The books below make excellent quick reference books for the identification of African wildlife and so are great books to take on your first safari or if you want a quick reference to information of the wildlife that you are viewing. They often include all the mammals you are likely to see as well as the most common birds, reptiles, flowers, trees and even insects.

Field Guide to Larger Mammals of Africa The Wildlife of Southern Africa: A Field Guide to the Animal and Plants of the Region East African Wildlife
(Wildlife Guides)
The Wildlife of Southern Africa: A Field Guide to the Animal and Plants of the Region East African Wildlife Book
Highly Recommended
The book concentrates on the more visible and easily distinguished larger mammal species, plus some of the more frequently seen smaller mammals. In all, over 400 color photographs, combined with concise, pertinent information highlighting the diagnostic features of each species, provide a comprehensive source of information on each mammal. To aid the reader, color-coding and symbols indicating the habitat and activity period serve as a quick reference to the various mammal groups.
Southern Africa: Illustrated field guide to the birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, insects, fish and plants of Southern Africa all in one compact volume. While necessarily condensed, it features 2,000 illustrations and short descriptions of each species including habitat and range. With contributions by experts and good color plates. A nice overview for even the keen naturalist. For example, it covers over 600 of the 900 species of birds found in the Southern Africa region. Perfect if traveling to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia. East Africa: The wildlife of East Africa and the legendary game reserves of Serengeti and the Maasai Mara. This new guide provides a colourful overview of the region’s variety of large animals together with information on their habits and habitats. The book also provides an excellent introduction to the region’s less heralded variety of smaller creatures including 1,500 bird species and butterflies. It features over 240 photographs illustrating all major animal groups, and country-by-country summary of key wildlife sites. It covers the wildlife of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
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