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East Africa (Lonely Planet Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Geoff Crowther , Hugh Finlay , Mary Fitzpatrick , Nick Ray , Tom Parkinson
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1 Jun 2003 Lonely Planet Travel Guides
Offering background information about the history and culture of the five countries of East Africa in addition to travel advice, this guide covers Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 6th Revised edition edition (1 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740591313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740591317
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,093,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for general travels in East Africa 25 Feb 2004
This book was invaluable when travelling in East Africa. The layout is easy to understand and it has basic country history, language and local information, as well as information about East Africa in general.
There is not as much detain in the single East Africa book as in each individual country book, and although this was in some ways irritating it was useful when making last minute travel plans. Guide books are not widely available in east Africa, but it was easy to change plans to suit our requirements with the book covering the whole area.
I would recommend a more specialised book for exploring one country in more depth, or to accompany this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, comprehensive regional guide 19 July 2009
By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER
One of Lonely Planet's best efforts, this guidebook is comprehensive and accurate, with good photos and lots of helpful information. It covers Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, plus a small segment of the DR Congo.

There is the usual information about sights and activities, full of addresses, prices, and everything you need to know. The full colour wildlife guide is handy (especially for distinguishing between antelopes) and there is a whole section devoted to safaris and gorilla trekking. The history sections for each country and for the region in general are easy to read and informative.

The 'directory' section includes useful information on everything under the sun, plus there are chapters devoted to health, transport, and language. The introductory information at the start of the book covers culture, art, food, history, etc. The maps are clear and reasonably easy to read.

I looked through both this guide and specific country guides for those I was visiting in the region, and decided this one covered pretty much everything you need but in one volume, making it a much better bet for travelling with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LP does it again 17 Sep 2009
As with all other Lonely Planets, their East Africa addition is a travellers' bible.
If you haven't liked previous LPs then this is not for you - I know Rough Guide are better on the history and culture stuff, whereas LP focuses on where to stay and eat for the least amount of money - but if you're a fan of the Lonely Planets then this wont disappoint.
... could have had a little bit more in the history section for each country, but that's my only criticism.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 20 Oct 2002
By A Customer
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This is up to the best Lonely Planet standards, providing useful information for when you get there, a good read for in between bits and a bit of inspiration before you leave. Well laid out, good information and easily accessible. If you're going to East Africa, this is very handy.
Could do with a few more pictures of 'real' Africa.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any traveller to the region. 4 Jun 2000
By A Customer
While sometimes flawed and annoyingly out of date, LP's East Africa remains one of the best guides to the region. Travel info is mostly reliable, and the hotel/hostel write ups make finding somewhere to crash far easier. Unfortunately this guide was published in 1997, and much of the information was stale and out of date then. As LP says itself: "Prices change, good places go bad and bad places go bankrupt." Aside from this, the LP East Africa is packed with reletively accurate maps, cultural information and helpful language sections, all of which have stood up well to the test of time. One thing to be wary of is that the LP marks you as a "green" traveller. Read it in your hostel, read it on the train, the bus, the toilet - but try not to read it in a crowded city street. You're just asking for trouble. In terms of content the LP beats its competition hands down. It offers more photos and detail than th Rough Guide, allowing you to get a feel for the place before you go, and isn't irritatingly large like the Bradt. The style is crisp and structured, and the advice in the Dangers and Annoyances section is useful, if a little paranoid. First-time travellers may find the out-dated info annoying, but it all adds to the fun, doesn't it? In all the LP East Africa is an excellent book, if it is treated as a starting point and general guide only, not as a Bible. (According to the publishers a new edition will be released sometime around June/July 2000 - keep your eyes peeled.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uganda 4 Sep 2011
Even though it is 2 years old it had everything you need to know about Uganda. The value of the currency has changed a lot, but in favor of the tourist. The companies that charge in USD haven't changed their prices though. Good book. Will use it for the rest of the countries in the next year or so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Backpackers bible 13 Jan 2011
By Cookie
I picked up a copy when I went for an internship stint in Uganda, and for two months it was my ultimate travel bible in the region. I planned to do a fair bit of independent travelling in Uganda, and also ended up going for a week-long visit to Rwanda and the book served me well on both occasions.

While at first I was a bit disappointed with the bleak innards, and tightly-packed text, but I guess if you have a travel book it is better if pretty pictures and flashy design are replaced by a wealth of information. And yes, even if the book contained sections on Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, there was plenty of useful information, including short sections on history, culture and customs. In fact, for those two months I spent in the region I didn't need another travel book at all.

The information contained was extremely useful, particularly for an independent backpacker. Information on local events, places of interest and hostels/hotels was particularly good, and how to travel with public transport to various places was invaluable. They pack a lot of stuff in, and had I not had this book I would have missed out on so many things! On the basis of the books recommendations I even took some local Ugandan friends to cool places they had never heard of!

I also particularly liked that they included a section for lone female travellers with hints and tips on how to make the journey safer, and mentioned in the hostel-descriptions if the hostel wasn't recommended for lone females. As I only used Uganda and Rwanda I don't know much about sections on Kenya or Tanzania, but a friend of mine used Congo section and him too found the book very useful.

My copy is in absolute tatters now, as I used it so much, but I still like to occasionally flip through some pages to remind myself of the places I visited. It is a great book, and everyone travelling in the region should get one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Guide
I bought this guide for a trip to Uganda and it has a wide range of accurate information. Very useful!
Published on 24 Aug 2010 by C. Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid presentation from Lonely Planet
As a big fan of Lonely Planet books this again hits the spot. I have travelled to over 40 countries now and always make sure I have a Lonely Planet with me. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book, does as it says on the tin, brief bits about each country in east africa and then all the essential info you need to start planning a trip there. Read more
Published on 1 May 2010 by Mr. Paul J. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what i needed
This guide is helpful specially for the ones traveling on their own and don't want to spend so much. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2009 by A. Rodriguez Lezcano
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a big region manageable...
As always with a lonely planet book, it's well constructed, informative and interesting. Because it's a regional book the authors and editors have clearly had to make some tough... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2009 by Chris Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars East AFrica Lonely planet
Very good. It arrived in time and in perfect conditions. The book contains all you need to know if you are planning to visit Kenya & Tanzania. Good purchase.
Published on 27 July 2009 by F. Rebolo
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