Thanks for the positive review anyway - hope you didn't feel misled by any sales info?
It's definitely a pre-departure guide, as we cover the whole of Africa in 450 pages. But I'd hope the detailed planning chapters were helpful as well as the few pages on the Republic of South Africa itself.
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Richard Trillo, co-author First-Time Africa