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MATTHEW D FIRESTONE Botswana, Namibia, Victoria Falls

Matt is a trained biological anthropologist and epidemiologist who is particularly interested in the health and nutrition of indigenous populations. His first visit to Botswana and Namibia in 2001 brought him deep into the Kalahari, where he performed a field study on the traditional diet of the San. Unfortunately, Matt's promising academic career was postponed due to a severe case of wanderlust, though he has relentlessly travelled to more than 50 countries in search of a cure. Matt is hoping that this book will help ease the pain of other individuals bitten by the travel bug, though he fears that there is a growing epidemic on the horizon.


Originally from Washington, DC, Mary set off after graduate studies for several years in Europe. Her fascination with languages and cultures soon led her further south to sub-Saharan Africa, where she has spent much of the past decade living and working, including almost four years in Mozambique. Mary has travelled extensively throughout the country, and has authored and co-authored numerous other guidebooks covering Mozambique and elsewhere in the region. She calls Cairo home at the moment and travels to points south (preferably those with beaches) whenever she gets the chance.


After a childhood in the Washington, DC area and with a valuable philosophy degree in hand, Michael took a job developing a resort on an island in the Pacific, after which he left for a long overland trip through Asia. He later found his way to the seaside resort of Durban, South Africa, where he investigated and wrote about political violence, prison abuse and other fun issues, and helped train new local government officials in the province of KwaZulu Natal while finding time to travel all over Southern Africa. He returned to NYC for graduate school in comparative literature, and he has taught literature and writing in several NYC colleges in addition to Lonely Planet assignments around the world.

NANA LUCKHAM Malawi & Northern, Eastern & Western Zambia

Born in Tanzania to a Ghanaian mother and an English father, Nana started life crisscrossing Africa by planes and bouncing along the roughest of roads. A rather less glamorous childhood on the south coast of England followed, albeit punctuated with periods living in Ghana and a then-thriving Zimbabwe. After a degree in history and French and a Masters in international relations she headed off, with an impressively small backpack, to explore Southern and Eastern Africa and beyond, supplementing her travels with periods of gainful employment at UN headquarters in New York. She now lives in the exotic wilds of southwest London but still spends most of her time on the road.

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ANDY REBOLD Lusaka, Copperbelt& Southern Zambia

Born in the Bronx, Andy was dragged kicking and screaming to suburban New Joisey, where he grew up. In 1998, after surviving the Peace Corps in Mali, Andy spent three years with Lonely Planet as an author and cartographer. Tired of being impoverished, he earned a MPH at Columbia University and then joined the UN Population Fund, which sent him to myriad African nations whose peace hung by a string of dental floss. He now manages government-funded public health projects in Zambia. In his spare time, Andy listens to Lou Reed, guzzles Brooklyn lager and cheers for New York Yankee Johnny Damon (#18) when he scores against the Boston Red Sox.

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