5 amazing guidebooks you need now
No matter if you are traveling to Africa for pleasure or business, a good travel guide is a must. And we mean a real, old-school paperback one, not just an online article. It will provide you with all the necessary information about the countries you want to visit, such as visa requirements, general knowledge about people and society, what to look for and what to avoid. A printed travel guide also makes a great companion for long flights and will serve you in more remote areas where the Internet connection is sparse. (And trust us, there are plenty of these tech-unfriendly places in smaller African towns or in the countryside.) So without further ado, we compiled a list of five travel guides we consider the best, both for business and for pleasure.
An undisputed market leader, Lonely Planet is the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, existing since 1973. Its “Africa” edition is by necessity quite generalist, as it covers a vast continent, but it will serve you very well if you have to travel to several countries during one trip. As usual, it contains all you will need from travel itineraries through hotel and restaurant recommendation to safety advice. Be warned though, with the huge popularity of Lonely Planet comes a drawback: You will likely meet many other Westerners in the same places, as they will probably have the same guide.
If you prefer a more visual (and to be honest, way more beautiful) competition to Lonely Planet, you don’t have to look further. The British publishing house Dorling Kindersley, or DK, knows how to make one. With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa truly shows you the south of Africa in a friendly, yet practical form. Of course, it also covers other African destinations, such as Kenya https://amzn.to/2HanXQg .
If you head to the North of Africa, one of the best bets for you may be one of the guidebooks published by the legendary American publishing house Fodor’s. When compared to Lonely Planet, these are less for the pure adventurer and more for the people with comfort or work in mind. Fodor’s may have a little less information overall when compared to the exhaustive amount found in the Lonely Planet guides, but they give you everything you need without you having to browse through hundreds of pages of facts.
If you are a hunter, no matter whether you use a camera or a rifle, Africa may look like a paradise for you. But you still need to know where to go, what to do and what to avoid. In this respect, you can’t find a better guide than Bradt’s. It provides unrivaled coverage of the region’s wildlife, environment, and history, as well as a thorough evaluation of when, where and how to go. The guide focuses but does not limit itself, on the country’s most popular areas, the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari and Chobe deserts.
If your life dream is to climb Africa’s highest and most beautiful mountain, you need this book. It may be heavy, as it is 408 pages long, but it contains everything you need to know and many things you maybe don’t. Includes full practical details – getting to Tanzania and Kenya, town guides and maps to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi, and Marangu. Routes are covered on 35 detailed walking maps in the proven Trailblazer style with all walking times are indicated along with points of interest and gradients.
So these are some of the best guidebooks we have seen. What is your opinion? Write in comments.