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on 25 August 2014
In reducing Africa's 54 countries to a mere 43 Lonely Planet takes the next step in recreating the continent. I can still remember Geoff Crowther's first edition, packed with relevant travel information about every country in Africa, now LP seems to suggest that we all become package tourists and head for South Africa, Kenya or Morocco.

11 countries have been removed, probably for good. A few of them have experienced recent civil unrest, but for the most part, it's just a matter of "so few people are coming here, we can't be bothered". Excuse me, but I somehow always assumed Lonely Planet was made for those of us who feel like going somewhere unusual and strange. Geoff Crowther is long gone. Same goes for Alex Newton, who compiled the Central African guide, which hasn't been updated for the past 20 years! Meanwhile Lonely Planet is turning more and more mainstream, omitting the cheap hotels, the interesting bars and quirky attractions, so that the only potential readers will soon be couples on honeymoon.

Thank god there are still Bradt guides.
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on 17 January 2015
Without question the most unsatisfactory LP guide of all the many I've bought and used over the years. If you're hitting the tourist trail of Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, etc, it's good enough, but if you're heading off-track anywhere (and as this is LP, and it's supposedly a guide to the whole of Africa, one might reasonably expect this) it's next to useless.

At least 10 countries have been omitted completely, the chapter on them in previous editions replaced with a single page displaying the generic excuse that 'At the time of writing very few travellers were heading to X'. A useless (to a traveller) one-page 'history' is all that is then provided. Not even basic information such as visa requirements, currency, borders open/closed, embassy contact info, etc. In one or two cases - though by no means all of these - the country in question might indeed be too dangerous for LP's researchers to visit, it's true - but basic info such as this could still be included. In many others, it's clear they simply couldn't be bothered - in short, it just feels like laziness.

This slapdash, couldn't-be-bothered approach (perhaps because many areas of Africa are indeed not widely visited and thus don't generate great income in mass sales of such guidebooks as these) is found throughout the book, with errors and inaccuracies common (such as the 'map' of Nigeria on pp 392-393) - all in all, a waste of £20.
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on 22 February 2016
of all the LP books we have bought this is our least attractive purchase. Simply put it tries to cover a continent in one book and the information is so thin it is of little value truth be told.
its a 2013 edition so prob 4 years old now, not a fan of the newer blue printing that lonely planet use as the contrast is relatively poor, especially in bad light.
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on 18 March 2014
Africa is massive continent and one cannot expect one book to cover each country in detail. This book does make a dam good attempt and really good advice on travelling on the continent. What is
good is the author's enthusiasm for the continent which is infectious.
Excellent book if you are planning a big overland trip, however I have always like Lonely Planet.
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on 6 September 2014
Useful and informative
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on 2 March 2014
Very good value, just not always enough detail. Difficult to go into everything with a country the size of Africa
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