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Albu (J.) MY AFRICAN CONQUEST, Cape to Cairo at 80
209pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R260
On 1st June 2017, her 80th birthday, Julia Albu set off in her 20-year-old Toyota on a six-month journey from Cape Town to Cairo.

Foreword by John Maytham.
240pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R290
Journalist Luke Alfred spent more than a year walking along South Africa's gravel roads, paths and train tracks, exploring the history of the country.

"It made me smile and it made my heart ache a little" Darrel Bristow-Bovey, author of "One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo"

Luke Alfred is also the author of "When the Lions Came to Town, the 1974 Rugby Tour to South Africa".
Bakkes (C.J.) OPENBARING, 'n reisjoernaal (nie die evangelie nie)
268pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R240
C. Johan Bakkes and five fellow adventurers embark on journeys to the coldest and hottest places on earth still inhabited by people, in Russia and in Ethiopia. Their journey was inspired by the warning expressed in Revelations 3:15-16 in the Bible, that a “lukewarm” life is not worth living.
224pp., colour illus., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R280
Annelie Botes and her husband spent three months on a canal boat in England reflecting on 44 years of marriage and on the years that lie ahead.

Annelie Botes was born in 1957 in Uniondale in the Karoo and lives in Port ELizabeth. Her other books include Thula Thula, Lugkasteel and Kainsmerk.
Botha (L.) photo. & text N/A'AN KU SÊ, conservation through innovation/ bewaring deur innovasie
159pp., oblong 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., (Windhoek), 2019. R690
A collection of photographs taken by Louis Botha on a visit to N/a'an ku sé Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary outside Windhoek, created by Marlice and Rudie van Vuuren in 2007. All profits from the lodge are invested in charitable projects which support the local San, with community activities led by the local San. They also run a Volunteer Programme offered on the N/a'an ku sé Wildlife Sanctuary.

Text in both English and Afrikaans.

Brodie (N.) THE CAPE TOWN BOOK, a guide to the city's history, people and places
328pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R450
This guide to Cape Town includes chapters on the Cape of Good Hope, Group Areas and forced removals in Cape Town, Robben Island, Table Valley and the City Bowl, the harbour and docklands, the Atlantic seaboard, False Bay, the Northern suburbs and the Cape Flats.
Brown (D.) ARE TROUT SOUTH AFRICAN?, stories of fish, people and places
219 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. OUT OF PRINT
"In asking whether a fish species that was introduced as part of the process of colonial occupation could be called 'South African', this book uses discussions on trout, their history, the literature about them, scientific work on what is considered 'indigenous' or 'alien', as well as the author's moving personal stories of fishing to provide an engaging and accessible exploration of a contested physical and cultural terrain." from the back cover

"What a book! I long to flyfish after reading the beautifully rendered memories; I marvel at the profound value of metaphor in the arguments; and I've learnt a lot about trout." Antjie Krog

"A brilliantly written and totally compelling read that is destined to become a classic of South African angling literature." Tom Sutcliffe

Duncan Brown is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of English at the University of the Western Cape. He is also the author of "Voicing the Text: South African oral poetry and performance", "Oral Literature and Performance in Southern Africa", "To Speak of this Land: identity and belonging in South Africa and beyond" and "Religion and Spirituality in South Africa: new perspectives".
Butcher (T.) CHASING THE DEVIL, the search for Africa's fighting spirit
325 pp., maps, illus., paperback, London, 2010. R215
Journalist Tim Butcher walked 350 miles through Sierra Leone and Liberia, following the trail taken by Graham Greene in 1935 and described in his travel classic "Journey Without Maps".

"'Chasing the Devil' shows the power of good to prevail over evil. Where once there was cruelty and conflict in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Tim Butcher finds grounds for hope. An inspirational account of humanity's wonderful spirit to survive." Desmond Tutu

Tim Butcher was on the staff of the Daily Telegraph from 1990 to 2009 serving as chief war correspondent, Africa bureau chief and Middle East correspondent. His first book, "Blood River", was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He currently lives in Cape Town.
Cloete (N.B.) text & Fraser (C.) photo. REMARKABLE GARDENS OF SOUTH AFRICA,
251 pp., oblong 4to., map, colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2012. R655
Features twenty South African gardens, including Brenthurst in Johannesburg, Fresh Woods in Elgin, Old Nectar and Tokara in Stellenbosch, Nirox at the Cradle of Humankind, and Obesa in Graaff-Reinet.
Coetzee (A.) IN MY VEL, 'n reis
207pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
Azille Coetzee went to the Netherlands to study for a PhD at the Vrije University in Amsterdam. She had a Dutch boyfriend and had decided to settle in Europe. In this memoir she describes how she grappled with the question of who she is and where she belongs.

