4x4 Routes through Southern Africa [Book Review]

MapStudio has always delivered great value for money when it comes to supplying travellers from all around the world, with some of the best information to assist them in their travels. That’s why you’ll be pleased to hear that 4×4 Routes through Southern Africa, is no exception to the rule.

4x4 Routes Through Southern Africa

So what makes this travel guide stand out from the crowd?

4×4 Routes through Southern Africa covers just about every noteworthy 4×4 route that Southern Africa has to offer. Combining twenty unforgettable routes with the most detailed and well-written topographical information available today, MapStudio has put the collective knowledge of one of the best 4×4 travel guides at your fingertips.

Each of the twenty routes found in this travel guide has been described in the utmost detail with contributions made from reliable 4×4 operators in every region, giving the book a unique perspective with descriptions as seen through the experiences of local experts. All twenty chapters contain a detailed day-by-day description of every 4×4 route, together with maps, vibrant colour images and GPS waypoints for use in conjunction with any GPS navigation system.

Routes discussed include:

Crossing the Cederberg: Tankwa to Sandveld
The West Coast: !Kwha ttu to Hondeklipbaai
The Richtersveld: Steinkopf to Vioolsdrif
Khaudum & Mamili
The Kaokoland
The Namaqua Eco-Trail: Pofadder to Alexander Bay
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Faces of Namib: Solitaire to Walvis Bay
Tanzania Wildebeest Migration: Travel through Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana
Northeastern Botswana: Maun, Chobe, Hunters Road & Baines’ Baobabs
Angola
Liuwa Plains, Western Zambia
Zimbabwe: Mabalauta, Mana Pools, Kariba, Hwange National Park
Southern Mozambique: Maputo, Inhambane, Ponta do Ouro
Transkei Wild Coast: Morgans Bay to Mbotyi
Great Limpopo: Soutpansberg
Tracing the Molopo River: Upington to Augrabies
The Old Ox-Wagon Route: Harkerville to Heidelberg
Lesotho: Via Sani Pass

This specific travel guide has been beautifully compiled to assist any reader in navigating their way through some of Africa’s best 4×4 experiences. Information about the local fauna and flora, interesting facts about each of the regions travelled, as well as tourist information to help plan your trip is supplied in a user-friendly format.

Why this specific travel guide is made for 4×4 fanatics…

For the 4×4 enthusiasts out there, 4×4 Routes through Southern Africa made sure to include the following segments in each chapter: specific vehicle requirements, how trailer-friendly each route is, general warnings on each route, kit and essential requirements for each trip. Even with this said, the best feature to this travel guide may just be the ‘Daily Driving Distance & Time’ section.

In short, it can be described as the most user-friendly route planner you will ever come across. It presents every given 4×4 route in a format that specifies: days required to complete the trip, start and stop points for each day, kilometres that need to be completed on a daily basis, as well as daily hours required on the road. This route planner is also clearly indicated on each route map for the traveller’s convenience. Other interesting features also include recommendations for travelling time, as well as appeal, self-sufficiency and family-friendly ratings.

Some nifty added features:

For the more technological savvy traveller, 4×4 Routes through Southern Africa also includes a bonus CD that contains a number of goodies. This includes: PDF files of all maps featured, GPS tracks of all routes featured and digital packing lists in Excel format. 

This travel guide is filled with interesting facts, useful information and is fully illustrated with vibrant colour photos and is currently available in Afrikaans and English editions (also available as an ebook); making this a travel guide to keep close when planning your next 4×4 off-road adventure.

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