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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2006
It's got to be difficult to cover 50+ countries in 1000 pages, and to be fair LP have a pretty good stab at it. However having just returned from a year-long, 20-country jaunt through the dark continent, this book was after a while not often consulted, as it's information was outdated or just plain wrong. We took to calling this book the 'Lonely Liar'...

Bear in mind that although it was supposedly published in 2004, from when the information was actually collected it is now 3 or 4 years out of date. Whole countries have had coups, revolutions and free elections in that time (for example Congo, which gets very little space in this book because in 2002 it was pretty dangerous).

If you want to find the hip and happening backpacker ghettoes then this book will certainly help you. You will find a large number of other hip backpackers toting the same book around, in fact you might as well go on an overland truck together because you'll be going to all the same places.

In a nutshell there are two problems with this book: 1. Africa is too big and diverse a place to be condensed into one book, and too difficult to keep such a weighty tome up to date. 2. the usual LP problem of if you follow their advice, you are just travelling from one backpacker hangout to the next, and missing out on much of what makes Africa so fantastic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2006
Objectively, this is the most hardcore guidebook in the world. Covering nearly 50 countries, a dozen war zones, a thousand languages - it's Africa in 1000 pages.

This will give you the very basics: how to get to/from a country, lots of details on crossing borders overland, transport options, basic accomodation and eating solutions. Think of it as a normal Lonely Planet guide but covering only the highlights, with far fewer maps (only capitals) and much less history and background.

It's not perfect, of course, but if you're covering large swathes of the continent than it's by far your best option. Some people may be better off with a Southern/East Africa guide (from LP or others), but if your backpack can't accomodate multiple guidebooks, this is the one for you.

have fun on the trip.
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on 1 March 2011
This book was my bible when travelling around Africa! It is a big book, but what do you expect from something with information on 50 odd countries?! It is very helpful and well put together. If you are thinking of travelling only a few African countries it may be better to get the country's individual guide books as they will have more detail on the area...but if you're not one who likes to make too many decisions (like me) then this is great as it is just enough to get you by.
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on 10 May 2013
I'm thinking about a trip and African Studies. This seemed a good place to start. I definitely recommend this book
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2010
This is a very disappointing book.The countries are not really covered.One cannot have an overview of Africa by reading this book.Too many pages are unnecessarily spent on the standard features like visas,places to stay in the capitals,dangers,etc. Furthermore, mostly big towns are covered.There are no references to the indigenous cultures of each country,no indication of the comparative merits of each place within each country,and,above all,no comparison of the various countries--so one cannot decide which are the best countries to visit.Finally,most countries are presented in a positive light,as if each writer set out to compete with the rest,which does not help at all.Books of this sort,that cover many countries,must help the reader decide which countries are worth visiting and which are not,something that this book utterly fails to do--an excellent example of a book that succeeds in this,but from another part of the world,is Moon's "South Pacific".
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2011
LP are always the best travel guides i have found and this book is no different. Lots of information for planning a general trip to Africa which is what i wanted it for, but if i was going to go a specific country or region then i would buy that particular LP as they are a lot more detailed.
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