- Series: 4th ed
- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4th edition (June 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0864424493
- ISBN-13: 978-0864424495
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
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From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there, chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years and as a result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.
Considered the Bible of East African travel, this LP guide offers useful critiques of places to eat and stay--from camping and cooking your own grub to offerings in high-end hotels; advises you on how to choose an organized safari or plan your own; provides national park essentials; offers details on Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya treks; and will get you interacting with the locals by way of its helpful Swahili language section. With useful background on the region's diverse people, cultures, and politics, the book also contains an excellent 32-page color wildlife guide with creatures ranging from bongos to baboons. --Kathryn True
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At the same time, I found the book wanting on details. It lists only a few hotels and covers very little of the history of the national parks. Furthermore, except for gorilla and chimp tracking, it really doesn't give you a great idea of which parks are best for which animals (I found out from other sources, for example, that Nakuru was a great place to see rhinos up close). On the other hand, Lonely Planet tried to cover too much by including a section on wildlife, which is silly since almost anyone who bothers to take such a safari will have bought a dedicated book on African wildlife anyway.
Overall, not a bad book to have if you can afford it, but not necessary (and certainly no replacement for a dedicated wildlife guide).
- Tips on how to get a good airfare from the USA
- Voltages used (so I know what type of plug to bring for my digital camera)
- More detailed information on how to book safaris and/or mountain treks.
I'm glad I bought it because I didn't know anything before I started reading it, but this book could have been significantly better.
STRONGLY recommend AGAINST this guide. The Rwanda, 3rd: The Bradt Travel Guide by Philip Briggs seemed much better....and at the time I had the older version.
This is definitely the book to have for this part of the world!
It's particularly nice to read on the long flights from the US to Africa as a build up to your trip. I usually believe in getting my information online, but it was very convenient to have this with us. Well researched and handy.