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Mammals of Botswana and Surrounding areas:
  1. It is larger than an A5 and smaller than an A4 (165mm x 240mm).
  2. 128 pages (±9mm thick).
  3. The aim of this book is to provide a handy, easy-to-use guidebook for tour guides, tourists and students. The goal was to keep the book as ‘travel friendly’ as possible, ideal for game walks and an easy size to carry in a suitcase. A small pocket- sized book limits the amount of information and the size of the photographs, so a compromise was reached by limiting the number of pages to one page per animal.
  4. The first section of the book (pg 3 to pg 26), provides information on the anatomy and physiology of mammals, in other words, how they are structured and how their ‘insides’ work. The behaviour of an animal is closely linked to, and often determined by its anatomy and physiology. The skeleton and skull are described in detail with photographs and illustations and there is information on skull muscles, dentition, locomotion, senses, reproduction, digestion and thermoregulation.
  5. In the identification section (pg 27 to pg 120), one page is allocated to each animal. There is at least one photograph per animal, but where possible, two (male and female). Photographs of the droppings and skull and a sketch of the spoor are provided for each animal. The droppings were photographed with a match-stick for scale and the spoor include measurements. The skulls were photographed at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, Pretoria.
  6. Distribution maps for the Southern African subregion as well as one for Botswana accompany each animal. This will make the book useful in other areas as well. The animal names occur in English, Setswana, German, Afrikaans, Spanish, French and Italian (with only a few exceptions).
  7. The basic information on weight, gestation, habitat, food, social structure, etc., is summarized in a separate block for each animal. The dental formula is also included in the summary and the formula is explained on pg 13. The ‘Did you know?’ section contains additional interesting facts about the animal.
  8. The book is colour-coded for quick reference and the colour codes are indicated in the contents for cross reference. The animals are divided into six major groups (each with their own colour) - the non-ruminants, the ruminants, the carnivores, the non-carnivorous small mammals, the rodents and shrews and lastly, the bats. At the beginning of each section there is information about the group and a visual diagram of the orders, suborders, families and sub-families within the group.
  9. This book is part of a series. The other books include ‘Did you know?’ guides on trees, birds, flowers, grasses, reptiles and insects of Botswana, and a seperate series for the Kruger National Park, South Africa. This book is the first in the series and the others will be released over a period of three years.


Wild flowers, water plants and grasses of the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari:
  1. It is larger than an A5 and smaller than an A4 (165mm x 240mm).
  2. 96 pages (±7mm thick).
  3. The idea of this book is to provide a handy, easy-to-use guidebook for tour guides, tourists and students. The aim was to keep the book as ‘travel friendly’ as possible, ideal for game walks and easy size to carry in a suitcase. A small pocketsized book limits the amount of information and the size of the photographs. A compromise was therefore reached by limiting the number of pages and placing three plants on a page. My aim was to provide one book that includes all the common herbaceous (nonwoody) plants of the Okavango Delta, Chobe, Makgadikgadi pans and the Kalahari.
  4. Since the book includes a variety of plant species ranging from water plants, wild flowers, tuberous food- and water plants as well as grasses, it was a challenge placing them in such a way that they will be easily accessible. There is therefore a separate ‘quick reference’ photographic list of the water plants with page references on pg 6-8. The grasses were placed in a separate section (pg 98-119).
  5. The rest of the book is colourcoded. The plants that have inconspicuous flowers and those which are mostly green, were placed in the green section (the sedges and ferns were included in this group). The other sections - white, yellow, red, pink and blue - are based on the colour of the flowers. The book includes 322 plant species.

    Each colour group is presented in alphabetical family groups starting for example with the Asteraceae and ending with Zygophyllaceae. These families are indicated in the colour strip at the bottom of the page. This arrangement has the unfortunate consequence that all the members of one family do not appear together in the book. However, on pg 3 and 4 all plants in this book are listed in their family groups, with page references.
  6. The English, Setswana and Afrikaans common names of each plant were provided where available and there is an index of Setswana names on pg 121. The book focuses on the medicinal, food and other uses. The uses are listed alphabetically on pg 126, making it handy as a kind of ‘survival guide’ in the bush.
  7. This book is part of a series. The other books include ‘Did you know?’ guides on animals, trees, birds, grasses, reptiles and insects of Botswana, and a separate series for the Kruger National Park, South Africa. This book is the second in the series, the first being on animals. The others will be released over a period of three years.


The Botswana Travel and Field Guide Book:
  1. The Botswana book was completely revised in 2008, together with the map and changes such as roads, lodges, entrance gates at parks etc. were indicated. In the back of the Botswana book all contact details for lodges were updated.
  2. The Botswana Tourist Guide and Map sells as a package and is presented in a plastic envelope.
  3. The book is of A5 size, in full colour and printed on high quality paper. It contains more than 20 maps and many photos of the different areas.
  4. It contains 220 pages.
  5. The first part of the Travel Guide Book provides general information on the country such as history, people, geology, government, population, climate etc.
  6. The second part provides traveling information such as How to get there, Where to stay, Best season to visit, Park Reservations, Health, Clothing, Road conditions, Visas, Currency, Immigration and Customs etc.
  7. The third part of the book provides a detailed description of each tourist area with detailed maps and many photographs.
  8. Towards the back of the book is an animal and bird checklist.
  9. At the back of the book is a directory with useful contact details of lodges and camps.
  10. A detailed index helps with easy reference.


