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Ghana (Bradt Travel Guides) Paperback – 8 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 5 edition (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841623253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623252
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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'Philip Briggs is clearly not only an expert on travel in Africa but also someone who cares deeply about the countries he is visiting.' Traveller Magazine 'Highly informative and rich in local detail' Wanderlust 'The best guidebook to the country.' The Sunday Times 'One of the few comprehensive guides available.' Time Out 'The best guide to Ghana.' Elle 'Contains a wealth of information for travellers of all budgets.' Footloose

About the Author

Philip Briggs is an expert on African travel and author of several Bradt Guides, including Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi.

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Almost essential during any trip to Ghana, this guide really makes it easy to locate the wealth of culture and hospitality in Ghana.

Without a guide Ghana can oft times seem at best daunting and at worst dull. This is far from the truth however, the country containing almost all of what Africa has to offer - Rainforests, Christian & Muslim Cultures, Safaris, Beautiful lakes and beaches and even *cough* the corrupting influences of the west are detailed in extraordinary depth within this guide.

As a country not exactly buzzing with tourism not only is the guide essential in uncovering customs and tradition - but also in making sure that three hour ride on a tro-tro (rickety old van) results in a glorious beach or magnificent walk through a rainforest canopy... rather than some floating poo-poo washing up on the shores of a smoggy bustling town (and yes, unfortunately Ghana does have these as much abundance as any other developing country).

As a student volunteer in Ghana I found this book a lifesaver, and I would assume it would be just as suitable for anyone taking on the role of tourist as well (as I travelled extensively as well during my stay).
If you're going to Ghana, purchase this book. If you're thinking of visiting Africa, I wholeheartedly recommend Ghana... so purchase this book!

NOTE: As far as I'm aware however, this is the only Ghanaian travel guide... so it seems a little unsurprising they can laud it as "the best selling"...
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All of the travelers I met in Ghana had this book. It is the only one out there that I know of and it does the job well. It is full of good information on restaurants and hotels and provides invaluable basic street maps of the cities and towns. If you plan to travel the country and experience anything other than air conditioned hotel lobbies, this will be your best guide. It can also be a heartening source of encouragement to the weary or confused traveler.
I would not go to Ghana without it.
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Being the only travel book available in the UK specifically for Ghana, there's nothing to compare it against! The maps and explanations about towns and tourist attractions are excellent. The cultural obsevations and tips are pretty helpful too especially the health section.

However, a lot of the phone numbers are either out of date or are completely wrong - bit of a problem when trying to book a hotel. Also, the prices have changed dramatically since its publication - roll on the new version!
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Before I went to volunteer in Ghana I was advised that this was a good book to get. It was a good guide and throughout my stay I made my own amendments. It covered Ghana well but I felt that any place further than Tamale was sidelined. I was living in Bongo and when I read about the resonating rocks I was keen to see them. having been up to the top of Bongo rocks I was disappointed to find that the infamous rock was not there. I even asked around and to my dismay even the locals didn't know where to look. The good thing about the rocks is that they give you a beautiful view of all of the Bongo district and are easy to ascend. The best part was the numbering system that lead you to the top!! The main disappointment for me was the lack of info on the Northerners. The book also began to fall apart before I had even boarded the plane. The pages would unattach themselves from the spine as you turned them. Opening the book by 45 degrees was more than enough to make it fall apart. I am returning there to marry and would have appreciated a little more info on government addresses. But thats just me!! The maps were a little misleading. It would have been good if the time it takes to get there was written somewhere! I would recommend buying it if only for the fact that it is the only travel guide dedicated to Ghana alone! It also isn't as bad as I think it is!
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This is an excellent guide to Ghana - the information and background to the country is essential reading before you head off, and serves as an superb reminder of the history and customs of Ghana when you are there.
Travelling on a budget at the weekends, I found that the hotel information was accurate and extremely useful (though the laid-back attitude prevalent in Ghana soemtimes renders the information null and void!). We used to plan our trips with the Bradt guide in our laps, and carried it wherever we went.
I was in Ghana at the same time that Phillip Bragg was researching this new edition, and everywhere we went, north, south, east and west, it seems he had been there finding out the latest prices and things to do/see.
Ghana is a wonderful country full of wonderful people, and you must have the Bradt travel guide with you.
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I would just like to advise any person visiting Ghana to take a copy of this superb book. I have recently visited Ghana for the fist time with my Ghanaian father and this book played a big part in helping to make it a very memorable trip! It is very helpful with information on accomdation for all budgets and on the stunning things that Ghana has to offer such as the waterfalls at Wli.
Well done and thank you to Phillip Briggs for producing such a wonderful guide!
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