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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: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,456,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "gemmacr" on 25 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By Ms Alexandra F. O'Donoghue on 17 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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By Cookie on 13 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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