"'n Lieflike, noodsaaklike boek. Sowel gesofistikeerde intellektuele besinning as 'n hartstogtelik=persoonlike relaas." Francois Smith, Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French, University of the Free State

Azille Coetzee is a postdoctoral researcher at Stellenbosch University.
255 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, (Durban), 2010. R240
A guide to fifty of South Africa's passes and poorts, including the Outeniqua Pass, Montagu Pass, Prince Alfred Pass, Bloukrans Pass, Schoemanspoort, Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort, New Katberg Pass, Sani Pass, Van Reenen's Pass, and Magoebaskloof Pass.
Davie (L.) A JOURNEY THROUGH JOHANNESBURG'S PARKS, CEMETERIES AND ZOO, the history and heritage of the parks, cemeteries and zoo of the City of Johannesburg
208pp., colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2014) 2015. R150
A guide to the history of Johannesburg's parks, nature reserves and cemeteries.

Lucille Davie writes about Johannesburg's history in a monthly column for the Saturday Star.
du Toit (J.) & Marais (C.) MOVING TO THE PLATTELAND, life in small town South Africa
295pp., illus., paperback, Cradock, 2018. R325
A guide to living in the smaller towns of South Africa by Julienne du Toit and Chris Marais, two Johannesburg journalists who moved to the small Eastern Cape Karoo town of Cradock in 2007.
Fox (J.) THE MARGINAL SAFARI, scouting the edge of South Africa
317 pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2010. R220
Justin Fox's account of his ten thousand kilometre journey around the edge of South Africa.

Journalist and writer Justin Fox is editor of Getaway magazine. His other travel books include "With Both Hands Waving", "Just Add Dust", "Under the Sway" and "Africa Lens".
176pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Fourth Edition, Cape Town, (1998) 2015. R250
Seven one-day tours around Cape Town, including the CBD, the V&A Waterfront and Robben Island, Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch, and the Atlantic Seaboard, as well as six itineraries for excursions to the winelands, Garden Route, Southern Cape and West Coast.
Grobbelaar (T.) ed. ROAD TRIPPING, South Africa
208 pp., 4to., maps, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R295
A selection of twenty road trips, with detailed maps, distances, driving times, useful websites and suggestions on where to eat, drink and stay. Trips include St Lucia, through Swaziland to the Kruger National Park; Long Tom Pass to Sabie, Pilgrim's Rest, Motlatse River Canyon and Graskop; the Anglo-Zulu War battlefield route from Dundee to Durban; the Cederberg from Ceres via central Cederberg, Clanwilliam and Wuppertal; and the circular route around Makhado via Elim and Thohoyandou.
Grobbelaar (T.) ed. ROAD TRIPPING, Namibia
184pp., 4to., colour illus., maps, paperback , Cape Town, 2015. R295
Fifteen road trips through Namibia, all manageable in a normal sedan.
Grobler (J.) OOR BERGE EN DALE, op reis met 'n monumentjagter
286pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R230
Historian Jackie Grobler travelled around South Africa visiting monuments and memorials, including Anglo-Boer War battlefields, Eugene Marais' grave, the San and Khoi Genocide Memorial, Steve Biko's House in Ginsberg, King William's Town, Nongqawuse's grave, Olive Schreiner's house in Hanover, the Old Fort in Johannesburg, and many more.
Grundling (E.) SUSHI EN SHOSHOLOZA, rugyreise en pelgrimstogte in Japan
270pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R275
In 2018 Erns Grundling and a TV crew visited Japan to shoot a new kykNET TV series. Sushi and Shosholoza is his account of the trip, and includes his visits to the Kumino Kodo, Mount Fuji, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima's Peace Park. He also interviews South African rugby players in Japan, including Dan Carter and Jake White. The 2019 Rugby World Cup took place in Japan.

Journalist, TV presenter and writer Erns Grundling is the author of Elders, (translated into English as Walk it Off), about walking the Camino in Spain.
Grundling (E.) WALK IT OFF,
306pp., illus., map, paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R280
First published in Afrikaans in 2017 as Elders. Translated by Edwin Hees.

