so glad this got bumped up. how did i miss this when @Soukous first posted the thread?
@offshorebirder i've also just finished Boyd Varty's book ahead of my stay there. fascinating to read how the region there has regrown into a phototourism place there and all the background stories to the Tiger park too.
I';ve also just finished Hyena Nights and Kalahari Days, which was so educational and informative about brown hyenas! I've not seen a recommendation for "Wine to Water" a true story about an American Doc Henley and his efforts to bring drinkable water to Sudan and the scary political and military trials and tragedies in doing that.
Thanks to the suggestions above, I'm putting my orders for these books:
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History—Elizabeth Kolbert
What’s gone wrong?: South Africa on the Brink of a Failed Statehood—Alex Boraine
"In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz" by Michaela Wrong
Congo: The Epic History of A People—David Van Reybrouck
The dragons gift : real story of China in Africa - Deborah brautigam
Richard Leakey's "Wildlife Wars"