Briefly, readers keen on African travel anecdotes, and on Waugh's particularly keen social observation, will enjoy this book. It starts off stiffly, with Waugh in England, but you would do well to get beyond his haughtiness - throughout the book he continues to surprise pleasantly - at times, on senses, despite himself. This is essentially a travel piece, written in somewhat conversational style, in which Waugh both describes a voyage from the UK, through the Suez Canal, and along the East African coast to South Africa and his perspectives on the voyage and his fellow passangers. He is entertained along the way, particularly in Kenya and Zanzibar, and otherwise entertains himself - and us, his readers along for the ride. There are interesting references to the 'Happy Valley' crowd of the Kenyan Highlands, among whom Waugh played. This book is up there with other great travel narratives and naturalist perspectives: DH Lawrences' "The Sea and Sardinia", Andre Gide's "Travels in the Congo", and Graham Greene's travel work ("Journey Without Maps", and his novel "Travels With My Aunt"). Whether the book has great literary merit is for others to decide - it is entertaining, human, and describes an area (Africa) and an epoch (post-colonial) through the eyes of one of the century's most visceral - if haughty - writers. Includes insight into what it is like to travel single and long in years. I recommend "A Tourist in Africa".