Gabon : Reading list

You can start getting into the country you are visiting before you go away by doing some background reading. Many hotels and camps have reference books for your enjoyment and interest, but you may want to do some reading in advance and the following list provides a few suggestions. We have also included novels about other parts of Africa which we thought you might enjoy.

Travel and Wildlife Guides

  • The Bradt Travel Guide Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe
  • Field Guide to the Birds of Western Africa (Helm Field Guides), Ron Demey
  • A Field Guide to the Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara, Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan
  • The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals, Jonathan Kingdon

Biographies, novels and other interesting reading

  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  • Travels in West Africa, Mary Kingsley
  • French Lessons in West Africa, Peter Biddlecombe
  • Congo Journey, Redmond O’Hanlon
  • The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Shadow of the Sun: My African Life, Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • Meeting the Invisible Man, Toby Green
  • Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart, Tim Butcher
  • The Rainbird - A Central African Journey, Jan Brokken
  • King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism, Adam Hochschild
  • In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congo, Michela Wrong

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