Guidebooks for South Africa from all the major travel publishers are listed below, including country, specialist and multi-country guides, as well as books for regions and cities within South Africa (where available). Links to Amazon (UK, US and Canadian stores), Waterstones (UK) and selected publisher websites allow you to purchase the guidebooks online at best value with one simple click (individual chapter downloads are also available for selected Lonely Planet titles). Before choosing your title, check our buying guide to see the types of guidebooks available or click on the publisher logos below.

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Insight South Africa

Insight Guides

Our classic series, for more than 35 years, Insight Guides have provided a full account of the world's leading travel destinations through expert and informative text and stunning photography. With a rich mix of features on history and culture, detailed area-by-area chapters and a comprehensive listings section, each title combines three books in one: an ideal travel planner, a practical on-the-spot companion, and a a superb visual souvenir of a visit.

South Africa

May 2015 (6th ed.)
384 pages


DK_Eyewitness_Travel South Africa

DK Travel Guides

Covering over 100 destinations including Italy, Paris, New York and China, each Eyewitness Travel Guide is packed with stunning photographs, detailed illustrations, 3D maps, specially designed cutaways and floorplans of all the major sights. Written by expert authors and contributors, there is a huge selection of hotels and restaurant listings in each Eyewitness Travel Guide; making them the perfect companion for travellers who want to visualise their destination before they get there. Your holiday starts the moment you open the guidebook.

South Africa

Aug 2013 (current ed.)
480 pages


Footprint South Africa Dream Trip

Dream Trips

Our brand new Footprint Dream Trip series is the ultimate tool for those who want to get to the heart of a country on their holidays, but don't necessarily have a huge amount of time to travel. The Dream Trip series breaks down a country into inspirational itineraries which can be combined for longer trips, ensuring that you see the best of the destination during your visit. These itineraries, researched by expert authors, are carefully tailored ensure that you don't waste any time during your trip. Hand-picked recommendations, off-the-beaten-track suggestions and tips for all budgets mean that you will see the best the country has to offer on your dream trip. The compact and lightweight design is ideal to take on your travels.

South Africa Dream Trip

Feb 2013 (1st ed.)
288 pages

Author(s): Lizzie Williams

Footprint South Africa


Footprint Handbooks really get under the skin of the destination they are covering and are designed for independent, adventurous travellers looking for an authentic experience. Written for those looking to get off the beaten track, inquisitive about different cultures and sensitive towards the communities they encounter, Footprint guides are jam-packed with up-to-date information and facts. The compact, lightweight and durable format is ideal for long-haul breaks, while colour maps and planning sections make them the perfect travelling companion.

South Africa

Mar 2012 (11th ed.)
858 pages

Author(s): Lizzie Williams

Frommer's South Africa

Complete Guides

Written by more than 175 travel experts around the globe, Frommer's Complete Guides help travelers experience places the way locals do. America's #1 bestselling travel series - More annually updated guides than any other series - 16-page color section and foldout map in all annual guides - Outspoken opinions, exact prices, and suggested itineraries - Dozens of detailed maps in an easy-to-read, two-color design - New for 2010: full-color Complete Guides with hundreds of color photos and maps throughout.

South Africa

Jan 2012 (7th ed.)
480 pages

Author(s): Pippa de Bruyn

Bradt South Africa Highlights


The new highlights series from Bradt offer succinct summaries of country's attractions that are geared towards first-time visitors and those travelling on organised tours. Filled with full-colour photos, the books are a memento of your trip as well as a travel planner.

South Africa Highlights

Nov 2011 (1st ed.)
208 pages

Author(s): Philip Briggs

Berlitz South Africa Pocket Guide

Pocket Guides

Our new-style Berlitz Pocket Guides are packed with all the information you need to get the most from your visit. Small in size, but big on content, they cover all the sights and attractions, as well as giving helpful tips on hotels, eating out, shopping, outdoor activities, nightlife and much more. They also feature a wealth of beautiful photographs that capture the essence of the destination. Berlitz Pocket Guides are available for well over 150 destinations worldwide.

South Africa Pocket Guide

Feb 2010 (current ed.)
144 pages