There is no such thing as too many books!

Any or all of these South African wildlife gems would be a good study buddy on your educational tour.

If you are on a tight budget or space is lacking, then select a good all rounder that covers a more comprehensive overview of South African wildlife.

Top tip: Quite a few mammal books have tracks in the back.


Recommended Tour Books:

Terrestrial all in one: (general ID – birds, reptiles & mammals)

• Wildlife of South Africa: A Photographic Guide (2013) - Duncan Butchart

• The Wildlife of Southern Africa (2017) – Vincent Carruthers



• Stuart’s Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa (Field Guide series) (2015) - Chris & Mathilde Stuart

• Pocket Guide Mammals of Southern Africa (Struik Nature) (2012) - Chris Stuart


Marine all in one: (Marine life ID – plants, fish, reptiles & mammals)

• Two Oceans: A Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa (2017) - George Branch & Charles Griffiths



• A Photographic Guide to Sea Fishes of Southern Africa (2006) – Dennis King & Ruby Van Der Elst

• The Reef Guide: fishes, corals, nudibranchs & other vertebrates East & South Coasts of Southern Africa – (2014) – Dennis King

• The Coastal Fishes of Southern Africa (2007) – Phil Heemstra & Elaine Heemstra



• Pocket Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (pocket Guides) (2013) - Piet van Wyk & Braam van Wyk



• Pocket Guide to Birds of Southern Africa (Pocket Guide) (2013) - Burger Cillie

• The Complete Photographic Guide to Birds of Southern Africa (2009) - Ian Sinclair & Peter Ryan


Reptiles: (Reptile ID course)

• Pocket Guide: Snakes & Reptiles of South Africa (2016) - Bill Branch



• Frogs of Southern Africa: A Complete Guide (2017) - Louis du Preez & Louis du Preez


Tracking: (Tracking course)

• A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern, Central East African Wildlife (2014) - Chris & Mathilde Stuart

• Signs of the Wild: Field Guide to the Spoor and Signs of the Mammals of Southern Africa (2017) – Clive Walker

• Mammals of Southern Africa and their tracks & signs (2013) – Lee Gutteridge & Louis Liebenberg


Searching around online and reading peoples comments will help you narrow down your extensive book choice. Choosing a book is personal, these are just a few suggestions.