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Books And Movies To Get You Inspired For Your Trip To Africa

So, you have booked your safari to Africa and looking for some inspiration, or you are just looking to feed your travel bug we have just the trick! Whether it’s a book or movie to keep you busy during your flight, to get lost in the pages while relaxing after your game drives or to prepare you for your upcoming safari adventure. Why not have a look through our personally curated list of our favourite books and movies on Africa to get you ready and excited for your African adventure.

(Lion cub overlooking the plains)


  1. The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
  2. The Sheltering Desert by Henno Martin
  3. The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera
  4. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  5. Running the Rift, by Naomi Benaron
  6. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  7. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  8. Collected African Stories (Vol 1 and 2) by Doris Lessing
  9. Hold My Hand I’m Dying by John Gordon Davis
  10. Circles in a forest by Dalene Matthee

Gorillas in the mist
(American actress Sigourney Weaver as naturalist Dian Fossey, studying the Mountain Gorilla in Rwanda, film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, 1988. Photo by Murray Close)


  1. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  2. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
  3. A Game Ranger Remembers by Bruce Brydon
  4. The Old Way: A Story of the First People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
  5. Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison
  6. Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story. By Daphne Sheldrick
  7. The State of Africa. By Martin Meredith
  8. Born Free. By Joy Adamson
  9. Gorillas in the Mist. By Dian Fossey
  10. Green Hills of Africa.  By Hemmingway

Out of africa
(Kim Basinger in I Dreamed of Africa (2000)


  1. I Dreamed of Africa
  2. Out of Africa
  3. The God’s Must be Crazy
  4. In My Country
  5. A United Kingdom
  6. The Lion King
  7. Skin
  8. Shooting Dogs
  9. Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
  10. Cry Freedom 

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(Remembering African Wild Dogs (PA)


  1. Virunga 
  2. Our Planet – David Attenborough
  3. Eye of the Leopard 
  4. Vanishing Kings: Lion of the Namib 
  5. Africa – BBC Earth
  6. Solo: A Wild Dog’s Tale 
  7. African Cats
  8. Eye of the Pangolin
  9. Brothers in Blood: The Lions of the Sabi Sand
  10. Dynasties – David Attenborough

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