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Hoe Verklaar Jy Dit? # 2 (Afrikaans, Paperback): Danny Fourie Hoe Verklaar Jy Dit? # 2 (Afrikaans, Paperback)
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R230 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R61 (27%) In stock

Na die ongelooflike sukses van RSG se Hoe Verklaar Jy Dit? is dit niks minder as gepas om met hierdie tweede volume Suid-Afrikaners se nuuskierigheid oor die wêreld verder te bevredig nie.

In Hoe Verklaar Jy Dit? 2 bring Danny Fourie weer ’n gerf van die interessantste vrae en antwoorde byeen wat deur RSG se kundige medewerkers in die gewilde radioprogram behandel is. En dit help die leser natuurlik om die wêreld om ons minder vreemd te maak. Hoe verklaar jy ons honger na inligting en ons dors na kennis? Die antwoord is eenvoudig: Ons is mal daaroor om antwoorde te kry, selfs al is daar geen oënskynlike voordeel daarin nie.

Is dit werklik nodig om te weet wat ’n Jerusalem-kriek of ’n sweepspinnekop is? Waarom die son nie uitbrand nie? Hoekom ’n mens se oë traan as jy uie sny? Hoe die Richter-skaal werk? Wie en wat die Florisbadmens is? Wat links- en regshandigheid bepaal? Van al die soogdiere is ons die enigste wat lewenslank nuuskierig bly. Daarom sal Hoe Verklaar Jy Dit? 2 jou nog meer fassineer.

Springbok Glory - Golden Moments In The Modern Era (Paperback): Stephen Nell Springbok Glory - Golden Moments In The Modern Era (Paperback)
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R220 R82 Discovery Miles 820 Save R138 (63%) In stock

Everyone remembers the Springboks big matches, the tries and the glory. But few people know what was said in team meetings, which music was played on the team bus and what went down in the dressing rooms afterwards.

In Springbok Glory, sports writer Stephen Nell not only tells the story of South African rugby's best moments on the field, but also lifts the lid on events behind the scenes. He goes and delves for the stories from players, coaches and officials that were at the coalface, giving the reader an in-depth view of Springbok rugby. Among those interviewed are Bryan Habana, Nick Mallett, Jake White, John Smit, Brendan Venter, Chester Williams, Gary Gold and the late Louis Luyt.

Nell's fascinating stories about South African rugby's golden moments since the return from isolation in 1992 will elicit many a nostalgic smile.

King Kong: Our Knot Of Time & Music - A Personal Memoir Of South Africa's Legendary Musical (Paperback): Pat Williams King Kong: Our Knot Of Time & Music - A Personal Memoir Of South Africa's Legendary Musical (Paperback)
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R225 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R56 (25%) In stock

On 2 February 1959, a musical about the life and times of heavyweight boxing star Ezekiel Dhlamini (known as 'King Kong') opened in Johannesburg to a packed audience that included Nelson Mandela. King Kong was not just South Africa's first ever musical, but one that grew out of a collaboration between black people and white, and showcased an all-black cast.

It was an instant hit, bursting through the barriers of apartheid and eventually playing to 200,000 South Africans of every colour before transferring to London's West End. Pat Williams, the show's lyricist, was at the time an apolitical young woman trying to free herself from the controls and prejudices of the genteel white society in which she lived. Here she recounts her experience of growing up in a divided South Africa, her involvement in the musical, and its lasting impact both on herself and on the show's cast, many of whom went on to find international fame, like South African jazz legends Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela. Her memoir takes the story up to the present day.

It is both a vivid evocation of a troubled time and place as well as a celebration of a joyous production, in which a group of young people came together in South Africa's dark times - to create a show which still lives on today.

Hermanus - Whales, Wine, Fynbos, Art (Hardcover): Beth Hunt Hermanus - Whales, Wine, Fynbos, Art (Hardcover)
Beth Hunt; Photographs by Johann Kruger, Kobus Kruger
R350 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R100 (29%) In stock

Set along the cliffs between mountain and sea, Hermanus is one of the most popular holiday and travel destinations in South Africa. Initially it was the abundance of fish in Walker Bay, along which the village rapidly grew, that attracted holidaymakers. Today, the stars of the bay are undoubtedly the Southern Right Whales that migrate from Antarctica to mate and calve here during the winter months.

