ESSENTIALS FOR “OLD TJOP” SELF-DRIVERS
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.