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Epic Land is a celebration in pictures and words of the arresting beauty of the landscapes of Namibia and of the centrality of land in the culture, history, politics and daily lives of its people. The book seeks to uncover the rare essence that marks the landscape of Namibia apart from all others.
Few countries in the world are richer than Namibia in its canvas of natural beauty. The landscape is one of rich and often harsh contrast with many changing moods. A journey through its landscape is infinitely rewarding. Within this book this progression is depicted. The dramatic scenery of remote deserts, mountains, mystical trees and stormy shores are the equal of any.
Through her captivating photographs and absorbing text, Amy Schoeman shares with the reader the strange beauties of her life’s passion. The superb photographs capture the life of the desert, its forms and colours, and the moods of its ever-changing landscapes.
After centuries of relative isolation, the Karoo – South Africa’s parched heartland – is a latecomer to the tourist industry. What was once viewed as a harsh and desolate place of limited attraction is rapidly gaining popularity with visitors who now make the Karoo their destination, keen to partake of its legendary charm, its extraordinary flora and the resurgence of wildlife that once again populates its plains.
Wild Karoo documents Mitch Reardon’s 4,000-kilometre journey of discovery through the region. The book focuses on:
Beautifully written, and illustrated with evocative photographs, this book is a must read for anyone interested in travel, wildlife and the environment.
This guidebook presents 75 day walks of 1km to 26km in South Africa's Maloti-Drakensberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in KwaZulu Natal and easily accessible from Johannesburg, Harrismith, Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the region boasts dramatic cliffs, gorges and waterfalls, abundant wildlife and 2,000 year old rock paintings.
The walks in this book can be undertaken at any time of year. The limitations imposed by adverse weather conditions can occur in any month. However, snow is most common in June and July and there are frequent and sometimes severe thunderstorms in summer. The key centres for the walks are the entrances to the individual areas of the Park and usually have nearby accommodation of all types. They include the Royal Natal National Park, Cathedral Peak, Monk's Cowl, Injisuthi, Giant's Castle, Highmoor, Kamberg, Lotheni, the Himeville and Underberg districts, plus Bushman's Nek.
Situated between the Hottentots Holland Mountains and the Breede River, the Overberg is an important agricultural region and a popular holiday destination for tourists and nature lovers who delight in the beauty of its mountainous landscape, abundant plant species and long sandy beaches.
But this area also has a rich history going back thousands of years, when the indigenous Khoi people originally thrived there, before the first European settlers arrived to leave their own indelible imprint on the culture, architecture and character of the region. This book provides a detailed account of this past by pointing out the many places, buildings, events and personalities that have made the Overberg the diverse and unique place that it is today.
The Overberg has been a home or point of interest for explorers, innovators, artists and writers, for figures as varied as Bartholomew Diaz, Olof Bergh, Hendrik Verwoerd, Gregoire Boonzaier, Audrey Blignault and Breyten Breytenbach. Some of South Africa’s oldest towns, houses and missionary stations can be found here, and its treacherous coastline has been the cause of hundreds of shipwrecks for centuries.
Enlivened by historical and current photographs and informative side panels, this book is a collector’s item.
In the spring of 2015, Mark Beaumont set out from the bustling heart of Cairo on his latest world record attempt - solo, the length of Africa, intending to ride to Cape Town in under 50 days. Seven years since he smashed the world record for cycling round the world, this would be his toughest trip yet. And he would set a new mark that would simply break the limits of endurance.
Despite illness, mechanical faults, attempted robbery and stone-throwing children, as well as dehydration in the deserts and unprecedented levels of exhaustion, Mark completed the journey in just 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes, after cycling 6,762 miles, spending 439 hours in the saddle (sometimes up to 16 hours a day) and climbing 190,355 feet through 8 countries. It was an astonishing journey, and one that will fascinate and grip the reader.
