Section 1. Instructions for POI files download to TomTom

Section 2. Instructions for POI customization on a TomTom

Section 3. Hints for POI usage on a TomTom


Which TomTom models will work? This depends on the TomTom Home software, so most models will be supported.


If you want to test your GPS compatibility with the POI files hosted at SA POI,  find one of the available POI collections and download and test it.

Section 1. Instructions for POI files download to TomTom

A TomTom download will require (i) that the TomTom Home application start up and (ii) that you connect your GPS to your computer. If you do not have TomTom Home installed, it will be installed for you. You will then be shown that a new POI collection is available for install and you will be prompted to install it. If your POI came with a custom alert sounds, you then have to enable the POI warning sounds for them to work (see section 2). In cases where the TomTom Home links are not set up, but there is a direct download arrow Download to Garmin or the TomTom image , you must unzip the zip file to your TomTom into the folder Southern_Africa.


Instructions for TomTom uninstall :

Uninstall the custom POI from your computer with the help of TomTom Home. If the POI collection consists of more than one POI category, then all categories must be selected and uninstalled. If you have installed the POI without TomTom Home, you can delete the POI's ov2 and bmp files in the Southern Africa folder.

Section 2. Instructions for POI customization on TomTom

Purpose: To enable POI warning sound and proximity distance


Pre-requisite: To continue with theses steps it is required that the POI collection is already downloaded to your TomTom (section 1 completed).


There are two things that need setup: (i) The display of the POI icon (ii) the POI alert sound.


We found that the POI will be displayed upon first download to the TomTom. The instructions to select the POI for display is quite easy and it is not described here. Some POIs may not come with an alert sound, but you can still set up an alert sound from the pre-installed TomTom alert sounds. If you do not require an alert sound you can skip this section (section 2) and go back to the Home page. Please note that POI map display setting and POI warning sound setting are independent settings.


Step 1: Select Change preferences



Step 2: Select the right arrow to go to the next page in Preferences


Note: Upon first install to your TomTom the POI will be automatically displayed.


If you have later switched it off you will have to enable it again via the Show POI on map menu.



Step 3: Select Manage POIs


Step 4: Select Warn when near POI


Step 5: Select the POI that was just downloaded (e.g. tap on SA-POI-SWC2010Stadiums)


Step 6: Enter the required warning distance and tap OK


The example on the left is for a distance of 500m. This is a good distance for POIs that are known to be off the roads (e.g. stadiums, dams and hides).


Step 7: Select YES


Step 8: Select Done (without ticking the box)


Step 9: Select Done to return to the Preferences menu


Note: If you have downloaded more than one custom POI category, you can repeat steps 4 to 8 for all of them before you proceed to step 10.


Step 10: Select Done to return to the main screen. You have now completed the customization. You can now set up a route or just drive without a route to get a sound alert from the custom POI.

Section 3. Hints for POI usage on TomTom

Purpose: To help you use the POIs in the best way on your TomTom.


Step 11: When planning day trips in "national parks" we recommend that you use the Itinerary Planning function.


Step 12: When planning day trips in "national parks" we recommend that you add as many waypoints as required until you get the route that you want to travel.


For all but the last point select Mark as waypoint. For the last point Mark as destination.


Step 13: When you continue you will be asked What type of route should be planned.  It is important that you select Shortest route. If you do not, you will find cases where the GPS will take you out of the park and back into the park at another gate because it is a faster route.


Step 14: Use common sense and do not drive onto unauthorized  roads or follow obvious incorrect instructions from your GPS.


The example on the left is a proper Kruger National Park itinerary that will take you in a figure of eight route from Crocodile Bridge (1) to Lower Sabie (6) via Duke's waterhole (4) and then back (11).


Step 15: Here is an important tip if you do not want spoken navigation directions, but you still want warning sounds. Download, install and select Novoice, English UK. With this tip your POI warning sounds and speed camera warning sounds will still be heard. We recommend this setting when you are on holiday in game parks with our POIs.


Lastly, learn to use your GPS to its full capabilities.


End of instructions