In Baobab Guides we have thought that, as we know everything about travelling, it would be great to share our infinite wisdom and help other travellers. This is why we have created this article series ‘How to travel in Africa’.
The most important object in your trip after your passport is your guidebook. As everyone knows the guide is infallible, so follow its instructions exactly as they are printed and you will be fine. If anyone says anything that contradicts the guide, don’t trust them.
The guide is also perfect to learn about the country’s history and national psyche. If you have read it you probably know everything there is to know and you won’t need to speak to any local.
It is very important never to deviate from the trip’s plan and absolutely never visit any place not described in the guidebook. If a route or accommodation is not printed in our beloved book, it doesn’t exist or even worse, it hasn’t been certified the author as a visit-worthy, ‘good’ place. Beware of those advising you to get lost in the streets of the cities and wander! That’s not a plan, it’s a complete waste of time, and you know what we think about wasting time!
Actually, it is probably best not to take any risks buying any guidebook that is not widely known. If you buy a Lonely Planet or a Rough Guide, you will definitely won’t fail. Even better, this way you’ll meet lots of travellers like you who go to the same places, which is always comforting.