Remote areas and patchy cellphone reception are part and parcel of an African overland trip. How will you update family and friends about your location and safety on the road? A nifty satellite device offers the solution. By Arnold Ras
Your GPS loaded with the Tracks4Africa map is your best travel companion when you navigate the backroads of Africa. However, your GPS is more than just a navigational tool; it is also a source of valuable information. Continue reading More uses for your GPS than navigation
Modern overlanders travel well-equipped with maps, instruments, water tanks, etc, but just imagine your vehicle in the middle of the Kalahari, Kaokoland or Richtersveld where you sometimes don’t see other people for days. Then, whilst you may or may not know where you are, having a little knowledge about the signs of nature can make the difference between surviving or not.
The San people, the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa, knew how to survive in the veld; a skill which modern humans have lost. They knew how to read the weather, where to find water, what plants were safe to eat, how to hunt and also how to find their way home. They learned to read nature’s signs because their survival depended on it. Continue reading How a little knowledge can help you survive