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The Rough Guide to Kenya (Rough Guide Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Richard Trillo , Daniel Jacobs , Nana Luckham
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28 Sep 2006 Rough Guide Travel Guides
The Rough Guide to Kenya is the ultimate guide to East Africa's best known destination. From the live music in Nairobi to the Turkana overland safaris, the 24-page, full-colour section introduces all of the country's highlights. The guide includes details for all the best places to stay, eat and drink, to suit every budget, plus the new 'Author's Picks' feature to highlight the very best options. There is plenty of practical advice on getting the most out of Kenya, from the well-known safari parks to the little-known reserves. The guide looks at Kenya's history, politics and culture and comes complete with maps and plans for every region.

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 8th Updated edition (28 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184353651X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843536512
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Trillo has been visiting Africa since 1978. He is the co-author of Rough Guides to West Africa and The Gambia and is Director of Communications for Rough Guides in London.

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Stretched across the equator, with the peaks of Mount Kenya - the second highest mountain in Africa - rising out of a natural environment of exceptional beauty, Kenya is a hugely rewarding place to travel. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good general guide 18 Mar 2011
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I took the Rough Guide with me when I arrived in Nairobi not long after my graduation, rather poor, with a heavy backpack and a lot of excitement & enthusiasm. The Rough Guide was my guiding light when I was lost or stuck and didn't know where to go or how to get there... it helped me plan my itinerary completely independently and gave me a lot of knowledge that I then passed on to other travellers I met along the way. Without this Rough Guide I would not have been able to travel across Kenya using the cheapest public transport, from bicycle taxis in Busia on the Ugandan border to dolphin watching off the island of Wasini on the southern coast.

There are quite a few inaccuracies in the text itself, most of the prices are wildly wrong (as has been commented on before in Rough Guides) - taxis in Nairobi will always charge you the 'Mzungu' price, which is a lot higher than the fares quoted in the book, whereas snorkelling boat trips at Diani should not be as highly priced as suggested, you will be able to get them easily on the beach for at least half the price. Personally I would advise against buying these boat trips at all - you can swim out to the reef yourself and most of the way is shallow and safe. Go at low tide when the reef is more exposed and there is a shorter distance to swim across anyway. You can rest on the sandbar beside the reef once you get there.
Perhaps the most useful thing I learnt in Nairobi is that the traders in the Maasai market will trade virtually anything for their souvenirs; if you have run out of money or don't want to be ripped off, they will trade small things for just a bottle of water. The bookshop on Moi Avenue is very good - Book Point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ample information but lacks photos 23 Nov 2009
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This is my first purchase of Rough Guide and I'm already a big fan. Unlike other guidebooks, Rough Guide gives ample information on everything you need to know to organize your trip, be it recommendations on sights, hotels, restaurant, tour ooperators, and even supermarkets. It starts off with 20 Kenyan highlights you can't miss and then detailed description of each region of Kenya. All information is useful. It also takes you to less touristy places and give stright forward opnions on those big touristy wild life reserves. Overall, I'm very happy with this guide book. The only thing they need to improve is to put more colorful visual aids. For now, there're not that many photos, and all of them is in black and white. So if you like lots of photos, Eyewitness is a better choice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 21 Aug 2009
The book is good for background info and general orientation, but a bit dated on hotels, restaurants and bars.

For Nairobi, the info on the central district is pretty good but it doesn't really do the suburbs any justice at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kenya guidebook 7 Nov 2008
If you're getting a guide, I recommend this, it has much more useful information than the other two guides I have, plus useful maps and wildlife photos. Fab!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide out there 6 July 2007
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I recently spent two months in Kenya, and I read a lot of guide books both before I left the U.S. and once I was in Africa. This was definitely the most useful and was far superior to Lonely Planet in both coverage and accuracy. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is going to be spending a substantial amount of time in Kenya.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good update on Western Kenya 13 May 2007
By Ola Nafstad - Published on
Last April, together with my son I went on a 10 days' self-drive safari in a small Maruti jeep from Nairobi to South Nyanza in Western Kenya, exploring Kenya's western highlands, the Lake Victoria coast and islands, and also the Ruma National park, bringing the Rough Guide to Kenya 8 with us. We found the book very helpful. The guidebook probably has the best coverage of this area. The safari was great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best available, but should be better. 14 Sep 2008
By vlawrence5 - Published on
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Richard Trillo's guides to Kenya extend from the days of "The Real Guide," a span of time and editions that should suffice in achieving the ultimate travel guide. While it qualifies as the best available Kenya guide, the Rough Guide team's 8th edition could and should be better. Its inside front cover states figuratively that the book "concludes with all the small print," but the reader encounters literal small print throughout the discussions of reviewed places to stay and eat. The key to the guide's accommodation price coding system is somewhat obscurely presented on page 61 where tiny numerals 1-9 appear even more obscurely within solid green circles. Some rates are shown in Kenyan shillings while others appear in dollars. Although the nine-category breakdown is superior to systems employed by other guides, magnification and a calculator should not be required to interpret and compare costs. The appearance of the Rough Guide running man icon before some reviews is not explained, leaving the reader to assume it indicates reviewer preference. The exhaustive and detailed reviews are an outstanding attribute of the guide, and are complemented by thorough descriptions of parks and reserves with practicalities of accessing them. The research behind the 8th edition places it foremost among current Kenya guides, but its presentation lags in user-friendliness.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book 2 Oct 2013
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I bought this book in 2009. I took it to Kenya with me a few months after purchasing. I studied it intently and learned so much. I went to Kenya to help with research on elephants in the Tsavo, Rukinga area. I was able to use this book all the time I was not in the field. It was invaluable to me, allowing me to calculate distances between points-of-interest and even the wide expanse of area where I would be conducting research. I learned much about the city of Nairobi from this book, as well as the entire great country of Kenya. Without this guide, I think my time spent there would have been more limited in terms of sites, directions, geography, and adventures.
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive traveler's guide 24 Feb 2011
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I think this guide about covers it all! Very comprehensive, info. on just about everything I wanted to know before traveling to Kenya. Since I bought the book used ( altho' I don't usually like to dis-member a book!), I took the book apart & separated the pages relevant to my trip ( eg, info. on the places I'll be visiting, guide to animals in Kenya, phrases in Swahili). Each of these sections I stapled together to bring along on the trip with me, not wanting to carry the weight of the whole book when I was not going to need most of the pages once I was actually traveling.
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