South African journalist and TV presenter Erns Grundlings' account of walking the Camino in 2015 in 40 days, without cell phone, camera or watch.
Hlatshwayo (F.) BLACKS DO CARAVAN,
180 pp., colour illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R220
In 2014 Fikile Hlatshwayo and her family spent three months caravanning around South Africa. They visited over 60 caravan parks in all nine provinces and extended their trip into Swaziland.
Khumalo (S.) ALMOST SLEEPING MY WAY TO TIMBUKTU, West Africa on a shoestring by public transport with no French
287 pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R220
Sihle Khumalo travelled from Dakar in Senegal to Cape Coast in Ghana via Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin with the aim of visiting five World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.

Sihle Khumalo is also the author of "Dark Continent, My Black Arse" and "Heart of Africa". He lives in Johannesburg.

Khumalo (S.) DARK CONTINENT MY BLACK ARSE, by bus, boksie, matola...from Cape to Cairo
222 pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2007. R200
In 2005/6 Sihle Khumalo travelled on public transport from Durban, South Africa, through Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Sudan to Cairo in Egypt.
Khumalo (S.) HEART OF AFRICA, centre of my gravity
222 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2009. OUT OF PRINT
In 2008 Sihle Khumalo spent four weeks travelling around central Africa using only public transport. He travelled thorugh Zambia, across Lake Tanganyika and around Lake Victoria, visiting the official source of the Nile at Jinja in Uganda, the equator, and the Memorial Centre at Kigali, epicentre of the Rwandan genocide.

"I can't imagine a better guide into the heart of Africa than Sihle Khumalo - a no-nonsense traveller, an astute observer, a lover of people and a man with a fine sense of humour." Max du Preez, journalist and writer

Sihle Khumalo is also the author of "Dark COntinent My Black Arse".
224 pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2013. R395
Keith Kirsten introduces twenty five exceptional South African gardens, including Brenthurst, Fresh Woods, Old Nectar, Durban Botanic Garden, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Vergelegen and Babylonstoren.
LeMaitre (A.) ed. ON ROUTE IN SOUTH AFRICA, explore South Africa region by region
400 pp., 4to., maps, colour illus., paperback, Third Edition, Johannesburg, (1995) 2014. OUT OF PRINT
A travel guide that includes regional maps, up-to-date place names and information about the villages, towns and cities in each region.
Liedtke (R.) & Trankovits (L.) 111 PLACES IN CAPE TOWN THAT YOU MUST NOT MISS,
235pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Cologne, 2015. R410
111 unusual places to visit in Cape Town and the surrounding region, including The African Music Store; Auwal Mosque, the oldest house of Muslim worship; M'hudi, the first black-owned wine farm in South Africa; Langa Cultural Centre; Mzoli's, a restaurant in Guguletu; The Operating Room, where Chris Barbard performed his first heart transplant; Slangkop Point, the tallest cast-iron lighthouse on the Cape; Straight No Chaser, an intimate jazz club; The Boomslang, the tree walkway in Kirstenbosch; and the Zip Zap Circus.
Lundy (M.) EASY WALKS IN THE CAPE PENINSULA, revised and updated
190 pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Revised Edition, CapeTown, (1997) 2014. OUT OF PRINT
Mike Lundy introduces an undemanding walk for every weekend of the year. In this new edition all maps and route descriptions have been updated. It also includes a new walk.
Lundy (M.) WEEKEND TRAILS IN THE WESTERN CAPE, revised and updated
182 pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Revised Edition, Cape Town, (1992) 2014. R170
Twenty-four two-day hiking trails, most within two hours' drive from Cape Town. For the new edition all maps and route descriptions have been updated.
200pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R325
Includes four vegan recipes.
Marais (J.) GREAT AFRICAN ADVENTURES, a guide to the mother continent's ultimate outdoor adventures
215 pp., 4to., map, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2008. R230
A guide to southern Africa's - and Africa's - best destinations for abseiling, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, game tracking, surfing, hiking, moutaineering, shark diving, paragliding, kayaking, caving, and much more.
192 pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R220
A guide to around 150 of South Africa's best-loved towns and villages.
183pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R220
A guide to over one hundred remote destinations in southern Africa. Includes information on accommodation, amenities, activities, with GPO coordinates and locator maps.
Martin (J.) A MILLIMETRE OF DUST, visiting ancestral sites
269 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2008. R235
A travel memoir in which Julia Martin describes her journey with her family from Cape Town to the Northern Cape to visit Stone Age archaeological sites.

