This book is extremely helpful for interpreting a clean set of tracks, or getting a handle on a more challenging jumble of older and/or windswept tracks. It covers tracks of skittering tenebrionid beetles, to the big cats, and helps to separate out various antelope.
With it's great pictures of the animals, accompanying generally pen drawn tracks with centimeter ruler, and occasional color photos of tracks, it is a solid and readily available guide for a beginner in the field. I have been once to Southern Africa, I would welcome opinions from those more experienced with tracks, and especially with books upon tracking, for recommendations of other books as well.
No, as a beginner, you won't be able to necessarily separate out different zebra at first, or tell a black from a white rhino, or juvenile males lions from a lioness from tracks alone, however you'll use other clues to get there! While figuring out a set of cat tracks, listen to the agitated monkey in the next tree, warning you of the leopard perched in the tree, directly overhead!
It's strength is that it's a thin narrow book to go in a shirt pocket quite easily; to add more to it would have made it less pocketable. It has helpful ink drawn pictures of droppings...and scattered scats throughout the book in color, no less!
I gave the book a 5, and would have preferred a 4.5, downgrading from a 5 only because it tantalizes rather than tells much about the Art of tracking, i.e. using the many clues of spoor such as marks on trees, distinguishing running from walking or hopping tracks, talking about utilizing dehydration of scat to "age" it...and these are skills best learned in the field, with day after day experience with a more experienced guide.
I highly recommend this to accompany you to Southern Africa to learn about tracks, despite my reservation about it's tracking, as a good guide can fill in on that quite readily, whilst in the practical laboratory of the field!