifting and colliding continents; folding and fracturing rocks; meteors colliding with the Earth; volcanic eruptions, and the start of life. Other topics include why South Africa is so rich in minerals, how glacial deposits came to be found in the Karoo, why dinosaurs became extinct, how mammals developed from reptiles, and how closely humans are related to the apes. This fascinating book is comprehensively illustrated with explanatory diagrams and full colour photographs. Click here for athe dedicated website: http://www.struiknews.co.za/thestoryofearth&life

    R480.00
  • African Wildlife Alphabet Number Book HB

    Aimed at 3 to 5 year olds, this book introduces the alphabet and basic numbers and counting through the theme of African wildlife and nature. Fully illustrated throughout, it features several single words to represent each letter from A to Z, and wildlife themes to introduce counting (e.g. six scorpions; ten terrapins, etc.). Colourful scenes of the African bushveld, the coast, night-time and river themes reinforce words encountered earlier in the book and help young children to test their knowledge while learning about the environment. Simple activities follow in which children can identify the animals they have seen, match animals to their shapes, identify animal hides, and learn comparisons.

    R220.00
  • Field Guide to Cradle of Humankind

    First published in August 2002, Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind caused a considerable stir among professionals in the field of palaeoanthropology (a field fraught with professional jealousies, subjective interpretation and egos) and sparked a flurry of newspaper articles, journal articles and general debate. The authors acknowledged that some inaccuracies had crept into their work, but also defended much of what they had written and highlighted their field as highly interpretive and often subjective. In the midst of fierce criticism, the book got people talking and sold out in less than a year – indicating the level of public interest in the subject matter. In this second edition of the book, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated: inconsistencies and any errors have been corrected, and recent discoveries and theorizing – which have altered our understanding of some past events and patterns – have been incorporated to reflect the most up-to-date thinking in the field. Key diagrams have been revised or replaced; and the appendix to animals, plants and birds has been updated, as has the list of contacts in the area. A new foreword to the second edition, written by Mark Read, Vice Chairman of PAST (Palaeo-Anthropology Scientific Trust), presents the field as one that is ever changing and as “perhaps the most fractured and fractious science of all”. He acknowledges the publication as ambitious and filling a significant gap in the market. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is a unique area that probably tells us more about the history of our earliest ancestors than any place of a comparable size elsewhere in the world. This book facilitates the spread of the knowledge we have gained in the field thus far. It tells us something of the world in which our ancestors lived; provides a guide to all the known hominid species; details all the sites within the area and describes its animals and plants, both past and present, to give the reader a context in which to understand who we are and where we have come from.

    R300.00
  • When Bat Was a Bird

    Why does Monkey fear Leopard? Why does the Reed Warbler babble? How did Jabulani outwit the Lion? These and other intriguing questions are answered in When Bat was a Bird. Twenty-four fresh and exciting stories feature memorable creatures both real and magical. In his latest collection, author Nick Greaves draws once more from the lore, mythology and history of various southern African tribes to relate a new collection of tales that is bound to become a firm favourite along with the highly successful When Hippo was Hairy, When Lion Could Fly, and When Elephant was King.

    R190.00
  • When Lion Could Fly

    In this delightful series, traditional African fables about elephants, hippos, lions and other animals of the African bush are combined with factual information about them and their conservation. Keenly aware of the needless destruction of wildlife and vegetation which occurs all over the continent, the author brings together a collection of fables told by different African tribes that mirror the richness and diversity of Africa’s wildlife. The stories bring home the message that we are all part of the great diversity of life and that it is up to us and future generations to preserve our natural heritage. Illustrated in full colour paintings and black and white drawings, these stories are fun to read as well as educational.

    R190.00
  • When Elephant Was King

    In this delightful series, traditional African fables about elephants, hippos, lions and other animals of the African bush are combined with factual information about them and their conservation. Keenly aware of the needless destruction of wildlife and vegetation which occurs all over the continent, the author brings together a collection of fables told by different African tribes that mirror the richness and diversity of Africa’s wildlife. The stories bring home the message that we are all part of the great diversity of life and that it is up to us and future generations to preserve our natural heritage. Illustrated in full colour paintings and black and white drawings, these stories are fun to read as well as educational.

    R190.00
  • Get Bushwise: Bushveld Safaris

    In Get Bushwise – A Bushveld Safari, Jabu the Shangaan guide takes the reader on a trail through the lowveld, or more specifically, through the Kruger National park. Chapters are organised around a range of topics, such as ‘Bushveld supermarket’ (items from nature that have practical applications), ‘Feeding levels’ (showing how and where different animals feed – from roots and grass through to the tree tops), ‘Self defence’ (how animals defend themselves), and ‘The night shift’ (focusing on the habits of nocturnal animals). In each scenario, Jabu discusses the balance and efficiency of nature, points out its extraordinary features , and explains how people have, in the past, lived in harmony with nature – and why it’s important for us to continue to do so. Visit the Get Bushwise website at http://www.getbushwise.co.za

    R230.00