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South African’s favourite holidays are spent camping across the country. With such a variety of environment, terrain, fauna and flora there is quite simply a new adventure on every horizon.
There are family favourites and sites for the more adventurous, luxury glamping to camping with only the basic amenities. Camp and Caravan covers all budgets from coast to coast. This handy guide will assist you in choosing your destination, be it a star-rated beach resort or a remote bush camp. Sites are listed by province, with colour-coding for easy reference. Each entry contains a brief description of the site, the type of resort, the price range, and symbols showing the facilities available, as well as the Tourism Grading Council rating, where applicable. Full contact details and GPS co-ordinates are supplied.
MapStudio's Map In The Box is a best seller. An educational tool that can be used for in the classroom, at home or for a gift for a budding young traveler.
This guide offers spectacular and diverse diving in South Africa and Mozambique.
Dive with sharks, squid and sardines, exploring cold-water kelp forests, pristine tropical reefs and poignant shipwrecks. This guide features 180 of the best dives, with first-hand descriptions and site maps. Key dive information and contact details and a comprehensive marine species identification guide.
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This guide will give you the information you need to be a responsible diver. Learn to care for the marine environment as well diving culture and gear you would need. This book is a must-have for any diving enthusiast.
Join the world’s biggest bike race on its 40-year journey from the Argus Tour to the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
312 pages with over 1000 iconic images, astonishing facts, all the winners, personal memories and the in-depth tale of each of the 39 tours to date.
Each year, from 1978, is featured as a separate chapter with:
Discover the beauty of South Africa’s beaches with MapStudio's newly released Life's A Beach.
This guide explores 9,500kms of the best beaches in the world, from Alexander Bay along the coast to Sodwana, visiting hundreds of beaches and exploring a magnificent coastline. The author, Ann Gadd, has tramped up dunes, scrambled over rocky cliffs, swam as often as time would allow, hung off numerous piers and took over 6,000 photos. She sums up her experience as being aware that people are never as happy as on a beach, soaking up the sun, doing a radical off the lip or holding a rod.
The guide gives the reader activities to do on land as well as on water with great sundowner spots and unique experiences. Find the best swimming beaches and national parks with overview maps indicating sites and handy tips for the best meal, best-kept secrets, child-friendly activities, star-rated activities and blue flag beaches. If you want to do activities besides soaking up magnificent scenery, the guide explores hiking, walking, fishing, surfing, swimming, boat launches, bodyboarding, kayaking, kiteboarding, boardsailing, canoeing and SUP. This guide is a fantastic keepsake for locals as well as anyone who enjoys water sports, and is light-weight for tourists to take back home as their travel memento.
So, get off couch and explore the wealth of fantastic options along South Africa’s shores.
Discover 100 diverse restaurants from haute cuisine to hot-and-happening. This guide navigates readers from major cities through country escapes en route, highlighting gourmet getaways, refined dining and fabulous food. It will be sold in national book retailers, tourist outlets, airports and featured restaurants and hotels. It will be the ideal guide for anyone touring SA, but with appeal for locals too, as a keepsake and recipe book.
Jenny Handley is a brand performance specialist, owner of JHP and author of best-selling business books. Her career started with her food studies, and led her through marketing and PR to brand management. She has her own weekly brand column in the Cape Times and is a feature writer and reviewer for Food & Home Entertaining, and other lifestyle publications. Jenny tops up her formal food qualifications regularly with cookery courses globally and is a member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Her blog, Jen’s Journeys of Flavour, reflect her reviews and views, home and away, from markets to Michelin-star restaurants. Jenny is well exposed to the restaurant industry, regularly running her ‘Master Class in Brand and Service Excellence’ workshops.
There is an immense authenticity and credibility tied to the Gourmet Guide 2016/2017, as months of research has been conducted and will continue, to ensure that only appropriate and deserving establishments are included. Initial visits conducted by professional gourmets were anonymous. Each selected restaurant has a write-up that includes a brief description of the restaurant, a map and detailed directions, GPS co-ordinates and a QR code for readers to link directly to the restaurant’s website. The top restaurants will include a recipe of their signature dish. It will navigate the reader from the major cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban through country escapes en route, covering gourmet getaways, refined dining and fabulous food. There are no hotel or restaurant advertisers, which means all venues are rated on merit alone. There was also no cost for the restaurants/hotels to be included. The prestige and intrigue of the awards programme, the layout and design of the guide and its publicity will ensure appeal to a discerning audience of local and international food lovers and regular restaurant-goers.
The guide is written in an informative yet lively, personality-driven style. Each annual guide will have longevity for the recipe content.
My First South Africa Atlas is a detailed child-friendly atlas, suitable for ages 6-12 years and older.
