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'Camp & Caravan' Guide by Map Studio Review

camp-and-caravan Title: Camp & Caravan South Africa
Edition: 1st
Release date: 28 August 2012
Size: 210 x 297mm
Format: Paperback
Pages:176
ISBN no: 978-1-77026-370-3

Price: R250.00 (currently Map Studio have it on special for R150 on their website)

'Nothing is more rewarding than taking the family on a camping trip, spending quality time together and enjoying the wonders of Mother Nature'. Map Studios new camping and caravan guide assists travellers in choosing their destination in South Africa, making planning your trip a breeze.

If you want to know where to go, what facilities are available, how much it will cost, how to get there and who to book with, then this guide is for you.

The book has been released in English and Afrikaans and boasts over 600 caravan and camp sites with a detailed description on each one. That's a fair few places to visit! There is a plethora of handy keys and icons to help you find the right campsite that suits your budget and requirements. From 1 star to 4 star grading and R50 to R400, this guide is sure to help you find the right place to stay. You can check out the type of resort too with listings of coastal, mountain, 4x4, Spa, National Park or Nature reserve, river, lake or dam, country or desert. The key is a little baffling at the beginning, but once you get used to it then it serves the purpose in providing you with all the information you could possibly need.

The magazine size guide is split by province and within each province there's a zoomed in detailed map by area on every page. This is especially useful to work out exactly where the campsite is and what's nearby. There's GPS coordinates listed for each site, so if you've got your Tom Tom then just key in the number and listen to the directions.

There are some campsite photos in the guide, but only for the lucky few campsites so these serve more for decoration then to use as a real comparison.

Attractions & activities in each area are listed, which provides an added bonus to give you some ideas of what to do with the family, friends or partner. Will it be bird watching, rock art or a walking trail? The choices in South Africa are endless.

There are also full contact details of each site listed, handy emergency numbers, toll road information and a quickfinder. Not forgetting the handy checklist in the back of the guide to make sure you have packed all the camping essentials.

Our verdict: We like this campsite guide and are planning on using it in a few of our campervans to see what our customers think. If I had to come up with a negative then published in late 2012, we just hope they bring out an updated version every couple of years to avoid the information getting out of date. Otherwise, a big thumbs up and well done to Map Studio for a comprehensive and useful camping guide for South Africa.

Posted by Greta Wermig 27/01/2013

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