How to navigate with our GPX downloads

Unfortunately few trails/routes have directional route markers so we offer you a technology solution to self-navigate the George Trails via your gps-enabled smart phone, watch or device. What you will see once downloaded is the route and your position so you can easily follow it or know that you are on the correct path. Simply follow the instructions below…

To download the gpx file on your computer

On this website click on a route system (e.g. Outeniqua) Click on the route of your choice (e.g. Cradock Peak) Click on ‘Show More‘ to expand to the route you wish to download. Click on the Download link next to the GPX Map. Depending on your web browser, the file will download automatically or prompt you to save to your computer.

From here you can upload (usually via USB cable) to your device – follow your manufacturer’s device instructions on how to do this. Note that routes as mapped may not be 100% accurate as gps devises vary. The same applies when navigating. It is best to navigate with Satellite View so you can see the terrain, where you are as well as the route to give you the best chance of not getting lost.

How to view the route on your smart phone

Once you’ve downloaded the trail gpx file, you can import it for viewing and navigation on your smart phone.  Follow these steps if you are unfamiliar with the process. You can choose any one of these methods.

For ANDROID devices, use method 1 or 2.

For iPhone devices, follow similar instructions to method 2: download a 3rd party GPX Viewer from your apps store.


Import for view through Google Maps

(pre-installed on Android operating system)

 Maps should come pre-installed on your device, make sure it is updated to the latest version.

On your computer, download the trail gpx file by clicking on the DOWNLOAD link.

Save the file to a familiar location.

Open your web browser and sign into your Gmail account (

From the Menu, select Your Places

Select Maps > Create Map

You can click on the Untitled Name to rename the map.

Click on IMPORT to import your gpx file

Locate the gpx file on your computer.

You can drag & drop the gpx file to your browser or select the location.

The map will be saved and is now ready for viewing on your mobile device through the Maps app.

Open the Maps app on your phone.

Select Menu > Your Places > Maps

Tap on the map to view.


Download a GPX file viewer from the Play Store

Please note: George Trails does not endorse these apps in any way. We have used the apps as alternative GPX file viewers only.

Choose from GPX Viewer or MAPinr – both work as trail viewers.

Upload the gpx files from your computer to your mobile phone via USB cable and save it to a familiar location on your phone. We suggest either Documents folder or Downloads folder.

Once installed, open the app. From the Menu select Open Files or select the folder icon

Select the file location and tap on the uploaded gpx file to open and view.

The trail can now be viewed and navigated in the App.


Method 3

Google Earth (desktop computer)

You can also view the trails through Google Earth if you have it installed on your computer.

Open Google Earth, go to File > Import >  and select the downloaded file from its location in your documents.

change the file type to display all files

If you can’t find your file you might need to change the file type to All Files to display all file types in the file browser.

Select the file and click Open.

Select all the check marks.

The route will load in Google Earth.

You can toggle the paths and points display on or off by selecting the check box on the left.


Disclaimer: George Trails, its staff or affiliates can not in any way be held liable for anyone getting lost for whatever reason and the results thereof.

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