Suggested Guides reading list – Best Bush Books!

These days we use Apps on our phones to reference bush ‘facts’ but a book is an amazing study tool and there are so many excellent ones out there to choose from.

Listed below is Wild Dreams Recruitment’s ‘best bush books’ – as reviewed by a FGASA Specialised Lead Trails Field Guide



Beat about the Bush, Mammals – Trevor Carnaby

The behaviour Guide to African Mammals – Richard despard Estes


Photographic Guide to Tracks and Tracking – Liebenberg

Mammals of Southern Africa and their Tracks and Signs – Lee Gutteridge

Tracker Manual – Alex van der Heaver, Renias Mhlongo and Karel Bernadie


Stargazing from Game Reserves in South Africa – Anthony Fairall

Sky Guide Africa South 2019 (annual) – ASSA (Astronomical society of Southern Africa)


Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa – BP Van Wyk

Trees of Southern Africa – Keith Coates

100 Bushveld Trees – Megan Emmett Parker


Guide to grasses of Southern Africa – Frits van Oudtshoorn


Field Guide to Insects of South Africa – Mike Picker, Charles Griffith and Alan Wearing

Story books

The Elephant Whisperer – Lawrence Antony

Love, Life and Elephants – Dame Daphne Sheldrick

Hyena Nights and Kalahari Days – Gus and Margie Mills

Born Wild – Tony Fitzjohn


Roberts Bird Guide – Hugh Chittenden, Greg Davis and Ingrid Weiersbye

Beat about the Bush, Birds – Trevor Carnaby

The Raptor Guide of Southern Africa – Ulrich Oberprieler


Frogs of Southern Africa a complete guide – Louis du Preez, Vincent Carruthers


Field guide to Wildflowers of South Africa – Manning


A complete Guide to Snakes – Johan Marais

A guide to Reptiles – Johan Marais & Graham Alexander

Spiders & Scorpions.

Filmers Spiders – An identification Guide for Southern Africa – Martin R Filmer

Scorpions of SA – Jonathan Leeming.