Literature & Films about Botswana

If you are a Botswana enthusiast and wish to delve deeper into the history, or just choose to learn a bit more about the country, here are a few good reads and video clips/movies to consider:

COUNTRY HISTORY
NATURE & WILDLIFE
  • Savuti: The Vanishing River by Clive Walker - some insight on the mystery behind the disappearing and reappearing of the Savuti Channel
  • Kalahari: Life's variety in dune and Delta by Michael Main - perhaps a bit outdated, but worth a read to gain an insight on the people, geology, plants and animals of the Kalahari
  • Cry of the Kalahari by Mark & Delia Owens - an account of Mark & Delia Owens experiences in the Kalahari after an almost 7 year stay near Deception Valley

TRAVEL PLANNING
  • Bradt Botswana Safari Guide by Chris McIntyre - probably the most detailed account of Botswana's tourist destinations and gives a good insight on where to go when, the countries history, wildlife and environment. 
  • The Shell Tourist Travel and Field Guide of Botswana by Veronica Roodt - although some information is slightly outdated it gives great detail about road conditions and general must know information about the different tourist destinations. 
  • Kgalagadi self-drive by Powel van den Berg - if you are planning a self-drive tour to the Kgalagadi this is a must have with detailed information about the different routes, roads and accommodations. 

VIDEOS AND MOVIES
  • A United Kingdom starring Rosamunde Pike - based on the true story of Sir Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams relationship. 
  • TOP GEAR: Botswana Special - Season 10 Episode 4 - this famous special edition takes Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson from the Zimbabwean borders through the Makgadikgadi, Kalahari, Maun and Okavango Delta to the Namibia Border. 
  • The love story that shocked the world by BBC news - a short history of the relationship of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams narrated by Ruth's sister.