Great Books you should read before visiting Namibia
The Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux
Having traveled the East Coast of Africa from Cairo to Cape Town, the journey he described in Dark Star Safari, Paul Theroux returns to Africa to do a reverse trip traveling north up the West Coast through South Africa, Namibia and Angola.
An Arid Eden: A Personal Account of Conservation in the Kaokoveld by Garth Owen-Smith
A story of Garth Owen-Smith, a Namibian environmentalist who dedicated his life to community-based conservation in Kaokoveld, coastal desert in the remote north-west of Namibia. As a result of his efforts Kaokoveld became one of Africa’s iconic wildlife tourism destinations.
The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs by Damon Galgut
A novel by a South African writer Damon Galgut. It is year 1989, Patrick Winter, a young white South African, just returned from the war at the boarder between Namibia and Angola. In hope to find his true identity, Patrick returns to Namibia at the time of its first free elections .
The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism by Casper Erichsen and David Olusoga
Casper Erichsen and David Olusoga tell a less known story of a genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples of Namibia at the beginning of the 20th century during German colonisation of the country, then known as German South-West Africa.
Choosing Africa: A Midlife Journey from Mission to Meaning by B. Susan Bauer
A memoir of Susan Bauer, an American teacher and missionary who in the mid 1990s moved to Windhoek, Namibia to teach English at the Lutheran seminary.
Where Fire Speaks: A Visit with the Himba by Sandra Shields
Sandra Shields and her husband, photographer David Campion, spent two months with the Himba people in northern Namibia. The book focuses on the impact of modernization on Himba traditional culture.