Author Archives: Richard Trillo

About Richard Trillo

I'm the author of Rough Guides to Kenya, Madagascar and West Africa, and co-author of Rough Guides to First-Time Africa and The Gambia. I was formerly editor of the African chapters of the Rough Guide to World Music. The blogs for Kenya, West Africa and First-Time Africa are a way for me to post news for readers and for readers to keep in touch with me and with info from other travellers, posting updates, news and comments. Or that's the idea. To be honest the blogs barely get any attention from me these days. I am the Kenya Programme Manager at the safari tour operator Expert Africa and was previously a freelance writer, editor and PR consultant, and before that Director of Communications at the publisher Rough Guides.

Somalia unravelled

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

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Mauritius off the beach

Adrian Mourby in the Independent on getting away from the sun and sand formula on Mauritius.

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Travel in Lesotho

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.

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New railway line for Guinea

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

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Taking a car from Europe to Egypt just got harder

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.

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Roads in DRC

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

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Maasai Mara wildlife numbers

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

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Chad’s first cinema in years

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

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First-Time Africa is published on 1 April 2011

I’m delighted that the new Rough Guide: First-Time Africa will be published on 1 April 2011.

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