MapStudio's Botswana Travel Map [Review]

Roadmaps have always been a welcomed and ever present accessory in the arsenal of any true adventure traveller.  Whether you want to rough it out, plan your next trip into Botswana, or just want to make sure you’re covered the next time your GPS lets you down on your wildlife expedition, this Botswana travel map will be there to assist you in any navigational dilemma.

Botswana Travel Map

Above: Travel map of Botswana

MapStudio’s informative and highly detailed, easy to read and full colour roadmap of Botswana  will assist you in planning the trip of a lifetime. This revised edition of the Botswana roadmap contains everything a true adventurer embarking on a trip will essentially need, and more.

More than just a roadmap of Botswana…

Well researched and up-to-date features include: an initial 1:1650 000 scale map indicating some of Botswana’s best 4×4 routes; clearly marked for your convenience, detailed GPS co-ordinates; to be used in conjunction with any navigation system and coverage on places of interest, namely national parks and reserves; in and around Botswana’s borders.

The Botswana travel map’s segment regarding national parks and reserves is truly unique, supplying one with extensive information on: the background of the parks/reserves, accommodation, contact details, entrance times, park regulations and a ‘to see’ list.

Parks and reserves mentioned in the travel map of Botswana include:

• Chobe National Park
• Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
• Nxai Pan National Park
• Khutse Game Reserve
• Moremi Wildlife Reserve
• Central Kalahari Game Reserve
• Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
• Okavango Delta

What else does the Botswana travel map offer?

Other well-designed elements of the Botswana map include: detailed location street maps of both Gaborone and Francistown (the two larger cities in Botswana) as well as climate statistics for yearly rainfall and temperature figures.

An alphabetical index, a detailed distance chart (of thirty-one towns in Botswana), country facts and figures and a list of tour operators throughout Botswana are also added to create a map truly rich in content.

Another helpful feature is the positioning of neighbouring counties such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa, as well as a key plan of the detailed maps. Other interesting features of the Botswana travel map that aren’t found in other generic roadmaps of Botswana are the vibrant, colourful images such as springboks trekking through the Kalahari bushveld, a young lion taking cover from the midday sun and even an image of elephant-back safaris in the Okavango Delta.

The final result of MapStudio’s Botswana map?

While I do believe this is an exceptional product, pushing the envelope of what travellers have come to expect from roadmaps, I do feel that, in an age where technology is integrated in almost every facet of our lives, MapStudio would find it well received if they were to release the Botswana travel map in a digital format.