"A delightful journey through the natural and cultural history of the Cape. This is an odyssey that explores the living landscape and allows Martin to excavate its underlying stories. It's well worth the trip". John Parkington, Professor of Archaeology, University of Cape Town.

"It is a story of our past and our present and our future. It is a poem to the country, then and now." Mike Nicol

Julia Martin teaches in the English Department at the University of the Western Cape. She is also the author of the novel, "Writing Home".
340 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R175
A collection of tour guide Ron McGregor's commentaries on the history of South Africa and the places most likely to be visited by tourists to the country. He gave these talks as he accompanied tourists on their travels.
McIntosh (F.) HIKE CAPE TOWN, top day trails on the Peninsula, Table Mountain National Park
252pp., colour illus, maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
Includes twenty hikes with thirty alternative routes, together with contour maps and information on access, difficulty, duration, and the flora, fauna and historical features.
Menache (P.) & David (D.) CHURCH TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA, a travel odyssey, also featuring: On Tour with Wynand Louw
160pp., 4to, colour illus., maps, paperback, No Place, 2015. R355
Philippe Menarche's and Darryl David's guide to older churches in small country towns around South Africa, with brief histories, maps, and directions on how to get there. Inclues a feature on the architect Eynand Hendrik Louw who designed many church buildings. This book is the third in a trilogy. The first two books are "101 Country Churches" and "A Platteland Pilgrimage".
Norton (P.), Gardner (M.) & Walker (C.) RIVER OF GOLD, narratives and exploration of the great Limpopo
248pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R350
An account of the Limpopo River, including its history, wildlife, landscapes, early kingdoms and their people, 19th century hunting, and conservation efforts of the four national parks through which the river runs.

"This remarkable account of the history and ecology of the Limpopo will help future generations understand what has shaped the form and character of the river" Dr John Ledger
Oosthuizen (A.) photo & Kleyn (L.) & Slinger (D.) text BRIEWE UIT DIE TANKWA,
184 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Pretoria, (2013) 2016. R415
A collection of photographs by Adriaan Oosthuizen, taken while travelling the smaller roads between Ceres and Calvinia, through the desert region known as the Tankwa-Karoo. In the accompanying text Leti Kleyn describes her visits to this area of South Africa and farm labourer Dawid Slinger shares memories and stories from his life.

Text in Afrikaans.
Ramsden (T.) EXPLORING THE UNKNOWN, a South African's backpacking adventures abroad
452pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Durban, 2019. R300
Between 1990 and 1996 Tim Ramsden travelled to 35 countries on three continents. He now lives in Canada.
222pp., b/w & colour illus., map, hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2017. R285
Historian and journalist Chris Schoeman explores the history of the Overberg, an agricultural region situated between the Hottentots Holland Mountains and the Breede River, and includes the towns of Swellendam, Caledon, Greyton, Genandendal, Hermanus, Agulhas and Arniston. Provides an introduction to the history of the region and information on historical buildings, mission stations, shipwrecks, and the explorers, artists and writers associated with the area, such as Bartolomeu Dias, Uys Krige and Audrey Blignaut.
Snyman (D.) IN DIE BLOU KAMP, facebook-stories
299pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R225
A new collection of one hundred anecdotes and reflections by Dana Snyman, written during his travels around South Africa. Many of these stories were first posted on facebook by the author.

Journalist, columnist and writer Dana Snyman's other books include ""Op die Agterpaaie", "Hiervandaan" and "Onder die Radar".
Snyman (D.) ON THE BACK ROADS, encounters with people and places
231 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2008. R150
Journalist Dana Snyman's account of his travels on the back roads of South Africa.

"Dana Snyman will take you to places you've never been" David Kramer
"A warts-and-all biography of a people and a country" Neil Sonnekus
Snyman (D.) ONDER DIE RADAR, stories uit ons land
283 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R199
Travel writer Dana Snyman records the stories of people who live off the beaten track around South Africa.

