Wild editor Romi Boom is crazy about maps, addicted to 4×4 trips, and ready to pack her safari gear at the drop of a bush hat. No wonder she’s thrilled with Our Ultimate 4×4 Trips Collection, a new guide to off-roading.

Hardly a day goes by when I’m not poring over maps. AsOur Ultimate 4x4 Trips Collection-MapStudio-Cover an ardent 4×4 adventurer, I could hardly wait to check out MapStudio’s latest release. Having driven most of the 22 routes covered in the collection, I can attest that they’ve done an excellent job of putting together thrilling trips that also make sense from a practical and planning point of view.

Wild Card parks and reserves that feature in Our Ultimate 4×4 Trips Collection include Cederberg Wilderness Area, Swartberg Nature Reserve, a selection of national parks – Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Kgalagadi, Kruger, Mapungubwe, Marakele, Mountain Zebra, Namaqua, Tankwa Karoo, |Ai|Ais-Richtersveld – and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi.

The nitty gritty

You don’t need a travel agent or an organised tour! Route maps give valuable information such as accommodation options, top sites and GPS points. The maps are also provided on a bonus CD, with printable PDFs of each route. Each trip is summarised with essential details about road conditions and distances. Info boxes supply background about botany, birding, geology and history. Colour photos serve to illustrate and whet your appetite.

The entertaining bits

Readers will benefit immensely from the personal experiences of the author and the turn-by-turn accounts of each route. In addition to writing in an amusing style, Mariëlle Renssen describes the best and worst moves on each trip, and gives good advice so that others don’t make the same mistakes. This in itself makes the book a handy resource.

Since camping does not appeal to these travellers, the suggested lodgings with ample creature comforts may be a bit upmarket for some. However, they do revel in adrenalin and their passion for back roads is infectious. You’ll find that planning your next (or first) 4×4 trip is a cinch. There’s even a nifty packing list at the back of the book – what a pleasure!

Win a copy!

Wild is giving away three copies of Our Ultimate 4×4 Trips Collection courtesy of MapStudio. To stand a chance to win, email the answer to our simple question below to [email protected] (subject line: Ultimate 4×4) before 9 April 2017. Remember to include your full names, contact details and postal address. Wild will randomly select the winners. Winner will be notified via email.

Question: Name one of the national parks featured in Our Ultimate 4×4 Trips Collection.

Winners: David White, Hermeas Sutherland, Rene Baatsen

Our Ultimate 4×4 Trips Collection. Mariëlle Renssen. MapStudio. 2016. R295. Available in all leading book stores and online at www.mapstudio.co.za.

*Pictures courtesy of MapStudio.