I was reading through alot of posts, and there seems to be quite a few experienced travellers here. I've read reviews for "africa on a shoestring" from loneley planet, and was thinking of buying it.
I will be travelling on the east side (starting in tanzania), and hopefully heading to egypt.
I was wondering if any of you purchased one of these lonely planet books, or whether you just bought maps, and played it by ear? There are always interesting things you wont find in guidebooks in my experience.
I kind of prefer the latter, which I have used for my solo motorcycle trips in N.A., but Africa is a different case all together.
Any tips along these lines would be much appreciated.
I always take a lonely planet book, with me.
They are very good, for advise about safety, and local manners.
Of course, u will find interesting places, which are not in the book. I just use the book, as a skeleton guide and play it by ear at the same time.
I agree about the lonely planet literature, speaking as a kenyan, resident in Kenya, they contain more up to date info than any of the other travel materials, however, you might actually consider getting a guide to assist you plan the itinerary, especially on how to effectively, and safely connect through northern kenya and the region between there and egyps. It has forbiddingly hostile temperatures and climate.
I took LP Africa On A Shoestring when I did 5 mnths in Africa.
First of all I ripped out the countries I wasn't going near to make it lighter. After I was there a few weeks I started ripping out more pages and found I was left with the page that had the maps.
I tend not to buy the guides anymore, rather, sit on the floor in books shops to get what I want out of them and try to get my hands on a map.
By I travel light and on the cheap.