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Ghana Paperback – Sep 14 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 5 edition (Sept. 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841623253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623252
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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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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Ghana is a vibrant and alluring country, steeped in a rich tradition and a frequently tragic history. Free from the trappings of mass tourism, this former British colony has much to offer the visitor. Tropical beaches abound but there's so much more. Feed the sacred crocodiles at Paga, plunge into the waterfalls of the eastern highlands, marvel at the game-rich savannah of Mole National Park, or relive the chilling story of the coastal slave forts. This guide has been expanded and fully updated for this second edition. It contains information on where to stay, eat, and how to get around; Ghanaian culture, from social traditions to kente cloth weaving; natural history and national parks and over 50 clear maps and town plans. (5 1/4 x 8 1/2, 368 pages, color photos, illustrations, maps, charts)
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This is currently the only tourist guide available on the market dedicated solely to Ghana. The author meant well and put in a lot of hard work into the book - unfortunately, all this does not make it worth your money, unless you are specifically interested in the wildlife section which is well written and beats any similar entries in other guides hands down.
The book is now hopelessly outdated, almost all the information on prices is irrelevant even though it is given in dollars, the same can be said about accommodation and transport info.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.
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The Bradt guide was indispensible during my 2 month stay in Ghana. While there were some inaccurate prices quoted, Briggs did explain in his introduction that these prices fluctuate with a currency as weak as the cedi and therefore this was expected. I found the book to be immensely useful and accurate. I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Ghana for any length of time and I eagerly await the 3rd edition.
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This is absolutely the best guide book for traveling to Ghana. I don't know how I would have gotten around without it. The Bradt guide covers all the regions of Ghana intensively with clear descriptions of transportation, accommodation, where to eat, etc. What makes this book stand out from the rest are the maps of small towns and villages that are detailed and very accurate.
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.
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In anticipation of my first trip to Africa and more specifically, Ghana, I decided that having a guide on hand would make the trip easier and less stressful. I traveled with a group of eight students from the U.S., none of whom had researched the country or had any idea what they were getting themselves into.
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.
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In that this follows a number of other reviews of Philip Briggs' "Ghana--The Bradt Travel Guide" (second edition), there may be a "coals to Newcastle" aspect to my comments. I found the first edition, recommended by a Ghanaian friend, very helpful on a trip to Ghana in February of 2001. I've since bought the second (updated and expanded) edition, and find it as readable as the first, as well as continuing to give a reasonable level of detail about getting around, places to stay, and things to see. There are some pet items that in my view would have warranted mention, such as the universities in Cape Coast and Kumasi, but it's not reasonable to expect everything about a country to show up in 354 pages. Having worked in Ghana years ago, I was not starting from zero when picking up Briggs' book. I had also been checking with a few Ghanaian friends, and had been looking into websites. Maybe that's the main point to make: No single source of information, even a very good guidebook such as this one, can be entirely complete and up-to-date.
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.
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