Here are some suggestions from one previous post re African books. Contemporary and oldies included.
I enjoy Wilbur Smith novels, including Birds of Prey. Michener's The Covenant was also a good read. The Power of One is also worth a look.Edited: 10:10 pm, March 22, 2014
Not a novel but a Long walk to Freedom really gave me a feel for the recent development of the country and I got far more out of our trip. Reads like a novel though
Wilbur Smith's books are always a really good read IMHO.
I too am a Wilbur Smith fan, his novels are set in Africa.
For something a bit different but still appropriate and lighter than most. maybe consider something like 'Whatever You do don’t Run' by Peter Allison. His books tell of his adventures as a safari guide and have given me plenty of laughs.
Sandmans, good suggestion. Have read it and found it hilarious. His books focus on his time as a safari guide in Sth Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. If you get hooked his next one, which I read on the flight over is also a good read "" Don't Look Behind you But .. " picks up from where "Whatever You Do, Don’t Run" left off. Had not thought to include bios of an Australian writer.
I can recommend The Elephant Whisperer.
2nd that and Last Rhinos which I bought for flight home last trip, could not put it down. Lawrence Anthony
Great! I am already in Cape Town and ended up watching movies the entire flights. Perhaps I'll pick something up here and do some reading on the long haul home.