Lonely Planet The Gambia & Senegal (Travel Guide) Paperback – 18 Sep 2009
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The guide falls below the usual standard I have come to expect from the LP. The descriptions are good & as a basis for choosing what you want to see & do in the country it is quite good (I thought the maps were excellent).
Where it falls down is on the detail, despite being published in Sep 2009 the prices were usually incorrect (higher & lower than listed) & the majority of phone numbers (that we tried) were not in service due to the general switch to mobiles. Also the description of the road infrastructure is out of date as there are considerably more sealed roads than the guide implies. For such a recent publication there were far too many errors & sections that were blatantly out of date.
Overall its OK, but don't rely on it to get you round the country, if your going to just The Gambia I think Bradt do a stand alone guide which may be more detailed & specifically researched?
I know that LP were originally created for the independent traveller but people who go on package holidays like to explore too. We booked a package holiday so that the flights and hotel were sorted but we wanted to venture out on our own to find new places and experiences. I was surprised that some of the best restaurants were missing from the book and also the descriptions of others were incorrect e.g. Calypso at Cape Point: what it didn't mention in the book is that there is a tree house restaurant overlooking a crocodile pool (a major point I would have thought).
The information on the differences between local taxis, tourist taxis and how to fend off "bumsters" was useful but to be honest I think there should have been more information on these and similar points (there were tiny paragraphs only).
In summary: a useful book if you just want your info almost in list form. If you want history and culture presneted in a more vibrant and enthusiastic way then this is not the book for you. Someone in our hotel had the Insight guide and I sat and read it for hours - beautiful pictures and inspiring commentary.