Mark W Nolting and Duncan Butchart ($22.95, Global Travel Publishers)

Safari JournalThis compact, all-in-one publication has been┬árevised for this, its 6th edition. As a wildlife guide, trip organiser, resource directory, language guide, map directory, wildlife checklist and journal, it is indispensable. In an easy-to-read style, it includes expanded and updated colour illustrations. Author Mark Nolting has explored the continent for three decades, on occasion lumbering himself with heavy resource books on mammals, reptiles, birds and trees, as well as maps, phrase books and a diary. Then the light went on. Why not consolidate all this into one book? A brilliant idea, particularly as there is space to jot down your own experiences and observations while you are on the move. From preparing for safari, to Africa’s topography, climate, vegetation zones, safari tips and terms, conservation and photographic tips, plus a breakdown on mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs, fish, invertebrates, and trees, the wealth of information will keep you enthralled for hours. If you carry nothing else in your backpack, then take this splendid field guide.