Visiting Kenya - John BrigdenLondon: B. T. Batsford, 1987, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little tanned. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Jacket illustration: Kenyan elephants. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs (41); Colour Photographs (8); Black & White Drawings (20); Maps (2);
From the cover: “Kenya, one of the most spectacular and attractive countries on the African continent, here gets a comprehensive guide book and introduction devoted entirely to itself. Written specifically for the visitor who wants to understand this fascinating-country, as well as to marvel at the land and its inhabitants, John Brigden has painted a word-picture with a careful balance of background and foreground.
This country of magnificent skies and low horizons covers 225,000 square miles (about the size of France) and its 40 national parks and reserves occupy an area almost as large as Switzerland — so there is a lot to see and do! It is without doubt the animal and game parks that attract the majority of visitors, and each is given separate chapters so that you get as much guidance as possible on what to see when and where, and there are excellent specially-commissioned drawings and colour and black-and-white photos to help identify the animals. Of course Kenya has many other attractions: for example, the impressive expanse of the Great Rift Valley, 2,000 feet deep and up to 50 miles wide; there is the chance to see, away from the town, members of two of the noblest native tribes in Africa — the Masai and Kikuyu; and a 300-mile coastline of golden sand caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
No one should visit such a country without at least some idea of its historical background; the author therefore sets out the history of the last 500 years, ever since the arrival of the Portuguese, also describing the work of the Leakeys in their discovery of evidence of life in Kenya in the more distant past — two to three million years ago, in fact. Additional chapters cover Nairobi, Mombasa and the mountain ranges of Kenya, and throughout there is plenty of advice on where to go and suggestions on where to stay.”