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Southern & East Africa Road Atlas - The self-drive traveller’s friend

The Southern & East Africa road atlas is a self-drive traveller’s dream. Being an atlas, the guide is made up of a variety of different types of maps. These maps include tourist area maps, large street maps, detailed road maps and an added bonus of topographical information and continuous mapping.

Tourist area maps in the Southern & East Africa road atlas

Tourist map in the Southern & East Africa road atlas

Snippet of the Victoria Falls tourist map

The tourist area maps in the Southern & East Africa road atlas are brilliant. They offer you all the details you need to know as a traveller. The area maps plot all the main roads running through a tourist area so that you can get to the attractions and activities you’re hoping to experience. The map of Victoria Falls for example shows you everything from where to find various curio shops and campsites to where monuments and museums can be found. Handy!

Road maps and large street maps

Detailed street map from Southern & East Africa road atlas

Detailed street map of Harare, Zimbabwe

The Southern & East Africa road atlas brings you continuous mapping on the locations it covers. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the legends on pages 4 and 5 – they prove extremely helpful when planning your route. As the second edition of the atlas, all the road and street names are up to date and accurate. I thought I’d mention that in case you were hoping to get that little bit of extra confidence in the maps.

Distance chart

Road atlas distance chart of Southern & East Africa

Road atlas distance chart of Southern & East Africa

At the front of the atlas you’ll find a really nifty distance chart offering you distance in kilometres between forty-six of Southern and East Africa’s main cities. Just remember, when in Africa, distance doesn’t necessarily directly reflect the amount of time it will take to tackle a certain road. Rainy weather can mean certain roads may take you twice as long to drive. Thanks to the trusty legend, you're able to see exactly which roads you’ll need a 4x4 to cross, as well as which roads are tarred, untarred and under construction.

Extra information

Southern & East Africa road atlas country information

Country information in the Southern & East Africa road atlas

The Southern & East Africa road atlas covers six tourist areas, twenty street maps, 107 pages of maps of Southern and East Africa, eleven pages covering six major tourist areas, eighteen pages covering the main cities and towns, and a neat index to place names that make finding locations easy as pie.

A few other cool features you’ll find in the road atlas of Southern and East Africa include both physical and political maps, climate and vegetation information, plus information about each country listed with statistics, flags and interesting facts.

Mapped locations in the Southern & East Africa road atlas

This road atlas of Southern & East Africa offers maps of the following countries:

  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Uganda
  • Mozambique
  • Angola
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Lesotho
  • Swaziland
  • Burundi
  • Rwanda

If you’re planning to hire a 4x4 and travel through Africa on a self-drive adventure, then the Southern & East Africa road atlas is just the thing you’re going to need while planning and driving.

Dalene Ingham-Brown

Dalene Ingham-Brown Title: Blog Contributor
Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog

Passionate about travel, social media and making lists, Dalene is on a mission to nurture her love for camping in South Africa.


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