This educational atlas is filled with 120 maps along with colour-coded content boxes covering information on the following:
There is a graphic timeline across the bottom of each pages including full-colour photographs. The little assistant ‘Lily’ introduces the reader to ‘did you know’ facts about South Africa and neighbouring countries, helping to make learning fun! There is a great overview map, including South Africa’s national anthem, as well as the symbols for each province. Included in the back of the book are educational pages, ‘our planet and showing it on paper, the features of a map, the compass, and finding locations’.
This book is a must-have for any learner in South Africa, as well as a great educational tool to assist teachers and schools.
If you love cycling and want to learn more about this sport, then The South African Bike Book & Events Guide is for you.
Cycling is a complex sport and if you want to improve your abilities, whether it is just to make it to the top of your nearest hill without stopping, or whether to win a champion race, cycling takes dedication and sacrifice. In this book we give you everything you need to equip yourself to become the best cyclist you can be. The book will introduce you to the origins of the humble bicycle, as well as key safety and cycling regulations and tips on staying alive.
As a cyclist knowing your equipment and the anatomy of your bike is important. This book gives you all the information you require on how to buy the correct bike, the variety of bikes on the market, how the various options differ, and how many different ones you need to covet, rather than need. Other chapters include the gear (kitting yourself out properly), the workshop (how to care for your bike), set-up and skills (basic set-up, road skills and MTB skills) as well as training and nutrition (the basics, recovery, injury and illness). The last chapter focuses on top events highlighting the top 5 road races and MTB races and other popular cycle races, uniquely African races, DIY and the ultras.
Of course once you have equipped yourself with this knowledge we give you a fantastic ride and training logbook, because practice makes perfect.
So get your ride on, with the ultimate South Africa Bike Book & Events Guide today!
MapStudio’s new release, World Atlas of Food, a compilation of over 100 countries and includes a world of flavours. We present to you, from every continent on the globe (excluding Antarctica) the essence of traditions, food styles and flavours comprising of elements that serve to make a country unique. World Atlas of Food is a journey of the senses, offering armchair travel into the kitchen of six continents.
The Giggling Gourmet, Jenny Morris, uniquely captures the aromas and flavours of each specific country through her recipes. You are invited to experience the real taste sensations. The most traditional local dishes and drinks are also listed, providing insight into ingredients, flavours, herbs and spices while giving you an intimate understanding of food and its significance in 100 nations. You learn about specific national and traditional dishes, mealtime and social customs, how food styles have been influenced by other cultures and the symbolic role foods play in celebrations and festivals. A brief summary is provided of the salient facts and figures pertaining to each nation, plus a short analysis of the way agriculture furnishes grains, vegetables and fruits to the people of the land.
The book is a travel journey taking you on a culinary experience in a world of sensations, and a must-have for any food lover.
A comprehensive guide to child-friendly activities in the 4 major centres of South Africa: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Packed with useful information about more than 260 child-friendly sites and activities
This book contains alphabetically listed names of South African cities and towns, as well as most villages and certain settlements and townships where information was available.
More than 900 places are included in what is an informative and educational look at place names, including the year they were established, origins, previous names and alternative names. Also included are interesting historical facts and reasons to visit, as well as contact details (website or phone number).
The book is a wonderful journey through South Africa. Ann Gadd particularly enjoyed researching the smaller villages and places. There is a wide variety of attractions across the places, covering sporting interests, places to eat, historical interest, scenic spots, the longest, the tallest, the coldest and much more. Ann connected with local inhabitants or officials to get their take on the naming of their town or historical interests. All this wonderful (and sometimes whacky) information is condensed to give you a book that sums up the very core of each place.
WTF ...What the fact...What is the ghostly story behind the Uniondale hitchhiker? Which American president liked to skinny-dip in the Potomac River? Who is the only South African club 27 member? What is the length of the smallest mammal in the world? What is the height of the tallest building in Africa? What is the only South African invention that has been to the moon? What is the cockroach hall of fame? Which airport has the largest terminal in the world? Who is the highest paid sportsman in South Africa? Which gang in Paris uses a vacuum cleaner to rob supermarkets? What is the lowest temperature ever recorded in the world? Which ingredients are used to make smileys, criadillas and casu marzu? What is a 'Sowetan toilet'? Find the answers to these questions and read about many other fascinating, bizarre and astounding facts while broadening your general knowledge about South Africa and the world. Stunning photos, colourful and hugely interesting info graphics, graphs, illustrations and maps, as well as amazing facts and figures, make this the quintessential book for your collection.
Farm Stall To Farm Stall is a collection of the best farm stalls and markets for food lovers and avid farm stall trawlers in South Africa.
Each farm stall has been individually visited and researched, and ratings are given on the best coffee, tea and local fare. There are also recipes for several of the delectable delights! The book lists accommodation in the area, the nearest town, child and pet friendly ratings, contact details and operating hours for all the farm stalls.
