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Lonely Planet Africa (Multi Country Travel Guide) Paperback – August 1, 2010

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…the book was once designed purely for travelers on a shoestring, but the new edition also has listings for more sophisticated or affluent travelers who prefer not to go the do-it-yourself hostel route.' --USA Today
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  • Series: Multi Country Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 1185 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 12 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741049881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741049886
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Tran on July 21, 2007
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I was traveling with the LP Africa on a Shoestring 6 months ago. I purchased this new edition to see how LP has updated it and I'm not impressed. I don't think they did much for the Southern Africa section except remove a few things like places to stay and cities that they didn't feel tourists would get to (ex: Barra in Mozambique, Nata and Ghanzi in Botswana). Don't even think about just taking this book when you're traveling (and I have seen travelers with only this book!). If you're planning just to do Southern Africa and/or East Africa, get the books LP has out for these two regions because they will be more detailed and meet friends along the way for more recent advice/info. I was surprised to find that some of the places I visited and enjoyed in Southern Africa were no longer in the new edition. The general country info and other advice in this book are still as good as the last edition (with more current events added) and I recommend it to anyone thinking about doing a multi-country trip to Africa. It is great for planning your travel destinations.
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Lonely Planet is the leader in travel books. This isn't just my opinion, I've met many other travelers who won't go anywhere without the appropriate LP book. Africa on a Shoestring is a great guide, with information on places to stay and what to see, for travelers who don't want to spend a fortune and aren't afraid to get out and actually experience the local culture.

That being said, I'm really disappointed in parts of this book. As the market leader, LP should be able to keep its books properly updated. Yet many country sections start with: "We were unable to do on-the-ground research in (country_name), so some information in this chapter may not be reliable". While this is understandable in someplace like Liberia or Cote d'Ivoire where the national security situation is volatile, it's inexcusable for countries like Nigeria. Yes, there are some problem areas in Nigeria, and Lagos can indeed be chaotic. But Nigeria is not Lagos. And Nigeria is not the Niger Delta. I certainly hope that they manage to update some of these chapters for the next edition.

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the countries LP didn't bother to update for this edition: Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo-Brazzaville, CAR, Congo-Kinshasa, Burundi, Somalia, Angola. Libya is listed as potentially being partially unreliable.

If you're traveling to Africa, my advice is to get this book _and_ the Rough Guide to whatever region of Africa you're going to. If you're going somplace that LP's book doesn't cover, look for a specific book that covers it. My last bit of advice for Africa travelers is to roll with the punches. There aren't nearly as many folks going to Africa as there are to Europe, so the information on Africa isn't as cutting-edge new. That hotel you read about and planned on staying in tonight? It burned down six months ago. But there are always other options, so just relax and take it easy.
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Anthony Ham's AFRICA packs in over 250 detailed small maps and is the only guide for independent travelers to cover the entire continent. Fast facts, tips on where to see local culture and wildlife alike, and plenty of town-by-town descriptions for accommodations, food and more make this a thick but welcome take-along tote. Travel collections will find this a popular pick.
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I applaud LP for taking on the challenge of a book that covers the entire continent, but it's just too much for one book. I bought it in order to piece together an itinerary, but it doesn't do a good job in linking the countries together. Under the "suggested itineraries" it really just says it will depend on your money and time (uh, thanks, no kidding) and then tells you where NOT to go (Congo, Sierra Leone, etc)

The newest version is at least clumps groups of countries together. Mine is just a year old and has the countries in alpha order.

I would suggest buying the smaller books (LP East Africa, etc) instead.
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It took so much to get there and I found it very comforting having this book to entice me along. Yes it was pretty general but it left us open to meeting people and having more excuses to dig for directions. Many times we were invited into people's homes, the ones that spoke English and French. I always prefer roughing it to clean ironed sheets and air conditioned rooms. Anglin writes well and although there are some holes, there's no book out there that is better for seeing the raw Africa.
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This is a very disappointing book.The countries are not really covered.One cannot have an overview of Africa by reading this book.Too many pages are unnecessarily spent on the standard features like visas,places to stay in the capitals,dangers,etc. Furthermore, mostly big towns are covered.There are no references to the indigenous cultures of each country,no indication of the comparative merits of each place within each country,and,above all,no comparison of the various countries--so one cannot decide which are the best countries to visit.Finally,most countries are presented in a positive light,as if each writer set out to compete with the rest,which does not help at all.Books of this sort,that cover many countries,must help the reader decide which countries are worth visiting and which are not,something that this book utterly fails to do--an excellent example of a book that succeeds in this,but from another part of the world,is Moon's "South Pacific".
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