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Lonely Planet East Africa 7th Ed.: 7th Edition Paperback – Jun 15 2006

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 7 edition (June 15 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741042860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741042863
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,462,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Down to earth accurate information for every budget, enthusiastically written." -- Travel and Leisure

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LONELY PLANET aims to cater for every independent traveller, whatever the destination, whatever the style of travel and whatever the phase of the journey. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I am a solo female traveler who has just spent three months in East Africa. Every traveler I met had this guide. I agree that it is the 'bible' of east africa. Travelling to this area you don't have much of a choice of travel guides and this gives good information on all the little villages, how to get around, how to survive a matatu.... all the visa infomation, cultural information.... everything you need to have an awesome trip.
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.
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There are many places in the world you can travel to without a Lonly Planet. East Africa is not part of that. East Africa is no doubt one of the most beautiful parts of the world but travelling and getting around here is not easy at all and has many "dangers" one should be aware of.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful if you're traveling to more than one country in the region, but short on details Aug. 28 2009
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I got this book in advance of a trip to Uganda and Kenya. It was nice to have just one book that covered both countries - especially important if you're concerned about how much luggage you have. It covers the basics and provides a nice short history on each country.

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).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok, a bit out of date Feb. 18 2008
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I'm planning a trip to Tanzania, and though this book has some useful information, much of it is out of date. A couple of the websites recommended for safaris are obsolete. That, along with the fact that they mention how to take care of film for your camera (in the 2007 edition of this book), makes me question the freshness of any of the information. Things I would have like more information on:
- 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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed and Not recommended Jan. 17 2008
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I got this book right after it was published in 2006 before my 2 month volunteer mission to do HIV work in East Africa. My previous experiences was that the Lonely Planet was always the way to go and this was a COMPLETE disappointment. It didn't seem like they had done any updating at all despite that it was a new edition. I spent most of my time in Rwanda but also a bit in Tanzania. Everything on the maps was wrong, embassies had long moved locations, restaurants & shops had closed and inaccurate, and became more of a burden than a help.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice! And very accurate Feb. 24 2005
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I just did a trip to Kenya and Tanzania (Fall '04), and this book was invaluable! Everything was described in great detail - where to go, how much to pay, what route to take - which is great information when a mob of 20 taxi drivers is trying to wisk you in every direction!

This is definitely the book to have for this part of the world!

Happy Travels!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for Kampala, Uganda March 7 2007
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We traveled to Uganda and Tanzania. We got the guide for Tanzania, but couldn't find one for Uganda. It was pretty useful and I liked their suggestions for evening activities in Kampala. I thought the book could have used some pictures (don't recall there being any, except maps).

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.

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