From the obvious dangers of Egypt, Sudan and Kenya, over the unpaved, muddy, mountainous roads of Ethiopia, through the beautiful grasslands of Tanzania and Zambia, to riding at night in Botswana in the company of elephants and giraffes, Mark brings Africa to life in all its complex glory, friendship and curiosity, while inspiring us all to question the bounds of what is possible.
This revised, updated and expanded second edition of Lee Gutteridge's comprehensive field guide covers a broad cross-section of the most prominent species of flora and fauna of the South African Bushveld, including large parts of the Kruger Lowveld; all combined into one user-friendly manual that can be used by tourists and professional field guides alike.
With over 4,200 colour photographs, sketches and diagrams describing over 1,300 species, laid out in accessible, colour-coded sections, everything you'll need to know on a Bushveld safari is in here:
Many of South Africa's foremost experts in their particular disciplines have contributed to this guide: Vincent Carruthers and Louis du Preez (amphibians), Jonathan Leeming (scorpions and spiders), Louis Liebenberg (tracking), Paul van Gaalen, Hendri Coetzee and Adam Riley (birds), Rolf Becker and Alma Moller (euphorbias), Teresa Kearney and Ernest Seamark (bats), Marieka Gryzenhout (fungi), Johan Marais and Jens Reissig (reptiles), Marius Coetzee (birds and mammals) and Frits van Oudtshoorn (grasses); these are but a few of the renowned professionals who have so enthusiastically supported this project.
An African safari is arguably one of the most alluring and easily understood dreams of our time. Just the thought of an African safari evokes thoughts of adventure, a journey through nature's greatest spectacle, a glimpse of the earth before man.
African Safari is an exploration of all that the word safari encompasses, from journeys on horseback and dugout canoes, the quiet drifting of a balloon and the tension of waiting on foot to the smell of dung, soil and the rain. African Safari is an intimate odyssey through the great wilderness of Africa and an eye on its wild denizens, spiced with the echoes of a romantic history.
African Safari is divided into eight chapters:
Seven Days in Cape Town – a bestselling guidebook on the Mother City – has been given a new cover and fully revised to include the very latest information.
This book contains alphabetically listed names of South African cities and towns, as well as most villages and certain settlements and townships where information was available.
More than 900 places are included in what is an informative and educational look at place names, including the year they were established, origins, previous names and alternative names. Also included are interesting historical facts and reasons to visit, as well as contact details (website or phone number).
The book is a wonderful journey through South Africa. Ann Gadd particularly enjoyed researching the smaller villages and places. There is a wide variety of attractions across the places, covering sporting interests, places to eat, historical interest, scenic spots, the longest, the tallest, the coldest and much more. Ann connected with local inhabitants or officials to get their take on the naming of their town or historical interests. All this wonderful (and sometimes whacky) information is condensed to give you a book that sums up the very core of each place.
This guide to the parks and reserves of East Africa provides a valuable overview of some 58 protected areas across East Africa. The book is divided into the four East African countries Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – and, for each park, provides essential background on geology and landscape, climate, vegetation and wildlife, capturing the essence of what each area offers. It also covers the brief history of each park.
Other features include:
This must-have guide to East Africa’s protected areas will prove indispensable to local and international visitors to the region and to all nature enthusiasts.
Die Suid-Afrikaanse Gids is ’n omvattende naslaanbron vir enige belangstellende – oud of jonk, Suid-Afrikaans of ’n toeris – wat enige inligting omtrent Suid-Afrika maklik wil bekom.
Die gids bevat ’n ietsie van alles: van die geskiedenis van ons land, ons fauna en flora, wildparke, sportstatistieke tot wenke oor geldbesparing, die aankoop van ’n motor, goeie maniere en trou-etiket.
Hierdie gids is ’n moet vir enige huis, boekwinkel, hotel, toeristekantoor, biblioteek en skool.
Johannesburg: a city of thieves and dreamers, home to more than four million inhabitants spread out over an area larger than greater London... An engaging and authoritative history that follows the story of the city through its spaces and communities - from the city centre to Joburg's expanding suburbs.
