Glide down the Nile in a fisherman’s skiff, soar over the savanna with a bush pilot, and learn about Trevor Noah’s childhood in Soweto.
SWEEPING SAVANNAS AND impenetrable forests. Colonialism and independence. Poachers and conservationists. Conflict and peace. A continent too geographically and culturally vast to be encapsulated even in a library of books has nonetheless inspired generations of writers to try.
We’ve selected 10 books that capture diverse perspectives on a place with countless complicated and fascinating histories. These titles range from true tales of growing up in the shadow of apartheid and flying high as a female bush pilot to a centuries-spanning novel of slavery and freedom.