But it is not only the wonders of the sea that draw thousands of visitors to this picturesque village and surrounds year after year. Mountains, fynbos, culture, arts, crafts, country markets, adventure sports, scenic walks, golf courses, nature reserves, shark-cage diving, historical landmarks, and the vineyards and world-class wines of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley are richly described and illustrated in this lavish volume. With chapters covering all aspects of the town’s diversity, the reader will learn more about all that is so generously on offer here, and also catch a rare glimpse of the heart that drives the town: the people and communities that have shaped this favoured destination.

A self-published edition of Hermanus appeared in 2010. Now republished as a new title the book features entirely rewritten text and fresh photographs throughout, many commissioned especially for this edition.

How Do You Explain That? (Paperback): How Do You Explain That? (Paperback)
R230 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R61 (27%) In stock

We know that the moon influences the tides, but did you know that with the full moon, you always see the same side of the moon? Or that a yawn is contagious for humans and some animals? And what precisely causes birds not to bump into one another when they fly in a swarm and they swerve? These facts are part of a massive amount of knowledge about nature, physics and space that the RSG programme Hoe verklaar jy dit? has been sharing for 37 years. This book, translated from the original, bestselling Afrikaans version, contains a selection from the hundreds of questions curious listeners have been asking the experts to answer in order to make the world a little less strange, because not all knowledge is obvious. There are so many wonderful enigmas in nature and space that beg to be explained – and we won’t even mention man-made inventions! How Do You Explain That? will pique your interest in the world around you. It is a book that can be enjoyed on its own, or can lie on the coffee table, or can go camping with the family to elicit wonderful conversations around the campfire.

Western Cape Rock - A Guide To Sport Climbing In The Western Cape, South Africa (Paperback): Tony Lourens Western Cape Rock - A Guide To Sport Climbing In The Western Cape, South Africa (Paperback)
Tony Lourens 1
R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 In stock

The climbing in this guidebook is spread over a vast area and features over 1350 routes.

From the wild Groot Rivier and Old Forest Crags near Plettenberg Bay, right the way across the province to the world-famous walls and boulders of Rocklands in the Cederberg.

Kingdom Of Daylight - Memories Of A Birdwatcher (Paperback): Peter Steyn Kingdom Of Daylight - Memories Of A Birdwatcher (Paperback)
Peter Steyn
R300 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R81 (27%) Within 4 - 8 working days

In this autobiographical account of a lifetime spent observing, researching and photographing birds, Peter Steyn shares experiences that span some 70 years.

His story starts and ends in Cape Town, South Africa, but in between we read about:

  • the 17 years he spent in Zimbabwe – his most productive in terms of ornithological research
  • his worldwide travels in a quest to study birds
  • his regular spells as a lecturer on cruise-ship voyages
  • trips from the Arctic to the Antarctic, to remote Southern Ocean islands and to several Indian Ocean islands and St Helena
  • travels also to the USA, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Ethiopia – all in pursuit of birds

His detailed and fascinating memoir captures the author’s great enthusiasm for birds and their role in his shaping his life and experiences.

Kingdom of Daylight: Memories of a Birdwatcher is well illustrated and features more than 400 photographs taken during Peter’s lifelong journey with birds.

Drakensberg Select - Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Trekking, Day Hikes (Paperback): Gavin Raubenheimer Drakensberg Select - Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Trekking, Day Hikes (Paperback)
Gavin Raubenheimer; Edited by Tony Lourens 1
R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 In stock

Drakensberg Select is an extensive guide to the best the Drakensberg mountains have to offer. From the Sentinel in the north all the way down to Bushman’s Neck in the south.

It includes all the best rock climbs, classic peaks, hiking trails, exciting scrambles, day walks and also most of the snow and water ice climbing. It really is a one stop guidebook! It also includes all the necessary info you need to know on how to get there, access, weather, fauna & flora, nature of the climbing, grading systems, navigation, conservation, accommodation & camping, emergency procedures, and a whole lot more. We even have a whole chapter dedicated to the caves and shelters of this remarkable mountain range.

