Philip Briggs is a guidebook writer and website content creator specialised in African travel. He first backpacked between Nairobi and Cape Town in 1986 and has been travelling the highways and byways of Africa ever since. Since the 1990s, he has researched and authored several pioneering Bradt Guides to destinations that were then – and in some cases still are – otherwise practically uncharted by the travel publishing industry. These include the first dedicated guidebooks to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda and Somaliland. He has worked on guidebooks for several other publishers including AA, Insight, Berlitz, Eyewitness, Frommers, Rough Guides, Struik-New Holland and 30 Degrees South.
A skilled and experienced content creator, Philip wrote all the text for the national tourist websites for Ethiopia and Lesotho. He is a major contributor to and expert panel member for safaribookings.com, and has provided extensive content to the likes of Travel Africa, Hide And Seek Travel and Discover Africa.
Though specialised in Africa, Philip tries to travel further afield when possible. 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, as well as updating their guides to North Macedonia and the Peloponnese. 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.