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It’s not uncommon to find conflicting road signs in South Africa which is the one of the most compelling reasons to buy a GPS in addition to convenience, reliability and accuracy. Add to this the high cost of road toll, and it becomes a matter of urgency to find the right GPS provider and navigation system.

Fortunately, South Africa has reliable companies offering the Global Positioning System (GPS) helping citizens navigate their way to everything from hotels in Durban to addresses in obscure towns. The top groups are Garmin, Tom Tom, Nokia, and Blackberry among many others. GPS works under any weather condition, 24/7, and lets you know how to get to places you’re unfamiliar with all the while letting you know your exact location. If you’re in the market for vw polos for sale in Gauteng, or anywhere else for that matter, consider budgeting for a good GPS system.

You will need a GPS receiver which is bought from the provider of your choice. This receiver gets information from a minimum of 3 satellites and triangulates your location. The information provided includes current location, route suggestions, current direction and journey distance, estimated time of arrival, sunrise and sunset times, and bearing. The more information you get, the easier it will be for you – and this is where GPS companies can differ. Some may have dependable signals while others are unable to function properly from certain points.

Geocaching in South Africa

It is treasure hunting and adventure spiced with fun and thrills as South Africans try their luck outdoing each other with the use of the GPS skills and gadgets. Of course, in South Africa the hidden treasure can be as valuable as a stone or as precious as a logbook. The challenge is not to buy an Apple Mac to hide as a treasure, but rather in building your reputation as a marvellous “GPS-er”.

Geocaching takes place at any time and in almost any location around South Africa. The treasure never leaves its location. Hunters have to just log in their names, date they found the treasure, and hide the treasure for the next hunter. Each find has a designated name, most often named after the guy who hid the treasure. If there is any treasure allowed to be taken as proof, it must be replaced with another. This way, the treasure always exists for the next person. These guys who create and maintain the caches to be found, like the famed “Dave”, are fast becoming popular personalities on the geocaching radar.

GPS Growth in South Africa

With so much marketing done to entice tourists and visitors to participate in the local fun of geocaching, GPS in South Africa promises to continue its steep trajectory climb upwards. Even cars for rent are being equipped with a GPS so that South Africa becomes more tourist-friendly and the option to just strike out on your own is not scary at all.

The only current drawback is getting the GPS signal to be more consistent and reliable. It’s not going to be easy what with the difficult terrain and solid objects that block the signal, but it’s manageable.

Being able to navigate around the country on your own is going to be a thrilling adventure. The recent World Cup that was held in South Africa was used to step up the GPS navigation level to a more professional, international standard. Another advantage, as recently experienced by a friend of mine who was investigating some property for sale in Namibia, is that Global Positioning isn’t restricted to national boundaries. Exploring is made safer and easier with this type of up-to-date technology.

In addition, most GPS devices are set to different languages, not just English, so it should be a snap to travel around the country and not feel intimidated if you can’t speak English and would prefer to use your native language or dialect.