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Frommer's South Africa Paperback – Dec 27 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 7 edition (Dec 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118074785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118074787
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

For a Cape Town beach vacation, it's tough to beat the vistas and villas of Clifton Bay. See chapter 4.

  • Detailed maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Pippa de Bruyn was born in Durban, raised in Johannesburg, and has now settled in Cape Town. She is an award-winning journalist and is also a coauthor of Frommer's India and Frommer's Kenya & Tanzania. Cape-based Keith Bain is a coauthor of Frommer's India, Frommer's Kenya & Tanzania, Frommer's Eastern Europe, Pauline Frommer's Italy, and Pauline Frommer's Ireland. Both are founders of, which offers bespoke trips to Southern Africa, East Africa and India.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Kirkley on Jan. 14 2010
Format: Paperback
I found this helpful in planning my trip. It has lots of useful information about what to see and how to get around. I especially like that it rates the sights using a star system. Hotel information tends toward the higher end so I did not use any of their recommended hotels as they were too expensive/
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Don't Leave Home Without It! Aug. 10 2000
By R. McGarva - Published on
Format: Paperback
We visited South Africa for 20 days in July 2000, driving from Cape Town to Kruger. Before we left we sat down at a large book store and reviewed all their South African travel books. This one looked the best and proved to be very useful, particularly for accomodations. Some of the prices had changed but the standards and services were exactly as described. This is a great book for travellers who are above the backpacker/budget level but not up to "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous."
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
A disappointing entry in the Frommer series Jan. 2 2005
By Peggy - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I travel extensively and am a fan of Frommer's guides which I generally find to have a nice assortment of options in varying price ranges. The volume on South Africa however, was a great disappointment. If Frommer's were to be believed, you had to pay $200 and up for a decent hotel room. Fortunately I have often traveled in South Africa, enjoyed its reasonably priced accomodations, and knew such prices were nonsense. I stayed in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and other top destinations in season for less than half that much. The guide also overlooked destinations a bit off the beaten path and proved of so little use to me that I didn't bother to pack it home with me. I strongly suggest the Eyewitness guide instead or just surf the web for tons of great information from the South African Tourism Board.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Great guide to South Africa Dec 28 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
In December 99 we used Frommer's 00 South Africa for a nine day tour by car through the Western Cape -- a good test for relevance and comprehensiveness. We found it by far the most helpful of the guides we looked at. An amazing amount of detail, good maps, lots of interesting background information, and thoroughly entertaining. How all guidebooks should be.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Prices already outdated; frustrating index March 27 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I went in March 2000 and returned a week ago from the Western Cape. ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL TRIP! But, talking about the book...
Prices for gas and some of the attractions, like Cape Point and a couple nature reserves we visited were already outdated. Gas is nearly R3/litre! I understand their economy isn't doing well, so they've had to increase prices to the visitors. Tourism is their no. 1 business.
There were several things I remember reading in the text, then later, when I wanted to see it again, I couldn't find them in the index...stuff like the Vergelegen Winery (which has amazing views and delicious wines!) and others. Not all boldface terms are in the index. This is something that could really be improved!
Lastly, I must reiterate what my hosts said: They've seen many rediculous books on Cape Town and the Western Cape and this is not one of them.
I debated between 3 and 4 stars, but remembering my frustrations with the index, I knocked it down to 3. :)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
strangely limited July 5 2009
By Tommi Makinen - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book has a very narrow view, focused on ultimate luxury and non-afrikaaner history. oddly, safe is equated with boring. hotel guide is absurd, with proices rangeing from expensive to stratospheric. despite the above, it does contain decent and useful information, and is worht the money. it cannot, however, serve as the sole bookin in planning a trip.

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