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Tanzania: with Zanzibar, Pemba & Mafia (Bradt Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Philip Briggs
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3 Aug 2009 Bradt Travel Guides
Whether you need advice on removing ticks or tips on photographing wildebeest, the sixth edition of this comprehensive guide has the latest information. Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and lakes Victoria and Tanganyika. Some 25% of the country is protected in national parks and conservation areas. One fifth of Africa's large mammal population and more than a thousand bird species live here. Now fully updated, this guide provides practical information for both independent travel and all-inclusive safaris, recommends the best of the ground tour operators, and gives advice on interaction with the local people.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 6 edition (3 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841622885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841622880
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.6 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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African travel specialist Philip Briggs has been exploring the highways, byways and backwaters of the world's most challenging and exciting continent since 1986, when he spent several months backpacking on a shoestring from Nairobi to Cape Town. In 1991, he wrote the Bradt Guide to South Africa, the first such guidebook to be published internationally after the release of Nelson Mandela.

Over the rest of the 1990s, Philip wrote a series of pioneering Bradt Guides to destinations that were then - and in some cases still are - otherwise practically uncharted by the travel publishing industry. These included the first dedicated guidebooks to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana and Rwanda (co-authored with Janice Booth), all of which are now in their 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th edition.

Philip has visited more than two dozen African countries, and written about most of them, whether it be for guidebook publishers such as AA, APA-Insight, Berlitz, Camerapix, Dorling Kindersley, Frommers, Struik-New Holland and 30 Degrees South, or for specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birds & Birding, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust.

He still spends at least four months on the road every year, and spends his rest of the time battering away at a keyboard in the sleepy dorp of Bergville, in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg region of South Africa. He is married to the travel photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen and lives with three dogs and a cat. When not obssessing over some or other aspect of African history, culture, wildlife or travel, Philip's interests include music, reading and walking.

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'The best travel guide to Tanzania.concise, well-informed and entertaining.' Weekly Mail, South Africa 'horoughly researched, with wide appeal to upmarket and budget travellers, the text combines practical advice with extensive background information.' Travel Africa 'est guidebook.' The Sunday Times 'hilip Briggs' Tanzania belongs firmly in the 'don't leave home without it' category.' Africa Geographic 'n interesting and well-written book, providing a great deal of information on where to visit, places to stay and how to get around.' Gographical

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Based in South Africa, Philip Briggs has travelled extensively throughout the continent. He is the author of Bradt's Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Tanzania: The Bradt Safari Guide with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Ehiopia and Uganda; and is the co-author of Rwanda.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth Edition 20 Dec 2002
I have a project in the south of Tanzania, and spend a substantial amount of time travelling around that country. Phillip Briggs' Bradt Guide to Tanzania really gets to the heart of Tanzania and its people. OK, the facts and figures are accurate and important, but I love to read his little 'asides' which tell so much more. Certain parts of Tanzania are only covered in this guide, which is why I always carry my, what is now very well thumbed, copy with me. I estimate my edition went to Tanzania around 20 times. The fourth edition which I puchased in October 2002, has, by Dec, already made three visits.
Brian Currie
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We travelled to Tanzania this spring for the first time armed with several guidebooks. The Bradt Guide became our bible in that it not only provided us with detailed essential information on each area we visited, but contains a wealth of vital info on health and safety, climate, recommended clothing, food, accommodation (useful thumbnail sketches that enable one to differentiate between those listed) and a very interesting section on natural history and conservation (with illustrations). Overall we had the impression that the author Philip Briggs was exceptionally well qualified to write this book, his nonjudgemental, friendly and open view of the many conflicts facing Tanzania were especially thought provoking. Compared to the many guides that assume limited initiative and minimal commonsense it was a wonderful introduction and boon to our travels. Well done Bradt Publications.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Travel guide written in first person - shock! 23 Nov 2009
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(Sixth edition reviewed.) Why do guidebook authors tend to be so anonymous, when (in theory) they need to have been on the ground to experience each location, visit each 'sight' and at least skim the hotels? This is the pleasure of the Bradt guide: often written in the first person one gets a real sense that Briggs has been there, done that, and had a good chat in Swahili with the locals on the way (although he admits that he didn't update the lastest edition himself).

Sure, there are times when his opinions may be misguided but that doesn't stop this being a useful and entertaining guide. I probably wouldn't count on it as your only one, having travelled to Tanzania with two guidebooks - Footprint and Bradt, both chosen since they were published in mid-2009 and have reasonable reviews here on Amazon - there's just a sense that things in this guide aren't *quite* as reliable any more. These two are a good complement to each other, and Brigg's passion and knowledge are terrific.

Probably the biggest thing that counts against the Bradt guide is its size, or rather its weight: I'd say it's almost a kilo (but don't have scales to hand to prove that), which is going to make a dent in your hand luggage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, great country 10 Feb 2010
I've just come back from Tanzania and had a great time. I didn't really need the book much as I was on a tour but it was useful as a reference. Whether you buy this or not you have to go to the country though - it is gorgeous and the people are lovely!
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