Lonely Planet East Africa 7th Ed.: 7th Edition Paperback – Jun 15 2006
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I also recommend getting the Trekking East Africa guide if you plan on doing any trekking. It goes more in depth then just the East Africa guide and if you find yourself on a mountain you will want a detailed map, which the East Africa guide lacks.
There are many ways to do it. You can go on an all organised expensive safari in Kenya or Tanzania. Even then I would think you would like to see some of the places outside the parks like Nairobi or Arusha.
The best way to do it is to travel by yourself. I have done it a couple of times now and find that all the organization by travel agents does not make up for the flexibility you have when you do it yourself. I have been in bad weather conditions necessitating an immediate change of plans. I have been so overwhelmed by the beauty of the Serengeti that I decided on the spot to stay longer. I have been so disgusted by some hotels I prebooked that I decided instantly to look for another one.
This book gives excellent and absolutely necessary guidance to do so. The getting around sections are good and up to date and, believe me, without it you will not find your way out of, e.g.Arusha on a bus to Nairobi. Local assistance is difficult to find.
Booking hotels in countries like Tanzania is not like we are used in the rest of the world. In most of the parks you have one or two lodges and if they are full you are outside; not a nice pprospect when you are right in the middle of the animals. The pricing information is fair and, again, you have to do some planning given the huge differences in prices between hotels.If you plan to stay in the Rhino lodge in the Ngorogoro Crater and the only open one is the Sopa, it will set you back at least an additional $100.Read more ›
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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.