What else can I do on the Plak website?
Google Chrome extension for Plak A Google Chrome extension is available for Plak. The extension facilitates searching for postal codes, addresses, streets, towns, cities and provinces in South Africa. The locations for search results are displayed on the Plak home page. If you use Google Chrome, and would like to install the extension, you will find it here: - Plak: Find and be found in ZA
Weather information for the whole country To get weather information for the whole of South Africa, check the Weather checkbox on the Plak home page
Depending on the available weather information, various weather icons will be displayed on the map. If the available weather information contains information about the current conditions, an icon, representing those conditions will be displayed. If the available weather information does not contain information about the current conditions, an information icon is displayed. Simply moving the map, zooming in, or zooming out, will cause the weather information to be updated. After an update, icons may change, depending on prevailing weather conditions, and information made available by various weather stations.
Clicking on any of the weather icons will open an information window. The information window will display more detailed information with regard to the particular point on the map. The information displayed in the information window can vary, and depends on what weather information is currently available.
Weather information for each Plak On each Plak's more info page (you can view an example of a more info page here) you will find a Get Weather Information button. Clicking the Get Weather Information button will attempt to get weather information from a nearby weather station.
If a weather station, close to the particular Plak, is found, weather information will be displayed, looking something like the image shown below.
Finding locations by address or postal code On the Plak home page it is possible to find any location in South Africa by address or by postal code. Make sure that the Find Places option is selected, and supply your search criteria. After supplying your search criteria, you can either wait a few seconds, or you can hit the Enter key, to execute the search. This search will work for street names, suburb names, city names, province names, and postal codes.
Search results, if any are found, will be listed as shown in the image below.
The example shows a search for Lancia Road, however, it is possible to be more specific. For example, you might want to search only for Lancia Road in Gauteng. In this case you could search for Lancia Road, Gauteng. You can apply the province name to any of the searches you perform.
Hovering the mouse over any of the search results, will display a red X on the map. The red X indicates the location of that particular search result. Clicking on any of the search results, will centre the map on the location of that particular search result.
Finding locations by GPS coordinates On the Plak home page you should find a button labelled Find GPS Location button. You can use this button to find any location in South Africa, using the GPS coordinates of that location.
Click the Find GPS Location button, and a window looking like the image shown below, should pop-up. The pop-up window allows you to specify GPS coordinates in any one of three different formats. i.e. Decimal degrees, degrees minutes and seconds, or degrees and decimal minutes. You can use whichever format best suits your needs. After entering the GPS coordinates, click the Go button that relates to the coordinate format you have used. If the entered coordinates are valid, the map will centre itself on the location you are looking for.
Getting GPS coordinates for any location When moving the mouse over the map on the Plak home page, the coordinates, displayed near the top of the page, will change to reflect the coordinates of the current location.
To display more accurate coordinates, left-click anywhere on the map. An information window will pop-up, displaying the coordinates of that particular location.
Driving directions for each Plak On each Plak's more info page (you can view an example of a more info page here) you will find a map. Left-clicking anywhere on the map, will display driving directions from the point that was clicked, to the particular Plak. You can also click on the green start (A is the start) and end (B is the end) route markers to view address information for that point.
Below, is a fully working example.
Static KML for Google Earth On each Plak's more info page (you can view an example of a more info page here) you will find a Google Earth button. Clicking this button will cause a KML (KML is a special form of XML used by Google Earth) file to be generated, and downloaded to your computer. If you have Google Earth installed on your computer, after downloading the KML file, Google Earth should open automatically, and display the map markers included in the KML.
Kruger Park - Pretoriuskop ( Website)
When the world was still young, some 3 500 million years ago, molten rock forced its way through the earth's crust and solidified to form the spectacular granite outcrops where Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is now nestled. The impressive granite dome known as "Shabeni Hill" is not far from the camp, which is found in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. It is immediately apparent to any visitor that Pretoriuskop is unique as brilliant red trees adorn the camp, pre-dating the decision to make exclusive use of indigenous plants in laying out rest camp gardens. Nostalgia prompted an exception to the rule for Pretoriuskop, the Kruger National Park's oldest rest camp, and exotic flowering plants were allowed to stay, enhancing the strong sense of the past that is so pervasive.
Giving geographical context to places of interest in South Africa