With dedicated chapters about Lenasia, Alexandra and the Southern Suburbs - together with Soweto, the CBD, Hillbrow, the far north and the central suburbs - it offers an inclusive history of Joburg, written by contemporary journalists and academics and featuring a selection of songs, poems and expert articles that give voice to the city's diverse peoples and reflect its shifting social landscapes.
The Joburg Book also includes hundreds of historical photos, fifteen reference maps, recommended itineraries and places of interest in and around the city, together with contact numbers and web addresses. This updated edition for 2014 has updates of new spaces, such as Constitution Hill and the Gautrain, as well as new tours and excursions.
Many people crave what might be called a safe adventure. They would love to be immersed in the wild, yet at the same time know they can drive home at the end of the day. Wild and Free describes 100 destinations in Britain where people can go wild for the day. All the sites are located within a couple of hours' drive from a fair-sized town or city, so they are accessible and not completely remote. Most sites don't have facilities, so you should take a picnic or stop off at an AA-recommended pub for lunch. This isn't a walking guide, so after parking the car you will be quickly immersed in the countryside without a long hike. Guiding you towards interactive wildlife experiences, the sites have been chosen not just for their solitude, but their abundance of wild mammals, birds, insects and flowers.
Day Walks in Fort William & Glen Coe features 20 routes between 4.4 and 14.4 miles (7km and 23.2km) in length, spread across the Scottish Highlands. Researched and written by experienced and knowledgeable authors Helen and Paul Webster, founders of the Walkhighlands website, the walks range from gentle rambles to more challenging day walks, all through grand and impressive landscapes. Split into four sections - Glen Coe & Glen Etive; Kinlochleven & the Mamores; Fort William & the Great Glen; and The Road to the Isles - this guidebook explores the best that the Highlands has to offer. Together with stunning photography, each route features Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance and navigation information, and refreshment stops and local information.
The Abiquiu region includes some of the most spectacular and diverse geology in the state of New Mexico. A triple junction of geologic provinces, including the Colorado Plateau, the Rio Grande Rift, and the Jemez Volcanic Field, coincide to tell a fascinating story of landscape evolution in constant change. Abiquiu: The Geologic History of O'Keeffe Country presents the three-hundred-million-year history told by the rocks of the Abiquiu area. With stunning photographs, timelines, and a regional geologic map, noted geologist Kirt Kempter explains the geologic story and landscape evolution of the region for travelers, hikers, and armchair geologists. With large-scale aerial photographs showing major geologic features, explanations of volcanic activity related to the Rio Grande Rift, and detailed descriptions of geologic strata that make up O'Keeffe's beloved Cerro Pedernal, Abiquiu tells the many chapters of changing environments and landscapes from Abiquiu's geologic past.
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's Italy is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander through chariot-grooved streets in Pompeii, sample the abundant varieties of wine and olives in Tuscany, and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome - all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Italy and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's Italy: NEW pull-out, passport-size 'Just Landed' card with wi-fi, ATM and transport info - all you need for a smooth journey from airport to hotel Improved planning tools for family travellers - where to go, how to save money, plus fun stuff just for kids What's New feature taps into cultural trends and helps you find fresh ideas and cool new areas our writers have uncovered NEW Accommodation feature gathers all the information you need to plan where to stay NEW Where to Stay in Rome map is your at-a-glance guide to accommodation options in each neighbourhood Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor yo(more...)
Get to know the best of Las Vegas with this wonderful city guide, perfect for both business and leisure, with all the practical information you need for the ideal trip. Presented in a handy and compact format, the guide also contains a separate weather-resistant, pull-out map of Las Vegas within its own self-contained wallet to help you navigate the city. For those short on time, the 'Top 25' sights and experiences have been hand picked to show you the best of the city in a short space of time. Explore must-see sights from the Las Vegas Natural History Museum to the casinos along the strip, in the 'City Tours' or 'More to See' sections, helping you get the best out of the city with self-guided tours and helpful advice from those in the know. Or if you want to get to know the city in more depth simply turn to the 'Focus On' section with top tips and advice for great places to shop, eat, drink and sleep for every budget. For advice you can trust look no further than AA CityPack Las Vegas, your handy travel companion for a perfect city break.
