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Lonely Planet West Africa (Travel Guide)
 
 

Lonely Planet West Africa (Travel Guide) [Kindle Edition]

Lonely Planet , Anthony Ham , Jean-Bernard Carillet , Paul Clammer , Emilie Filou , Tom Masters , Anja Mutic , Caroline Sieg , Kate Thomas , Vanessa Wruble
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet West Africa is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience the culture of Dakar or Marrakesh, visit the gorges and oases of the Sahara, or hike to paradise on Santo Antao in Cape Verde; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of West Africa and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's West Africa Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, literature, cinema, religion, music, arts, and West African peoples
  • Over 90 maps
  • Useful features - including Month by Month (annual festival calendar), Itineraries (suggested routes that maximise your time and money), and Peoples of West Africa
  • Coverage of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and more

eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices)

  1. Zoom-in maps and images bring it all up close and in greater detail
  2. Downloadable PDF and offline maps let you stay offline to avoid roaming and data charges
  3. Seamlessly flip between pages
  4. Easily navigate and jump effortlessly between maps and reviews
  5. Speedy search capabilities get you to what you need and want to see
  6. Use bookmarks to help you shoot back to key pages in a flash
  7. Visit the websites of our recommendations by touching embedded links
  8. Adding notes with the tap of a finger offers a way to personalise your guidebook experience
  9. Inbuilt dictionary to translate unfamiliar languages and decode site-specific local terms

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet West Africa, our most comprehensive guide to West Africa, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for just a few of the destinations included in this guide? Check out the relevant Lonely Planet country guides for a comprehensive look at what each country has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Paul Clammer, Jane Cornwell, Emilie Filou, Nana Luckham, Tom Masters, Anja Mutic, Caroline Sieg, Kate Thomas and Vanessa Wruble

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13442 KB
  • Print Length: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 8 edition (1 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F076V1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money 21 Oct 2013
By Pawel
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I totally agree with other reviews. This edition is to me the disappointment of the year. Especially, since I was so much looking forward to getting it before my trip to West Africa in the end of November 2013, whereas now I am considering if I should leave it at home. If these kind of LP guidebooks used to be called bibles, this edition should be treated as a flyer - so thin it is and so little information it has. And the explanation for not covering (de facto) Guinea or Mali ('there are not many people going there') is probably the writer's joke (you could probably write this about most of the countries coverd by this guidebook, you'd save more on paper). I have the old edition of the LP West Africa (1999) at home and went through it last night: it was twice as thick as this one and every single page was full of information or pictures. And it covered countries like Guinea too (and I doubt there were much more people going there at that time than nowadays). Needless to say, I am now seriously considering taking with me to West Africa this old edition instead of the new one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite useless 22 Sep 2013
By davidh
Format:Paperback
As someone who's been traveling to West Africa on a semi-regular basis for the past 15 years, I am quite familiar with the various editions of Lonely Planet's West Africa guide. The earlier editions used to be excellent. Subsequent editions turned mediocre, with adequate practical information but scant background information, and feeling more like a collection of individual chapters rather than a cohesive guidebook about the entire region. This edition is a huge disappointment to put it mildly. As the previous reviewer noted, it's shrunk to about half its previous size, and that only because of the addition of some 50 pages on Morocco which is not part of West Africa, and which the previous editions quite sensibly did not cover. Mali, Niger and Guinea on the other hand are no longer covered, the excuse for Guinea being that few travelers are heading to that country these days. The information on the remaining countries is quite rudimentary. In fact, for most the coverage is not more detailed than LP Africa, so there is really no reason whatsoever to buy this book.

Sadly, it appears that Rough Guides will not be releasing a new edition of its excellent West Africa, so the only remaining choices are Bradt's generally excellent country guides where they exist, and (for French speakers) the individual country guides by Petit Fute.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where have all the pages gone?! 20 Sep 2013
By Nick
Format:Paperback
I couldn't believe how thin this book is - it has 520 pages to cover all of WestAfrica when the previous edition had 912 pages! The 2008 Rough Guide to West Africa has 1376 pages for goodness sake!

