Agree with alot of what has been said before, it would seem that; the smaller company books are probably better - certainly more accurate, and actually researched in person, by the guides.
From my experience - although mostly a fair few years ago!
Footprint - the few that I have experienced have been pretty good
Bradt - good from my experience
Rough Guide - mixed opinion
LP - Would not bother with this again. Found several if not all the African based books I used/tried, inaccurate, out of date, completely rubbish and very biased towards companies/people/hostels/etc that sponsored them.
The Kenyan coverage was complete and utter nonsense, hopelessly inadequate, inaccurate and seemed to be based mostly on brothels and pick up joints.
I then had some direct experience of the LP Guides researcher in Namibia -had to be the most miserable freeloader I have ever had the misfortune to meet!
Expected everyone to run around and fawn over them. Get everything based around them, for them and bugger anyone else, and had to be the most miserable, boring, po faced shit I have met, no attempt to join in, cook or anything, apart from eat the food, drink the drink and do what they wanted when they wanted it!
In short I wouldn't wipe my ar%* with one!
Think thats it in a nutshell - just think its a shame that these books are what so many people rely upon.
So thank goodness for the internet, do your research, ask questions here in the Hubb or other appropriate forums, and if you can speak to travellers who have 'just' been there - peolpe travelling the opposite direction to yourself.
Happy travels and do the research
Last edited by ChrisC; 15 May 2011 at 21:00.
Reason: To be fair