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Mega MapRaid! Zambia
Start: November 1st (Wednesday) 10:00 UTC End: November 14th (Tuesday) 22:00 UTC

A “MapRaid” is a time limited, joint effort of a community, to improve the condition of the map. Veteran editors mentor new editors, and together they bring the map in the area to perfection.

Open to all ranks.


  1. Create new roads where there is no basemap [Primary Goal]
  2. Fix basemap roads (including moving the roads to the correct places and ensuring connectivity) [Secondary Goal]
  3. Solve long distance routing issues
  4. Update pending “Places”
  5. Solve User Reports and Map Problems


EdItor Rank Role
elphix (PM) 6 Local / MapRaid Coordinator
LeighGr (PM) 6 Local / MapRaid Coordinator
OrbitC (PM) 6 MapRaid Coordinator


We will use these two methods to communicate:

  • Waze's official but limited chat within WME
  • Primary communication language is English as we have editors from 43 different countries. Please ask for help if you need help with translation

Raid Areas and Groups

Zambia has ten provinces, we’ve divided the raid into roughly those ten provinces

  1. Central
  2. Copperbelt
  3. Eastern
  4. Luapula
  5. Lusaka
  6. Muchinga
  7. North Western
  8. Northern
  9. Southern
  10. Western

MapRaid Guidance

Before you edit


Units: Metric Server: World Also note: In WME, various settings must be adjusted in the left-hand editing panel before you edit.

  1. NewSettingsADVANCED.png
    The settings tab is the gear icon on the right.
  2. NewSettingsOTHER.png
    Set units to Metric and environment to World, and choose your own language.
  3. Enable these preferences. Unlike in the USA, all segments must be created as two-way, although the direction can be edited as needed once it's on the map.
Left-hand Traffic (LHT)
Left-hand Traffic (LHT)

In countries like the South Africa, United Kingdom, and Australia, the following terms are commonly used to describe the rule of the road for these countries:

  • Left-hand traffic (LHT) - Traffic position
  • Keep to the Left - Traffic position
  • Drive on the Left - Traffic position
  • Right-hand drive (RHD) - Driver position

Zambia is a Left-Hand-Traffic (LHT) country. For more about this, please read Rule of the road.

Improve major connectivity

Interconnect between major Zambian towns and cities has been identified as a major routing issue. We need to check the routes that connect the towns and cities. Many times, highways are interrupted by lower level streets, and Waze cannot calculate a long distance route.

Known interconnect issues
Start End
Choma Livingstone
Kabwe Kitwe
Ndola Solwezi
Chinsali Anywhere
Nyimba Chipata
Solwezi Mwinilungu

Correcting base map

In many places, the base map needs to be corrected. Some segments were created long ago when imagery was not as it is good today. Alignment and road types are important factors to make sure are correct.

Add missing roads

Please read the simple quick-start guide for a guideline on adding new roads.

If you notice any roads on the satellite layer that have not been added to the WME map, please add them. Make sure the road is complete, drivable and is connected to the rest of the road network. Some clues you can use to confirm smaller roads are:

  • GPS layer showing Wazers are driving on the road.
  • Information from local drivers who have been there (this can be you if you have been there).

Many roads are not surfaced (i.e. they are gravel roads).

NOTE: If the road is classified as mH or higher and is wide enough for median segments at intersections to be >5m, you need to create two one-way segments. You can unset the checkbox for "Draw new roads as two-way" to help with this.

If an existing road is classified as mH or higher and is wide enough. Median segments at intersections should be >5m. To divide an existing road, create two one-way segments from each 2-way segment (preserving the traffic data in both directions). If you are not familiar with the technique for preserving traffic data in both directions, please work with an editor who is.

Solve URs and MPs

When responding to URs, you have a few choices. You can use Google Translate or ask in our MapRaid Discord channel.

Speed Limits

Do not add speed limits. It is NOT a goal of this mapraid. Some roads may have speed limits which were verified by eye or from UR. Do not change speed limits unless you can verify the presence (or absence) of a sign.

Road Classification

Road Type Name Example Name type Lock Level
 Freeway  T2 Tx 5
 Major Highway  M9 Mx 5
 Minor Highway  D170 Dxxx 3
 Primary Street  Haile Selassie Ave Conventional Name 2
 Street  Lufupa Rd Conventional Name 1
 Ramp  None


Zambia follows the global standards for road abbreviations and acronyms.

Common examples found in Zambia are as follows:

Type Abbreviation
Avenue Ave
Boulevard Blvd
Circle Cir
Drive Dr
Street St
Road Rd
Way Way

Unsurfaced Roads

DO NOT use the road type "Offroad / 4x4". Use the most appropriate road type for routing.

Do NOT use the unpaved checkbox for road types Primary Street and up. Only use the unpaved checkbox for segments of type "Street". Here is an example of a major highway which is not surfaced, but is not marked unpaved. This is to allow good routing.

Only add streets which motorized vehicles can use. Do not add roads which are not passable, not wide enough, etc.

Tools for this MapRaid

Editing Resources

Only use sources that are allowed by Waze.

Allowed sources:

NOT allowed sources:

  • Information from other maps
  • Google Maps
  • Google Street View

Warning: If you copy information from unauthorized sources, you may be removed from this mapraid. Also, every segment you edited may be removed from the map. Copying information from copyrighted sources is illegal!

Highly recommended scripts

These tools are all scripts that will help you make better use of the information available to you in WME. For this mapraid, the following are highly recommended. You are responsible for learning what they do and using them appropriately.


  • Tampermonkey plugin that will help you spot basemap problems more quickly. Ask group leaders for best basemap settings.


WME Toolbox

  • Helps you spot 2-segment loops, segments with undefined direction, and "soft nodes" with unconfirmed turns, and has other tools available for higher-ranked editors. Some tools are not working following recent WME changes.

Junction Angle Info

Street View Availability

Please remember that you are responsible for edits made through the use of scripts Always understand what the script does before using it! There is a wiki page and a forum with more information.

How To

Introduction to Basemap Editing