46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Really, a waste of money,
By A Customer
This review is from: Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba (Lonely Planet Read This First) (Paperback)
Lonely planet guides are patchy, but this one is an unusually poor, lazy effort. For every area covered a quick list of hotels and tour companies is given, but the a compendium of lists is little use to anyone. The information on Arusha and the popular Ngorongoro/Serengeti/Kilimanjaro trips is thin enough, but the absence of information on Zanzibar (for example the differences between the beaches and towns and dive sites) is a complete joke. Pre-internet this book might just about have been worth it to save time on travel and accomodation information, but honestly, two hours on the web will give you far more interesting and useful information. The fact that it's now well out-of-date is hardly LP's fault, but it makes it even less useful now.
(one useful tip that should but doesn't appear in the book - don't take travellers' cheques to Tanzania)