Let me start by saying, the title hardly does the book justice.
Don’t get me wrong, Andy Roberts is a safari expert. In addition to his many years’ co-writing the Bradt Uganda Guide, he has worked closely with Uganda Wildlife Authority in the country’s National Parks and Wildlife Reserves. He has spent almost three decades traveling the country from top to bottom (or kabina in Roberts’ parlance) and is a formidable writer and researcher. (You may be familiar with his beautifully crafted tourist maps).
But his book is far more than a guide to wildlife and the National Parks (although it is all these things as well): Roberts’ safari is a journey through time and cultures.
What distinguishes Uganda Safari is the depth in which a diversity of subjects are covered. The book peels back the layers to give us historical and cultural insights into many familiar names and places. It is a historical tour in which the reader rubs shoulders with presidents and princesses, hominids and Hollywood stars. We learn of the people who put Uganda on the international map (for better or for worse).
One of my favourite parts of Roberts’ book is the bibliography that references original texts by multiple authors. Google be damned!