Plak: Find and be found in South Africa

What else can I do on the Plak website?
Index
Google Chrome extension for Plak
Weather information for the whole country
Weather information for each Plak
Finding locations by address or postal code
Finding locations by GPS coordinates
Getting GPS coordinates for any location
Driving directions from anywhere to anywhere
Driving directions for each Plak
Using Plak to easily put Google Maps on any website
Using Plak to easily put Google Maps on Facebook pages
Static KML for Google Earth
Plak on Facebook
Plak on Twitter


topGoogle 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


topWeather information for the whole country
To get weather information for the whole of South Africa, check the Weather checkbox on the Plak home page

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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.

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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.

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topWeather 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.

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If a weather station, close to the particular Plak, is found, weather information will be displayed, looking something like the image shown below.

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topFinding 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.

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Search results, if any are found, will be listed as shown in the image below.

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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.

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topFinding 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.

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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.

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topGetting 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.

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To display more accurate coordinates, left-click anywhere on the map. An information window will pop-up, displaying the coordinates of that particular location.

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topDriving directions from anywhere to anywhere
There are four different Flash "videos" that describe, in detail, how to get driving directions from any location to any location. If your browser doesn't have Flash support installed, you can install it here: - http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer

Getting directions from one Plak to another
Getting directions from one map point to another
Getting directions from a map point to a Plak
Getting directions from a Plak to a map point


topDriving 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.

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topUsing Plak to easily put Google Maps on any website
On each Plak's more info page (you can view an example of a more info page here) you will find a Put this map on your website button. Clicking the button will take you to a page, on the Plak website, that will allow you to generate a small snippet of JavaScript. Including the generated JavaScript, on any page of your website, will cause that page of your website to display the relevant Google map. No special skills are required (apart from rudimentary knowledge of HTML), and you don't need to include anything else on your website.

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Below, is a fully working example.


topUsing Plak to easily put Google Maps on Facebook pages
In much the same way as Using Plak to easily put Google Maps on any website above, you can also use Plak to easily display Google maps on your Facebook pages.

You can see a working example here: - https://www.facebook.com/Plaks/app_269681463087720


topStatic 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.

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topPlak on Facebook
facebookPlak has two different Facebook pages: -

1. The main Plak Facebook page is here: - https://www.facebook.com/Plaks

2. A Facebook page, dedicated to the Plak Maps for Facebook app, is here: - https://www.facebook.com/PlakMap

topPlak on Twitter
twitterYou can follow Plak on Twitter here: - https://twitter.com/#!/Plak_ZA

Kruger Park - Sirheni
Kruger Park - Sirheni (Website)

'Sirheni' is a Tsonga word that means 'cemetery', after a type of elephant graveyard at a site near to the camp. Sirheni Bushveld Camp nestles on the edge of the Kruger National Park's northern plains within the Mopane veld of the region. The Sirheni Dam, on the Mphongolo River, lies next to the camp. The accommodation facilities and the camp's two bird hides overlook the dam and a wide variety of game and birds are attracted to it. Visitors have been awakened to the sounds of lion and hyena, as there are often kills at the dam. Sirheni has a resident leopard that is seen on a regular basis, often coming down to drink at the dam.
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