Written by Philip Briggs, the author of 10 other African Bradt's, this is the most comprehensive and reliable guide for any traveller to the region. It also includes in-depth historical and cultural information.
Handy, comprehensive guide to the animals of Botswana, Lesotho, southern Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Includes over 300 colour photographs and a section on tracks and signs.
Good practical guide for the south although lacking information on the more northerly parts of the country. This new edition has 36 detailed maps but it might be worth investing in a separate map to supplement it. The chapter on diving is a mere 5 pages long.
Sub-titled 'The Bradt Safari Guide', this guide focuses on the Okavango Delta, Chobe and the Northern Kalahari, with details on the national parks, safari camps and lodges, navigation, game and exploring. The best guide available.
The most visually stimulating of the Namibia guides, this guide is packed with beautiful full page photographs of the wildlife, the landscape and the people. The larger format of this guide could be unwieldy though and there is definitely less information than the Bradt or Footprint.
The tag line to Eyewitness Guides is 'The Guides that show you what others only tell you', and although it is more bulky than some, this guide is full of great photographs, illustrations and bird's eye graphics.
A typical practical guide from the Rough Guide team that is helpful for planning and travelling logistics for Cape Town, the Garden Route and the Winelands. It lacks in-depth information, enough accommodation listings (especially in peak season) or helpful maps.