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West Africa (Lonely Planet Country Guide)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  4 reviews
One of the most dependable series available, Lonely Planet's guidebooks are packed with essential information and accurate maps and are written with enough character that they are also good reading for armchair travelers. The series is now popular with travelers of all sorts, although backpackers and adventure travelers have long relied on Lonely Planet's guides because of...more
Paperback, 904 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Lonely Planet Publications
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Dec 31, 2013 Tinea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travelers & expats in West Africa, for sure
Recommended to Tinea by: Alex
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I've only "thoroughly" explored this for Mali and Senegal, and for a guide book it's great. Things in every backwater that surely cannot have a thing to see or do, reliable and varied food suggestions, and sleeping on every budget. You really can do all your planning directly out of a Lonely Planet guide, which I knew already and really appreciate. Their 3-day, 1-week, 2-week, etc prioritized itineraries are spot on, and I taught myself basic getting-around Amharic out of the language guide for...more
This book is a useful resource for planning my trip to West Africa.

Having visited Ghana and Nigeria, I found the chapters on these countries to be fairly comprehensive. My only criticism was that some of the websites listed in the book were no longer active.

I still hope to take in Mali, Benin, Togo and Cameroon on future trips.
I usually get a lot from Lonely Planet guides. This one I found to be lacking. Some of the information was helpful, but I also found more dischord than usual between reality and Lonely Planet representation. That said, I only used the section of the book about Ghana.
Andreas Bucher
Solid input for planning our trip to Ghana - Burkina Faso - Mali
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