The winter school holidays are almost here and Wild brings you top reads to make visits to the wilderness even more fun! There are five books to be won.

Whether you’re relaxing at home with no travel plans this winter break, or packing for your family’s favourite Wild destination, a good wildlife or nature book always comes in handy. Courtesy of Struik Nature, we are giving away five entertaining books suitable for pre-schoolers, primary school learners or teens. Make your pick and enter our competition below!


African Wildlife Alphabet and Number Book
Illustrations by David du Plessis

What better way to introduce littlies to the world of letters and numbers than with the African bush as backdrop? Now they can match animals to the alphabet and learn how to count with the help of beautifully illustrated wildlife themes. This book will serve as an entertaining addition to your toddler’s first visit to South Africa’s Wild Card destinations.

Primary school learners

My First Book of Southern African Birds (Volume 2)
By Erroll Cuthbert

Is your child fascinated by wings, flying and feathers? My First Book of Southern African Birds (Volume 2) features 58 bird species found by the seaside, along rivers and lakes, and in grasslands, forests and even everyday gardens. All birds are described in four languages – English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu – with clever visual illustrations of the species’ size, diet, nest information and footprint. Aside from stimulating an early interest in wildlife, the book is also ideal for children learning to read.

My First Book of Southern African Creepy-crawlies
By Charmaine Uys

Spiders, snails, millipedes and all sorts of other insects that might make parents shiver with disgust, prove fascinating, weird and wonderful to children. The book lists 58 creepy-crawlies easily explained in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu, with intriguing and colourful illustrations to tickle the imagination. Let everyday creatures inspire children to read in their mother tongue while learning more about the importance these critters play in our ecosystem.


What’s that Snake?
By Johan Marais

Just the book for teens crazy about snakes and keen to learn how to identify the various species. Although snake identification can be tricky, What’s that Snake? provides an easy introduction into the species’ slithering world and will answer many of your questions: How do they behave? Where are they found? How dangerous is their venom? Author Johan Marais is an expert in the field and stunning colour photographs make this read a valuable reference guide.

300 Easy-to-See Birds in Southern Africa
By Chevonne Reynolds and Nicholas Tye

For the beginner, birding can be frustrating and intimidating – any twitcher will tell you that patience is a virtue. In this must-have book for young bird lovers, simplicity is key to mastering the skill. With quick ID pointers and simple text on the region’s 300 most prominent birds, the book is accessible and easy to use. It’s also a handy size and light enough to throw in a backpack on your next trip to a national park or reserve.

How to enter

Email the answer to our simple question below to [email protected] (subject line: Winter holidays) before 30 June 2017 at 12:00. Remember to include your full names, contact details and postal address. Wild will randomly select the winners. Winners will be notified via email. Good luck!

Questions: What is your favourite from the five featured books?

Winners: Annatjie Sawyer, Hilary Lumb, Nadine Harcombe, Elizabeth Wassenaar, Caren Audrey Marianne Sterley

Source: Struik Nature