The Rough Guide to Kenya

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Practical travel guide to Kenya featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Kenya. The Rough Guide to Kenya also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Kenya, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Kenya covers: Nairobi and around, The Central Highlands, The Rift Valley, Western Kenya, The National Parks and Mombasa Highway, The Coast, The North.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Kenya, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Thimlich Ohinga to family activities in child-friendly places, like Nairobi National Park or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Crater Lake Game Sanctuary.


Essential pre-departure information including Kenya entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Kenya give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for going on a safari, exploring lesser-known parks and conservancies or visiting local markets, museums and wildlife sanctuaries.


Rough Guides' rundown of Nairobi, Mara, Laikipia, Great Rift Valley's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Kenya, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Kenya, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Kenya, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Mount Kenya and the spectacular Lake Turkana.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Lamu, Mombasa and many more locations in Kenya, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241241486
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 5/1/2016
Pages: 632
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.9 out of 5, 8 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Superb Kenyan Travel Guide

Reviewed on August 07, 2019
Paperback | Verified

If you are looking for a book that provides valuable information that can make your time in Kenya a wonderful experience . Then this is the book for you. I am happy with this purchase.

Amazon Customer

A bit out of date

Reviewed on July 10, 2019
Paperback | Verified

This is a couple of years old so quite a few things are out of date (e.g. information about the train from Nairobi to Mombasa) but it was a useful guide overall. Could do with better maps.

Amazon Customer

Excellent guide

Reviewed on April 06, 2019
Paperback | Verified

Full of good information.

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