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South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (Lonely Planet Travel Atlas) Paperback – 31 Jul 1994


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (31 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864424434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864424433
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,356,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I cannot understand why this guide is topping the South African list. This must be one of the worst researched books ever written. IT IS OUT OF DATE! Too many places mentioned have closed down 3 years or more before printing. An unacceptably high number of telephone numbers are wrong. Advice given is quite out of date - this can be costly in Africa! This guide is badly rated by just about anyone that have used it. Of an estimated 600 or more pax that i have met that have used this ancient "bible" about 5% said it was OK, the rest hated it. I cannot recall 1 person saying that they have found it useful. I would seriously recommend that anyone contemplating buying this online first compare this with other travel books available. Pick a couple of things that interests you and compare the different guide books. Not Recommended at all.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2001
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This book has a huge number of errors, both in the information in provides and in the printing. There are numerous spelling mistakes and most of the detail is so negative I'm suprised they bothered to write it. Major attractions (eg Johannesburg Botanical Gardens) are left out, and visitors are discouraged from seeing many attractions/areas, classed as being 'too white' by the authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Smith on 23 April 2009
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A superb road atlas, showing all roads over the whole of Southern africa - a driving tourists dream - fully recommend. Downside, binding a bit weak!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Maybe a newly updated edition will be helpful 28 Dec. 1999
By Jen S. Wang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was quite disappointed with this book. The information provided in the book is somehow outdated. I was in South Africa in early December 1999. And I was having problems finding accomodations by using the telephone numbers provided in the book. Also the price listed for transportation, accomodation,...,etc are also not up to date. At the end, I had to buy another guide book for the information that I was looking for.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Atrocious - worst book in the series 23 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is an absolute dud and rates/deserves zero stars. Not only is just about all the information 3 years old, but this pathetic attemp misinforms travellers about everything especially safety. It would seem that this is just a reprint spiced up with one or two new details. I've been in tourism in SA 8 years and was astounded while reading sections. Places gets recommended you wouldn't see me dead in like an all night Steers fast food place in Durban centre for example - a definite/guaranteed redistribution of wealth waiting to happen. Then in Jo'burg 4 hostels mentioned after each other have all been closed for 3 years or more. I wouldn't even have picked up on that but the traveller who had the book tried them when arriving and he wasted about half an hour. He said he was also going to dump the book after i brought him up to speed on the Durban section. To Jon Murrays' defense (though i haven't met him) i don't think he is the guilty party. To my knowledge he hasn't even been in SA since 1996. But Jeff Williams has - a whole 3 weeks since 1996 of which he apparently spend 5 days in Swaziland. His political views on SA is well known in the industry here as is his alcoholism and his unprofessionalism. Although he has been tolerated up to now he will not be in future - not after this publication.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Blind leading the Blind 27 April 2001
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Format: Paperback
This must be one of the worst researched books ever written. IT IS OUT OF DATE! Too many places mentioned have closed down 3 years or more before printing. An unacceptably high number of telephone numbers are wrong. Advice given is quite out of date - this can be costly in Africa! This guide is badly rated by just about anyone that have used it. Of an estimated 600 or more pax that i have met that have used this ancient "bible" about 5% said it was OK, the rest hated it. I cannot recall 1 person saying that they have found it useful. I would seriously recommend that anyone contemplating buying this online first compare this with other travel books available. Pick a couple of things that interests you and compare the different guide books. Not Recommended at all.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Don't go to South Africa without it. 20 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I made my first trip to South Africa last year and the book was excellent in recommending places to stay and visit. It gave me detailed descriptions of how to travel inside the country and how to get the best out of the travel in South Africa. The restaurants and the hotels were exactly as they were described in the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great guide--but don't rely on historical sections. 16 April 1999
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Format: Paperback
This book typical of Lonely Planet guides--frank descriptions of places and activities covering a range of topics. I am a historian with a specialization in Southern Africa, and I have found that the places listed in the guide are selected with great care and attention. However, parts of the "tribal" sections contain incorrect information, errors that have remained uncorrected even in the most recent edition. The guide itself is terrific, but don't rely on it for historical information.
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