Tanzania: travel books to read before you go

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This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Tanzania guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.

Serengeti – Natural Order on the African Plain, by Mitsuaki Iwago, is a photographic documentary of the rhythms of nature on the Serengeti plains.

In The Tree Where Man Was Born, Peter Matthiessen offers a timeless portrayal of life on the East African plains.

The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior – An Autobiography by Tepilit Ole Saitoti is a fascinating glimpse into Maasai life and culture.

Zanzibari Abdulrazak Gurnah brings WWI-era East Africa to life in his evocative coming-of-age story, Paradise.

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In The Gunny Sack, Tanzanian-bred MG Vassanji explores Tanzania’s rich ethnic mix through several generations of an immigrant Indian family.

Into Africa – The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard is an adventurous and fast-reading account focused around the life and times of the renowned explorer and missionary.

More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.