Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - TRAVEL -

• Iden­tify cool ho­tels or towns you’d like to stay in, and do a lit­tle plan­ning on Google Maps to see whether your route makes sense.

• Make sure your car has been ser­viced re­cently and that your tyres are in good con­di­tion.

• If you’re camp­ing in a rooftop tent (like we did), make sure you book camp­ing spots that have space for ve­hi­cles with a high roof.

• Book the places you re­ally want to stay in ahead of time – es­pe­cially over the fes­tive pe­riod.

• Road-trip­ping is an ad­ven­ture, so give your­self the free­dom to de­tour and check out lit­tle towns and big high­lights along the way. You’re in no rush.

• Make sure you pack hik­ing/walking gear, as there’s al­ways some­thing beau­ti­ful to see on foot.

• Stay safe: take along pep­per spray and a torch for emer­gen­cies.

• Fill up of­ten. There are long stretches with­out petrol sta­tions, and you don’t want to get stuck.

• Keep a bit of cash on you for en­trance to na­tional parks and snacks at road-side stalls that don’t take cards.

• Take loads of mos­quito re­pel­lent in var­i­ous forms in sum­mer – body spray, can­dles and cit­ronella body wash.

• In sum­mer, ex­pect rain in the coastal re­gions. Bring along board games, cards and books for stay-in­sid­e­the-tent days.

• Check the geo­tag for your lo­ca­tion on In­sta­gram – it’s how I „ind some of the most amaz­ing spots wher­ever I go.

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