Here a list of books and maps we used before and during that trip.
Maps and GPS coordinatesOur own GPS coordinates covering Opuwo to Swakopmund are not yet online, email me if you want them.
Guide booksNamibia Footprint 2001 3rd ed. There is no newer edition now, August 2005.
Lonely Planet Namibia 2002 1st ed. Lonely Planet doesn't list it anymore on their site, so I assume it is out of print now. Both together gave all the information about sights and accommodation we needed, but today I would use the Iwanowski Guide for Namibia (German only?).
Fiction and non-fiction booksThe Place of Stunted Ironwood Trees: A Year in the Lives of the Cattle-Herding Himba of Namibia
by David P. Crandall, who writes about the time he spent in a Himba clan. Written in a very personal and enlightening way, a good preparation to catch a bit more of how Himba live before meeting them. I'd read it again before my next trip to Kunene Region, if I hadn't lost it...
Available from Amazon.com or else in many bookstores in SA and Namibia.
Heat, Dust and Dreams: An Exploration of People and Environment in Namibia's Kaokoland and Damaraland
(Hitze, Staub und Träume)
by Mary Rice and Craig Gibson. Beautiful pictures and background information about the people, landscapes, history, flora and fauna of the Kaokoland. I admit I haven't read everything, but it is nice just because of the pictures.
Also available in German and other languages, from Namibiana.de, Amazon or in bookstores across Namibia.
by Gerhard Seyfried. Fiction and non-fiction combined, but with a sad historic background. It recalls, out of the perspective of several involved persons, the Herero revolt in 1915 which culminated in the deaths of tens of thousands of Herero in the Omaheke. Based on extensive research of historic data. In English or German.
The Sheltering Desert (Wenn es Krieg gibt, gehen wir in die Wüste)
by Henno Martin. Autobiographic novel recounting the more than two years Martin spent in the Kuiseb Canyon with his friend Hermann and dog Otto, to escape World War II - only just surviving in this unhospitable environment. Beautiful and tragic at the same time - and a must if you travel to the Kuiseb region. Available in several languages online and in bookstores.
Something I found just now - for plant lovers like me:
Wild flowers of the Central Namib, Wild Flowers of the Southern Namib by Antje Burke. Not the latest fashion coffee table plant book, but solid guides to take into the Namib. Antje Burke seems to be a capacity in Namib plants, but the books are very easygoing guides also for laymen/-women. The 3rd book about Wild Flowers in the Northern Namib just appeared. The first two volumes are also available in German (Namibiana.de).
How to get maps and specific books in Europe?The local Zurich TravelBook Shop has occasionally detail maps and books on stock, but there is also an internet bookstore specializing on Namibia: Namibiana.de. They offer mostly German, but also English books and ship all across Europe; they can also provide detailled maps. They give a curteous, personal service and ship extremely quickly.
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