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Uganda (Bradt Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Philip Briggs
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20 Mar 2010 Bradt Travel Guides
Somebody once said that if you planted a walking stick overnight in the soil of Uganda, it would take root before morning dawned. Of all Africa's safari destinations, this is the most fertile. It's also the best destination in Africa for seeing a variety of primate species - visitors can spot more than ten types of monkey including mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. And if primate enthusiasts are found wandering round with imbecile grins, Uganda's birds have ornithologists doing cartwheels: more than 1,000 bird species have been recorded here making Uganda, in practical terms, the finest birdwatching destination in Africa. Moreover, in Uganda's premier savanna reserves, one can be almost certain of encountering lions, elephants and buffaloes. Whether visitors want to climb to the snows of the fabled Mountains of the Moon, raft the headwaters of the mighty Nile, or marvel at the legendary tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, this sixth edition of Philip Briggs' much-praised guide is the most comprehensive resource available.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 6 edition (20 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841623091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623092
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,547 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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'Formidable in-depth information on native mammals and birds.' The Times 'Whatever corner of Uganda your next trip takes you to, this new guide will provide perfect company.' Travel Africa 'Bradt's Uganda guidebook has the most up-to-date information on trekking companies and basic travel resources, as well as some trekking route information.' Travel Africa 'If seeing gorillas in the mist appeals, this is the book for you. Primarily concerned with wildlife viewing opportunities, it gives formidable in-depth information on native mammals and birds.' The Times 'We had a successful filming trip, and the guide was great. I found it full of useful information, it was relevant, up to date and comprehensive. A good reference for anyone visiting Uganda with loads of interesting background information and tips.' Emma Richards, Smith & Watson Productions, UK 'Bradt's Uganda by Philip Briggs is a comprehensive guide to Uganda, complete with excellent background reading on both the mountain gorillas and the Batwa. Travel Africa "Having just got back from our first visit to Uganda for 15 years, I would like to thank you for your brilliant revision of the Bradt Guide. We have found the new edition a mine of information and interest all written with a delightful lightness of touch and real insight into each area." John Haden

About the Author

Philip Briggs has written and co-authored ten Bradt travel guides, and has contributed to numerous other books, travel and wildlife magazines.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable if travelling to Uganda 7 Nov 2003
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I went to Uganda October/November 2003 and found this guide to be completely up to date. I was armed with both the Bradt Guide and Lonely Planet East Africa Guide and there is really no comparison - the Bradt edition is a real must for anyone going to Uganda - be it for a back packer or safari traveller. The information about wildlife, travel, roads and particularly accommodation, be it camp sites or luxury lodges is spot on and completely accurate. The Lonely Planet Guide is too sparse in the particular information about Uganda as it covers other countries in East Africa, whilst the Bradt Guide is Uganda specific. There is no real alternative guide available for anyone travelling to this wonderful country - buy it!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Briggs (again) 7 Nov 2003
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Another excellent Bradt guide to Uganda. I live in Uganda, working mostly with the national parks, and can vouch that the travel information is very accurate and very up to date. This book has new stuff for everyone, residents and tourists alike. It is the one I send my visitors up country with. Briggs has found a host of places I never knew existed and his 'grey boxes' scattered throughout the book describe a wide variety of fascinating background info which is new to me. Buy it and come and visit Uganda!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 1 Dec 2005
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The Bradt Guide to Uganda is a mine of useful and interesting information about the country. I used it throughout my recent trip to Uganda. Other guides may include more photographs, but Bradt is the best for detail, accuracy and interest. The publisher also operates a free email update service.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't do better 31 Mar 2007
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If you are interested in visiting Uganda, this is THE guide; up-to-date, accurate and very easy to read. It is more than a guide book in that it can be browsed for pleasure in its own right. I like to think that I know the country reasonably well, but this book is full of fascinating information and each edition that comes out tells you something new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillaint 15 May 2009
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From the other reviews i see i am not the only one who found the Bradt guide unbelievably helpful and far better than the lonely planet version. The key is in the details and that is this guide all over.
Like many African countries people know very little about Uganda, but when you read a book such as this put together by genuine experts you realise just quite what is there. Thanks Bradt for turning my 'great' trip into quite frankly an eye-opening trip of a lifetime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Travel Guide 13 Jan 2008
By D. Muir
Format:Paperback
The Bradt Travel Guides are always useful. However, the Guide to Uganda (5th Edition) has proved to be very reliable.
Bradt can be relied on to keep there travel guides up-to-date but I also receive the interim e-mail updates and these are well worth reading. Subscription is simple, just send an e-mail to the author (Philip Briggs) or keep an eye on the website.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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We have made a self-drive camping holidays to Uganda and Rwanda earlier this year, and used this Bradt Uganda guidebook to plan and conduct our itinerary. By writing this guidebook, Philip Briggs has shown again that Bradt guides are among the best guidebooks to cover the African continent.
Philip writes knowledgeable and with enthousiasm even on small community based tourism activities.
Apart from the guidebook, we have found Philip's website where he archives updates and feedback from travellers very useful.
Very recommended!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant 18 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
basically, this is the best travel guide book that I've ever had the pleasure of using.
comprehensive information on where to stay, and to eat, which is ideal for independent travellers.
the advice about driving is invaluable, if you're lucky enough to hire a car, this book tells you everything you need to know about the state of the roads, and the maps are clear enough for you to drive around the country with it alone. Lonely planet in comparison is less than 2/3 the size, with consequently less information
you'll regret it if you take any other guide book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable for Uganda
It's the one to take with to Uganda but falls down heavily in the Sesse islands
where it's basically useless. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gamla
5.0 out of 5 stars Uganda travel guide
Good value and arrived promptly..came as described comprehensive, I and very informative book that should be the pne to take on a trip to Uganda
Published 13 months ago by j price
2.0 out of 5 stars Very out of date....get the new one.
This review may seem very unfair considering that when buying the book we always knew it would be significantly out of date, however, we didn't have a lot of other choice. Read more
Published 13 months ago by K_eds
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit dull
Very few books are available on Uganda so I bought this one. OK and did it's job but a bit dull.
Published 16 months ago by Andrew Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars The best guide book on Uganda
Uganda is my second home and I visit about three times a year for work. Although I know Uganda well, I still use this book - it is the best guide book on Uganda. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Homestead Tours
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide
Its actually pretty difficult to find a Guide for Uganda, and I hated to be parted from my usual Lonely Planet Guides, but this book has been great, I love the History info at the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by TMurph
5.0 out of 5 stars Uganda Guide
I bought this for daughter who is travelling to Uganda later this year. She tells me that it is very informative.
Published 22 months ago by Jacquimay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My son is volunteering in Uganda and this is the best book by far for information about travelling around the country independently. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mrs E K Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Feedback
Beautifully presented and easy to read. A much better versionUganda (Bradt Travel Guides) than my previous Footprint volume. The recent updates have been most helpful.
Published on 14 Oct 2012 by ikeg
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Uganda pre visit read
Bought this for my niece as an introduction to a possible visit to Uganda. I've been to Uganda a few times and this book is great.
Published on 8 Jan 2011 by D. White
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