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Rwanda, 4th [Paperback]

Philip Briggs , Janice Booth
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March 16 2010 Bradt Travel Guide Rwanda

‘More impressive even than the gorillas’ size and bearing is their unfathomable attitude to their daily human visitors…almost everybody who visits the gorillas experiences an almost mystical sense of recognition,’ writes Philip Briggs in Bradt’s Rwanda of the country’s most popular residents. Fifteen years on from the tragic genocide of 1994, Rwanda is rapidly emerging as one of Africa’s most exciting ecotourism destinations, with three diverse national parks. Bradt’s Rwanda is the only English-language guidebook dedicated to the country, and this updated fourth edition lists the newest hotels, tours, activities, operators ­– and, of course, information on how to track its famous mountain gorillas.

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'Rwanda is excellent; it captures the mood of the place and gives a positive and accurate account of a fantastic country.' Art of Travel 'Every now and again you come across a guidebook which goes far above and beyond the humdrum list of exchange rates, visa requirements and one-line descriptions of sights and amenities. This guide is just such a book. It gives the prospective visitor real and detailed insights into the country, its people, history, flora and fauna. Even if you end up never going to Rwanda, you will feel you know the place quite intimately by the time you get to the final page.' Wildside 'At last, a well-written and dedicated guide to Rwanda.' Footprints 'Rwanda is an excellent book that I have recommended to all the visitors who come to Rwanda and who want to know more than just the superficial accounts from the press. This guide presents a clear and balanced overview of events in Rwanda's recent past, considered by many Rwandans to be one of the fairest representations. The book also describes the charm and attraction that make this country so different.' Dr Annette Lanjouw, Director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme 'The excellent Bradt Guide to Rwanda includes detailed sections on the national parks.' The Sunday Telegraph 'Recommended reading' Conde Nast Traveller magazine

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The rebuilding of Rwanda--stunning backdrop to Gorillas in the Mist--represents a remarkable success story. Since the genocide of the early 1990s, the "Land of a Thousand Hills" has risen to become one of Africa's leading centers of ecotourism.
The third edition of this definitive guidebook includes all you need to guarantee an unforgettable trip. Hike through lush rainforests, go gorilla trekking, and feel the beat of the intore dancers' drums. Rwanda's future is as bright as the smiling faces of its welcoming people.
*Mountain gorillas: Permits, visits and conservation
*Activities: from volcano treks to boating on Lake Kivu
*History and culture of the Rwandan people
*Kigali: the vibrant capital
*French and Kinyarwanda phrases
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars an enriching guide to Rwanda June 11 2003
Janice Booth's Rwanda guide not only is the most updated travel guidebook on Rwanda, but it also goes culturally/historically where the other guidebooks do not go. I spent several weeks in Rwanda in 2003, finding almost all the information in other guidebooks almost completely useless or irrelevant. Due to the genocide, and subsequent arrival of international aid, the entire infrastructure of the country, especially Kigali, had changed, and so the nuts and bolts information of hotels, transport, and other practicalities found in the Bradt guide were of great use.
The personal relationship of the author with Rwandans made it easier for a post-war visitor to understand what the average Rwandan had been through, and the section on "giving back," and what a traveller who had been affected by the country and people could do AFTER visiting the country is something that should be included in a lot of guidebooks.
The only bit of impractical information was that regarding traveller's checks. They are not accepted in banks unless one has an account there, and this is a bit of an obstacle to be surmounted (the national parks office does, and can help with other needs).
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To travel to Africa without a guide, paper or flesh, is a bit looney. But, this month, I found myself in Rwanda in said (and sad) condition. For the first few days I managed to blunder along, until I found and bought this great guide at a hotel side store (of course at a significant mark up).
For the next two weeks Briggs and Booth did a superb job of guiding me along the dirt roads and winding byways (This is the "Land of a thousand hills"). They always explained clearly the world where I wandered. They consistently helped me uncover destination gems that I would have surely overlooked.
Most impressive were their cultural, economic and ecological commentaries. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to traveling with the Office of Tourism across this country while I was working on a medical project for the President's office. I can say that the insights and comments of Briggs and Booth regarding Rwanda are extremely competent and on the mark. Their insight alone makes this book a needed purchase for those that will visit or work in Rwanda.
The 1994 genocide is, of course, briefly covered and the history, heath, culture, people, planning and preparing sections are all informative and full of needed information. Also, for an outstanding book on the 1994 genocide do read; 'We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families' by Philip Gourvitch.
I found Janice Booth's caring and engaging story of her friendship over the years with Peter - a Rwandan Tutsi a wonderful and caring addition. This story is found in the preface and concluded in the epilogue.
The only notable shortcomings are the maps. In today's competitive world of travel guides, good maps are essential. The maps are very basic on only fair. That said this guide is a 'must have' for all who journey to this beautiful and bewildering destination. Highly Recommended. 4.5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to Rwanda Aug. 5 2002
By A Customer
The Bradt Guide is by far the most comprehensive guide to Rwanda that I was able to find. I don't know what I would have done on my trip without it. The book is a mix of background info and travel tips. One good thing to know is that Kigali has added a "5" in front of all the phone numbers since the guide was published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in Rwanda Feb. 24 2002
By A Customer
Having lived in Rwanda for three years, I found Rwanda: the Bradt Travel Guide to be the most comprehensive travel guide available for Rwanda. The authors' knowledge of Rwandan culture and history is extensive, making a visit to this hidden paradise all that much more interesting. While many travelers come to Rwanda to see the last remaining Mountain gorillas (a spectacular trip), this Bradt Guide will help visitors find the rest of the treasures in this incredible country. I encourage a visit to Rwanda, with the Bradt guide in hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money. July 23 2009
By Blossom
Everything you wanted to know about Rwanda is in this book. Extremely comprehensive and easy to navigate. At times, it seems a bit of information overload because there is so much to digest; however, that is probably what makes this an excellent travel guide.
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