Books about the wildlife of Tanzania

Tanzania: with Zanzibar, Pemba & Mafia (Bradt Travel Guide) The best guide to  wildlife watching in Tanzania. Wonderfully opinionated.

Whether you need advice on removing ticks or tips on photographing wildebeest, the sixth edition of this comprehensive guide has the latest information. Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and lakes Victoria and Tanganyika. Some 25% of the country is protected in national parks and conservation areas. One fifth of Africa’s large mammal population and more than a thousand bird species live here. Now fully updated, this guide provides practical information for both independent travel and all-inclusive safaris, recommends the best of the ground tour operators, and gives advice on interaction with the local people. * Earlier editions of this guide received rave reviews from both travel press and travellers * Coverage of Tanzania’s world-famous national parks, history and culture, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Maasai people * Detailed wildlife coverage includes vital information on avoiding trouble with hippos, crocodiles and snakes

Equally excellent by the same author homing in on the safari route is Northern Tanzania: The Bradt Safari Guide with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar (Bradt Travel Guide) (Actually this is the one I possess)

His clear style, balanced judgments and immense knowledge alone make the book worth reading. Briggs love for Africa, and his deep respect for its people, inform and illuminate the whole experience. It goes without saying that both titles are supported by the immense apparatus of practical information we have come to expect from this publisher. This information includes all aspects of health and safety

Traveller’s Guide – Wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

The perfect companion for the safari enthusiast, this complete traveller’s guide to the wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda features 475 species of bird, mammal, snake, lizard, insect and tree. A must-have for all those considering a trip to the game reserves of this highly popular region. This series is designed to give visitors to far-away places a handy identification guide to the wildlife they might see as they travel around. Written and illustrated by wildlife experts who have been leading safaris in the region for over 20 years, each species is illustrated with a full-colour photograph and features a full species description. It includes information on wildlife photography such as the best type of camera, film and lenses to use, information on techniques and codes of conduct.

The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals – the famous classic identification guide to African mammals

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals is the standard identification guide to all African land mammals. This new pocket guide is an adaptation of the original into a standard field-guide format. The greatly condensed text focuses on essential information such as identification and distribution, while the author’s superb illustrations have been rearranged into an easy-to-use plate format and placed opposite the text. Complex and more obscure groups like the bats and certain rodent families are summarised by genera. This is a practical, lightweight guide, ideal for use in the field and more suitable than the original for the lay person and tourist on safari. “Excellent, comprehensive field guide so you can tell your puku from your lechwe.” BBC Wildlife

Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania (Helm Field Guides)

From a happy reader on “This is a truly excellent field guide and brought me great pleasure on a recent holiday in Kenya and northern Tanzania.The plates are of superb quality and the text is clear and helpful in highlighting confusion species.The one slight drawback is the weight of this hardback edition.It certainly is not a pocket guide!I understand that a softback edition is now available.This may prove to be a better option for anyone making a one-off visit to the region”.

Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi (Helm Field Guides) More generic than the above

This is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this spetacular region. It covers all resident, migrant and vagrant species found in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Over 1300 species are illustrated with full details all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Concise text describes identification, status, range, habits and voice with range maps for each species. This authoritative book will not only be an indispensable guide to the visiting birder, but also a vital tool for those engaged in work to conserve and study the avifauna of this region. East Africa shelters a remarkable diversity of birds, many seriously endangered with small and vulnerable ranges. They form a constantly colourful, noisy and highly extrovert part of the landscape.
Part of the well-known Photoguide series of books on African natural history, this guide covers the most common snakes, lizards, skinks, chamaeleons, terrapins and amphibians (frogs) of East Africa – covering a total of 260 species. The aim is identification and each species account features a brief text that highlights diagnostic features, a distribution map and a colour photograph.
This book is a selective field guide to the more common trees and shrubs, indigenous, naturalized and exotic, that are found in the East African region. It is designed to help the plant enthusiast identify prominent species that can be observed, studied and enjoyed in gardens and parks, along roadsides and in easily accessible parts of the countryside. The text highlights the importance of trees in the social, economic and religious lives of the people of East Africa, and also provides accounts of their use in traditional medicine. In addition to photographs and illustrations that depict the fruit, flowers and special features of each species, there is also a map of the different biomes of East Africa, glossaries of botanical and medical terms, and diagrams depicting flower parts, leaf shapes and leaf arrangements that clarify the terms used in the book.