Kenya Highlights

by Philip Briggs

Kenya Highlights

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Kenya Highlights, first in a new series of colourful Highlights Guides published by Bradt, hones in on the best of this magnificent country and condenses it into a portable but informative guidebook aimed at first time visitors planning or joining an organised safari. Renowned Africa expert, Philip Briggs - author of ten Bradt guides, and arguably the most highly-respected guidebook writer on the region - describes and provides full background information to the country's highlights, with emphasis on the superlative game reserves and sparkling Indian Ocean coastline that have made Kenya one of Africa's premier holiday destinations. There's a chapter offering advice on safari planning, plus detailed sections on wildlife, history and people, and select lodge accommodation (chosen in conjunction with several leading tour operators to Kenya). Featuring beautiful full-colour photos throughout, this book serves equally as a holiday planner, a travel companion and a memento of your trip.

About the author

Philip Briggs has written and co-authored ten Bradt travel guides and has contributed to numerous other books, travel and wildlife magazines.

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Press reviews

'[Philip Briggs] is clearly not only an expert on travel in Africa but also someone who cares deeply about the countries he is visiting.'
Traveller Magazine

'If you are planning a Kenyan safari then Phillip Briggs is your man. Not only does he know the country inside out, but his writing reveals a passion for it, an understanding of its people and a commitment to its stunning wildlife and wild places.'
Brian Jackman, Co-author of The Big Cat Diary and trustee of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust

'Everything you need to know for the safari of a lifetime in one handy, authoritative guide. You can trust a local like Philip Briggs - this is Bradt at its best.'
Mark Carwardine, BBC Conservationist

'...this new-look Bradt guide will help you plan the perfect safari in Kenya.'
Travel Africa

'Good stuff: Enough detail to prove useful on a guided trip, without overloading.'

'... the pick for people on organised safaris.'
Travel Africa

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"Tremendous guide book. Congratulations to author Philip Briggs and to the editors of Bradt. I found this guide exceptionally good: it has interesting and practical information, seductive writing, and provides an exquisite guidance on places to visit and, especially, to lodge in."Josep A. Garí, international development practitioner, Nairobi.
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Introduction vii
Introducing Kenya 1
1History and People 3
History 5, People 15
2The Natural World 29
Geography and climate 30, Habitats and vegetation
32, Wildlife 38
3Planning a Safari 59
When to visit 60, Types of safari 61, Your itinerary:
15 top attractions 66, Red tape 72, Getting there 72,
Health and safety 73, What to take 76, Organising
your finances 78
4On the Ground 81
Health and safety in Kenya 82, Banking and foreign
exchange 85, On safari: locating wildlife 86, Eating
and drinking 94, Shopping 96, Media and
communications 98, Business and time 99, Cultural
etiquette 100 Kenya Highlights 101
5Nairobi and Surrounds 103
History 104, Nairobi highlights 105
6Southwest Safari Circuit 117
Masai Mara National Reserve 119, Lake Naivasha 131,
Lake Nakuru National Park 141, Lakes Bogoria and
Baringo 145, West of the Rift Valley 149
7Southeast Safari Circuit 153
Amboseli National Park 154, Tsavo West National
Park 162, Tsavo East National Park 166, Voi, Taveta
and surrounds 172
8The Coast 177
Choosing an itinerary 178, Mombasa and the south
coast 179, Malindi and Watamu 190, The Lamu
Archipelago 200
9Central and Northern
Safari Circuits 209
Central highlands 210, Laikipia Plateau 220, Meru
National Park 229, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and
Shaba national reserves 234, North of Samburu 242
Language 249
Further reading 255
Index 259

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