There’s (almost) nothing more exciting than planning your next journey. Snuggled in your couch on a rainy weekend with a map spread out over the floor and a guidebook in your hand, the adventure starts before you even leave home.
Although we provide a lot of useful information about our favorite South Africa destinations here, a guidebook is still an essential travel tool. The best choice is one that is comprehensive, up to date, and also covers off-the-beaten path destinations. After a lot of research, we found exactly what you need.
Our favorite South Africa guidebook: The Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesoth & Swaziland by Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to South Africa is the definitive guide to one of the world’s most fascinating and varied countries. Discover the best the country has to offer with stunning photography, extensive maps, comprehensive listings and detailed practical information.
With accommodation listings that range from the most sumptuous safari lodges to cheap and cheerful backpacker lodges in stunning coastal positions, there’s something for every budget. In-depth coverage on South Africa’s many nature reserves is complemented by an illustrated wildlife guide, to help you make the most of your time on safari.
Whether you want to explore the country’s big sights — from the wilds of Kruger National Park and the best spots for whale watching to Cape Town’s vibrant dining scene — or to uncover its many hidden gems, such as the dramatic desert scenery of the Richtersveld, this South Africa guidebook is your indispensible traveling companion.
And if you want to extend your trip to neighboring Lesotho or Swaziland you don’t even have to buy another guidebook, as these countries are also included.