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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa [Paperback]

Michael Brett
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1 Aug 2011 DK Eyewitness Travel Guide

The uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel Guide South Africa is your indispensible guide to this exciting country. This fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of South Africa's must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all its cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions this diverse country has to offer. DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide South Africa will help you to discover South Africa region by region; from the wildlife reserves and safaris to its beaches and golf resorts. Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, whilst detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, car or plane. Plus, DK's excellent insider tips will get you under the skin of South Africa, even explaining its folklore and traditions. There is even a full-colour wildlife guide to help you to not miss a thing.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide South Africa - showing you what others only tell you.



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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405360763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405360760
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.4 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DK Guides are Good 27 April 2009
Format:Paperback
For years I bought Rough Guides, Time Out and Lonely Planet guides for places I was visiting. More recently I've bought these, and I think they are much more readable and therefore useable. Maybe the other three are aimed at a younger market, and I've now moved out of that demographic, and like the photos, exploded diagrams, and shorter narative. Maybe they are just less daunting...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful when you get there 21 Feb 2010
By HelenaK
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I skimmed through the relevant chapters in this book several times before our holiday in South Africa. It's one of those books that don't make much sense until you get there. Once you are in the country it's useful as a reference guide and I use it to tick off places I've seen etc. I'm not sure it's useful to have so much detail of certain things, eg layouts of buildings and castles. It's very touristic and won't cover things that you experience whilst driving along and often you see something but it's not in the book. It also tends to push you to the tourist activities rather than see it yourself activities. For example, the referral to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony near Simon's Town was a hot spot of tourists, including a bunch of Japanese tour groups, and you had to pay to get in to see the Penguins. Instead if you drive 5 more min you can spot Penguins without tourists and having to pay. I'm all for exploring yourself without being told what to do by a book.
To summarise, useful when you arrive in South Africa to figure out what you have seen and what tourists like seeing.
Be aware that it doesn't contain useful maps for driving. You are better off buying one when you get to South Africa. Also, if you have an interest in animals and plants, get another book as this one won't cover flora and fauna.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 2009 Travel Companion 20 April 2009
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Travelled with it in January-February 2009 from Joburg to Cape Town. Gives you a good list of must see places although does skip a few places you inevitably pass on your way and ask yourself a questions this book simply doesn't have any answers to as if big portions of the country simply do not exist. All in all, it does the job, giving you a bit of history, little tips and a good background. Map wise - you need a proper atlas that is easy to get and comes free should you rent a car with a major rental company. the book is politically correct, sometimes dry and certainly won't substitute the live experience of interacting with the locals. Perfect for preparation home work you need to do before the planned trip.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book was purchased as a birthday present for someone who is due to visit Sout Africa for the first time, and I have not therefore had a chance to do more than glance through it. My impression, though, is of a well organised and informative guidebook which is unusually well illustrated and makes a welcome and civilised change from Lonely Planet and Rough Guide books which seem to be directed to an audience of scroungers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff 8 Dec 2013
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went to volunteer in South Africa this guide was ver informative plenty to read about and plenty of details to see and do whilst there
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4.0 out of 5 stars Airplane read 29 April 2013
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I read this from cover to cover on a 6 hour flight the other day in preparation for our family trip to S. Africa in August 2013. We plan on going to the Kruger, Pretora, Durban and the Cape so this comprehensive book of those areas (and more) has helped hone a plan that hopefully will give pleasure to all of us. I certainly feel better prepared for having read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great additionn to my collection 30 Mar 2013
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Even for destinations I have not (yet) visited, I love reading this series of guides. They bring the destination to life in superb detail. The guide is easy to read with lots of colourful depictions and it covers every aspect of your trip. My bookshelf is now filling up with the Eyewitness books and I do not intend to stop with this one. But on this occasion I really am going to South Africa and it is making my holiday a little easier to plan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for planning 9 Feb 2013
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I bought this when I was looking to plan a trip to South Africa and really didn't have a lot of knowledge about the country. I wanted something that would help me with my planning and would ensure that I made the right choices in terms of what I should do. I have foudn the guide very helpful and as and when I travel to South Africa it will travel with me. A good resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lots of useful info
I bought this when I was still on the planning stage of my holiday to South Africa. It was a great help. I took it with us when we went and it was invaluable whilst we were there. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms. Helen Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to South Africa
DK South Africa guide.

A comprehensive guide ideal for helping you plan your trip to S A. highlighting areas to visit and sound, practical advice for travellers.
Published 15 months ago by trevor kinch
5.0 out of 5 stars Best travel books
As is usually the case this is an excellent Dorling Kindersley guide book. DK is always the first choice wherever we're travelling giving concise information, lovely pictures and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sheila Furniss
5.0 out of 5 stars DK Eyewitness books
Great books for planning any vacation whether it be organised touring or do it yourself holidays. Plenty of information for everything you need in a different country. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tish
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide to travel round SA with
Despite being quite critical of DK guides generally, I think the guide for South Africa is fairly good and I've used it for trips to the Western Cape / Garden Route (from... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Darren Simons
4.0 out of 5 stars South Africa eye witness
This item was for a friend for her husbands birthday and she was delighted with it
thank you the quickness of delivery and the quility of the book were anazing
Published 24 months ago by Irish
5.0 out of 5 stars South Africa review
Excellent book very imformative.

Book arrived promptly, in excellent condition and well packaged. A most efficient company - Thank you
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by holleyenid
5.0 out of 5 stars South Africa Eyewitness Travel Guide
This transation was excellent value for money as the book {new} was half price. It was the travel guide for which I was specifically looking. Very pleased.
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Mr.A.White
5.0 out of 5 stars Our favourite guide books
These DK Eye Witness guides are excellent .
They are set our clearly in chapters with specific topics. Read more
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