ESSEN­TIALS FOR “OLD TJOP” SELF-DRIV­ERS

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At­ti­tude. This is the most im­por­tant thing. You need a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and a spirit of adventure. Re­li­able ve­hi­cle. It should have good ground clear­ance, and prefer­ably be a 4x4, although you’d be fine in a 4x2 on the route we trav­elled. Good tyres. The For­tuner had Bridge­stone Duel­ers and the Prado had BF Goodrich AT tyres. Enough fuel. The For­tuner is fit­ted with an ex­tra tank (to­tal 110 litres) giv­ing a range of more than 1 000 km. Wa­ter. In case of a break­down, or if it’s un­drink­able at your des­ti­na­tion. Pack at least 10 – 20 litres per per­son in the car. Tool kit. A ba­sic kit should in­clude a com­pres­sor, pres­sure gauge, punc­ture-re­pair op­tions, shack­les and tow rope, fuses, epoxy and duct tape, a de­cent jack and steel plate for load spread­ing, a se­lec­tion of span­ners and screw­drivers, and a com­pact spade. Proper maps. We used AA and Track­s4Africa maps. First aid kit. Take ev­ery­thing from as­pirin and plas­ters to Imod­ium and burn dress­ings.

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