This book is a unique and indispensable guide to the hidden treasures of 43 of South Africa's best and most accessible national parks, nature reserves and wilderness areas. Included are more than 900 photographs, 140 detailed park, locator, provincial and vegetation maps, and a 31-page photographic guide that aids identification of wildlife and vegetation. Organised by province, the conservation areas are comprehensively described, covering history, location, landscape, geology, vegetation and wildlife - most notably mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. Information panels list the highlights of each park or reserve, and provide key facts about wildlife, climate, facilities and activities, as well as critical warnings for visitors. Some 195 free checklists for the parks and reserves covered in the book can be downloaded at www.parksandreserves.co.za Chris and Mathilde Stuart, field ecologist and medical doctor respectively, work in the fields of biodiversity surveying, travel, photography and filming. They have written numerous books, including Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa, Pocket Guide to Mammals of East Africa and Dangerous Creatures of Africa, all published by Random House Struik, as well as scientific papers and popular articles on a wide range of topics.
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