Tracks4Africa vs. Maps.me





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  1. #1
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    Sep 2018
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    Default Tracks4Africa vs. Maps.me

    Hi all,

    I've got the most recent version of Tracks4Africa in combination with a Garmin Nuvi 2495 unit. On a recent trip that took us through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi & Zambia, I've made use ONLY of the downloaded (offline) maps of Maps.me on my phone (iPhone 6s in flight mode) while the Garmin was rattling around in the glove compartment.

    In my experience Maps.me is better: Tracks4Africa does not even know the Mabolwe border crossing between Botswana & Zimbabwe and oftentimes (especially in the Okovango delta) sends you on weird 'loop' tracks (this might have more to do with the GPS capability of my Garmin unit than Tracks4Africa, I understand). I seem to be unable to preload trips I manage in Basecamp into my Garmin unit and Maps.me is just as adequate for planning as Tracks4Africa is (even more accurate in prognosis of travel time).

    My question: why is this part of the Forum Tracks4Africa only as it does not seem to be the only adequate solution to our navigational needs, and (more importantly): why still bother with Tracks4Africa and Garmin, considering Maps.me is for free (!) and you most likely already own a smartphone.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Walker Bay
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    76
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    9,197

    Default Re: Tracks4Africa vs. Maps.me

    I find that each map system has its strengths and weaknesses.
    If I am going to a particular area I have a quick look on the PC before leaving to see which has the best detail.

    ďAfrica changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same." - Ernest Hemingway

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    cape town
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    74
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    128

    Default Re: Tracks4Africa vs. Maps.me

    OSM for maps on the GPS and Google Earth for planning a route and tracks. No need for T4 except if you are trying to find a petrol station or restaurant

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