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Lonely Planet , Fitzpatrick , Ham , Holden , Starnes
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Book Description

13 July 2012 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet East Africa is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander the winding backstreets of Lamu, trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, or watch the annual wildebeest migration in Masai Mara; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of East Africa and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet East Africa Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, dance, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, and cuisine
  • Over 114 local maps
  • Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Safaris, and Travel with Children
  • Coverage of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nairobi, Kampala, Bujumbura, Dodoma, Kigali, Zanzibar Archipelago, Lamu, Masai Mara, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet East Africa, our most comprehensive guide to East Africa, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for just a few of the destinations included in this guide? Check out Lonely Planet's Travel Guides to those particular destinations , our most comprehensive guides that cover both the top sights and take the roads less travelled.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Mary Fitzpatrick, Anthony Ham, Trent Holden, or Dean Starnes.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 9 edition (13 July 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741796725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741796728
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LONELY PLANET: EAST AFRICA GUIDE 24 Dec 2012
By Dr. S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This new 2012 Lonely Planet East Africa guide is out after many years and covers Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and some parts of Congo. It has 686 pages, colour and B/W maps, colour wildlife photos, with large colour map of East Africa on pages 4/5. Having visited Kenya and Tanzania many times, I found this book helpful because:-
(1) Covers nearly 6 East African countries
(2) Making it good value for money
(3) Easy to use maps both colour and B/w
(4) Has local and street maps
(5) Advises on top 11 places to visit
(6) Advise on do's and don't's on or before taking safaris
(7) Covers areas of interest month by month
(8) Discusses various safaris on offer
(9) Chapter on Gorilla tracking
(10) Advise on travel with children
(11) History of East Africa
(12) Brief look at wildlife
(13) Explains survival guide
(14) Covers lodges, camps, tents, transport, money, eating, sights, shopping, safari guides, fees, tipping, climate,phones, and when to go.
(15) Dangers and annoyances.
(16) Medical problems, insurance, dress code, theft and what to take on holidays
(17) Basics on Swahili language
This book is small enough to carry. You can put markers on pages you wish to see frequently.
The only other map you may wish to carry is Nelles Folded map of Kenya, which also covers northern Tanzania and is excellent.
Having born in Kenya, I found this book very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great travel guide for East Africa 24 Feb 2013
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Great update on previous edition of the East Africa lonely planet book. Lots of useful information on hotels and restaurants. Great introduction to East Africa and useful if you plan on visiting 2 countries saving you buying 2 guidebooks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of the area 17 April 2013
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This is a good general purpose book for the area. We have used it to generally plan our trip, but I know from past experience of these types of books that when we get there, it will be short on detail. At least it has been updated fairly recently, which is important
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not very informative 3 Feb 2013
By Titus
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Don't waste money on this book, it it far to general. After an initial flick through I ceased to bother with this book at all. Buy the specific guide books for the specific countries. I traveled all around East Africa (2012) but I don't think this book was really of any use. In fact, while my guide books for Uganda and Tanzania are like old friends, I'd forgotten I even had this book until I just saw it in my list of Amazon purchases!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not for backpackers anymore 10 Feb 2013
By Anna Sorensen - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a loyal LP guide user for almost 15 years but never again. They changed the format (very annoying and with many missing parts and the quality and ease of it all is worse) but also the guide is now aimed at a richer audience. the majority of the accommodations are much more expensive than hostels, as well as the restaurants and a lot of information about flights, etc. -things most backpackers don't do. Their "top pick" for a restaurant was one where the meal cost 75$, hotels that cost 250$ or more a night- its ridiculous!!! I do not recommend this book to anyone backpacking, Lonely Planet has sold out!!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but... 5 Nov 2012
By mbriece - Published on Amazon.com
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Material provided is very good and fairly current for print media. What is missing are good country-wide maps showing major towns, border crossings and sites to visit. The small site specific maps are fine but lack the overall context for planning travel.
3.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet East Africa edition 9 Nov 2013
By Jeffery L. Carrier - Published on Amazon.com
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2011 edition...needs updating - keep forgetting this is for backpackers - due to changes in the countries, things can be quite fluid
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information for 1st trip to Africa 2 Oct 2013
By Mystery reader - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is well organized so a quick reminder is easy. It contains good information on travel planning, including a "need to know" section which is very useful. It covers regions thoroughly, including what to see, what to eat, where to stay, etc.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good guide, better in paper format 23 Aug 2013
By Danielle - Published on Amazon.com
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Good information, however I find these guides easier to use in paper format rather than e-book version to look up sections and easily flick between pages throughout the book.
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