Ok i know some countries are out of bounds for various reasons, but for example the Nigeria section is 20 pages when the Rough Guide has around 150! Anyone going to Nigeria will need more than this!

And, unlike the Rough Guide and the excellent [...] website, nowhere does it mention that, apart from tourist spots like the Gambia, this is actually the hardest part of the world to travel in, there are fewer sights of interest than many other areas of the world, and that home comforts are far and far between - its not South East Asia or Australia.

Instead we go straight into the usual "If you like ..." sections which are a bit childish for me to be honest.

An in case you are wondering "well why did he buy it", i didnt buy it. £18 was too steep for such a lazy effort.

Please Lonely Planet, go back to what you used to be!
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1.0 out of 5 stars try leaving the guide book behind altogether 28 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I recently did a trip to Ivory coast, still not covered in the Rough Guide and the last two trips I ve done to Togo and Ghana I left the guide books at home. An hour or two on the web, browsing the discussion forums and basic surfing will uncover everything of interest to the traveller and more besides.
Through knowing local people and asking around once I ve arrived somewhere I ve uncovered lots of things that are not in any guide book and had some amazing experiences to boot.
I found excellent self catering accommodation in Abidjan through a web search.
Now I wouldn't go anywhere with a guide book, I'd rather discover things myself and have the element of surprise.
The Lonely Planet series listed Uganda as one of their recommended new destinations. This is an appalling country with an abysmal human rights record, run by a dictator who has enacted repressive legislation not just against gays but others while plundering the countrys wealth. That they don't list Guinea which is one of the more progressive and forward thinking countries in the region says all you need to know. Boycott Lonely Planet, clearly an unethical company.
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1.0 out of 5 stars quite useless 22 Sep 2013
By davidh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As someone who's been traveling to West Africa on a semi-regular basis for the past 15 years, I am quite familiar with the various editions of Lonely Planet's West Africa guide. The earlier editions used to be excellent. Subsequent editions turned mediocre, with adequate practical information but scant background information, and feeling more like a collection of individual chapters rather than a cohesive guidebook about the entire region. This edition is a huge disappointment to put it mildly. As the previous reviewer noted, it's shrunk to about half its previous size, and that only because of the addition of some 50 pages on Morocco which is not part of West Africa, and which the previous editions quite sensibly did not cover. Mali, Niger and Guinea on the other hand are no longer covered, the excuse for Guinea being that few travelers are heading to that country these days. The information on the remaining countries is quite rudimentary. In fact, for most the coverage is not more detailed than LP Africa, so there is really no reason whatsoever to buy this book.

Sadly, it appears that Rough Guides will not be releasing a new edition of its excellent West Africa, so the only remaining choices are Bradt's generally excellent country guides where they exist, and (for French speakers) the individual country guides by Petit Fute.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother 9 Oct 2013
By Readz Alot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I must echo the previous review. This guide is a complete waste of money. It has shrunk from over 900 pages to about 500, and much of that is back-ground and cultural information. (And it would be even smaller if they hadn't decided, for reasons unknown, to include 40 pages on Morocco -- a country which boasts its very own 500 page guidebook.)
There is no coverage at all of Mali, Niger or Guinea, due to the current dangers of traveling there.

And rather than, sensibly, devoting more pages and more detailed coverage to those countries that CAN be visited safely, those chapters are much smaller than in previous editions -- typically about half the size. (15 pages on Gambia; 20 on Benin vs. 30 and 40 in the last edition.)Given that West Africa is a part of the world where good travel info is hard to find on the internet (few hotels, except the top of the line ones, have websites, there are few reviews on travel sites), this is a part of the world where travelers are going to need to still rely on the printed word, and where LP could have, and should have, stepped up to the plate.

If they didn't feel it safe or worthwhile to visit West Africa, they shouldn't have bothered with this new edition at all.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet Shouldn't Have Bothered... 14 Feb 2014
By David Lester Singleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This guidebook is a piece of crap, to be frank. LP has removed most of the useful info like most maps and dropped many smaller destinations completely. Much of the info (especially in the Ghana section) is quite incorrect. Use a different guidebook.
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