Lonely Planet East Africa

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet East Africa is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander the winding backstreets of Lamu, trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, or watch the annual wildebeest migration in Masai Mara; all with your trusted ...

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Overview

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet East Africa is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander the winding backstreets of Lamu, trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, or watch the annual wildebeest migration in Masai Mara; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of East Africa and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet East Africa Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, dance, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, and cuisine
  • Over 114 local maps
  • Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Safaris, and Travel with Children
  • Coverage of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nairobi, Kampala, Bujumbura, Dodoma, Kigali, Zanzibar Archipelago, Lamu, Masai Mara, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet East Africa, our most comprehensive guide to East Africa, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for just a few of the destinations included in this guide? Check out Lonely Planet's Travel Guides to those particular destinations for a comprehensive look at what each destination has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Mary Fitzpatrick, Anthony Ham, Trent Holden, or Dean Starnes.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741796728
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Lonely Planet Travel Guides Series
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 301,946
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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The Authors14
Getting Started16
Itineraries21
Snapshot27
History28
The Culture33
The Peoples of East Africa46
Environment73
Safaris83
Wildlife Guide57
Mountain Gorillas97
Tanzania103
Highlights104
Climate & When to Go104
History104
The Culture109
Religion110
Arts110
Environment112
Food & Drink114
Dar Es Salaam114
History114
Orientation115
Information115
Dangers & Annoyances118
Sights & Activities118
Dar es Salaam for Children120
Sleeping120
Eating122
Drinking123
Entertainment123
Shopping124
Getting There & Away124
Getting Around126
Around Dar Es Salaam126
Southern Beaches126
Northern Beaches127
Pugu Hills128
Offshore Islands128
Zanzibar Archipelago128
Zanzibar130
Around Zanzibar144
Pemba151
Northeastern Tanzania157
Bagamoyo158
Saadani Game Reserve160
Pangani161
Tanga162
Around Tanga164
Muheza165
Korogwe165
Usambara Mountains165
Pare Mountains168
Northern Tanzania169
Moshi170
Marangu174
Trekking on Mt Kilimanjaro175
Arusha178
Around Arusha186
Arusha National Park188
Trekking on Mt Meru190
Lake Manyara National Park191
Tarangire National Park192
Serengeti National Park193
Ngorongoro Conservation Area197
Lake Victoria201
Mwanza202
Around Mwanza206
Rubondo Island National Park206
Bukoba207
Musoma209
Bunda210
Shinyanga210
Singida210
Western Tanzania211
Tabora211
Uvinza214
Kigoma214
Ujiji216
Gombe Stream National Park216
Mahale Mountains National Park217
Mpanda218
Katavi National Park218
Sumbawanga219
Kasanga & Kalambo Falls219
The Southern Highlands220
Dodoma220
Morogoro223
Mikumi National Park225
Mikumi225
Udzungwa Mountains National Park226
Iringa227
Around Iringa229
Ruaha National Park229
Iringa to Makambako230
Mbeya230
Around Mbeya232
Tukuyu233
Kitulo Plateau233
Lake Nyasa234
Njombe235
Songea235
Tunduru236
Southeastern Tanzania236
Selous Game Reserve236
Mafia Island240
Kilwa Kivinje242
Kilwa Masoko242
Kilwa Kisiwani243
Songo Mnara244
Lindi244
Mtwara245
Mikindani247
Msangamkuu Peninsula & Mnazi Bay-Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park247
Makonde Plateau & Around248
Tanzania Directory248
Accommodation248
Activities249
Books251
Business Hours251
Children251
Courses251
Customs251
Dangers & Annoyances251
Embassies & Consulates252
Festivals & Events253
Holidays253
Internet Resources253
Maps253
Money253
Photography & Video254
Post254
Telephone254
Tourist Information255
Vaccination Certificates255
Visas255
Transport in Tanzania255
Getting There & Away255
Getting Around261
Kenya266
Highlights267
Climate & When to Go267
History267
The Culture271
Sport273
Religion273
Arts273
Environment274
Food & Drink277
Nairobi278
History278
Orientation278
Information279
Dangers & Annoyances284
Sights284
Festivals & Events286
Sleeping286
Eating288
Drinking290
Entertainment291
Shopping292
Getting There & Away292
Getting Around293
Around Nairobi294
Nairobi's Southern Outskirts294
Lake Magadi299
Nairobi to the Coast299
Amboseli National Park300
Around Amboseli National Park302
Chyulu Hills National Park303
Tsavo National Park303
Around Tsavo National Park307
Voi308
The Coast309
History309
Mombasa309
Shimba Hills National Reserve321
Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary322
Tiwi Beach322
Diani Beach & Ukunda323
Shimoni & Wasini Island326
Mombasa to Kilifi327
Kilifi330
Watamu331
Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve334
Gede Ruins334
Malindi & Around336
Lamu341
Shela355
Islands Around Lamu356
The Rift Valley356
Longonot National Park357
Naivasha357
Lake Naivasha358
Hell's Gate National Park360
Nakuru361
Around Nakuru363
Lake Nakuru National Park364
Lake Bogoria National Reserve366
Lake Baringo368
Central Highlands369
Nyeri370
Aberdare National Park373
Nyahururu & Thomson's Falls375
Mt Kenya National Park376
Naro Moru382
Nanyuki383
Around Nanyuki385
Meru386
Meru National Park387
Chogoria389
Embu389
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park390
Thika390
Western Kenya391
Narok391
Masai Mara National Reserve393
Lake Victoria396
Kisumu397
Around Lake Victoria401
Western Highlands402
Kisii402
Kericho403
Kakamega405
Kakamega Forest Reserve406
Eldoret407
Lake Kamnarok & Kerio Valley National Reserves410
Cherangani Hills410
Kitale411
Saiwa Swamp National Park412
Mt Elgon National Park413
Northern Kenya415
Isiolo to Ethiopia415
Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba National Reserves419
Matthews Range422
Ndoto Mountains422
Marsabit422
Marsabit National Park423
Moyale424
Maralal to Turkana's Eastern Shore424
Marich to Turkana's Western Shore429
Lokichoggio433
Kenya Directory433
Accommodation433
Activities435
Business Hours438
Children438
Climate438
Courses438
Customs439
Dangers & Annoyances439
Disabled Travellers440
Embassies & Consulates440
Festivals & Events441
Food441
Gay & Lesbian Travellers441
Holidays442
Internet Access442
Legal Matters442
Maps442
Money443
Photography & Video444
Post444
Telephone445
Time445
Tourist Information446
Visas446
Women Travellers447
Work447
Transport in Kenya447
Getting There & Away447
Getting Around451
Uganda457
Highlights458
Climate & When to Go458
History458
The Culture465
Sport466
Religion466
Arts466
Environment467
Food & Drink470
Kampala470
History470
Orientation472
Information472
Dangers & Annoyances474
Sights & Activities475
Kampala for Children476
Sleeping476
Eating479
Drinking482
Entertainment483
Shopping484
Getting There & Away485
Getting Around486
Around Kampala487
Kabaka's Trail487
Entebbe487
Lake Victoria489
Mabira Forest Reserve490
Mpanga Forest Reserve490
The Equator490
Eastern Uganda491
Jinja491
Around Jinja498
Tororo499
Mbale