One of the main concerns for travellers in South Africa is safety, but although crime can be an issue, this shouldn’t put you off visiting the country – especially not when the people at Satpack Travel have developed a nifty idea to keep your mind at rest and allow you to enjoy your time in South Africa.

The main idea behind Satpack is a contraption that acts as a GPS device to guide you round South Africa. What makes it different from normal GPS devices, however, is that rather than taking you on the quickest route from A to B, which could lead you through potentially troublesome areas, it takes you through the safest areas without compromising your viewing pleasure. So you won’t just be led onto the motorway, causing you to miss out on the amazing scenery.

In order to get the most out of the service, Satpack help you plan your trip before you set off. This means they’ll pre-program your device with your itinerary, so it’s ready for use as soon as you land at the airport.

As well as a handy GPS gadget, the device also doubles up as a phone, with internet access and email, so if you decide to change your itinerary on short notice help is instantly available. This connectivity also means that if you do find yourself in a spot of bother, you can request help from one of 60,000 volunteers or emergency services at the touch of a button.

The service is available now and could be ideal for anyone heading out to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. The device costs £15 per day (£17 with insurance) with bookings to be made at www.satpacktravel.com.

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