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Kenya Highlights ([HL] Bradt Travel Guides


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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

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.


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

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