T4A GPS Travel Guides
NOTE: The T4A Africa Guide is included on the T4A SD card since version 10.05. If you insert the SD card into your GPS, the guide, which contain valuable POI information, can be accessed in various ways, depending on the GPS model you use. More travel guides will be available on our online store soon. The travel guide is available as per the steps further below. This travel guide enables you to look up descriptions, contact details, rates, facilities and activities on offer for lodges and campsites in Africa directly on your GPS. Also included are searchable picnic sites and border control information, perfect for your next road trip.
You can also look up information on various attractions (eg. wine farms) and activities (eg. 4WD-trail) that exist as Points of Interests (POI) on our maps.
A photo is also displayed on your GPS of the POI if we have one available.
We've recently introduced a new category "Communications": use this to find the nearest point selling airtime, offering internet access, or wireless, or where the nearest public phone is, or a good mobile reception spot.
Also new is our "Shopping" category: to help you find your nearest shop of choice, and the nearest place selling gas.
For more information on these guides, please have a look this T4A Africa Guide Document.
We included Road Alerts up to ver 11.10. These alerts were specifically for Cattle grids, Warnings and Changes in the Road condition. An alert would automatically pop up (ie. taken you have enabled proximity alerts on Custom POIs on your GPS) a few metres ahead of the warning POI's spot. More information on the actual alerts can also be accessed on your GPS, see further below. Typical Warnings in Africa you could expect are bad tar roads, blocked roads, no entry, dangerous path, slippery, loose rocks etc. NOTE: we discontinued our Road Alert Guide on the SD card from release 12.05 due the changing nature of conditions in Africa......we wanted to investigate more elegant ways of compiling these alert files.
The Road Alert files are now available from version12.10 again. You can download your preferred Alert file from our T4A GPS Road Alerts Page.
Our Travel Guides are not compatible with these unit/s:
- Old Nuvi 310 (it doesn't have an "Extras" feature in order to access the guide).
Photos not showing on the guide: The Garmin Colorado GPS series was designed without the functionality to show photos in these files.
The Montana GPS also did not show any photos, but Garmin released a new software update in October 2011 (v3.60) which fixed this. This fix is available on the webupdater on the Garmin site at http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=999-99999-27).
The Oregon 300 GPS: if no photos are shown, update to the latest firmware. Oct-11 this was v4.20. The latest software updates are available on the webupdater on the Garmin site at http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=999-99999-27).
The GPS Unit switches off when accessing some POIs in the Travel Guide:
- Some newer GPS units, like the Nuvi 40, does not accept long text fields if built into the Travel Guide in a certain way, many older GPS units did not have this problem. As from version 12.05 this problem should no longer occur, as T4A has changed the way the Travel Guides are built wrt using fields for long strings of text etc. If you do experience this problem, please contact us, so that we can supply you with a later verion of the Travel Guide.
The T4A Africa Guide will be available under 'Extras' on your compatible GARMIN GPS as follows:
This information can be accessed in various ways on your GPS depending on the Garmin Model you are using.
(Note: with some of the newer GPS models, this POI information is directly accessible from the maps view page etc.)
But for the older models, you can follow these steps:
Choose "Where To" on your GPS screen:
Then choose "Extras":
Then choose the "T4A Africa Guide":
Then choose the category from the list you are interested in:
The points of interests (POIs) will be displayed in order of closest proximity to you:
Choose the camp you are interested in, in order to view more detail (ie. photos are also displayed where available):
Then hit GO and Tracks4africa will navigate you to the place you are interested in.