To spice things up even more we have included an array of interesting historical anecdotes and also a spread of epic tales written by some of the Drakensberg climbing legends. And of course let’s not forget about the wonderful colour topo photos, depicting each and every route in detail and also the bunch of excellent photos of people climbing hiking and just enjoying the ’Berg.

Young or old, climber, hiker or even an armchair mountaineer. There is no one who will not want a copy of the new and definitive Drakensberg Select guidebook..

Firepool - Experiences In An Abnormal World (Paperback): Hedley Twidle Firepool - Experiences In An Abnormal World (Paperback)
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R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 In stock

This collection brims with the imaginative, informative and comic personal narratives of Hedley Twidle. Twidle brings a sense of lightness, play and comedy to subjects that are often dealt with in predictable or self-righteous ways.

It chronicles South Africa during the ‘second transition’ – one in which the foundations of the post-apartheid settlement are being shaken and questioned in all kinds of ways.

The Home-Brewer's Problem Solver - 100 Common Problems Explored And Explained (Paperback): Erik Lars Myers The Home-Brewer's Problem Solver - 100 Common Problems Explored And Explained (Paperback)
Erik Lars Myers 1
R250 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R61 (24%) In stock

Real ale and other craft beers have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and as a result more people have been compelled to try making their own homebrew.

With a range of equipment and guidance now readily available, home-brewing is more accessible than ever. However, while the actual concept behind making beer is simple – add water to barley to create and extract sugar, add hops while boiling, cool, then feed to yeast – the execution can at times seem complex and confusing. The key to bridging the gap between brewing in theory and practice is being able to spot the signs of trouble and know how to respond.

Whether the reader is a first-timer trying out a new hobby or an old hand looking to produce a finely crafted artisan ale, The Home-brewer’s Problem Solver provides the information needed to nip problems in the bud and to avoid them in the fi rst place. It contains 100 common home-brew snags and setbacks, spelling out the underlying causes and offering practical solutions. Each key stage of the brewing process is tackled with accompanying photographs, practical tips and useful insights.

Contents: The basics, Ingredients, Mashing/steeping, Boiling, Fermentation, Packaging, Equipment, Finished beer.

Confluence - Beyond The River With Siseko Ntondini (Paperback): Piers Cruikshanks Confluence - Beyond The River With Siseko Ntondini (Paperback)
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R275 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R39 (14%) In stock

Confluence tells the uplifting non-fiction story of the Duzi canoe marathon partnership of Piers Cruickshanks, a seasoned paddler who had won multiple gold medals in the Duzi, with Siseko Ntondini, a paddler who had come up through the ranks of the Soweto Canoe Club, whose dream was to win a gold medal in the Duzi.

The two men agree to paddle together and start training towards their gold-medal goal, but in order to get to even the start line, they need to overcome cultural and physical challenges to create a winning combination.

Timed to be released at the same time as Beyond The River, a movie based loosely on their story, this is a book that will have wide-ranging, feel-good appeal.

Bokspronge - Goue Oomblikke In Springbokrugby (Afrikaans, Paperback): Stephen Nell Bokspronge - Goue Oomblikke In Springbokrugby (Afrikaans, Paperback)
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R220 R82 Discovery Miles 820 Save R138 (63%) In stock

Almal onthou die Springbokke se groot wedstryde, die driee en die glorie. Maar min mense weet wat werklik vooraf in spanpraatjies gese is, watter musiek op die spanbus gespeel is en wat na die tyd in die kleedkamers afgespeel het.

In Bokspronge vertel sportskrywer Stephen Nell nie net die verhaal van Suid-Afrikaanse rugby se beste dae op die veld nie, maar lig hy ook die sluier op gebeure agter die skerms. Hy gaan soek die stories by afrigters, spelers en beamptes, en gee lesers so 'n ryke en diepe blik in Springbokrugby. Aan die woord is, onder andere: Bryan Habana, Nick Mallett, Jake White, John Smit, Brendan Venter, Chester Williams, Gary Gold en wyle Louis Luyt.

