Ghana Paperback – Sep 14 2010
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“[Philip Briggs] is clearly not only an expert on travel in Africa but also someone who cares deeply about the countries he is visiting” Traveller Magazine ‘The best guidebook to the country.’ The Sunday Times ‘One of the few comprehensive guides available.’ Time Out ‘The best guide to Ghana.’ Elle
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The book is now hopelessly outdated, almost all the information on prices is irrelevant even though it is given in dollars, the same can be said about accommodation and transport info.
The most painfully evident aspect is that the author may be a keen traveller but at the same time a very poor writer. Long sentences and chaotic structure of thought make reading a painful and irritating exercise. The book is poorly laid out and is near useless from practical point of view.
It is really a shame that the author`s undoubted travel experience did not benefit from professional editing of someone qualified for the job.
History chapter is a joke and cultural observations by the author, although no doubt is opinionated, is so breathtakingly naive and superficial that anyone who spent over two months in Ghana would simply smile. The most ridiculous is an allegation that corruption is not widespread in Ghana. The author has probably never set foot in any government institution in this country, where even local officials themselves admit that graft is totally out of control.
Both Lonely Planet and Rough Guide have good and more up-to-date West Africa guides, and you will find out from "Ghana" chapter in either of them infinitely more than you would from the Bradt guide. Of the two, Lonely Planet is better written, but the Rough Guide is more up-to-date.
Unless you are, like me, a guidebook freak and want to read everything there is to read about Ghana, do not waste your money on Bradt guide. Sorry Bradt, better luck next time, and please get yourself a decent editor.
With its tips on bargaining, prices, and cultural advice you can easily just step off the plane and plan your vacation straight from this book. I found while traveling around the back roads of Ghana for 6 weeks that my fellow travelers were constantly borrowing my copy. Even when I was in way out areas I was able to whip out my book and find places to eat and sleep.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who's planning a trip to Ghana, and especially if your trip is away from tourist areas. I suggest traveling away from the cities anyway. The rural areas are so much more traditional and untouched that I found it more enjoyable than the urban areas.
After purchasing Phillip Briggs' book I began thumbbing through and highlighting places of interest. I read his synopsis of the country and learned enough information based on that to educate my fellow travelers. Throughout my six weeks in Ghana, I used his book on a daily basis. From restaurant suggestions to tourist attractions to detailed directions in an often mind boggling setting, Briggs was right on the money and made our trip much easier. While he sometimes failed to emphasize the road hazards (i.e. the Baobeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary whose dirt path stretched for endless miles and whose potholes almost toppled our van.), that was our only complaint. Phillip Briggs definitely made my trip to Ghana an enjoyable one. I'm anxious to get back and see even more of the places he describes.
From the U.S., at least, your visa application may be your first encounter with Ghanaian bureaucracy. Unless you live close to the embassy in Washington or the consulate in New York, get started at least two months in advance. Once in Ghana, you'll need to get adjusted to some third-world realities. Those used to North American and European infrastructure and scheduling efficiency may have to remind themselves that things really will typically take longer, that power and water outages can be frequent, that transportation will not always be fully predictable, and that breakdowns should not be a surprise. Get on the road early whenever possible, make sure that you fill that bucket in the bathroom promptly on arrival, and keep a flashlight handy.Read more ›
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Living in Ghana for 7 months would have been impossible without this book (or its predecessor) to help me. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004
I read the review that Andrius Uzkalnis wrote, starting with "author meant well.." and I was totally shocked. Read morePublished on May 14 2002
This book is an essential read for anyone travelling in Ghana, I could not have survived without it and had to rescue it from the hands of many other envious backpackers. Read morePublished on May 14 2002 by Miss Sarah J McNeill
Philip Briggs' book covers an area that is only covered elsewhere in West African regional guides and therefore fills an important gap in the market. Read morePublished on May 14 2002 by Bob Kelly
During the six months I spend in Ghana as a volunteer, this guide was my Bible. It told me where to sleep, where to eat and how to get there. Read morePublished on May 13 2002 by Johan Goossens