Botswana Traveler

An American explores the desert and the delta

Affordable GPS Basemap for Botswana

Posted on | October 21, 2009 | 273 Comments

Load this thing Tracks4AfricaI have found the Tracks4Africa GPS basemap to be the best purchase I have made for traveling in Botswana (and all of Africa for that matter). The maps are simply incredible – the detail, the accuracy, and the extra landmark information – and they led me to places I didn’t even know existed. It meant I’d travel down paths I’d have never gone down before I held the knowledge of their destination in the palm of my hand. The best part is that the price is and unbelievably reasonable 125 Rand, or about $18 U.S. dollars.

For a while, we thought we could get by with paper maps. I mean, this is what we survived on for all those years before GPS, and hey, getting lost is an adventure, right? After returning to camp after dark more times than I can count and a handful of nervous nights spent in the middle of nowhere because we never actually found our camp, we broke down and bought a Garmin GPS. Being from the States, I ordered a refurbished one on eBay and had a friend deliver it when they came for a visit. Of course, this meant I could find a Burger King in Baltimore, but could find only a country boundary in Africa. What I needed was a good basemap compatible with my Garmin eTrex.

First I looked at the Garmin website for their Southern Africa maps and about fell out of my chair at the $119.00 price! Amazon had it for a more reasonable $83, but I didn’t spend $200 on a GPS to have to spend another $100 on a map! And what if I went to Tanzania, what then? Another $100? I began feeling a bit ripped off by the whole experience.

Some further Googling led me to the Tracks4Africa website. The maps came highly recommended by many travel websites, 4×4 forums, and general lunatics that post on the web.  Well, count me as one of the lunatics raving about the Tracks4Africa maps.  There are step-by-step instructions on the website on how to add the maps to your Garmin GPS (unfortunately they only support Garmin units currently) and they are easy enough even a beginner could figure it out.  The maps are all user-generated, meaning that they are updated constantly by people (mainly South Africans…they drive all over this place) who are driving these roads on vacation.

If you are self-driving anywhere in Africa, and ESPECIALLY Botswana, don’t even think twice, spend the money and buy the Tracks4Africa basemap and a cheap Garmin unit today.


273 Responses to “Affordable GPS Basemap for Botswana”

  1. venus factor review
    March 17th, 2015 @ 2:14 pm

    Thanks for this great website. I am trying to read
    even more posts. Thank you again!

    my web blog; venus factor review

  2. Monte
    March 17th, 2015 @ 8:08 pm

    This post is genuinely a fastidious one it helps new the web viewers, who are wishing for blogging.

  3. CoCLand
    March 19th, 2015 @ 1:12 am

    They can be upgraded to Level 4. Placing them close to the
    storage buildings of Town Hall is going to be helpful.

  4. Cristina
    March 28th, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

    What’s up to every one, it’s genuinely a fastidious for me to visit this website, it
    consists of useful Information.

  5. amg
    April 1st, 2015 @ 6:43 pm

    You need to be a part of a contest for one of the highest
    quality sites on the internet. I’m going to highly recommend this website!

  6. Jada
    April 2nd, 2015 @ 2:08 am

    Excellent way of describing, and good paragraph
    to get information concerning my presentation subject, which i am going to present in institution of higher education.

  7. official iphone unlock service
    April 29th, 2015 @ 9:15 pm

    I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing
    this website. I really hope to check out the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well.

    In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own, personal
    website now 😉

  8. Franklin
    May 4th, 2015 @ 7:12 am

    In this game the hero created will experience several adventures during which will have the ability
    to acquire powerful weapons and collect things like suits of armor, magical rings,lots and lots of gold and numerous other artifacts and with
    all these will grow more in strength. If you are seriously interesting in protection of your World of Warcraft account,
    you should give this extra layer of security a serious thought to
    guard against hacking of your account. In the end, all MMO’s get stale and lose their popularity, games like wow are
    the exception, not the rule, but the game’s continued success,
    as well as the success of games live Eve Online, show that the secret to a long shelf life is constant reinvention and introspection.

  9. Goji Vita
    May 6th, 2015 @ 12:16 am

    Hooked up to medical equipment in September, the entertainer had fans worried as he posted a picture and
    said he wasn’t feeling his best. I researched the high protein diets (Atkins, South Beach,
    Dukan) and learned that these diets were effective in short term weight loss.
    Do think this might have something to do with
    all the steroids and growth hormones they are getting second hand in their milk and
    meat products.

  10. Hackerzy
    May 7th, 2015 @ 11:26 am

    Right here is the perfect site for anybody who really wants to find
    out about this topic. You know so much its almost hard to
    argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a
    subject that has been discussed for decades. Excellent stuff,
    just wonderful!

  11. thermage after 3 months
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 3:54 am

    If you are like a lot of older Houstonians, and you keep fit, and work hard to stay in good shape,
    and have a lot of energy and feel young, but your face looks older, or perpetually tired, it can be frustrating.
    Short-term effects – In spite of the fact that the effects
    of the surgery are long-lasting in most cases, there is
    a chance that they will fade sooner than you might
    think. The various options in face lifts are quite useful for people
    looking to look young once again in their golden years.

  12. Zone core super cleanse
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

    What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable
    familiarity concerning unexpected emotions.

    September 30th, 2015 @ 11:38 am

    Hi there, its fastidious piece of writing
    concerning media print, we all know media is a
    fantastic source of information.

  14. survey monkey tutorial
    October 1st, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

    Genuinely no matter if someone doesn’t be aware of afterward its up to other people that
    they will help, so here it takes place.

    October 5th, 2015 @ 1:40 pm

    It’s genuinely very complicated in this busy life to lisgen news on Television, thus I
    just use web for that purpose, andd take the most up-to-date information.

    October 7th, 2015 @ 8:12 pm

    It’s enormous that you are getting ideas from this piece of wrriting as well as from our dialogue made here.

  17. imgur
    October 12th, 2015 @ 3:23 pm

    This is also possible if they offer SEO as part of their service.
    Figure out what it is you need and want and from there shop
    around to see what web hosts matches these expectations.

    There are thousands of web-hosting service providers and all of them claim
    to be the best.

  18. face lift doctor boise
    November 5th, 2015 @ 7:50 am

    Hi I am so happy I found your blog, I really found you by mistake, while I was searching on Bing for something else, Anyhow I
    am here now and would just like to say kudos for a marvelous post and a all round thrilling
    blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to
    read through it all at the moment but I have book-marked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time
    I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the awesome work.

    November 8th, 2015 @ 2:48 am

    It’s an amazing piece of writing for all the web viewers; they
    will get benefit from it I am sure.

  20. weight training for runners knee
    November 28th, 2015 @ 9:29 am

    Interval training is a tested method to massively increase metabolism as well as
    torch body fat.

  21. Look for Dean Graziosi's books on
    January 1st, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    Look for Dean Graziosi’s books on…

    Affordable GPS Basemap for Botswana : Botswana Traveler…

  22. mass messaging miami
    June 5th, 2016 @ 8:23 pm

    It’s very straightforward to find out any topic on net as compared to books, as I found this paragraph at this

  23. click here
    November 23rd, 2016 @ 7:15 pm

    Do you have any video of that? I’d want to find out more details.

Leave a Reply

  • Recent Posts