EAST AFRICA

Is a self-drive tour of East Africa on your wish list? Two cou­ples ex­plain how to tackle such an epic jour­ney – it’s eas­ier than you think!

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Want to do a self-drive tour of East Africa? Two cou­ples ex­plain how to tackle such an epic jour­ney.

If you have a pass­port, a bakkie, a GPS and some­thing in your bank ac­count, you’re ready for an ex­tended tour of Africa. We live on a con­ti­nent with world-class des­ti­na­tions. What does the Ngoron­goro Crater look like in real life? Are the wilde­beest herds in the Maa­sai Mara as amaz­ing as peo­ple say? How easy is it to ex­plore a smaller coun­try like Rwanda or Uganda, where moun­tain go­ril­las roam? Then there are the Great Lakes, moun­tains like Meru and Kil­i­man­jaro, rain­forests, sa­van­nahs, bushveld, coral beaches, old trad­ing towns… Don’t put off your trip. When I first drove to Dar es Salaam in 2012, I was sur­prised by how easy it ac­tu­ally was. I trav­elled in the mag­a­zine’s old Toy­ota Con­dor. I didn’t have a roof tent or a long-dis­tance fuel tank and I didn’t cus­tomise the ve­hi­cle in any way. I sim­ply dusted off my tent, packed some ProVi­tas and sar­dines into a crate, got my doc­u­ments in or­der and left Cape Town on the N1. When I next saw the sea a few weeks later, I was on the east coast of Africa. In this ar­ti­cle, young trav­ellers Caro and Hugo Min­naar and ex­pe­ri­enced tour­ers Iza and Ben Kriel share tips from their ad­ven­tures. I hope their sto­ries in­spire you to head north…

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