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3 Armchair Travel Books to travel around the world without stepping outside

We hope you are all well and safe at home! As we have such glorious weather we thought we would transport you to some of our favourite destinations through our selection of 3 armchair travel books, perfect for reading from the comfort of your garden or lounge!


Lioness in Kenya

Lioness in Kenya

Born Free by Joy Adamson

Born Free by Joy Adamson, details Joy and her husband’s efforts to raise and rehabilitate lions in Kenya in the mid-20th century, with a particular focus on a lioness called Elsa.

We love this book as we support The Born Free Foundation, set up by actress Virginia McKenna who starred as Joy in the film Born Free based on the book, and her son Will Travers.

The Born Free Foundation has also published a children’s version of this book, making it a great introduction for kids if you are planning on taking them on safari for the first time.

Find out about our Kenya itineraries here: https://www.somak.com/kenya-safari


Mumbai, India

India Gate, Mumbai


Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram, a novel by Gregory David Roberts, is a fantastic read about an Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escaped from Pentridge Prison and fled to India, and who was based mainly in Mumbai.
The Leopold Cafe in Mumbai is a central location in the book, and we highly recommend adding it to your list when visiting India, as it is steeped in history and serves some fantastic food.
Find out more about our India itineraries here: https://www.somak.com/india

South Africa

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

The riveting autobiography of the iconic South African president, Nelson Mandela. Read about his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison (where he wrote part of his autobiography in secret). A compelling read, it paints a vivid picture of the extraordinary life of hardship and fortitude lead by Mandela on his quest for freedom in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

When you visit South Africa, we recommend  the Nelson Mandela capture site in Howick. The sculpture at the site is a must see which comprises 50 steel columns that are between six and 9.5 metres in height and cover a width of almost 30 metres. These have been cut by laser to form an image of the former president which can be viewed as you walk towards it, representing the long walk to freedom that he took towards his goal of political equality.

Find out more about our South Africa itineraries here: https://www.somak.com/south_africa

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