Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 3 of 5
 [ 73 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next
Author Message
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:10 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Dec 21, 2004 12:13 am
Posts: 265
Location: Wondering if I'll ever get back to SA!
Sorry, Bucky. Was the problem that the URL had changed or was there another problem?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:49 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:41 pm
Posts: 1539
Location: Gauties .
Sorry , no it has changed to the new .com url .
Nothing else wrong :D


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:48 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:55 pm
Posts: 769
Here's a small update about my use of a GPS last November.

Before my trip I bought a Garmin Quest and all of the Tracks4Africa Pro maps. The main reasons for buying a Garmin Quest were the following:

- use in my car for routing
- use on my motorcycle for driving preset routes
- audible route instructions
- ability to track travelled routes
- compatibility with tracks4africa maps

I'm very happy with the auto routing performance of this GPS. Although the screen is smallish it works really well.

Funny enough reception is better in Africa then in Europe. In Holland I get around 7 meter accuracy and in Kruger it was around 3 meters. It can take some minutes to pick up satellite reception which isn't that important in the bush, but annoying when used for auto routing.
In Kruger I used the GPS extensively in the Makuleke concession to track all the dirt roads we drove on. During the four weeks I used 40% of the track recording capacity (10.000 track points). The recorded tracks can be used in Google Earth to superimpose the GPS data on satellite maps (see this link). I haven't seriously used it off-road yet, I'll test that next November in Botswana.

I was amazed by the tracks4africa maps. They are very accurate, include all the roads in S.A. including some of the cities and best of all they include all the roads and major landmarks of the Kruger National Park :D I bought the pro maps because they include more detail, but the free basic maps will probably also work fine.

I can recommend this GPS to anybody looking for a car based GPS system. I say car based because it's not suited for hiking because it runs of an internal battery which can only be charged by a 220V socket or a car lighter. The Quest will run for about 16 hours on the internal battery so it's allright for one day hikes but not hikes longer then that.

M


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 1:16 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger

Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:20 pm
Posts: 2867
Location: 4 hours from KNP : South Africa
Quote:
was amazed by the tracks4africa maps. They are very accurate, include all the roads in S.A. including some of the cities and best of all they include all the roads


I trust you are sending your tracks to tracks4africa as well which others will also be able to use.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 1:38 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:55 pm
Posts: 769
Foxy wrote:
Quote:
was amazed by the tracks4africa maps. They are very accurate, include all the roads in S.A. including some of the cities and best of all they include all the roads


I trust you are sending your tracks to tracks4africa as well which others will also be able to use.

For sure! I've already sent them an e-mail with the tracks but haven't received a reply from them yet.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Mapping sighting locations ?
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 11:28 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger

Joined: Mon Feb 14, 2005 3:54 pm
Posts: 113
Location: Venetia, Limpopo
Hi all,

I did notice once a thread where someone recorded their animal sightings via GPS and could map them - cannot find it though. He/she started with a 'b' I think - I think he/she worked in agriculture ?

Can someone, maybe, admin assist me in plotting GPS locations onto a Kruger Map. They are all in excell s'sheet and simply need to be imported. Could be nice to present the map on the forum for interest sake and others can do likewise.

Thanks,

Yours,
w


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 11:43 am 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger

Joined: Mon Jan 17, 2005 5:57 pm
Posts: 5030
I put your question here in the GPS thread, WJ. I'm sure someone will be able to help soon.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 12:22 pm 
Offline
Honorary Virtual Ranger
Honorary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2005 5:42 pm
Posts: 17943
Location: Red sand, why do I keep thinking of red sand?
Do you mean this one John? That was posted by Lam...

_________________
Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

Feel free to use any of these additional letters to correct the spelling of words found in the above post: a-e-t-n-d-i-o-s-m-l-u-y-h-c


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 5:51 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:09 pm
Posts: 269
Location: Tanzania, Selous Game Reserve
Hi all GPS users,

Back here in holland I know the prices of the GPS's you can buy here.
Does one of the Saffies know an SA-website with prices of GPS in SA?!?

I'd like to buy one myself but wanna know if I should do that in holland or in SA.

Thnx

_________________
Watching the slow flow of the river. A continues movement of water down towards the ocean. Like blood flowing through a vein, keeping the body alive.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 6:05 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 05, 2004 7:01 am
Posts: 2005
Location: Marloth Park, South Africa
Have a look here.

We have a Garmin but only use it on the 4 x 4 trails and still get lost :cry:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 8:18 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:41 pm
Posts: 1539
Location: Gauties .
Personally , id buy it over there .
Then you can load all the maps and things b4 hand .

You need to do this from pc , if you buy mapping software .


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Conceal GPS-sightings
Unread postPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 10:53 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:20 pm
Posts: 67
Location: Hare and there
I'm perhaps somewhat over-cautious, on the verge to paranoid, but I would like to raise a finger of warning to the publication of GPS-databases of animal (especially mammal) sightings. These could make it easier for poachers to locate their targets.

It is great fun to use the GPS for documentation of sightings, I know. But try not to spread the information you collect without using some good judgement first.

_________________
“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, we will understand only what we are taught"
Dioum


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 6:36 am 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Posts: 5378
Location: Chasing down the rarities
I agree with you 100%, Lepus. Thank you for sharing your sentiment.

_________________
659
Latest Lifer(s): Slaty Egret, Ayres's Hawk-Eagle

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Conceal GPS-sightings
Unread postPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 7:52 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jun 23, 2005 12:57 pm
Posts: 11
Hi Lepus

What GPS-databases are you talking about? Are we talking about tracking or public sightings?

My feeling on this is if you put these databases or data on the web with a live app you should have a 1-day delay on your data.

The only time I would worry about putting the x, y’s of an animal on the web is when a specific animal is being tracked.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 4:33 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:09 pm
Posts: 269
Location: Tanzania, Selous Game Reserve
Freda, Buckey,

thnx for your information and opinion.
i'll have a look over there and compare that to the dutch prices.

_________________
Watching the slow flow of the river. A continues movement of water down towards the ocean. Like blood flowing through a vein, keeping the body alive.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 73 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by kwaai buffel at 12:17:33 Submitted by teddy_rsa at 10:25:40 Submitted by Shiba at 09:56:36 Submitted by speed66 at 08:29:08