Travel Tips

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Africa is, as we all know, a continent with a huge variety of landscapes, climate and culture! It is exciting, addictive and awe-inspiring. When you have had a taste of it, you will never want to leave. It never ceases to amaze us how unprepared some folks can be when they travel.

  • It’s Africa, the sun beats down and it’s hot- yes it can get cold pack warm stuff as well. Pack a hat and sunscreen. A light long sleeve shirt is good protection from the sun and mosquitoes.
  • Do not overpack, you can wash stuff when traveling,fill a tightly sealed bucket with dirty clothes, water and detergent and place it in the back of your vehicle,the clothes wash as you travel.
  • Travel with dry snacks in case you get delayed en-route and you need to feed the little ones.
  • Head torches are great hands-free options around the campsite.
  • Books are a travel essential, if in a group insist that each person brings two books,in that way you can swop amongst each other and have a “library”, the same applies if there are children in the group.
  • Do not forget a box of toys and games.
  • Don’t forget the first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
  • Pack the necessary chargers for your smart devices and back them up with a power bank in case you do not have access to electricity, see that you also have a car charger adapter for your power socket.
  • Don’t flash money and spread your money around, cargo style pants are best for this.
  • Check malaria conditions and take prophylaxis also pack mosquito repellant http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/
  • Check vaccination requirements if leaving South Africa –for yellow fever you will have to show proof of vaccination to enter. http://goafrica.about.com/od/healthandsafety/a/vaccinations.htm
  • Barter at markets to get a fair price, but bear in mind that for most of the vendors this is their only source of income.
  • Bring toilet paper. Enough said.
  • Get proper 4×4 insurance that covers repatriation of family members as well as the vehicle and includes emergency medical repatriation.
  • Photocopy and certify all important documents, present these when asked to show documents.
  • Check passport expiry dates.
  • Be open-minded and ready to experience new things and new places
About the Author
Glyn Demmer

Glyn Demmer

My first 4x4 was a Nissan Hardbody thereafter I started travelling all over the country. In 1992 we held a big 4x4 day with hundreds of Nissan families, and then the 4x4 bug really bit. A friend Monty Brett and I started running 4x4 courses at the Hennops Off-road Trail just outside of Johannesburg. At first we offered day-and-a-half courses that started on Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday afternoon. Hannes Grobler the Rally Ace regularly assisted, and we reached a nice balance between our two styles and our skills.

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