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Ghana, 4th (Bradt Travel Guide) Paperback – November 1, 2007

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‘We had an absolutely fabulous time and the Bradt Ghana guide played a big role in that…congratulations to Philip and Bradt Travel Guides for an outstanding effort. I couldn’t imagine visiting Ghana without that book.’
Jim Hogan, California, USA

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Bradt's guide to Ghana, now into its third edition, is still the only dedicated guide to West Africa's fastest growing destination for tourists and business travelers. Author Philip Briggs helps visitors discover a country steeped in a rich cultural tradition but overshadowed by a tragic slave-trade history--the slave fort at Cape Coast being just one of the chilling reminders. Imprints of cultural groups can be found across the country, including the ancient mud-and-thatch mosque at Larabanga, the singular stilt village of Nzulezu, and the Ashanti Kingdom. Ghana is an uncrowded place to go for game-viewing; Mole National Park and Baobeng Monkey Sanctuary are among the highlights.

This guide features:
--A guide to the wildlife of the country: species identification, wildlife sanctuaries, and Mole National Park--the country's premier reserve
--Accra for the business traveler or backpacker, covering a complete range of accommodations, places to eat, and nightlife
--A look at the country's culture, from Ghanian music and ethnic groups to decorated shrines and crafts, including cloth weaving
--A review of Ghana's historical background, spanning ancient empires, the Gold Coast era, the slave trade, and Ghana's development since independence
--Practical considerations: planning a trip, traveling within Ghana, its infrastructure, and health and safety advice
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 4th edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841622052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841622057
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,038,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most Travel Guides just focus on the southern areas of Ghana, near Accra, Takoradi, Cape Coast and along the coastline. This book covers the entire country and every possible way of getting around.
For example, the Lonely planet's West Africa Guide did not provide information on how to get from Bolga to Wa. This book gave us the bus company, time and price of the trip. When arriving in Bolga we asked how to get to Wa and most of the people there were not really positive, but sure enough the book was completely accurate.
Another example was when we were in the Volta Region climbing Mount Afedzeto. There were no places to stay, but the guide says that if one asks for the Peace Corps on duty, that member will gladly give you a room. Sure enough we had a very comfortable place to stay for the night.
This book is well written and the best on the market. There is an incredibly helpful guide to the animals one will see in Mole national Park and a great general guide about how to get around and what to are "cultural taboos."
The author's writing style makes the book easy to read and allows you to know him well after only reading one section.
It is the only guide book that is fitting for such a diverse and delightful country.
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In that this follows a number of other reviews of Philip Briggs' "Ghana--The Bradt Travel Guide" (second edition), there may be a "coals to Newcastle" aspect to my comments. I found the first edition, recommended by a Ghanaian friend, very helpful on a trip to Ghana in February of 2001. I've since bought the second (updated and expanded) edition, and find it as readable as the first, as well as continuing to give a reasonable level of detail about getting around, places to stay, and things to see. There are some pet items that in my view would have warranted mention, such as the universities in Cape Coast and Kumasi, but it's not reasonable to expect everything about a country to show up in 354 pages. Having worked in Ghana years ago, I was not starting from zero when picking up Briggs' book. I had also been checking with a few Ghanaian friends, and had been looking into websites. Maybe that's the main point to make: No single source of information, even a very good guidebook such as this one, can be entirely complete and up-to-date.
From the U.S., at least, your visa application may be your first encounter with Ghanaian bureaucracy. Unless you live close to the embassy in Washington or the consulate in New York, get started at least two months in advance. Once in Ghana, you'll need to get adjusted to some third-world realities. Those used to North American and European infrastructure and scheduling efficiency may have to remind themselves that things really will typically take longer, that power and water outages can be frequent, that transportation will not always be fully predictable, and that breakdowns should not be a surprise. Get on the road early whenever possible, make sure that you fill that bucket in the bathroom promptly on arrival, and keep a flashlight handy.
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I was presented with this guide as a christmas gift a month prior to leaving for a six week journey through Ghana in 1999. I was thrilled to discover a more comprehensive guide book than those produced by Lonely Planet. Given time to compare notes before travelling it was only to my benefit to carry this guide. As with all guide books information tends to date quickly, therefore it becomes important to future editions for a traveller to make their own contribution to assist others on their journey. As a single female traveller in Ghana this guide book was an easy to use and essential tool, not only did it assist me but others I met along the way. I'd recommend this Guide to Ghana and any future editions to anyone.
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Having been in and out of Ghana many times over the past ten years I would like to comment on this Bradt Guide to the country. During this past July and August I used this guide to travel along the coast, slowly, from Accra all the way over to near the Ivory Coast border. It took about a month of visiting many little villages, historical sites, and staying in small guest houses and hotels. I found this guide an excellent resource. A major part of the Ghanaian government tourist development plans relates to ecotourism. Developed with the aid of international agencies, this plan calls for protecting the environment while increasing tourism. New national parks are being developed and many over hunted animals protected. This Bradt guide is an excellent source for this new tourism. My only suggest is a personal one. I am a city person and if I were doing this guide I would expand the section on night life in Accra and Kumasi. There are alternative travel sources available. The Internet has a growing number of sites related to Ghana, Ghanaian culture and history, and current events. Using web based data along with this Bradt guide will provide any traveler with a great vacation!
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Philip Briggs' book covers an area that is only covered elsewhere in West African regional guides and therefore fills an important gap in the market. It contains a great deal of useful general information and advice, and presents Ghana and Ghanaians as the welcoming country and people they are.
I visited Ghana for 6 weeks last year following a gap of 27 years since the 1970s when I lived and researched in the country for four years. This book ably brought me up to date with details on developments, accommodation, road conditions, the developing tourist industry, prices etc which helped to make my trip less daunting and much more pleasurable. There were a few gaps and points that needed up-dating in what was the first edition of the book, but key advice on the condition of roads, availability of accommodation was accurate and invaluable.
I would strongly urge anyone considering a trip to Ghana that will take them outside of Accra to equip themselves with this book and get the most from their trip. I would also urge them to go to Ghana before it becomes too much on the tourist trail so that they can gain a real understanding of the problems and pleasures of life in that country.
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