In my backpack…Books from Briza Publications.

It has been a while since I have done book reviews on my Blog.
All that is about to change, as these three books from Briza Publications
 arrived on my desk recently.
This book was first published back in 2010.
Seeing that it has been reprinted EVERY year since,
Megan Emmett must have done something right!
Together with photographer Sean Patrick,
they have combined to produce this exquisite book
 that should be an industry standard.
(It is certainly going to be in my backpack from now on)
It is extremely easy to use as the chapters are colour coded.
This makes referencing while on foot or in a vehicle
a quick and easy process.
Buffalo Thorn.
For a variety of reasons, this is possibly my favourite tree.
And it gets a whole page!
Vervet Monkeys
Every lodge has them.
And most try to get rid of them with little or no success.
Rather than chasing them away, take a moment to learn about them.
Who needs an alarm clock in the bush when you
awakened by one of these.

Another winner from Megan Emmet.
This time the collaborating photographer is Shem Compion,
and he has produced sterling images to complement the text.
Wildlife/nature books do not happen overnight
as the images often take more time to collate and compile than the text.

Cranes and not the construction kind.
The page layout offers readers quick and easy access to the reader.
Information is concise without being too academic.


Nile Crocodile.
The images are superb and are the perfect addition to each page.


Baboons…like the hyena, are a much-maligned species.
But fun to watch as they interact with each other.
This is not a book that features the BIG 5 exclusively,
but, it is exactly what it says on the cover…
“The traveller’s ultimate bush guide to Southern Africa”.
If I have one complaint about Megan’s books,
it would be the fact that they do not feature as Apps.
(Perhaps that is currently under construction?)
That being said, I do like the feel of a real book.
This book is an interesting mix
of both reference and a coffee table book.
It could be found on the shelf of a private home,
or in the library at a game lodge.
The authors of this work have put together a book
that is informative, entertaining and educational.
There are stories about trees that I now want to visit.
Who knew that we had a country so full of such interesting trees.
(Did you know that the oldest Date Palms can be found near Calvinia?
They date, pun intended, back to 1838)


A great read that will make you realize just how much we take the tree
species for granted.
The books are available at bookstores countrywide.
If you have difficulty sourcing them, then visit:
A big thank you to each of these brands
 for coming on board.
This has been my constant travel companion
for the past several years.
It might look worn,
but that represents the kilometres/miles
we have shared together.
From Kilimanjaro to the beaches of India.
To coach trips across Europe and Vietnam
and to a variety of game lodges and road trip destinations
 in South and Southern Africa.
Check out their Facebook page:
This torch has been turning heads!
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
Marketed locally by:
My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.
Bush gear to make me blend in…
in comfort and style.
Breaking in my new pair of Yellow Veldskoen Shoes.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.
Now to try out the rest of the colours in the range.
When back home, I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high-speed fibre connectivity to enable me to get my postings published in record time.
This power bank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by…
ALWAYS choose to be Batman.
My constant travelling companion.
To find out more about the collectable Funko range of figurines,
I could not do without this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely a stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack.
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple…and it is,
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows moving from supported
to handheld in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product,
visit their Facebook page:
Or order directly from:
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