There is no such thing as bad weather. There are
only bad clothes. But there are some genuinely bad roads in Southern Africa, not
just bad drivers, and, short of driving a tank with very wide tracks (a surplus Russian T34, possibly) a
4x4 may offer the best solution.
As always, try to limit the traces you
leave behind - they
say that in Namibia, tracks in the desert may last for 1000 years. But the
journey should be as important as the arrival, and driving a 4X4 can often both
make the arrival possible, and give many wonderful experiences along the
way. A 4X4 can often be an excellent addition to an African trip - and for some
places, it is less an addition, much more an essential.
to take with you?
It is assumed that your
vehicle is in good condition, and that you have adequate fuel until the
next opportunity to fill up (it is important to confirm there will be
fuel where you are headed - rarely, in Kruger, there have been problems
- occasionally with a rationing system introduced, although this is very
rare). Before worrying about contents, ensure that
if you are going off the beaten-track someone knows where you are
supposed to be heading for, if only as an insurance policy - so it is
possible for the alarm to be raised if you attempt to disappear. Ensure
that you have access to sufficient liquid - you would be surprised at
the amount you will need to consume in areas of dry heat - many litres a
day, especially if you are attempting to walk much. Some biltong - it
also seems able to last for a few thousand years, if pushed - is also
highly recommended (practically all South Africans and Namibians will be
able to tell you where you can get proper, even lekker biltong, if you
are lucky). Just be careful that as you feel your teeth gently break, you
are able to persuade yourself that it is in a good cause, really.