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The Rough Guide to The Gambia (Rough Guide Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Emma Gregg , Richard Trillo
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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30 Nov 2006 Rough Guide Travel Guides
The Rough Guide to The Gambia is the most comprehensive guide to Africa’s most accessible country. This second edition, the result of detailed on-the-ground research, reports on exciting new developments including beautiful eco-retreats and imaginative wildlife conservation projects where visitors can see birds, monkeys and chimps at close range. Detailed maps and plans are complemented by expert and upbeat guidance on the beaches, villages and music, the mangrove creeks and the River Gambia itself. There are first-hand reviews of all the best accommodation, restaurant and bar options in the country, both on and off the beaten track, for everyone from shoestring travellers to luxury tourists. The guide is also full of trademark candid insights into Gambian history, politics, music, language and culture.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (30 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843537036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843537038
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Trillo is author of Rough Guides to West Africa and Kenya and has been visiting the region regularly since his first trip in 1978. When not travelling around Africa, Richard is also Rough Guides' Communications Director in London.After meeting Richard on a research trip in The Gambia 1994, Emma Gregg has been a key contributor to The Rough Guide to West Africa. She is also editor of Travel Africa magazine

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Alice M
The Gambia's the kind of place where it's fun to just relax by the pool and do nothing. But it's even more fun to get out and about, having adventures! This book helped me do exactly that.

Without the Rough Guide, I would have missed out on so much. I chose my hotel on the basis of a review in the book, and loved the place. And in just a week I took boat trips along amazing mangrove creeks, visited crazy markets, and met really friendly villagers. The book tells it how it is, so you're not left wondering which trip/lodge/restaurant to choose. It's also really good on background info. I'd definitely recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super! 11 Jan 2010
Although this rough guide to the Gambia was not the most recent travel guide about The Gambia, it was still shockingly accurate and complete! We visited The Gambia in Octobre 2009, backpacked around the country only by gheleh gheleh, slept and ate in small restaurants and little guesthouses. Most of the guides of this size are Senegal and Gambia books, while this one only goes in detail about the Gambia. It was an enormous source of information, on country, culture, tradition, places to go and to stay, things of interest...
We've been travelling around all over the world on Rough Guides but we've never had one more complete and accurate than this one! It's absolute superb!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars inacurate but ok 9 April 2009
By H. Bax
I recently went to The Gambia and took this book along for travel advice. Overall it was ok. The information about culture, religion, money etc. was useful, however the map was completely inaccurate as were the restaurant reviews.

The map was also rather difficult to navigate due to none of the items being listed consecutively, and therefore you had to fish around to find what you were looking for. Also the reviews for restaurants led me to believe that the writer(s) had not visited these places for a meal, nor so much as reviewed the menus as the pricing and descriptions were a little off.

If you are intending on visiting this beautiful country, my advice would be to research places to eat on the internet before going.
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5.0 out of 5 stars useful book 14 Mar 2013
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just looking forward to going there now. It was informative and useful. I will be taking it with me when I go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carried it everywhere 12 Sep 2011
Bought this prior to a Gambian holiday and carried it everywhere. Found it really useful finding hotels, restaurants etc. medical information and weather we could expect.
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