Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book "The Complete African Safari Planner" a Fodor's Travel Guide by Claire Baranowski et al.

About the Book: Everything You Need to Plan the Adventure of a Lifetime.
Fodor’s full-color travel guide can help make your trip to Africa unforgettable with 8 pages of detailed maps, magazine-style illustrated features, 125 stunning photos, and all the practical information you need.
Customize your trip with simple planning tools.
Options that fit your travel preferences such as field-tested itineraries and ideas for making the most of your time and easy-to-read color regional maps.
Explore South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, and beyond.
Discerning Fodor’s Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more.
“Word of Mouth” tips from fellow Fodor’s travelers.
Illustrated features on The Cradle of Mankind, Safari Tipping, and Kenya's Tribes.
Recommendations for everything from helicopter rides over Victorias Falls to the Big 5 on Safari and Zulu essentials to bridge the language barrier.
Expert opinions, gorgeous photos and graphics.
Fodor’s African-based writers reveal their favorite local haunts.
Quick and easy to browse with sidebars and key points in full color.
Frequently updated to provide the most up-to-date information.

About the Authors: Claire Baranowsky is a freelance travel editor and writer. After 10 years in Zimbabwe, 10 years in South Africa, and 10 years in London, she has washed ashore in Cape Town and waits to see what adventure greets her next. Some of her favorite travel destinations are the beaches of Tobago, the city of Barcelona, and backpacking in Laos.
Other writers are Sanja Cloete-Jones, Lee Middleton, Sean Pattrick, and Kate Turkington.

My Review: Fodor's Travel Guides never disappoint and this one in particular is no exception. The writers and the editor did a superb job putting together this wonderful guide, with full description of places, that should be able to fulfill all your needs for information on what to do, how to do, where to go, etc... when you are planning an African Safari.
I have never been in that region and looking at this guide made me want to go and visit many places. This guide is fully illustrated with beautiful photos and maps and they go deep in details on every attraction that you can find.

They start the guide with general guidance on when to go, where to go, what is your budget etc. After this quick introduction, they talk about Fauna and Flora, the big five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) and the exhilaration of meeting one of those animals face to face. Then they split the descriptions focusing on countries, dedicating the first one, chapter 3, to Kenya, followed by Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Then they dedicated one full chapter to Victoria Falls National Part (Zimbabwe and Zambia), and one chapter to The Seychelles. They conclude the book with another chapter on advices about passports, visas, safety and precautions, insurance, vaccinations, what to pack, etc

This is an outstanding result for a combined effort from five different writers and it was published by Fodor's Travel, a division of Random House Inc. in June 2011. I recommend this book for those who are serious about planing their African Safari vacation. was kind enough to provide this book for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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