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Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:52 am 
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Hi Forumites!

SANParks wants to make your experiences at the Parks memorable ones – but we also want to make your trip getting there a most easy and pleasant ride….with being able to answer the continuous…“are we there yet?” from the kids…?

We know how often you visit the parks – and most of you are relying on technologies like the Garmin or Tom Tom…

We would love and be most appreciative if you lend us a hand and provide us with GPS coordinates to all of the 19 Parks and their respective camps that you have been using.

Sharing is caring – so give us a hand and we are sure to make future travellers’ experiences an absolute breeze.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Kind regards,

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:59 am 
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:thumbs_up: Excellent idea Melanie.

Maybe we should also define precisely which point we have marked? I.e. Skukuza rest camp reception, or Crocodile Bridge entrance gate KNP, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:37 am 
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Great idea, but when people post their GPS coordinates, can they also please specify the format.

For instance, for KTP in Datum WGS 84:
- Twee Rivieren Rest Camp: S26 28 23.8 E20 36 45.6
- Nossob Entrance: S25 25 15.7 E20 35 50.1
- Bitterpan: S25 42 58.5 E20 24 12.1
- Mata Mata Rest Camp: S25 45 57.6 E20 00 00.8

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:29 am 
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This is great :dance:

Please hurry and share your co-ords asap, as Mel needs them by Thursday this week 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:48 am 
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Hmm, I have my doubts about the usefulness of GPS coordinates without any information about the roads leading to those points and the speed indices of the roads. What good does it do to know that you are 300m from a specific point only to find out that there is a river between you and this point? In Southern Africa there is an organisation called Tracks4Africa which builds detailed and up to date maps of Southern Africa from GPS tracks sent in by people. These maps are incredibly detailed and the best thing is that they have speed indices which are based on the average speeds that people have travelled. This means that the speed indices are based on the average road conditions. Maps are available for most of Southern Africa and best of all the maps are very cheap. The downside is that the maps are available on a limited number of GPS units.
I'd recommend SANParks to contact Tracks4Africa to see how they can work together in using the Tracks4Africa maps or data instead of collecting the data themselves.

Although GPS coordinates are not that useful for auto routing here's a compilation of links to GPS waypoints on my website:

Waypoints for Kruger National Park
Waypoints for Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Waypoints for Addo Elephant Park


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:53 am 
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I used T4A to route our trip through KTP and for all our 4x4 excursions. It really has tons of info on it! :thumbs_up: I also found THIS website full of coordinates for the Kgalagadi.

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:50 pm 
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T4A offers a different service, and needs to be bought.

This initiative gives an excellent opportunity for people who just want to know where things are. Used with the regular GPS software, a way point will still enable your GPS to do your route planning without leaving you on the wrong side of the river. Most SANParks are well mapped on most GPS software available. When visiting the exceptions or the "off the regular tourists routes" places, then T4A may come in handy.

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
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Switchback wrote:
Great idea, but when people post their GPS coordinates, can they also please specify the format.

For instance, for KTP in Datum WGS 84:
- Twee Rivieren Rest Camp: S26 28 23.8 E20 36 45.6
- Nossob Entrance: S25 25 15.7 E20 35 50.1
- Bitterpan: S25 42 58.5 E20 24 12.1
- Mata Mata Rest Camp: S25 45 57.6 E20 00 00.8

Thanx Switchback :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
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Imberbe wrote:
Used with the regular GPS software, a way point will still enable your GPS to do your route planning without leaving you on the wrong side of the river. Most SANParks are well mapped on most GPS software available. When visiting the exceptions or the "off the regular tourists routes" places, then T4A may come in handy.

In that case feel free to use the GPS waypoints which are published on my website as indicated in my previous post.


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
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My Sanparks KNP Visitor Guide (published by Jacana) has what looks like co-ords for each restcamp on the map.

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
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Excellent idea Melanie.
Will check this thread regularly.


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:12 am 
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Good day all.
Co-ords can also be obtained on Google Earth. One would have to zoom as much as possible to be as accurate as possible.
But it does not beat "being there".
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 Post subject: Re: Can you help US make your travelling a breeze?
Unread postPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 3:26 pm 
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For instance Kanniedood Dam birdhide ?
Trying to find where I wrote down the co-ordinates .

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