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I spent a number of years both living and working in South Africa (and Botswana) and love reading books about both countries.

I always try to read about a destination before I go as I feel it gives me a sense of the place. It is always good to know something about a country’s history, people and culture.

If you haven’t visited South Africa before these books will help you to understand more about the country including its complex history and the horrors of the apartheid regime.

I am constantly adding new books to my best book lists so why not check out my Amazon shop which has even more great South African books to read or the travel book section of this website.

Best books about South Africa

Any more recommendations?

If you have any recommendations of books about South Africa to add to my list please let me know in the comments below.

If you are planning a trip to South Africa you will find lots of inspiration on this website as well as practical tips and advice to help you make the most of your holiday.

Read more in my dedicated South African guide.

Read more about South Africa

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