Farm stalls are listed according to the route on which they are found, and the handy quickfinder and overview maps will enable you to plan your stop.
At the back of the book you will find a list of annual markets and festivals as well as what to expect from each, with handy websites and contact details.
The book is an absolute necessity for any food lover who wants good, wholesome food and delicacies as well as meeting the local people and buying quality local products.
Make The Most Of Your Time In South Africa is a guide to planning your personalised itinerary so that you can experience it all; from the unspoilt beaches along the Wild Coast to the beautiful visage of Table Mountain; from sightings of wild game in the Kruger National Park to the green forests of Tsitsikamma. One moment you might be cage-diving with great white sharks, the next you’re riding an ostrich in the Little Karoo, or sipping wine in the Cape Winelands.
The book covers 17 of the most popular tourist routes in South Africa. Each route features the must-see attractions, as well as other worthwhile places to visit and things to see. The recommended amount of time to spend at each attraction is listed with each heading. We list both the ‘least’ amount of time you may need, as well as the time you should ideally allocate to get the ‘most’ out of your visit.
An overview of all the attractions is found at the beginning of each chapter. For example, chapter 1, Cape Town and the Peninsula, has 7 Big Attractions and 17 Other Attractions, labelled A–Q, and these attractions are labelled in the same way on the corresponding maps making it easy to locate.
An alphabetical list of all attractions can be found in the Quickfinder. Here you can tick off the sites as you visit them.
Whether you are a local or an international tourist, exploring South Africa with Make The Most Of Your Time In South Africa is a great way to make South Africa your ‘rainbow destination’.
In this newly updated Book of the Road are 75 pages of detailed road maps, 208 detailed street plans, a comprehensive road atlas of South Africa and 1 : 750 000 scale super-detailed map database.
The main maps contains 4X4 trail locations, border crossings, campsites & caravan parks, detailed distance markers, dive sites, ferries & bridges, hiking trails, battlefield sites, historic sites, lighthouses, major airports & airfields, mountain passes, national parks & reserves, national, main and minor route numbers and nature reserves & bird sanctuaries.
It also contains tourist regions, an overview map of South Africa, road signs, distance chart, strip routes and an index.
Road tripping South Africa is for those people who want to escape the crowds and take the road less travelled, which which features 20 iconic road trips and 100s mini routes, all of which are perfectly manageable in a normal sedan. Discover these road trips: Not the N1; West Coast; Route 62; The passes and beyond; Garden Route; Wild Coast; Great Trek Road Trip; Tumbling Water; The Dry North; Golf Road Trip; Cederberg; Winelands; Overberg; Frontier Country; Me.andering the Midlands; Maluti Drakensberg Route; Ultimate Safari; Land of Legend; Surfing Road Trip; In Deep Water. These road trips will take you on quiet, scenic back roads to places that you probably didn’t know existed. The book includes driving conditions, pet-friendly ratings, child-friendly ratings, low-slung vehicle friendly ratings, don’t miss features, emergency numbers, the best time to visit these areas, top tips and padkos options, as well as day-by-day descriptions and route maps. So hop into your car and discover the back roads that you have never journeyed before!
Craft Beer is the perfect guide to South African Craft Breweries and Brewers to help you unravel the mysteries of craft beer and discover hidden gems as well as meet the craftsmen and their offerings.
A craft beer is more than a pint - it’s a taste, a place and an experience. There is a story behind each ingredient in every beer, and thinking about these will increase your sensory experience and make craft beer a delight to your palate. Craft beer is a whole-hearted creative expression; the styles and recipes brewed are always original, and are based on the tastes and interests of each brewer.
MapStudio's Craft Beer will give you all the information you need to discover the perfectly crafted beer - the history of craft beer brewery, how a beer is brewed, beer classifications, the location of South African local craft breweries and their individual beers, as well as interesting stories behind all the brewers, how they started, their passion and of course, their beers.
The book also lists all beer festivals and events where friends, family and craft brewers can come together and share ideas and beers!!
Discover the passion that is Craft Beer.
Road Tripping Namibia will take you on an iconic journey through this truly beautiful country. Namibia is a land of contrasts with miles of beautiful rolling sand dunes as well as breath-taking landscapes, as well as diverse and bountiful bird and wildlife.
The book covers 15 iconic road trips, all perfectly manageable in a normal sedan, showcasing the highlights of Namibia together with great overview maps and stunning photographs.
Routes include: Namib Route, Diamond Towns and Wild Horses, Adventure Route, Ai/Ai Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Kalahari Route, Windhoek Passes, Floral Route, ‘Twitching’ Namibia – A Birder’s Paradise, Kavango and Zambezi, Cultural Route, Kunene and the Four ‘O’s, Wildlife Route, Rocks and Rock Art, Damaraland and the Kaokoveld, Skeleton Coast – An Angler’s Paradise.
