Best guide book for Morocco
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Mar 12, 2012 10:27 PM Last Post By: starsonesp
Feb 26, 2012 6:33 AM
Best guide book for MoroccoRough Guide
Since I will have to buy a single country guide (all other countries I'm traveling to are in West Africa guides) which of these, or another, offers the most accurate current information for budget travelers in Morocco?
Feb 26, 2012 7:33 AM
1When you're doing a trip as long as you are, you really do not need the extra weight
Most of the info you need you will find by talking to people, coming online occasionally & internet searches
I have an old LP Morocco - compared with a few of their other editions for the region, it isn't bad but it never comes with me. I have a small notebook & write down contact details/hotels etc in that
Save yourself the hassle (& weight!)
Feb 26, 2012 8:14 AM
Feb 26, 2012 9:20 AM
3I unfortunately feel 'undressed' without any guide. I tend to reroute myself often so like to have a reference to go back to if necessary - dumbo and it's feather, me and my guidebooks even when I don't use them.
But even if I do as you two suggest, homework before leaving, it pays to get the right book. In East Africa, LP was mostly useless, Bradt was excellent in Ethiopia - but I've heard they are bad for some southern countries. So, back to the original question - which book 'seems' to give the most accurate info? If it's the LP, I could actually download a copy onto my netbook.
Feb 26, 2012 9:37 AM
Feb 26, 2012 9:41 AM
5..... for budget travellers the LP is as good as it gets.
I have an old one since early '90's, two others I bought since have been "borrowed", long term is seems.
For a more detailed and informative guide I recommend the Barnaby Rogerson Cadogan Guide, it's a weighty 750gr., 630 page brute of a thing, but worth having even if you keep it at home, I always take it with me.
Feb 26, 2012 12:37 PM
6I used an LP and cut down the weight of the book by cutting out the generic stuff from the front.
I found it to be fine and useful with good maps of the cities.
I also used the excellent rough guide to West Africa which was great as well for the other countries.
Bradt shutes itself in the foot IMO by having a one country one book policy especially in East Africa where most travellers go to multiple countries.
Feb 26, 2012 12:52 PM
7Bradt don't currently produce a guidebook to Morocco, so that's your choice already narrowed!
Let's Go are aimed more at the student backpacker market (and written by student backpackers).
Footprint is not so great for budget travellers, but has excellent background information. I'd also concur with the poster who recommends the old Cadogan guide by Barnaby Rogerson (who also write the fine 'Traveller's History of North Africa')
Of the remainder, you then have the 'big two'. Lonely Planet Morocco has been more recently updated than the Rough Guide. Both are very good, both are on Kindle, plus the LP is available as PDFs (you said you could download to your netbook). If you're doing West Africa, your decision may be as much a style one depending on whether you want the continuity of using the LP/RG West Africa guide.
For all that though, I'd go with the LP. It also has good cross-border information for Mauritania Although for full disclosure's sake I should point out that I am one of the co-authors of the book (as well as the author of the Mauritania section in LP West Africa).
But in the end, you pay your money and take your choice. Whichever you go with, have a great trip.
Feb 26, 2012 1:09 PM
8If you compare the thickness of Lonely Planet and Rough Guide you will see quite a difference; LP is thinner which saves weight, but it achieves that by simply ignoring some less touristy locations that RG covers well. LP seems better on transport info, RG on maps.
One of the best seems to be no longer produced: Everyman's Guide had a lot of historical and background info. Some old stuff on Amazon
Feb 27, 2012 3:10 AM
9Paul, I thought your first edition on Sudan for Bradt was pretty good and ever since have stuck with Bradt in East Africa. The biggest problem is that Bradt only do the one book one country bit and that is pretty hopeless if you are going through West Africa and visiting a few countries. Actually its a pain in the East as well but............
Bradt in East Africa and the Rough Guide in the West is my opinion. LP for Morocco.
Feb 27, 2012 3:17 AM
Feb 27, 2012 3:18 AM
Feb 27, 2012 4:38 PM
12@viaggero – You can download the Kindle software to both PCs and Macs, no problem. The software is free.
@Simsy – Thanks for your kind words about my Sudan book. Bradt's model is single-country volume; some of their individual country guides in West Africa are superb (Nigeria for example), but heavy on the pack if you're doing a big trip, agreed!
Feb 27, 2012 5:14 PM
13@paulclammer - when are LP going to get a decent edition for W.Africa, particularly Cote d'Ivoire & in FRENCH - it's omitted in the French version of W.Africa!
Am ready to do it :)
Feb 27, 2012 6:48 PM
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