Be well prepared
It's vitally important to understand your route as best as possible. Knowing where you can
refuel, buy food, water etc (and always having a contingency plan!) will make for a much more relaxing journey.
Plan for all weather conditions - there is nothing worse than being cold at night and having a bad night sleep before a long drive.
In case you need to jack up the car and change a tyre, or have to top up anything into the engine, learn the basics of car mechanics. Take some basic tools with you too (if they are not provided).
Plan the trip well in advance
While we do love an impromptu road trip, planning a trip in advance is the best way to really get to know your journey in detail, and understand the best routes. This is especially true if you’re
thinking of a longer multi-country self-drive, such as South Africa up to Kenya, or further.
Try and mix in some flying
If possible, try and get up in the
air too. It’s always great to get a different perspective on the areas and ecosystems you are travelling through.