Nell bring naas die interessante stories ook 'n nostalgiese glimlag oor die Springbokke se oorwinnings en gloriemomente sedert Suid-Afrikaanse rugby se terugkeer uit isolasie in 1992.

Last Night At The Bassline (Paperback): David Coplan, Oscar Gutierrez Last Night At The Bassline (Paperback)
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R280 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R21 (7%) In stock

In 1994, Brad and Paige Holmes opened a small, live-music venue in the bohemian suburb of Melville in Johannesburg. They called it Bassline, which very soon became synonymous with cigarette smoke, great jazz and nights you wished would never end. They later moved the club to Newtown where it grew in prominence as the ultimate venue for live music, hosting amazing artists like Thandiswa Mazwai, Jimmy Dludlu, Lira, The Soil and Grammy Award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

In 2016 word spread like wildfire that everyone’s favourite club was closing its doors forever; this place that held all the promises of a new South Africa, a place where people of all races could come together, share a drink, dance and fall in love was to be no more. But as Bassline starts its new journey with Live @ the Bassline, yet another great story begins with Last Night At The Bassline.

In this book, esteemed music historian Professor David Coplan tells the story of Bassline and the Holmes’s journey in it, thus giving musicians and jazz fans something to hold on to even after its closure. This book is a tangible piece of the magic to take home and savour. And those who were never there will be given a chance to experience this dream.

With more than fifty iconic photographs from Oscar Gutierrez and other great photographers, the book is more than just a memoir. It is a gritty, smoky, passionate slice of time. Bassline will always be a reminder of what it feels like to live the impossible.

Walking In The Drakensberg - 75 Day Walks In The Maloti-Drakensberg Park (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Jeff Williams Walking In The Drakensberg - 75 Day Walks In The Maloti-Drakensberg Park (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Jeff Williams 1
R395 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R73 (18%) In stock

This guidebook presents 75 day walks of 1km to 26km in South Africa's Maloti-Drakensberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Located in KwaZulu Natal and easily accessible from Johannesburg, Harrismith, Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the region boasts dramatic cliffs, gorges and waterfalls, abundant wildlife and 2,000 year old rock paintings.

The walks in this book can be undertaken at any time of year. The limitations imposed by adverse weather conditions can occur in any month. However, snow is most common in June and July and there are frequent and sometimes severe thunderstorms in summer. The key centres for the walks are the entrances to the individual areas of the Park and usually have nearby accommodation of all types. They include the Royal Natal National Park, Cathedral Peak, Monk's Cowl, Injisuthi, Giant's Castle, Highmoor, Kamberg, Lotheni, the Himeville and Underberg districts, plus Bushman's Nek.

Garden Birds In Southern Africa - Attract, Identify, Enjoy (Paperback): Duncan Butchart Garden Birds In Southern Africa - Attract, Identify, Enjoy (Paperback)
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R230 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R61 (27%) In stock

This guide profiles 101 garden birds likely to be found in gardens across southern Africa, informing readers about what to look and listen for, and where and when. It is also an inspirational guide to creating a bird-friendly garden that is also a reservoir of biodiversity, wherever you are in the region.

With an attractive layout and multiple colour images, it offers the following:

  • Descriptions and photos of 101 garden birds
  • How to get to know your local species, their feeding, breeding, calls and general behaviour
  • How to design your garden to attract the widest range of birds and other wildlife
  • The best plants and structures to provide food and shelter for birds
  • Detailed lists of recommended trees, shrubs, climbers, aloes and grasses
Being A Black Springbok - The Thando Manana Story (Paperback): Sibusiso Mjikeliso Being A Black Springbok - The Thando Manana Story (Paperback)
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R275 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R76 (28%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Thando Manana was the third black African player to don a Springbok jersey after unification in 1992, when he made his debut in 2000 in a tour game against Argentina A.

His route to the top of the game was unpredictable and unusual. From his humble beginnings in the township of New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, Thando grew to become one of the grittiest loose-forwards of South African rugby, despite only starting the game at the age of 16. His rise through rugby ranks, while earning a reputation as a tough-tackling lock and later openside flanker, was astonishingly rapid, especially for a player of colour at the time. Within two years of picking up a rugby ball, he represented Eastern Province at Craven Week, and by 2000 he was a Springbok. But it isn’t solely Thando’s rugby journey that makes Being A Black Springbok a remarkable sports biography. It’s learning how he has negotiated life’s perils and pitfalls, which threatened to derail both his sporting ambitions and the course of his life.

