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10 best South African books to read before you visit

Looking for books to read about South Africa before you visit? Are you interested in learning more about the history, people, and culture of this beautiful country? We have you covered! In this guide, we have selected what we believe are the very best books about South Africa.

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.

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Best South African books to read before you visit

Best books about South Africa

Plan your visit to South Africa

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

You can find links to all my articles to help you plan your trip included in my Essential Travel Guide to South Africa.

Interested in more to read from countries across the globe? I have selected the best books to read for the following destinations: