on 27 March 2003
I am very pleased with this book. It contains all the information that I could ever want to know about my forthcoming trip to Botswana. The book has sections on: 1. general facts about Botswana 2. Facts for the visitor 3. travel to and from Botswana 4. Travel within Botswana 5. Gaborone (the capital) 6. Eastern Botswana 6. A Wildlife Guide 7. North-Eastern Biotswana 8. The Kalahari 9. Victoria Falls 9. Language.
In short this book has a bit of everything. This book has made me feel like an expert on Botswana. My only complaint about the book is that the writing is a bit too small. I will forgive the publishers for this however as the small writing is due to the publishers wanting to get as much information as possible into a book that is small enough to be taken on holiday with you. If you are going to Botswana, then this is the book you should get.
on 19 May 2003
I own several guidebooks on Botswana and this one by Lonely planet is the best yet. The information is accurate, and extra details are given (email addresses, phone numbers and special directions).
A whole range of places are covered - including 'off the beaten track' destinations, yet the book is compact and easy to read.
Bizarrely, it fails to give the excellent Nata Lodge a mention in the section on Nata?! which is why I only rated it 4 stars!
on 19 January 2003
This book is interesting and comprehensive, as lonely planet books generally are. It gives an interesting insight into the history of the country and it's people, as well as it's current situation and the problems it faces. Information given was generally accurate, although I found that some prices had changed since it was published. If you're going to Botswana, make sure you buy a travel guide before you go, I'd definately recommend this.