He had to negotiate an unlikely, but fateful, kinship with a known Port Elizabeth drug-lord, who took Thando under his wing when he was a young, gullible up-and-comer at Spring Rose. Rejected by his father early in his life, Thando had to deal with a sense of abandonment and a missing protective figure and find, along the way, people to lean on.

Thando tells his story with the refreshing candour he has become synonymous with as a rugby commentator, pundit and member of the infamous Room Dividers team on Metro FM. He has arguably become rugby’s strongest advocate for the advancement of black people’s interests in the sport, and his personal journey reveals why.

Oor Berge En Dale - Op Reis Met 'n Monumentjagter (Afrikaans, Paperback): Jackie Grobler Oor Berge En Dale - Op Reis Met 'n Monumentjagter (Afrikaans, Paperback)
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R230 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R32 (14%) In stock

Daar is nie ’n grondpad te sinkplaat, plaasdraad te hoog of aanwysings te gebrekkig om Jackie Grobler te keer nie. As hy eers ’n monument in sy visier het, sal hy dit vind.

In hierdie boek reis hy oor berge en dale van Lichtenburg in Noordwes tot die heuwels van Tabankulu in die Oos-Kaap. Grobler reis onder meer op die spoor van Voortrekker Carel Trichardt deur Mpumalanga en in KwaZulu-Natal gaan hy na die slagvelde van die Anglo-Zoeloeoorlog. In Gauteng vind hy monumente ter ere van twee van Suid-Afrika se grootste leiers: Nelson Mandela en Jan Smuts. In die Vrystaat soek hy na oorblyfsels van twee konsentrasiekampe en in Limpopo kom hy af op monumente aan ’n Anglo-Boereoorlogkanon (die Long Tom). Sy reise na die Oos-Kaap neem hom na gedenkplekke vir Steve Biko en in die Wes-Kaap gaan hy op die spoor van die Portugese ontdekkingsreisigers.

Elke provinsie sal ’n kaart hê wat die monumente aandui.

Afrikaanse 2-Boek Bundel - Die Verhaal Van Lewe & Die Omgewing / Alles Oor Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback): Jo van As,... Afrikaanse 2-Boek Bundel - Die Verhaal Van Lewe & Die Omgewing / Alles Oor Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Jo van As, Johann Du Preez, Leslie Brown, Nico Smit, Rob Marsh 1
R599 R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Save R124 (21%) In stock

Die Verhaal Van Lewe & Die Omgewing: 'n Afrika-Perspektief - Jo van As, Johann Du Preez, Leslie Brown, Nico Smit
Die Verhaal Van Lewe & Die Omgewing: 'n Afrika-Perspektief handel oor die brose wonder van lewe. Dit is 'n viering van die aarde se ryke, wonderlike verskeidenheid – die spesies, bevolkings, gemeenskappe en ekostelsels wat ons omring – en van die natuur se veerkragtigheid. Dit vertel van die drie hoofekostelsels: varswater, oseane en land, en al die lewe wat hulle in en om Afrika onderhou. Dit bespreek evolusie en die eindeloos vertakkende boom van lewe; hoe stelsels werk, hoe bevolkings toeneem en afneem, en hoe al die elemente van lewe op mekaar inwerk. En dit vertel die verhaal van die oorsprong van die mens in Afrika, en hoe ons tot moderne mense ontwikkel het. Die boek waarsku teen ons menslike invloed op die planeet en die vinnige klimaatsverandering wat dit aanhelp, asook teen massiewe oorbenutting en die uitputting van hulpbronne. Die boek gaan ook oor verantwoordelike beplanning en bestuur van ons omgewing en natuurlike hulpbronne om skade te herstel en volhoubaarheid te verseker. Dit is die verhaal van lewe en die omgewing in Afrika.

