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Lonely Planet The Gambia & Senegal (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Katharina Lobeck Kane
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Book Description

18 Sep 2009 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet the Gambia & Senegal 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. Ride a camel through the dunes of Lompoul under the starlit sky, learn the mbalax hip swing, or wander the narrow streets of historical Saint-Louis; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the Gambia and Senegal and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet the Gambia & Senegal 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 customs, history, religion, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, and wine
  • Over 61 local maps
  • Coverage of Banjul, Serekunda, Tanji, Barra, Brikama, Bintang, Bolong, Bansang, Dakar, Cap Vert Peninsula, Petite Cote, the Sine-Saloum Delta, Thies, Saint-Louis, Casamance, Tambacounda, and more

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

  • Looking for a guide focused on West Africa? Check out Lonely Planet's West Africa guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet and Katharina Lobeck Kane.

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.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4th Revised edition (18 Sep 2009)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 174104829X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741048292
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good descriptions but lacking in detail 14 Jan 2010
I used this guide exclusively to travel around The Gambia.
The guide falls below the usual standard I have come to expect from the LP. The descriptions are good & as a basis for choosing what you want to see & do in the country it is quite good (I thought the maps were excellent).
Where it falls down is on the detail, despite being published in Sep 2009 the prices were usually incorrect (higher & lower than listed) & the majority of phone numbers (that we tried) were not in service due to the general switch to mobiles. Also the description of the road infrastructure is out of date as there are considerably more sealed roads than the guide implies. For such a recent publication there were far too many errors & sections that were blatantly out of date.
Overall its OK, but don't rely on it to get you round the country, if your going to just The Gambia I think Bradt do a stand alone guide which may be more detailed & specifically researched?
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit dry 19 April 2012
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I have usually bought Lonely Planet guides in the past but I am becoming increasinngly disappointed with them these days. The first disappointment is that they don't have anywhere near as many photos as they used to. I love to be able to pour over photos before I go on a trip as I find that it generates excitement as I can visualise where I will be going. This book had a couple of pages of pictures at the beginning and it made the rest of the book look very dry and boring. Pictures aside, I also didn't find this book very passionate about The Gambia; it was pretty bland to be honest and didn't inspire enthusiasm before I got there.

I know that LP were originally created for the independent traveller but people who go on package holidays like to explore too. We booked a package holiday so that the flights and hotel were sorted but we wanted to venture out on our own to find new places and experiences. I was surprised that some of the best restaurants were missing from the book and also the descriptions of others were incorrect e.g. Calypso at Cape Point: what it didn't mention in the book is that there is a tree house restaurant overlooking a crocodile pool (a major point I would have thought).

The information on the differences between local taxis, tourist taxis and how to fend off "bumsters" was useful but to be honest I think there should have been more information on these and similar points (there were tiny paragraphs only).

In summary: a useful book if you just want your info almost in list form. If you want history and culture presneted in a more vibrant and enthusiastic way then this is not the book for you. Someone in our hotel had the Insight guide and I sat and read it for hours - beautiful pictures and inspiring commentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with Lonely Planet 25 April 2013
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I'm a big Lonely Planet guide and always buy a copy of their guide for whichever country I am visiting
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