Tourist on a canopy platform, Kakamega Forest National Reserve, KenyaPhilip Briggs is a guidebook author and travel writer specialising in Africa. He first backpacked between Nairobi and Cape Town in 1986 and has been travelling the highways and byways of Africa ever since. Published in 1991, his Bradt Guide to South Africa was the first such guidebook to be published internationally after the release of Nelson Mandela. Over the rest of the 1990s, he wrote a series of pioneering Bradt Guides to destinations that were then – and in some cases still are – otherwise practically uncharted by the travel publishing industry. These included the first dedicated guidebooks to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana and Rwanda, all of which are still regularly updated for new editions. More recently, Philip authored the first dedicated guidebook to Somaliland as well as a new guide to The Gambia, both for Bradt.

Philip has visited more than two dozen African countries and written about most of them, whether it be for guidebook publishers such as AA, Insight, Berlitz, Eyewitness, Frommers, Struik-New Holland and 30 Degrees South, or specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birdlife, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust.

Though specialised in Africa, Philip tries to travel further afield when possible, and in recent years he authored the first dedicated English-language guidebooks to Suriname and an overhauled 600-page guidebook to Sri Lanka, both published by Bradt. When not on the road, he spends his time battering away at a keyboard in the sleepy South African village of Wilderness. He is married to the travel photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen.