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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 10 edition (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409363716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409363712
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first went to Africa in 1977, with a vague idea that I could hitchhike all the way to Timbuktu from my family home in the New Forest. I left with a friend, with $100 each and a copy of the Michelin map. No guidebooks, no mobile phones, not much sense. We got to the fabled city, and home again, largely by good luck and the kindness of others, having learned what a visa is (a hard lesson when you're already half way across the Sahara and the embassy is in Algiers) and what malaria feels like. Back in the UK I went to university, got a degree in sociology, and later went to London University's School of Oriental & African Studies to do a Master's Degree in East African Ethnography and Linguistics.

I'm the author of The Rough Guide to Kenya and The Rough Guide to West Africa and co-author with Emma Gregg of The Rough Guide to The Gambia and The Rough Guide to First-Time Africa. I was formerly director of communications at Rough Guides, then worked as a freelance author, editor, writer and PR consultant. I am now the Kenya Programme Manager at Expert Africa, a UK-based specialist tour operator organising tailor-made safaris and holidays based on the experiences and travels of each of the expert consultants.

You can read my First-Time Africa blog at http://firsttimeafrica.wordpress.com, my Kenya blog at http://theroughguidetokenya.blogspot.com and my West Africa blog at http://theroughguidetowestafrica.blogspot.com. Follow me on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RichardTrillo (@RichardTrillo), email me on my personal email at richard.trillo [at] me.com or on my work email at richard.trillo [at] expertafrica.com and read more about me at the RoughGuides.com website or on my own site richardtrillo.com.

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The Rough Guide to Kenya 10th edition (2013)
The Rough Guide to First-Time Africa 2nd edtion (2011)
The Rough Guide to West Africa 5th edition (2008)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michela on 21 April 2014
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It contains a lot of info about background as in history of the country, wildlife and environment, type of animals you will see etc and this is all very appreciated. However if you are travelling with an organized safari, it might contain too many details and suggestions for the self -organized traveller. So obviously it is perfect if you are not in an organized tour. The only con I find is that it is a bit hard to navigate. A more detailed index would have helped a lot. Also, after you have it in your hands for a bit, you understand the colour codes but this is not immediate. As for Nairobi, a breakdown in smaller areas would have been useful. When you look for a hotel in Nairobi you would like to know what are the dangerous areas and this is not highlighted in any way. Finally, I would have liked more health advice. However all in all a good guide, in the sense that it helps you get a feel for the different areas. Also, compared to others I have seen, definitely the best. I believe it is simply the case that Kenya is too big and varied to be covered in a reasonable sized book. Probably having more of the info I would have liked would have turned the book into an encyclopedia.
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I am still reading it but so far find it very easy to read and make sense of with all sorts of helpful information regarding visas and travel options. This book caters from expensive tastes right down to ours - very budget, giving lots of choice
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By Diane on 2 Feb. 2014
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Great book and took us through our holiday with all we could have wished for. Well written and up to date
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It's a great reference 1 Jun. 2014
By julievillani - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately I went on a tour and couldn't add more sites to see. But Fortunately the ones I saw were amazing. Safari is beyond anything in your imagination. It is so awesome
small print 28 May 2014
By St Joe Mo - Published on Amazon.com
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The print was almost unreadably small. Not many details - and read a bit like an ad for some hotels, etc. that were emphasized. Just use the internet and save your money.
Color giveth and color taketh away 5 Feb. 2014
By vlawrence5 - Published on Amazon.com
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This 10th edition of The Rough Guide to Kenya is a guide I would love to love, but cannot quite do so. During the quarter-century since it first appeared it has been improved in many ways. For content I consider it the best guide to Kenya without reservation. The addition of colors to its abundant maps gives the 10th edition a more attractive appearance. The infusion of colored backgrounds in its numerous boxes of ultrafine print, however, borders on disastrous. Its 1st edition featured bold black print throughout and was easy to read. The print in subsequent editions has become smaller, finer, and inconsistent between its main text and its boxes. The designers who apparently consider its fine colored print superimposed on the colored backgrounds of its boxes stylistically pleasing should be fired. The result is that its 10th edition is infinitely more difficult to read than was its 1st. The running man logo that we always had to assume denoted the authors' preferences of places in previous editions has been replaced by a star symbol that they now explain on the inside cover and again on page 11 are indeed their favorites. This guide has great potential but must eliminate its stylistic finessing and return to legible print throughout.
... but the person who received said it was a good book and has been studying it prior to her ... 26 Aug. 2014
By Karen A. Snooks - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a book but the person who received said it was a good book and has been studying it prior to her trip so she knows what she wants to see and do when she gets there.
Accurate and helpful 26 Nov. 2014
By David E. Dunkerton - Published on Amazon.com
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Accurate and helpful. Be sure to take a copy with you on your trip to Kenya.
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