Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Rough Guide to Kenya, 8th Edition

The Rough Guide to Kenya is the ultimate guide to East Africa''s best known destination. From the live music in Nairobi to the Turkana overland safaris, the 24-page, full-colour section introduces all of the country''s highlights. The guide includes details for all the best places to stay, eat and drink, to suit every budget, plus the new ''Author''s Picks'' feature to highlight the very best options. There is plenty of practical advice on getting the most out of Kenya, from the well-known safari parks to the little-known reserves. The guide looks at Kenya''s history, politics and culture and comes complete with maps and plans for every region.

Richard Trillo has been visiting Africa since 1978. He is the co-author of Rough Guides to West Africa and The Gambia and is Director of Communications for Rough Guides in London.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
5Good update on Western Kenya
By Ola Nafstad
Last April, together with my son I went on a 10 days' self-drive safari in a small Maruti jeep from Nairobi to South Nyanza in Western Kenya, exploring Kenya's western highlands, the Lake Victoria coast and islands, and also the Ruma National park, bringing the Rough Guide to Kenya 8 with us. We found the book very helpful. The guidebook probably has the best coverage of this area. The safari was great!

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
5The best guide out there
By Jennifer Baxter
I recently spent two months in Kenya, and I read a lot of guide books both before I left the U.S. and once I was in Africa. This was definitely the most useful and was far superior to Lonely Planet in both coverage and accuracy. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is going to be spending a substantial amount of time in Kenya.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
4Best available, but should be better.
By vlawrence5
Richard Trillo's guides to Kenya extend from the days of "The Real Guide," a span of time and editions that should suffice in achieving the ultimate travel guide. While it qualifies as the best available Kenya guide, the Rough Guide team's 8th edition could and should be better. Its inside front cover states figuratively that the book "concludes with all the small print," but the reader encounters literal small print throughout the discussions of reviewed places to stay and eat. The key to the guide's accommodation price coding system is somewhat obscurely presented on page 61 where tiny numerals 1-9 appear even more obscurely within solid green circles. Some rates are shown in Kenyan shillings while others appear in dollars. Although the nine-category breakdown is superior to systems employed by other guides, magnification and a calculator should not be required to interpret and compare costs. The appearance of the Rough Guide running man icon before some reviews is not explained, leaving the reader to assume it indicates reviewer preference. The exhaustive and detailed reviews are an outstanding attribute of the guide, and are complemented by thorough descriptions of parks and reserves with practicalities of accessing them. The research behind the 8th edition places it foremost among current Kenya guides, but its presentation lags in user-friendliness.

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