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Spectrum Guide to Uganda (Spectrum Guides) Paperback – 31 Mar 1997

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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Books; 1st American Ed edition (31 Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566562708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566562706
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,311,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An illustrated travel guide to Uganda which contains practical information on accommodation, transport and where to eat, as well as on the economy, climate, and flora and fauna. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I bought 2 books about Uganda, the Bradt one and Spectrum Guide. The former is a total waste of time, since information is not updated to be useful as a guide book for survival or visiting at all. The latter however shows a great depth in discussions about the country landscapes, and environment. If you are not looking for a survival guide, but a good brief and description about Uganda's beauty, Spectrum guide is your best choice given the limited literature sources about Uganda. Living in Uganda myself (I am not Ugandan, but Vietnamese), I found this book extremel helpful for me to understand the culture, people, and her nature.
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Informative good read great price delivered efficiently
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars one of the worst guidebooks I've ever bought 16 Dec. 2001
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Format: Paperback
I wouldn't normally be so harsh on a book, but this one was really bad in almost every respect. First, there is no indication at all in this book of how expensive Kampala has become over the last decade, so I ended up taking not enough money and had to have my parents wire me cash over Western Union. Not that the book would have helped in that regard, of course, because there is no information in the guidebook about Western Union or how to get cash to Uganda.
In a section at the back of the book there is a list of hotels with, of course, no prices listed, and, while the authors list theatres, tour operators and even libraries, they conveniently leave out restaurants. There is also an extensive list of wildlife species although, without any pictures to help you identify the animals, I don't know how this is supposed to help anyone. In the language section there is a helpful English-Kiswahili section, which is nice except for the fact that Luganda is much more widely spoken in Kampala, Entebbe and central Uganda than Kiswahili.
Additionally, there is a massive lack of good maps here: the map of Kampala is so small it doesn't even cover the centrally located Rubaga cathedral and the map of Uganda lacks so much detail that it is almost impossible to use it for driving. (This in a country where street signs are almost non-existent.) These bad maps are inexcusable in any guidebook but even more so here where the authors have inserted large numbers of full-page color photographs.
Finally, the binding on the book started falling apart only weeks after I purchased it. All in all, a really bad guidebook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it was a great introduction for my trip to Uganda. many good tips WHAT TO DO AND SEE. 12 April 2014
By maria van Zutphen aka mieke is a nickname maria van zutphen - Published on Amazon.com
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ISTAYED WITH FRIENDS WHO LIVED IN Uganda. WE STAYED IN NORTH INTHE SAFARI CAMP OVERLOOKING THE NILE , DID A NILE SAFARI BY BOAT ANDTHE GREAT PART IS THAT PEOPLE IN UGANDA SPEAK ENGLISHAND ARE VERY FRIENLY.FOOD IS EXCELLENT THE BOOK MAKES A GOOD INTRODUCTION
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the only book that would make the cut next time. 12 Jan. 2000
By www.anotherland.com - Published on Amazon.com
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Seriously. If I could have left the other 4 books - including Museveni's Sowing the Mustard Seed - behind, I surely would have. Well organized and researched, this title kept me informed and entertained far beyond my expectations. Though I'm not often one for juicy four-color photos in my guide books, even those were welcome. Enjoy this great guide and enjoy your trip!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Pictures to help guide your trip! 3 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I preferred this book over some of the others that I bought because it had photos to associate with the places. The Bradt book might give more detail, but I am the type of person who finds specific places to travel to by the pictures. And, even though the pictures are great, they dont even compare to the views of the places in reality.
Great Book!
3.0 out of 5 stars Try other guides 22 July 2015
By Jane Prendergast - Published on Amazon.com
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Somewhat outdated but nice pictures
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