On Safari in Africa is unlike most other travel guide books. This is not a where to go, where to stay, what to see travel guide but more a travel companion. In fact, On Safari in Africa is designed to pick up where your travel agent leaves off! Once you have your safari itinerary and air tickets in hand it is time to purchase your copy of On Safari in Africa.
On Safari In Africa promises to show you how to get the most out of your safari to Africa. The book begins initially, after a brief introduction to Africa, with a check-list of what you will need to do before you leave home, talks about what you can expect on safari and then details a wealth of interesting facts about the wildlife, landscapes and people of Africa. Topics including safari jargon, your safari guide, observing & questioning, animal behaviour, communication and physical characteristics are some of the topics covered, along with an introduction to birding, trees and Africa’s night sky; plus sections detailing the conservation issues affecting Africa today, together with photographic tips, animal checklists, spoor charts and country maps.
Written by Patrick Brakspear, who until moving to Australia in 2004, owned and operated a safari business in Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, On Safari in Africa is a culmination of his knowledge and experiences across the continent. Patrick now lives with his family in Australia, and together with his wife Elaine, runs a travel consultancy business called African Encounter (www.africanencounter.com) offering tailor made travel to Africa.
The book is wonderfully illustrated by William Sykes with incredibly detailed pencil sketches of the animals and birds that you will encounter on safari as well as a number of stunning people portraits.