Insight Guide South Africa is a indispensable guide to one of the world’s most diverse destinations. Our inspirational Best of South Africa section highlights unmissable sights and experiences, while a comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the practical information you need to plan your trip. Our selective listings for hotel and restaurants are the personal recommendations of our local authors and direct visitors to authentic establishments with local character.
Lavish Photo Features offer a unique insight into the country’s art, music, flora and fauna, the burgeoning wine industry and spectacular rail journeys.
With a longer and more in-depth history and culture section than its competitors, it provides an essential introduction to South Africa’s complex past and its multi-faceted society. The informative text, written by local experts, is a pleasure to read and accompanied by stunning photography.
A detailed Places section, with full-colour maps, guides you around the regions which make up this expansive country, from the urban sophistication of Cape Town to the majestic peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains and the wide expanses of the country’s many national parks.
Philip Briggs is a South African travel writer specializing in Africa. He first backpacked between Nairobi and Cape Town in 1986 and has been traveling the highways and byways of Africa ever since. He has written guidebooks to destinations all over Africa, including Insight Guides to South Africa, Tanzania and Zanzibar, Namibia, and Gambia and Senegal. He also contributes to specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birds & Birding, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust.