Philip Briggs

Philip Briggs

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Philip Briggs is one of the world’s most experienced and prolific guidebook writers. Associated with Bradt since 1991 when he wrote the first guide to South Africa published internationally after the release of Nelson Mandela, he spent the rest of the 1990s producing pioneering Bradt travel 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, all of which are still regularly updated for new editions. More recently, while still focusing on Africa by writing new guidebooks to Somaliland and The Gambia, he has written or updated Bradt guides to several destinations further afield, among them Suriname, Sri Lanka, Macedonia and Greece: The Peloponnese. He spends at least four months on the road every year, usually accompanied by his wife, the travel photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen, and spends his rest of the time battering away at a keyboard in the sleepy South African coastal village of Wilderness.

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In search of king whale-head

The authors take you on a search for the elusive shoebill.

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For the hagglers: Ghana’s best markets

With some of the largest marketplaces in West Africa, organised chaos is something of a speciality in Ghana.

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Traditional festivals in Ghana

Planning a trip to Ghana? Make sure your visit coincides with one of the country's vibrant festivals. 

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