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Apr 17th, 2011, 10:23 PM
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Namibia: Travel Guide

Which travel guide do you recommend for Namibia. There looks to be a couple of new editions for Bradt and Footprint. Is one much better than the other?

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Apr 18th, 2011, 05:40 AM
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Is one of them by Chris McIntyre? He's very knowledgable about Southern Africa and I like the way he writes.
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Apr 18th, 2011, 06:46 AM
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I am not familiar with Footprint, but I would highly recommend the Bradt Guide by Chris McIntyre. I have Chris' guides to Namibia, Botswana and Zambia, and they are excellent - very detailed, full of good advice, and a wealth of practical information. The guides are very useful/helpful for both the self-driver and those travellers who plan to fly from camp to camp and stay at the most luxurious camps/lodges. I will be self-driving through Namibia (and Botswana and Zambia) for the third time in July 2011 and, as always, I used the Bradt Guide to plan our trip. CR
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Apr 18th, 2011, 06:49 AM
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Thank you. I guessed correctly and bought the Bradt by Chris McIntyre online last night.
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Apr 18th, 2011, 08:16 PM
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Good guess!
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Apr 23rd, 2011, 09:48 AM
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My appoach is to first look out for the locally produced destination guide. They are on the ball and ebsure day to day updates as info change.

That said both Bradt Guide and Footprint are high quality reference guides to calibrate the information from a local source to gain an objective perspective. What you want to hear is the good, the bad and the ugly before hand to manage one's expectations. nothing as as bad as having your high expectations of an overhyped destination dashed because you only relied on one source of information
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Apr 25th, 2011, 03:33 PM
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The Managing Director of Wild Safari Africa has written a very thorough and thought out guidebook for Namibia - Namibia Other Places Publishing.

He sent it to us before we booked our safari along with some other very pleasing things.
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Apr 26th, 2011, 05:08 AM
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Is it possible to buy online? Or?
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Apr 26th, 2011, 07:41 AM
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It appears that the book can be purchased from Wild Safari Africa's website - http://wildsafariafrica.com/contact/

Just scroll down to the book cover and click it. I assume they send it out throughout the world.
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Apr 26th, 2011, 09:25 AM
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Thanks. Funny enough the link takes you right to Amazon.
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May 13th, 2011, 02:58 PM
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Although Cheweyhead has already purchased a guide, I want to comment on one alluded to earlier in replies: "Namibia," by Jeremiah Allen, published in 2010 by Other Places Travel Guide. I ordered a copy from Amazon several days ago, received it yesterday, and returned it today. Having traveled to some of the main areas of Namibia, I believe that this book is idiosyncratic in its coverage and concentrates on activities likely to appeal to the 20s crowd. It is definitely designed for budget travelers and for backpackers. For example, most accommodations suggested are campsites and hostels or similarly modest establishments. The work is not helpful, I believe, for the great majority of visitors to Namibia. Finally, the insufficiency of punctuation in the text is annoying and detrimental to a clear meaning. Yes, there are cultural tidbits to help travelers understand local customs and avoid embarrassment, but it is doubtful that most foreigners would ever find them applicable in their dealings. ZZ
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