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  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 3 edition (24 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841621870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841621876
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 781,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An invaluable resource." The New York Times "Travelling independently to Namibia and exploring some of the remoter corners of this fascinating country by 4x4, we came to depend on the Bradt Guide. This was especially the case when we ventured into Bushmanland in the north east to visit the remote Khaudum National Park. Arriving late into Tsumkwe and unable to gain access to the lodge, we were forced to drive hard up the sand tracks into the gathering gloom, eyes glued to the GPS and totally reliant on the coordinates thankfully detailed in this comprehensive guidebook. We toasted Chris McIntyre with a few beers when we finally arrived at the Sikerti Camp!" Exodus "Best guidebook." The Sunday Times "The most detailed guide available." Wanderlust "Both thorough and authoritative." Travel and Leisure "By far the most thorough and informative." Travel Africa 'The best travel guide I've ever used' David Takacs

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Namibia: The Bradt Travel Guide' is a new guide containing over 480 pages and 39 high quality colour pictures. The guide's nine introductory chapters include the practical details of getting there, planning & preparing for a trip, suggested itineraries, organising fly-drive trips, driving in Namibia, camping & walking in the bush, Namibia's natural environment, history, people & culture, health & safety, and much more. The guide's 50 maps number virtually every road in the country, and include detailed street plans for the major towns and cities - Windhoek alone has five full pages of maps devoted to it. There are 13 regional chapters including Windhoek, The Namib-Naukluft National Park, The Skeleton Coast, The Kaokoveld, Etosha, The Triangle & Bushmanland, Owamboland, and the Kavango & Caprivi Strip. Each discusses virtually every small town, hotel, lodge, bush camp, B&B and English-speaking guest farm in each area, together with their contact details, directions to get there and a detailed, personal review of their facilities and activities. There are sections on orientation, where to stay and eat, and what to see and do. Up-to-date prices are included throughout. There is extensive in-depth coverage of the national parks and wildlife. Which parks to visit, how to get to them and get the most out of them. It's a very practical guide. Many walking trails are described, and even the particular game species most likely to be seen at individual water-holes is Etosha National Park are discussed. This is the most comprehensive and detailed guide to Namibia currently available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Sims on 17 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
Having spent a fair amount of time in Namibia we have collected almost every guide book there is and I have to say this is the one we use most. I like the layout more than the others and it is generally more informative and more up to date. A good all round guide book to this amazing country.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Poison Ivy on 26 May 2009
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Before heading off to Namibia, my partner and I wanted to get a guidebook that would help us planning a self driving trip across the Country. I remember being in a bookshop in London considering all the options: Lonely Planet, Footprint and Bradt. Before then, I had never heard of Bradt and, being a happy Lonely Planet customer, I was a bit sceptic in trying something different. But the Lonely Planet guide for Namibia was really a bit thin. Hence along with the Lonely Planet guide to Botswana and Namibia, we decided to buy the Bradt guide too. And what a great investment that was! With the exception of the Caprivi and the Kavango, we have travelled across the entire Namibia, and I can honestly say we could never have done it without the Bradt travel guide. This book is well written, easy to use and the information given accurate. The Lonely Planet guide in comparison is rather sparse, with out of date info (many of the phone number provided by Lonely Planet were no longer in use!). I have been thoroughly satisfied with the Bradt guidebook to Namibia and I can highly recommend. I have been a fan of Lonely Planet in the past, but after this experience I will with no doubt look for Bradt guides first in the future: well done Bradt!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Powell on 28 Nov. 2001
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For two years running, we've used this book on our Land Rover safaris in Namibia. It's been invaluable in helping us plan routes and choose campsites. The level of information is just right for independent self-drive travellers, so this book might not be the best choice for backpackers. Buy this book, get yourself a Landy, and GO!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil in St. Louis on 7 July 2010
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We recently returned from three (glorious) weeks in Namibia, Bradt Guide and Lonely Planet Guide in hand. The brand new Lonely Planet Guide to Botswana and Namibia was pretty useless -- it offered nothing that the 2007 Bradt Guide didn't offer, and, in fact, I suspected in some cases Lonely Planet had merely copied and paraphrased text from the Bradt Guide.

The Bradt Guide, on the other hand, never steered us wrong. It offered step-by-step instructions for navigating the logistics of Namibia's parks and wildlife concessions, had excellent suggestions on hotels and food, offered compelling and accurate descriptions of Namibia's scenic wonders. The book was written by someone who obviously loves Namibia, and his enthusiasm jumped off the page. The author's biases -- on behalf of ecosystem integrity and community benefits from wildlife and tourism -- were informed and never overbearing.

I believe it's the best guide I've ever used, and wherever I go next, I'll look for the Bradt Guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bracknellwanderer on 18 July 2012
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We bought this guide for planning our two week self drive tour of Namibia, over 4000 Kms from Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Salt road, Skeleton Coast, Etosha, Caprivi Strip, into Bostwana at Chobe National Park. This is now becoming a well worn tourist trail because good places to stay are relatively few. But even so there is a paucity of local tourist information between the 'big' centres. This is where the Bradt Guide came into its own! We used it as a 'constant companion'. It certainly gave us loads of snippets of information as we journeyed along as well as locations of fuel stations and eateries. And also enabled us to make interesting diversions during our trip. It was particularly entertaining to find that some of these were not as we imagined from the descriptions. Roys Camp and Solitaire fall into this category. (Our minds' eyes were different from the Author's!). In our view it was accurate enough for our purposes. We noted a couple of inconsistencies between the text and maps along the Caprivi Strip (notified to Author), but these are just nitpicking details rather than errors which would affect your journey. I suspect a few things have changed since the book was updated. For example, because of severe flooding we were diverted to Onguma Bush Camp. We have to say that the description given is completely out of date. It has been rebuilt, it is three times the size, and the rooms are modern.
We completed our trip by crossing to Botswana. The road to Chobe is now fully paved, but it might be useful to add a cautionary note that Botswana Road Tax needs to paid (in cash only) before entry is permitted.

Final icing on the cake is the section on History, politics and economics. This completes the perpective on one of Africa's new countries. The Guide is a must!.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jane Campion on 22 Mar. 2005
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Great guide. Much more detailed and up to date compared to the Lonely Planet. As usual it's the excellent standard of Bradt, you certainly dont feel you're trailing around the country on the same route as everyone else - lots of great ideas and suggestions. Namibia is one great destination and this book takes you all over with practical advice and clarity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2004
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This is what a travel book should be. All the information you need with a dash of personal input descibing the country. It has that extra bit of knowledge letting you know the history and detail of what you're looking at, rather than a dry list of addresses and maps.
There are a few minor errors, as with all guidebooks, and the map for guesthouses in Windhoek is frustratingly hopelessly inaccurate.
Lots and lots of detail and info makes this a must pack.
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