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Unread postby richardharris » Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:41 pm

I have seen no references to Magellan GPS units but they are very popular in the UK and I have one! Does anyone know if the tracks4africa maps work with the Magellan mapping GPS?

Secondly, does anyone have the 4x4 trails leaflets? I would like to load the reference points from these before arriving in the Park later this year.

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Unread postby Freda » Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:03 am

Take a look here, Richard :)

I will scan the others in today.

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Unread postby madach » Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:03 am

Richard,

As far as I know the T4A maps don't work on Maghellan GPS devices. On the T4A website this is said about the supported devices:

T4A Maps Pro on Mapsource can be interfaced with Google-Earth. It is also a GPS map for ‘map capable’ Garmin GPS (Global Positioning Systems) receivers or compatible PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) devices.

The best way to get an answer to your question is to join the T4A forum and ask your question there.

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Unread postby richardharris » Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:34 pm

Thanks both. I have had a message that they may be making the maps more compatable later this year (too late no doubt though!).

Freda, the other leaflets would be very useful - but slightly larger if possible. The numbers are rather small!

Thanks.

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GPS in the KNP

Unread postby Jumbo Ellison » Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:33 pm

I am planning to use GPS navigation for recording sightings during my next KNP safari.
Are any memory cards with mapping data available for KNP. I have a Fujitsu/Siemens PDA LOOXN560 and a TOMTOM car navigator.

Any help gratefully received :)
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Unread postby rayb » Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:32 pm

What you need is the Scoffer 1801. It not only gives all the camps, picnic spots, viewpoints etc., it also tells you where the game is. "300 metres on your right there is a leopard in a tree. Not that you're likely to see it, even though I have pinpointed it for you!" :D

Joking aside, I don't have a sat nav because I seldom go anywhere in te UK, the roads are to busy. However, if I can get one that has the capability to use South Africa mapping, then I would be interested. I'd rather not have the game spotting option as it takes the fun out of it.

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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:36 am

Tracks for Africa (http://www.tracks4africa.com/) may be what you want to use.
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Re: GPS in the KNP

Unread postby ruud » Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:11 pm

This year I used a Garmin 278 for our trip in Zambia and Botswana and we used the maps from tracks4africa like Duques also wrote.
And they are very usefull so if I were you I should take a look on their website to check if you can use their maps.

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Unread postby rayb » Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:02 pm

I just bought one of these off Ebay. Brand new £18. It has a basic world map, so I will know I'm in South Africa. I spent yesterday on Google Earth picking out the coordinates for Points of Interest (gates, camps, viewpoints etc.) so I can set them as waypoints.

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Unread postby Caracal » Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:37 pm

I have not read this entire thread so I am not sure if this has been mentioned...

Another use for a GPS in the park is Geocaching. It is great fun. I know there are geocaches in Addo, Cape Point and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It is great fun for the kids too.
For more info...go to
http://www.geocaching.com

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Which GPS?

Unread postby Dabchick » Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:50 pm

:hello:

I'm thinking of buying a gps sometime soon. Have googled the two main brands available in SA, i.e. Garmin and TomTom, and browsed various forums to see what users had to say about the two brands and various models... which basically and generally boils down to: "I own/bought a garmin/tomtom and therefore garmin/tomtom is the best!" :roll: Seriously "helpful" information :tongue: ... doesn't help me make a choice though...

I have the following requirements:
1. Extensive maps of South Africa (other southern African countries not necessary). Mostly tarred roads, but small towns and dirt roads in South Africa also covered. (E.g. I'd like to know which turnoff to take to Soebatsfontein when travelling the dirt roads of Namaqualand).
2. Accurate navigation, with lane advise / junction help
3. Non-expensive maps updates
4. Easy updating of maps
5. Initial budget of no more than R2000 (maybe up to R2500)
6. Traffic updates and speed camera warnings are nice-to-haves, but not a necessity
7. Reliable signal / no/little loss of signal
8. Easy to program
9. Alternative routes easy to view/choose
10. Should be able to include specific "way-points" before reaching destination on a long road trip.
11. Estimated time to reach destination - nice to have, bordering on essential.

Am I asking too much? :hmz: I don't know much about these things :redface:

I'd like suggestions please - and also which models and map sets to avoid...

:thanx:

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Re: Which GPS?

Unread postby Rooies » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:20 pm

Dabchick, I would suggest that you contact a GPS consultant. If, by tomorrow, you have not made a choice, I will pm you with the details. GPS's are like cellphones, the manufacturers are constantly bringing out new products, which forces you to upgrade. From experience I can tell you that the salesman at a shop will tell you that the best GPS is the one that he has in stock. Sometimes they don't even know how to load a map. When I tested my first Garmin, the 'tannie' (voice) advised me to take a road that went directly through the Witbank dam (I was on my way to Kruger nogal)
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Re: Which GPS?

Unread postby Dabchick » Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:52 am

Thanks Rooies! I think I'll just go to the shop this weekend. I get this feeling that there is no real difference in quality between the two main brands (although maybe between the entry level and top-of-the range models within each brand), and that in the end it is going to be all about personal preference - just like cell phones :lol: So I basically just have to decide whether the basics are good enough or whether I want to fork out more for the "extras". :thumbs_up:


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