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on 17 February 2017
If your planning a back pack holiday or just a holiday that is not a package holiday, a holiday where you are sorting everything out yourself ( I did to Malaysia) then these books from the Lonely Planet are essential !
If you are on a package holiday I would save your money for your holiday as most of the information will not be of use to you and will probably be told to you by your guide anyhow.
One last piece of advice is don't buy a publishing version older than 2 or 3 years, a hell of a lot can change in that time, hotel names etc as I found out once.
This particular guide I bought second hand for my holiday in 2016 in South Africa, It was an organised tour 17 days on a coach, as a result I hardly opened the book, there was more than enough information given by our tour guide, not a great loss as I got it for a cheap price, but a lesson learned, keep the money you would pay for it for a couple of cold beers on your holiday ;-)
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on 20 March 2014
I bought this guide as I've owned a few other Lonely Planet guides, and I love how full of practical information they are.

They give you a lot of tips on how to travel around, what to expect, they mention little know facts or places, and give a thorough background on history, music, food, language, all of which contributes to a deeper understanding of the country and the people you are visiting.

Other guides show you a lot of pictures on glossy pages, which is nice if you are travelling with your imagination, however for actual travelling the LP guides are unbeatable, and this one about South Africa is no exception.
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on 21 April 2014
Regular reader and purchaser of this series. 5th visit to RSA. Round trip of 4000 km. Capetown-St. Lucia-Capetown.Found the contents and commentaries for off the beaten track travellers in this beautiful country shallow and quite useless. There are so many B&B treasures in the smaller towns, most well signposted and often splendid value. No mention of elementary geology which enhances any cross-country trip. Seriously wonder if the authors have travelled there extensively.
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on 21 November 2015
Much information packed into a readable format.
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on 23 November 2015
Great book!
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on 6 July 2015
Great guide - very helpful
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on 4 September 2014
Gives very good descriptions that will match the reality when we arrive there. Especially appreciate the suggested tours.
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on 30 December 2014
Lovely book . Delivered on time for Xmas.
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on 28 March 2014
Difficult to get key information easily. While the hard copy is heavy it is much easier to scan through the index
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on 19 March 2015
Lonely planet books are always good when planning a holiday.
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