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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kuperard (26 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857333462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857333466
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel -...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel -...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas, Observer -...as useful as they are entertaining, Easy Jet Magazine -...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world, New York Times." --various

About the Author

DAVID HOLT-BIDDLE is an award-winning freelance journalist who has lived in South Africa for most of his life. He has traveled much of the world, including Africa, both on assignment and independently. He has worked in radio, television, and the print media as a reporter, editor, producer, and presenter, and has coauthored two books. His main interests are the environment, travel, history, and archaeology.

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If you have never been to South Africa and not read much about the place, this book is a place to begin. Short, easy to read and with tips you won't find elsewhere.

The issue of tribe and language in this multilingual land could have had more detail. That said, there are many South Africans who don't know some of the wisdom in these pages.

Worth reading before you go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Funny & Greatly Informative 27 Aug. 2013
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This book is really awesome, full of a great deal of historical information about South Africa that I never would have known. Published in 2007, so a few things were slightly dated, but nothing that would make me not recommend it highly. It's a very small and quirky, but interesting, font of information about South Africa & it's citizens. Definitely worth stuffing into your backpack or carry on. It includes common phrases (that to an American would be completely foreign, even though they are spoken in English). There is a wealth of information about the many facets of life in South Africa that it would be difficult to mention them all, although it's not meant to be a travel guide. I'd think of it as an entertaining and fun primer to South African norms, cultural diversity, and basic social etiquette that would prove beneficial to any first time visitor. Really worth the read and it will accompany me on my first trip to the African continent next week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Rounded Info 12 April 2013
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It is the perfect companion to one's trip to South Africa. It is broad in it's scope, touching on a little bit of everything from it's history, government, customs, traditions, race...it's unity and discord. Again, it's NOT in depth but an overview on a lot. So, if you're looking for really detailed information then this is not the right book for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! 16 Jun. 2009
By Sam - Published on Amazon.com
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Points out major cultural differences in a way that is entertaining and easy to read, while at the same time being very informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative. 31 Oct. 2013
By Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading the book. It's realtively a quick read. Provided a great oversight of many aspects of South African culture(s).

I just wished that the book was a little bit more up to date. For example, it still talks about all the anticipation for the soccer world cup.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice entry into coutry world 31 Mar. 2013
By Anton Vurdaft - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice design, short an necessary information. Good series of travel books! It's cover feels very nice in hands.

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