"Ek kan nie dink ek het al ooit in enige taal 'n fyner waarnemingsvermoë en beter storieverteller teëgekom nie..." Max du Preez, Beeld

"Die verhale ruik na mens en na deernis" Abraham de Vries

Dana Snyman writes regularly for Die Burger, Beeld, and other newspapers and magazines. His books include "Uit die Binneland", "Anderkant die Scrap", "Op die Agterpaaie", "Op die Toneel" and "Hiervandaan". "Op die Agterpaaie" has been published in English as "On the Back Roads", and "Hiervandaan" as "The Long Way Home". When he is not travelling Dana Snyman lives in Jacobsbaai.
Snyman (D.) OP PAD, 'n reisjoernaal
262pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R250
On his travels around South Africa Dana Snyman visits Orania, ex-Minister of Law and Order Adriaan Vlok and Manji from Nkandla, and meets rugby players Frik du Preez and Joost van der Westhuizen.

"Van die beste skryfwerk deur Dana Snyman nog. 'Op Pad' het me diep ontroer." Kerneels Breytenbach

Dana Snyman writes regularly for Die Burger, Beeld, and other newspapers and magazines. His books include "Uit die Binneland", "Anderkant die Scrap", "Op die Agterpaaie", "Op die Toneel" and "Hiervandaan". "Op die Agterpaaie" has been published in English as "On the Back Roads", and "Hiervandaan" as "The Long Way Home". When he is not travelling Dana Snyman lives in Jacobsbaai.
Snyman (D.) THE LONG WAY HOME, a journey through South Africa
176 pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R175
Travel writer Dana Snyman describes three trips he made through South Africa between January 2010 and June 2011 to visit his ailing father - and to "explain the country and my place in it to myself" from the author's note

"A very fine book about love, loss and coming to terms with Africa." Rian Malan, author of "My Traitor's Heart"
Swart (J.) & Proust (A.) HIDDEN PRETORIA,
240pp., colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2019. R430
A selection of buildings "that embody the cultural and social heritage of Pretoria", including Sammy Marks House, Melrose House, Palace of Justice, Smuts House, Westport Leprosy Hospital, Museum of Natural History, Pierneef's Elangeni and Rovos railway station.

Johan Swart teaches architectural history at the University of Pretoria and is the curator of the architectural archives.
Photographer Alain Proust worked on the books Hidden Cape Town, South African Artists at Home and Colonial Houses of South Africa.
Theroux (P.) THE LAST TRAIN TO ZONA VERDE, overland from Cape Town to Angola
353 pp., paperback, London, 2013. R220
Paul Theroux travels from Cape Town up the left-hand side of Africa, through South Africa and Namibia, to Botswana and into Angola, heading for the Congo.

"Theroux's 'valedictory trip', his farewell to a genre of rough travel that once promised 'bliss', treats the urban Africa he loathes as the outward sign of an inner disillusion. Feeling ancient (a septuagenarian backpacker), vulnerable, world-weary, he makes of Africa's shift from the 'mutual respect and fairness' of rural tradition to 'stupefying disorder' in the cities a corollary of his own sense of doom. He knows the idea of Africa as a 'violated Eden' is an outsider's myth. Indeed, a fine chapter sets the 'charade' and 'travesty' of life among the heritage-industry San people today against the fantasies of pristine innocence spun by 'posturing fantasists' such as Laurens van der Post. Travellers in Africa always see the continent through the 'distorting mirror' of their dreams and fears. Too true." Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
Tracey (T.) NO WAY BACK!, Johannesburg to London in an Imp
250pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, (Johannesburg), 2016. R320
Foreword by Rosemary Smith.

In 2013 Terence Tracey and his co-driver Geoff Biermann drove 14000 km from Johannesburg to Coventry, England, for the 50th birthday celebrations for the iconic Hillman Imp.

Wessels (E.) et al (eds.) HARTSKOMBUIS, boerekos van die Anglo-Boereoorlog tot vandag
215pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R300
A collection of traditional Boer recipes, together with photographs from the Boer War, compiled by women at the War Museum of the Boer Republics in Bloemfontein.
128 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2010. R177
A history of and travel guide to the town of Jansenville and the surrounding villages. Also includes information on the Mohair and Angora farming and trading and the hunting farms.
Whitfield (G.) 50 MUST-SEE GEOLOGICAL SITES, in South Africa
320pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R320
This book features 50 of the most accessible and geologically diverse places around South Africa, including Chapman's Peak, Howick Falls, Sisulu National Botanic Gardens, Mapungubwe, Tswaing Meteorite Crater and Fraserburg Fossil Surface.