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on 2 October 2007
A vey well written book on tracking from the mountain of Kili down to the Tsavo plains and then walking through the Kenyan countryside through the Taru desert towards the coast. Facing the danger of the wild life and the Woodley brothers tracking Rick. It is a very enjoyable book and one wants to continue reading it, even when tired.
It talks about the bush, the animals and the poeple they meet on their way and also about hte history of the places in Tsavo and the Galana river.
Having born in Kenya and visited these places on Safari, and stayed in the Lodges, I could fully feel the excitment and pleasure of the animals and the Kenyan countryside.
Read the book and enjoy.
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on 14 March 2013
I read this book while I was travelling in Tanzania. It was really an exciting book to read and I felt very empty when I had finished. I found the people in the book interesting because I had met them in other books about that area of Africa.

It is such a shame that things are in decline with the animals at the moment - it is like reading about a bygone era.
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on 22 September 2014
A good well written book. If you are interested in the history/fauna/flora/culture/postcolonialism of east Africa (as well as some mountaineering which appears briefly at the beginning|) then this is the book for you!
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on 23 June 2015
Great book but the I obviously had the wrong impression of the book before I picked it up to read. I was looking for travel writing!
The book is really about a study of elephants in Kenya. You will be disappointed unless you are into elephants.
I feel the book is actually wasted because it could be sitting on a library shelve as reference book for researchers.
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on 16 August 2008
An incredibly endearing, intelligent and balanced account of an epic walk across East Africa. With evident love for the country in which he is walking, Ridgeway combines beautiful descriptions of the landscape with excellent historic anecdotes whilst travelling amongst some living legends of Kenya. A wonderful read and a book I truthfully did not want to end.
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on 1 October 2013
A wonderful narrative of the trek across East Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
Many interesting historical facts regarding the first settlers in Kenya and the local tribes.
An excellent read.
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on 29 October 2014
Good book
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