The Botswana Map:
  1. The Botswana map was updated with new roads, new lodges etc.
  2. The map is of A1 size and folds to A5 size.
  3. On the front of the map is a detailed map of Botswana.
  4. On the back of the map are enlarged maps of all the tourist areas, including all the parks and game reserves.
  5. All roads were tracked by GPS and distances were measured.
  6. It includes Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Nxai Pan National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Ghanzi Area, Tuli Block, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Khutse Game Reserve, Linyanti and the Kgalagadi National Park.
  7. There are over 300 GPS co-ordinates on the map as well as distances and a distance chart.
  8. Some of the maps on the back are based on satellite images.


The Shell Tourist Map of Chobe National Park:

  1. The map is of A1 size and folds to A5.
  2. It is printed on high quality mat paper with a slight shine.
  3. It is presented in a sturdy plastic sleeve.
  4. The front and the back maps are based on satellite images where the satellite photos form the backdrop of the map.
  5. The front of the map has a map of the entire Chobe National Park and Linyanti.
  6. The back of the map contains enlarged maps of all the tourist areas in Chobe - Chobe River Front, Savute, Nogatsaa and Linyanti.
  7. All roads were tracked by Veronica Roodt by using a GPS.
  8. The map contains about 250 GPS co-ordinates and distances


The Shell Tourist Map of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park:

  1. The map is of A1 size and folds to A5.
  2. It is printed on high quality mat paper with a slight shine.
  3. It is presented in a sturdy plastic sleeve.
  4. The front and the back maps are based on satellite images where the satellite photos form the backdrop of the map.
  5. The front of the map has a map of the entire Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, including the South African side and the Botswana side.
  6. The back of the map contains enlarged maps of all the tourist areas in the Kgalagadi - the South African side, Mabuasehube, the Wilderness trails, Swart Pan area and the Kaa Kalahari Concession north of the Kgalagadi.
  7. The map contains about 250 GPS co-ordinates and distances.


The Shell Tourist Map of the Okavango Delta and Linyanti:

  1. The map is of A1 size and folds to A5.
  2. It is printed on high quality mat paper with a slight shine.
  3. It is presented in a sturdy plastic sleeve.
  4. The front and the back maps are based on satellite images where the satellite photos form the backdrop of the map.
  5. The front of the map has a map of the entire Okavango Delta and Linyanti.
  6. The back of the map contains enlarged maps of all the tourist areas in the Delta where most lodges occur as well as an enlarged map of Linyanti.
  7. Lodges are indicated on the map.
  8. The map contains about 30 GPS co-ordinates and distances. Since most of the Delta is not open to self-drive tourists, GPS co-ordinates of only the main public roads and facilities on those routes were provided.


The Tourist Map of the Moremi Game Reserve:

  1. The map is of A1 size and folds to A5.
  2. It is printed on high quality mat paper with a slight shine.
  3. It is presented in a sturdy plastic sleeve.
  4. The front and the back maps are based on satellite images where the satellite photos form the backdrop of the map.
  5. The front of the map has a map of the entire Moremi Game Reserve and surrounding wildlife management areas.
  6. Lodges in the area are also indicated on the map.
  7. The back of the map contains enlarged maps of all the tourist areas within Moremi such as Khwai, South Gate, Xakanaxa, Mboma Island and Bodumatau.
  8. The map contains about 250 GPS co-ordinates and distances.


Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta:
  1. The book is 216 pages thick, of A5 size in full colour and printed on quality paper.
  2. It describes 61 species, each with a water colour illustration.
  3. Medicinal and food uses are discussed in detail.
  4. Other relating facts about wood, soil type, animals that feed on it, nutritional value, etc. are also provided.
  5. The book contains many line drawings and interesting related facts.
  6. At the back of the book is a camp fire quiz, making it ideal for students.
  7. A detailed index provides easy reference.


Wild Flowers of the Okavango Delta:
  1. The book is 160 pages thick and of A5 size in full colour and printed on good quality, gloss paper.
  2. It describes 50 species, each with a colour illustrations and photographs. It also contains many line drawings.
  3. Medicinal and food uses are discussed in detail.
  4. Other relating facts about soil type, animals that feed on it, nutritional value, etc. are also provided.
  5. At the back of the book is a campfire quiz, ideal for the use of students.
  6. A detailed index provides easy reference.
The following maps were updated and improved in 2009:
  1. Moremi Game Reserve
  2. Chobe National Park
  3. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  4. Okavango Delta
All four maps were updated and improved in the following ways:

  1. New roads were added where necessary.
  2. New lodges were added.
  3. Contact details for lodges in the area were added.
  4. Animal checklists were added.
  5. Bird checklists were added.
  6. Where space allowed, plant checklists were added.
  7. General information was added and tourist information such as how to get there, where to stay, best season to visit, climate, what to take etc.
  8. All the map information and GPS co-ordinates were included in the new maps. It was only necessary to reduce each map in size to make space for the new information on the improved maps.