Alles Oor Suid-Afrika - Rob Marsh
Alles Oor Suid-Afrika is reeds sedert 1992 die mees omvattende naslaanboek vir Suid- Afrikaanse skoliere (en hul ouers!) wanneer hulle op soek is na inligting oor die land. Hierdie uitgawe – met hersiene en opgedateerde inhoud en fotografie – sal beslis sy status behou! Hierdie grootformaatboek propvol kennis is hoogs visueel met volkleurfoto’s, -kaarte en -illustrasies en die teks is maklik om te lees en te verstaan. Bykomende belangstelling word geprikkel deur brokkies inligting wat in teksboksies en verlengde opskrifte vervat word. Plekke om te besoek word ook aanbeveel en pas by die betrokke tema wat op die dubbelbladsy-uitleg bespreek word. Die teks is opgedeel in afdelings soos lank, lank gelede; die mense; die kultuur; die gemeenskap; wetenskap en tegnologie; die ekonomie; die land; en die natuurlewe, wat elke aspek van Suid-Afrika dek.

Pitched Battle - In The Frontline Of The 1971 Springbok Tour Of Australia (Paperback, Ed): Larry Writer Pitched Battle - In The Frontline Of The 1971 Springbok Tour Of Australia (Paperback, Ed)
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R360 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R54 (15%) Within 4 - 8 working days

A vivid story of the men and women who took a stand when sport mixed with politics.

In 1971, when the racially selected all-white Springbok rugby team toured Australia, it became a nation at war with itself. There was bloodshed as tens of thousands of anti-apartheid campaigners clashed with governments, police, and rugby fans - who were given free reign to assault protestors. Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen declared a state of emergency. Prime minister William McMahon called the Wallabies who refused to play 'national disgraces'. Barbed wire ringed the great rugby grounds to stop protestors invading the field.

Pitched Battle recreates what became of the most rancorous periods in modern Australian history - a time of courage, pain, faith, fanaticism, and political opportunism - which ultimately made heroes of the seven Wallabies who refused to play, played a key role in the later political careers of Peter Beattie, Meredith Burgmann, and Peter Hain, and ultimately led to the abandonment of apartheid.

Insectopedia - The Secret World of Southern African Insects (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Erik Holm Insectopedia - The Secret World of Southern African Insects (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
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R290 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R41 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Insectopedia uncovers the fascinating and infinitely varied world of insects. It explores their intriguing behaviour and biology – from mating and breeding, metamorphosis and movement to sight, smell, hearing and their adaptations to heat and cold.

A chapter on superorganisms probes the curious phenomenon of social communities among insects; another covers the critical role that these creatures play in maintaining the fragile balance of life on our planet. The book concludes with a 60-page illustrated field guide, describing most insect orders and their main families.

Previously published as Insectlopedia of Southern Africa, this fully revised and redesigned edition includes up-to-date information throughout, an expanded ID section, and several hundred new photographs.

On Top Of Table Mountain - Remarkable Visitors Over 500 years (Paperback): Joan Kruger On Top Of Table Mountain - Remarkable Visitors Over 500 years (Paperback)
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R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 In stock

Ever since 1503 when an off-course seafarer climbed Table Mountain to find out where on Earth he was, visitors to the Cape have toiled, scrambled, ridden on horseback, climbed or run to the top ... and written about it afterwards.

Taken together, these reports provide a fascinating biography of the mountain. Looked at separately, they are thrilling reads, penned by larger-than-life voyagers and, often unlikely, adventurers. The life-stories of 27 visitors are told with flair and humour. Together with the accounts of the ascents, they provide a riveting read.

This is the first time that the English translations of these reports, written in various languages, including Russian and Swedish, have been collected in one volume.

Understanding Elephants - Guidelines For Safe And Enjoyable Elephant Viewing (Paperback): Elephant Specialist Advisory Group Understanding Elephants - Guidelines For Safe And Enjoyable Elephant Viewing (Paperback)
Elephant Specialist Advisory Group
R120 R103 Discovery Miles 1 030 Save R17 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Elephants are arguably Africa’s most charismatic animals, and among the biggest drawcards to our game reserves. While the burgeoning game-park industry may be increasing our access to these magnificent creatures, rising human-elephant encounters are an inevitable outcome – sometimes, sadly, fatal. Such encounters could likely have been avoided had those involved understood elephant behaviour, and particularly how these intelligent animals interface with traffic through their territory.

