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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864500662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864500660
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,430,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2001
Format: Paperback
Having travelled a bit in Asia (accompanied by the requisite guide books), I thought that it was time that I had a look round Africa. But, if you don't know which country (or countries) you want to go to, then where do you start?
Well, Lonely Planet have come up trumps again! This is an excellent starting place for planning a trip - be it from 1 week to 1 year, a holiday or a travelling adventure.
This book gives a detailed description of how to go about planning any trip (regardless of continent), then describes the joys and problems of Africa (culture, health, etc). And THEN it provides a few pages describing each country - what's good to see, visa requirements, and so on. It even provides suggested itineries, highlights and a map.
Basically, it's what you need to know about a country in order for you to decide whether you research a place in depth or consign it to the "not going there" pile. It doesn't try to put you off, it just tells it to you straight, and allows you to make your own mind up (unless it's a country in serious turmoil, when the LP take the responsible line and say that they are not recommending anyone travelling there).
So ... unless you know exactly where you want to and for how long (when you buy the guide to a particular country) ... read this first!
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By Cate on 6 May 2013
Format: Paperback
A well written and non patronising book which gives excellent advice. It is not a comprehensive guide to Africa - it never could be but it's a great place to start.
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Planning a trip and maybe Africa Studies so decided reading this first was good advice. It is full of practical suggestions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great little book on Africa 1 Mar. 2006
By Robbie Honerkamp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First off, let's set out what this book isn't. It's not an exhaustive destination guide. It's not going to tell you where to stay in Accra or what days the market is open in Abeokuta. The chapters on each country are only a couple of pages long.

That being said, there's some great information here. I particularly like the suggested iteneraries. They give you suggestions on what you can do if you have one week, two weeks, or a month in each country, with a map and brief information on sites to see and travel methods. That's the second half of the book. The first half of the book is general travel information for developing countries that's definitely required reading for first time travelers to Africa.

This book (only a few dollars used - it's out of print now) and a full-featured travel guide (Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Bradt, etc) will be very useful in planning your trip to Africa.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Best Africa book yet!! 6 Sept. 2000
By Dominique K. Waples-Trefil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The most consise, clear account of what you need, and what you need to do to get ready for Africa. I loved the book. Even though it is entitled " Read this first" it is the only guide book I am taking in it's entirety , to Africa.
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