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Guide Books

 We will list all guide books with a general opinion from travellers. We know that it is a tremendous job putting it together so it is to be forgiven if it is out of date!! Please note that as South Africa change extremely fast all guide books 1998 and older are out of date. We also list other useful reading material we know of.
When buying a guide book compare information and maps as well as updating and turnover time. With this I mean time from when the writer stops adding info till it is on the shelf.

SOUTH AFRICAN HANDBOOK, 1999, Footprint/Passport - US$ 25

Excellent hardcovered guide with great reputation. The only book on South Africa to be updated yearly so far. Detailed information on every aspect on tourism. Excellent maps as the writer is a cartographer. Train and bus schedules. 4th issue to come out November 99.


Good guide for a first issue. Easy to use. Reasonably priced. Detailed maps. Next issue to come out 2000 or even later. Slightly outdated by now.

AFRICA, 1998, Bradt - US$ 22

Covers South Africa to Ethiopia. Highly rated by travellers who have used it. The 40 odd page South African section is short, to the point and relevant. Ethiopian section excellent.
<added 8/99>   please note that prices in Africa has changed!

1/6/2000 Please note that the following books are out and will be reviewed:
SOUTH AFRICAN HANDBOOK 2001 - Absolutly superb!!
LETS GO SOUTH AFRICA 2002 - Good Effort and worthwhile
LONELY PLANET SOUTH AFRICA, SWAZILAND AND LESOTHO 2000 and 2002 - serious reservations - this book is so outdated it is unreal.

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