This book describes elephant family life, from rearing of infants to establishing dominance within a herd; it unpacks regular elephant behaviour, the matriarchal system, the particular dangers of males in musth, and many other aspects of their lives. Most of all, it provides guidelines for ensuring safe and enjoyable encounters with these majestic animals.

This is an essential guide for those planning visits to reserves: aside from the interest factor, being able to read the tell-tale signs may just save lives.

Indigenous Garden Plants Of Southern Africa (Paperback): Glenice Ebedes Indigenous Garden Plants Of Southern Africa (Paperback)
Glenice Ebedes
R150 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R21 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

This handy pocket guide introduces local gardening enthusiasts to some of southern Africa’s most beautiful, beneficial and easy- to-care-for indigenous plants, giving guidance on how best to use them and how to ensure that they flourish.

It offers:

  • A selection of 145 garden-friendly, low-maintenance trees, shrubs and bedding plants perfectly adapted to our local soils and weather conditions
  • Text that’s direct and simple
  • Full-colour photographs that show plant details and ‘in context’ planting
  • Icons indicating at a glance whether a species is evergreen or deciduous, frost-hardy, suitable for a sunny or shaded position, fast or slow-growing, water wise, fragrant and attractive to insects or birds.

An essential handbook for easy-care beautiful gardening.

The author, Glenice Ebedes, is the owner of Grounded Landscaping. She is a graduate of Lifestyle College and an active member of the Guild of Landscape Designers. She specializes in indigenous, wildlife-friendly gardens and her gardens regularly feature in magazines.

The Code - The Power Of "I Will" (Paperback): Shaun Tomson, Patrick Moser The Code - The Power Of "I Will" (Paperback)
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R145 R125 Discovery Miles 1 250 Save R20 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

The twelve stories in this book, taken from Shaun Tomson's own life experiences in and out of the surfing world, offer the simple message "I will" as a model to face life's challenges and help you achieve your goals. All you need is to be encouraged to find your voice and commit yourself to positive values. The stories resonate with positivity and hope for the future, and are infused with the belief that even in the darkest time, light shines ahead to show you the way forward.

Shaun Tomson's impossibly handsome visage has long ago been carved deeply into the pantheon of surfing's elite. He need do nothing more than continue to surf Rincon well and make a few aloha-shirted public appearances now and then to stride off gloriously into surfing immortality. But in recent years, at least partially brought on by the devastating loss of his teenaged son Mathew, Tomson has waded into the world of inspirational writing and speaking, endeavoring to pass on the lessons he's learned from a life extraordinarily well-lived.

These stories will inspire you to believe in yourself and to believe in the power that each and every one of us has to shape our lives through the power of “I Will.”

Heart Of A Game Ranger - Stories From A Wild Life (Paperback): Mario Cesare Heart Of A Game Ranger - Stories From A Wild Life (Paperback)
Mario Cesare
R250 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R35 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Predictability isn’t a word you will find in any Bushveld dictionary, and the life of wildlife guardian Mario Cesare has been anything but. After years as warden of Olifants River Game Reserve, his feet are firmly planted in this magnificent slice of Big Five country to the west of the Kruger Park, where he has experienced a rich life packed full of incidents far from routine.

In Heart Of A Game Ranger, Cesare recounts some of these hair-raising, heart-breaking and heart-warming moments: a buffalo calf reunited with its pining mother, injured lions given second chances and rhinos lost, one by one, to poaching. Nestled among these tales, Cesare pays homage to the brave, dedicated and curious personalities engaged in a deadly combat on the most majestic of battlefields. Yet, while rhino poaching is by far the reserve’s biggest problem, Cesare reveals how the daily struggles of a game ranger are so much broader – and the rewards, when they come, immense.

Heart Of A Game Ranger is a story of extremes, one of fierce loyalty and devastating betrayal where spectacular days that end in exhausted satisfaction and achievement are balanced by those that leave behind only despair and frustration. Seen through his eyes and spoken from the heart, Cesare tells a deeply personal story – not only of a life lived wild, but of the joy of Africa’s incredible natural world.

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