For each route you can map your driving distance, see the driving time, look at the highlights, check the driving conditions, child-friendly ratings, logistics, low-slung vehicle ratings, emergency numbers and see the author’s tips as well as when best times are to visit the area.
This book is a must-have for any adventure traveller or tourist wanting to experience the back roads throughout Namibia. With Road Tripping Namibia travelling in Namibia becomes a journey of adventure and discovery, so hop into your car and explore Namibia as you never have before.
“The Yumcious catering offerings are real crowd-pleasers. Whether you are planning an informal supper for a family get-together or a special occasion for friends, you can be assured of happy faces and plenty of compliments when you serve any of these dishes.
I have had the pleasure of cooking for several high-profile people – Prince Charles, Presidents Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk, Vice President Al Gore, Kenneth Kaunda, King Goodwill Zwelithini, Charlize Theron, Graham Norton, and the Duke and Duchess of Kent, to name but a few – and I treated them all the same as I would the man on the corner. I have approached every catering job as if I was cooking for my own family; I have never cut corners or used substandard ingredients, and I only prepare food that I like to eat myself. I cater weddings, funerals, birthdays, product launches, you name it. I love designing the menu around my client’s needs, imaging what they would like to serve their guests.
But more than anything, I simply love feeding people so catering will always hold a special place in my heart.” - Jenny Morris
Satellite towns; terrain detail; GPS coordinates at major road
junctions; 34 page detailed map section at a scale of 1:1 250 000
South Africa including Lesotho, Swaziland Road Map is up-to-date with all research compiled and updated in South Africa. Coverage includes a detailed map of South Africa at a scale of 1 : 1 500 000 along with detailed area maps of Gauteng, Durban and Cape Peninsula. All the latest South African name changes are included.
South Africa including Lesotho, Swaziland Road Map is great for planning and touring regions.
Coverage includes Pretoria; Akasia; Atteridgeville; Centurion; Mamelodi; Midrand and Tembisa.
Coverage includes Johannesburg; East Rand; West Rand; Alberton; Benoni; Boksburg; Brakpan; Edenvale; Germiston; Kempton Park; Krugersdorp; Midrand; Randburg; Roodepoort; Sandton; Soweto and Springs.
What with the rising cost of travel, the scary exchange rate, the cost of visas, traffic congestion on the roads to the coast, the environmental cost of air travel and – generally – a lack of time, perhaps we should revisit the concept of holidays. Do we really have to travel halfway across the world or halfway across the country for a holiday to ‘count’? After all, what makes a holiday a holiday anyway? What makes it special? Two days of genuine relaxation within 100km of your home is worth more than a week in a glamorous resort if you’re stressing out about work, are in semi-constant contact with the office, or are trying to figure out how you are going to resuscitate your credit card when you get back. A holiday is a state of mind.
It’s a series of special moments that you will treasure forever. And that’s what’s so great about staycations. No long queuing and interviews for visas, no long queues at the airport, no long flights, and no long, thousand-yard-stare, endless drives through the Karoo. By choosing a staycation, you minimise the boring, long bits of holidays, and maximize the fun, interesting bits that make for treasured memories. And, hey, you save money, save fuel, and pile up carbon credits at the same time. What’s not to love? And you would be amazed at how much there is to do so close to the city – stunning hikes and country stays, big five safaris, awesome golf, amazing adventures, romantic retreats, and genuinely fun family-friendly resorts where your kids can act their age, and so can you.
So, check it out – you’ll find amazing golf staycations, adventure staycations, safari staycations and a range of fabulous one-tank-cations spreading out from the city like the petals of a daisy. North, south, east, west – close to home is best.
Discover 100 must-do activities in Durban, with MapStudio’s newly released Visitor’s Guide to Durban. This “kif” guide will not only give you interesting facts and figures, but also important information like transport options and “dossing” (accommodation) options. Keep the laaities happy and tour the city visiting the beaches, surfbreaks, learn about fishing, the arts, theatre, dance and festivals, bookshops, movies, music, art galleries, museums and nightlife. Of course your visit would not be complete without savouring delicious Indian food and not trying a Durban “bunny”,, is like going to the UK and not eating fish ‘n chips. There are of course lovely restaurants, coffee shops, markets as well as food shops to suit the entire family. The guide also gives a great section on the parks and game reserves and local is lekker so shop around for locally produced goods and support cultural diversity, by supporting local artists, crafters and small businesses. This guide is a must-have for anyone wanting to visit Durban and the surrounding areas. So be kwaai bru, and discover the best of Durban!
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