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Africa on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide) - Geoff Crowther

Africa on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide) - Geoff Crowther

Africa is so vast that any attempt to cover it in one book is doomed to superficiality. In ... more

tacit acceptance of this, Lonely Planet have
jazzed up the latest edition of their  Africa on a
Shoestring guide with a post-modern cover: after
all, if you are going to deal with things on a
superficial basis, you need to have a sexy front. 
The authors have struggled against the
straitjacket of this format, and--given the
constraints--the historical sections are notably
rich. But nevertheless, the task of providing
thorough, detailed and up-to-date information on
48 countries in under 1000 pages proves difficult
indeed. Although the whole continent is covered,
the chapters on war-torn countries are preceded by
the information that the authors were unable to do
first-hand research, while peaceful countries tend
to include only the capital and a few centres.
More heavily touristed areas get a slightly fuller
picture but, since many visitors to these places
do not stray further afield, it is difficult to
see how this book could supplant a straightforward
country guide. As the only book of its kind
dealing with the continent as a whole, Africa On a
Shoestring will certainly be of value to those
visiting more than one region of Africa, or to
those visiting countries that do not appear in any
other book (Sao Tomé and Djibouti, for instance).
But anyone visiting just one of the regions would
be much better off with a regional guide: The
Rough Guide to West Africa, and the Footprint East
Africa Handbook 2001, being the best choices.
--Toby Green

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Africa on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide) - Geoff Crowther

Africa on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide) - Geoff Crowther

Africa is so vast that any attempt to cover it in one book is doomed to superficiality. In ... more

tacit acceptance of this, Lonely Planet have
jazzed up the latest edition of their  Africa on a
Shoestring guide with a post-modern cover: after
all, if you are going to deal with things on a
superficial basis, you need to have a sexy front. 
The authors have struggled against the
straitjacket of this format, and--given the
constraints--the historical sections are notably
rich. But nevertheless, the task of providing
thorough, detailed and up-to-date information on
48 countries in under 1000 pages proves difficult
indeed. Although the whole continent is covered,
the chapters on war-torn countries are preceded by
the information that the authors were unable to do
first-hand research, while peaceful countries tend
to include only the capital and a few centres.
More heavily touristed areas get a slightly fuller
picture but, since many visitors to these places
do not stray further afield, it is difficult to
see how this book could supplant a straightforward
country guide. As the only book of its kind
dealing with the continent as a whole, Africa On a
Shoestring will certainly be of value to those
visiting more than one region of Africa, or to
those visiting countries that do not appear in any
other book (Sao Tomé and Djibouti, for instance).
But anyone visiting just one of the regions would
be much better off with a regional guide: The
Rough Guide to West Africa, and the Footprint East
Africa Handbook 2001, being the best choices.
--Toby Green

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Africa: Big Trips on Small Budgets (Lonely Planet Multi Country Guides) - Gemma Pitcher

Africa: Big Trips on Small Budgets (Lonely Planet Multi Country Guides) - Gemma Pitcher

The travel market to Africa is very broad. This work offers coverage of Africa's 49 ... more

countries. It features: more than 200 detailed
maps; useful Language chapter; and health and
safety tips. It provides information about
sustainable travel and volunteering opportunities.

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Continent Africa
Author Lonely Planet
Title Lonely Planet Africa On a Shoestring
Subgenre Continent Travel Guide
Genre Travel
Type Non-Fiction
ISBN 1740594622
EAN 9781740594622

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