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A Rough Guide First-Time Africa (Rough Guide Specials) Paperback – 7 Jun 2007
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Jens Finke is author of Rough Guides to Tanzania and Zanzibar
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The book profiles each country and gives you summary information such as population, currency, temperatures, and minimum amount needed daily to travel in the country. The body or text of the country's profile lets you know the main attractions, festivals, books and online websites.
There is a section on additional books/websites to visit, what to take, culture and culture shock, getting around, and more.
Yes, the book is basic and yes you can find most of this on the Internet, but I didn't want to take the time to "visit" each country via the Internet. I was able to narrow down my next African visit to five countries and with the aid of this guide I was directed to some books and Internet sites to start my journey.
This isn't an in depth book--it is a jump off point for additional refining for your next safari into Africa or your first time visit!
There is nothing here that you couldn't pick together from disparate Internet sources. And certainly, this is more valuable as something to get psyched up with than to plan your trip in any detail. However, if your budget allows, this is an entertaining all-in-one resource to get you started on going to Africa.