First off, let's set out what this book isn't. It's not an exhaustive destination guide. It's not going to tell you where to stay in Accra or what days the market is open in Abeokuta. The chapters on each country are only a couple of pages long.
That being said, there's some great information here. I particularly like the suggested iteneraries. They give you suggestions on what you can do if you have one week, two weeks, or a month in each country, with a map and brief information on sites to see and travel methods. That's the second half of the book. The first half of the book is general travel information for developing countries that's definitely required reading for first time travelers to Africa.
This book (only a few dollars used - it's out of print now) and a full-featured travel guide (Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Bradt, etc) will be very useful in planning your trip to Africa.
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- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1864500662
- ISBN-13 : 978-1864500660
- Product Dimensions : 13.34 x 2.54 x 20.32 cm
- Publisher : Lonely Planet Publications (1 March 2000)
- Language: : English
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Great little book on AfricaMarch 2, 2006 - Published on Amazon.com
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Best Africa book yet!!September 6, 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
The most consise, clear account of what you need, and what you need to do to get ready for Africa. I loved the book. Even though it is entitled " Read this first" it is the only guide book I am taking in it's entirety , to Africa.
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