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West Africa (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 904 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 6th Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740597710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740597715
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,160,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Lonely Planet, the intrepid traveler's bible...' --Los Angeles Times, April 2005


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Having lived in Nigeria and traveled extensively in West Africa I used this book frequently and it is as good as the Bradt Guides. The sections on different countries are well researched, Nigeria, Ghana,Niger, Cameroon, Senegal are well covered. The LP guides all have their own particular views and this is no different - so the usual criticism - maps too small sometimes and the books sometimes starts to fall apart easily but is a travel guide after all. The LP for West Africa is a good on all countries and they have done their research about security, health and what to see. They were very accurate about the places I visited in W. A but of course you just have to be aware that restaurants and tourists sites do come and go ( I do mean that, some tourist sites in Nigeria were there one day and gone the next). So a good and effective guide books and do read the health and security warnings. If you like this you might also want to check out the Bradt Guides too.
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As usual the lonely planet West Africa is full of details, which enable a traveller to travel around West Africa, ranging from the best hotels in small towns to bus schedules. From the fertile coast to the sandy deserts it provides a good but brief overview of the nature, history and present sights. The only weak point is the limited amount of information on regional cultural differences or history, which is probably caused by the number of countries covered
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A good starting point for travelling around W Africa but some countries were weaker than others - noticeably The Gambia and Ghana. I found the accommodation info was more accurate than the travel info. The info on crossing remote borders was the weakest. Maybe transport options change more frequently than accommodation options but I'm pretty sure that cities and towns the size of Bobo Dioulasso and Banfora have not switched location in relation to Hamale, and I'm not convinced that the authors actually did the border crossings at Ketao or Porga, for example.
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Nicely written book, but - too good to be true. "At night you might think that you are in New York" - that is about Abidjan. So so so so so far from reality...
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