This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Africa guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.
The following selection of books should give you a starting point for travel literature that covers the broader geographical spectrum.
Pin this image The Tree Where Man Was Born, by Peter Matthiessen, dates from the early ’60s, but it’s beautifully written and remains for many the definitive African travelogue. His African Silences and Sand Rivers are also outstanding.
Pin this image Blood River – A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart, by Tim Butcher, follows HM Stanley’s route into the African interior and reads like a thriller, combining gripping suspense with an engaging writing style.
Pin this image The Lost Kingdoms of Africa, by Jeffrey Taylor, is a highly readable account of a modern journey through the Sahel, especially northern Nigeria, Niger and Mali; it was published in the US as Angry Wind.
Pin this image Travels in the White Man’s Grave, by Donald MacIntosh, is a little-known classic by a writer who spent much of his working life in the forests of Liberia, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon.
More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.