A "New York Times Book Review" Notable Book of the Year
The best-selling Hidden Beaches series travels to Spain to discover its secret coastline and islands. Perfect for family explorers or campervan adventurers, this stunning travel book combines dazzling photography and engaging writing with all the practical information you'll need to get off the beaten track Including maps, directions, GPS coordinates and walk-in times, plus recommendations for boat trips, adventures and the best campsites and tavernas. * Snorkel in the pristine Cies Islands, Spain's own Caribbean * Discover the mythical secret cove of Atlantis in Ibiza * Swim with dolphins in the Gulf of Cadiz * Jump from cliffs into giant natural sea pools in Cantabria * Eat paellas sea scallops and lobster stews in Andalucia * Hike across mountains to wild deserted coves Costa Almeria * Follow smugglers' paths to hidden coves & caves in Costa Brava * Swim and kayak through sea caves in Mallorca * Find turquoise water and shell white sand in Menorca Spain's 5000km coastline is free to roam, and it has the richest flora and fauna in Europe. Shun the tourist hot spots and find easy-to-access local secrets, as well as some of the most beautiful wilderness coastlines in the world. Includes information about local geography and culture, plus 450 photographs and 12 detailed locator maps.
This revised and updated edition of On Route In South Africa has a new, contemporary look, but contains all the features that have made it such a classic.
Previous editions won a special place in the hearts of South Africans. No other book available offers such a range and depth of information about the villages, towns and cities of this land, and on the intriguing and informative tales they have to tell.
The 37 chapters are arranged in logical sequence, beginning with Cape Town and radiating outwards. Each chapter corresponds to an established and coherent geographic or demographic area. Included are detailed regional maps, incorporating up-to-date place names, and complemented by route directions within the text.
With its expanded text and more than 500 photographs, On Route In South Africa contains a remarkable wealth of information, making it the perfect travel planner and companion.
Suid-Afrika se ontsaglike diversiteit – van Pofadder, eMkhuze en Haenertsburg tot Cookhouse, Klipplaat, Maokeng en Taung –is wat mens besiel om die pad te vat en die land te verken.
Hierdie volledig hersiene en bygewerkte uitgawe van Op Pad in Suid-Afrika het ’n vars, kontemporere voorkoms, maar bevat al die kenmerke wat dit so ’n klassieke werk maak. Die vorige twee uitgawes het ’n spesiale plek in die harte van Suid-Afrikaners, en dit is maklik om te sien waarom: geen ander reisgids op die mark bied sulke omvattende en diepgaande inligting oor die dorpies, dorpe en stede van hierdie land nie, en ook nie oor die interessante en insiggewende stories wat hulle vertel nie.
Die 37 hoofstukke is in ’n logiese volgorde gerangskik wat by Kaapstad begin en daarvandaan uitkring. Elke hoofstuk handel oor ’n gevestigde en samehangende geografiese of demografiese gebied. Duidelike, gedetailleerde streekkaarte met bygewerkte plekname is ingesluit en word aangevul deur roete-aanwysings in die teks. Die boek bied iets vir almal – of dit die lieflike groen valleie van die Kaapse hinterland, die uitgestrekte vlaktes van die Karoo, die kulturele en skilderagtige diversiteit van die Tuinroete en Wildekus, die geskiedkundige slagvelde van KwaZulu-Natal, die wildryke Laeveld of die natuurwonders van die Bosveld is wat jou lok.
Met die nuut hersiene en bygewerkte teks en meer as 500 foto’s bevat Op Pad in Suid-Afrika ’n verstommende rykdom inligting, wat dit die perfekte reisbeplanner en reisgenoot maak.
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