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This site accompanies the travel guide The Rough Guide to First-Time Africa. It's not an alternative to the book, but includes samples of the contents, a blog page and the opportunity to comment on posts and pages and put questions to the authors.
Static web pages ("The book", "The authors" etc) are tabbed up on the left beneath the photo of Lamu waterfront. Blog posts all appear on the "Home" page, at the far left, with the most recent post at the top. Each blog post is tagged with subject and/or country categories, allowing you to access the posts you're interested in using the Category dropdown menu, below.
Last 10 blog posts
- British tourist, visitor and resident deaths in Africa: 325 people in 12 months out of more than 3 million British visitors
- Surprised 2174 Brits died abroad of “unknown causes” in 2010: new figures from the FCO
- Accidents abroad: Britons killed in Africa
- Britons murdered in Africa: very few indeed
- Improved security in the Sahel: military escorts dropped in northern Niger
- Rodrigues on the radio
- KCB Safari Rally 2011 – take care on those roads!
- The Lake of Stars Festival
- Zambia travel update
- Cycling in Uganda
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- RT @JacobKushner: “The more friends you have, the more likely you are to get killed. You never know who the police will hunt next.’ ” Kenya… 2 weeks ago
- Travel in the time of #Covid - a glimpse of the near future. twitter.com/wanderlustmag/… 2 weeks ago
- Marbled White butterfly in Kew Gardens - first one I’ve seen in years. Happy! https://t.co/dkqWlCnbR6 2 weeks ago
- “What shocks about #BlackLivesMatter is that the killing of one black man means we must dismantle our country’s his… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 2 weeks ago
- RT @PeterStefanovi2: . @BorisJohnson happily believes the public has now completely forgotten the report into Russian interference in UK po… 2 weeks ago
- RT @jamilaji: The dreadful decision to absorb DIFID into the Foreign Office means British aid with strings attached. How very sad. 3 weeks ago
- RT @bonifacemwangi: There was a #BlackLivesMatter protest outside @USEmbassyKenya. Protesters even came with pets and picnic chairs.They w… 1 month ago
- What a great turnout for a #BlackLivesMatterUK standing protest in #NewMalden today! #NoJusticeNoPeace… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 1 month ago
- What?! He’s worse than... the trouble with @realDonaldTrump is that any person, animal, vegetable or slime deposit… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 1 month ago
- RT @StephenMangan: #StayElite https://t.co/Xg6OB4NLsK 1 month ago
Author Archives: Richard Trillo
For anyone even contemplating a visit to Somaliland – or even less likely one of the other parts of what used to be Somalia – this detailed Wikipedia map is worth poring over. The most recent “autonomous” creation is Jubaland, a … Continue reading
Adrian Mourby in the Independent on getting away from the sun and sand formula on Mauritius.
A nice piece on travel in the land-locked nation of Lesotho by the Guardian’s Africa correspondent, David Smith. Our Lesotho page is here.
This planned freight line might prove to be quite useful, especially in the rains, when roads in northern and western Guinea can be so slow. Whether it will have any actual passenger transport is another matter. And don’t expect it … Continue reading
Visemar Lines has cancelled its car ferry service between Venice, Italy and Alexandria, Egypt. This seems to be connected with the fact that it calls en route at Tartous in Syria. It sounds like it might resume in October.
This is a perennial subject. Roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo are just so unpredictable and can delay travel literally for weeks. A compelling, brilliantly edited film shown on Al-Jazeera recently, “Hazardous trucking in DR Congo” provides a graphic account … Continue reading
The BBC’s 2 June 2011 story about a “crash” in wildlife numbers in the Maasai Mara region has been widely picked up, in most cases without further comment. I don’t think we should be complacent, but I’m not getting a sense of … Continue reading
Great news from Ndjamena, capital of Chad, across the river from the far-north tip of Cameroon: they’ve opened a cinema! The Théâtre Normandie opened its doors in April and it looks rather nice. Chadian cinéastes Issa Serge Coelo (“Daresalam”) and … Continue reading
I’m delighted that the new Rough Guide: First-Time Africa will be published on 1 April 2011.