MapStudio's Book of the Road [Book Review]

Book of the Road Book Review

MapStudio’s Book of the Road is the only road atlas that you will need to navigate yourself around South Africa. The map book is color coded allowing for easy browsing and consists of 75 pages of detailed road maps and 208 detailed street plans. Maps are detailed at a ratio of 1:750 000 which is MapStudio’s first super-detailed map.

Above: A copy of MapStudio’s Book of the Road

The book includes strip route maps and a distance chart. There is also a road sign section should you need to refresh your memory, or if you’re a first-time traveler to South Africa and want to bring yourself up to speed.

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The map book is color coded which allows for easy browsing and includes an index for places of interest as well as popular tourist regions. Book of the Road marks activities on maps to consider while en route to your destination. These activities include 4×4 trails, hiking trails, dive sites, historic sites, historic battlefield sites, national parks and reserves, whale-watching site, water sports, and wine estates.

The guide makes navigating your way around South Africa effortless and fun as the key for the maps includes:

• Border crossings
• Campsites & caravan parks
• Dive sites
• Ferries & bridges
• Detailed distance markers
• 4×4 trails
• Hiking trails
• Historic battlefield sites
• Historic sites
• Lighthouses
• Major airports and airfields
• Mountain passes
• National parks and reserves
• National, main and minor route numbers
• Nature reserves and bird sanctuaries
• Places of interest
• Provincial heritage sites
• Selected accommodation
• Shipwreck sites
• Spot heights
• Toll plaza positions
• Watersports
• Whale-watching sites
• Wine estates

Unlike many other map books, Book of the Road contains a bonus CD. The CD has a color-coded spreadsheet which includes 16 national routes containing GPS coordinates for; accommodation, places of interest and services such as fuel, hospitals and police stations along every route. All listed points can be uploaded to your GPS device.

With so many useful maps, lists of great places to see and fun activities to do, it is clear to see why Book of the Road is the South African motoring bible. MapStudio has produced a map book which is easy to navigate and thus making it easy to navigate South Africa.

Where to buy a copy of MapStudio’s Book of the Road


If you’d like to purchase a copy of Map Studio’s Book of the Road online, you can purchase it directly from their website.

Physical store:

Maps and Travel
Shop ST3A
Rivonia Village Shopping Centre
Rivonia Boulevard
Rivonia, Johannesburg
GPS coordinates: 26º03’34.00″S 28º03’37.65″E
Tel:  011 807 5470

Specifications for MapStudio’s Book of the Road

Title: Book of the Road
Edition: 2nd
Size: 210 x 297mm
Format: Soft Cover, 208 pages
ISBN no: 978-1-77026-384-0

Who is MapStudio?

For over 50 years MapStudio has held its position as the leading distributor and publisher of maps in Africa. The company provides an informative range of road maps, street guides, atlases, coffee-table/illustrated atlases, tourist maps, educational products, adventure guides, and wall maps. MapStudio is also the proud publisher and distributor of the Globetrotter Travel Guide series which brings you more than 100 international destination titles.

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