Fodor Essential South Africa 2

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Whether you want to explore the Winelands, visit Kruger National Park, or climb Table Mountain, the local Fodor’s travel experts in South Africa are here to help! Fodor’s Essential South Africaguidebook is packed with maps, carefully curated recommendations, and everything else you need to simplify your trip-planning process and make the most of your time. This new edition has been fully-redesigned with an easy-to-read layout, fresh information, and beautiful color photos. Fodor’s “Essential” guides have been named by Booklist as the Best Travel Guide Series of 2020!

Fodor’s Essential South Africa travel guide includes:

  • AN ILLUSTRATED ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE to the top things to see and do
  • MULTIPLE ITINERARIES to effectively organize your days and maximize your time
  • MORE THAN 35 DETAILED MAPS to help you navigate confidently
  • COLOR PHOTOS throughout to spark your wanderlust!
  • HONEST RECOMMENDATIONSon the best sights, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shopping, performing arts, activities, side-trips, and more
  • PHOTO-FILLED “BEST OF” FEATURES on “South Africa’s Hidden Gems,” “South Africa's Unusual Accommodations,” “South Africa with Kids”, and more
  • TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS including when to go, getting around, beating the crowds, and saving time and money
  • HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL INSIGHTS providing rich context on the local people, politics, art, architecture, cuisine, music, geography and more
  • SPECIAL FEATURES on “Winelands 101,” “What to Watch and Read Before You Visit,” and “Best Beaches”
  • LOCAL WRITERS to help you find the under-the-radar gems
  • Afrikaans, Swahili, and Zulu LANGUAGE PRIMERS with useful words and essential phrases
  • UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE ON: Capetown, Johannesburg, Durban, Hermanus, The Garden Route, the Drakensberg, Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Cape Winelands, Blyde River Canyon, Victoria Falls, and more.

Planning on visiting any other African safari destinations? Check out Fodor’s The Complete Guide to African Safaris

*Important note for digital editions: The digital edition of this guide does not contain all the images or text included in the physical edition.

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