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What do I need to join Bluerhino on a tour?

Many people ask this question and it is rather simple to answer, keep it simple. The great explorers did not have the “Outdoor warehouse” open 7 days a week. They only took what they needed.

I will give you the preparation you need to have and you will not be wondering what to expect. I will prepare you on food, driving distance and driving conditions and much more.

1.     You need a tent. Ground tent or, rooftop, 2 second, Oz, Tentco, canvas or nylon, it doesn’t matter.

2.     You need a cooker, Cadac, Alva, double or single, again it doesn’t matter. Pot and a pan and crockery.

3.     You need a personal light. Thousands on the market…

4.     You need a cool spot for the cold stuff, a fridge or cooler box or ice bucket, again it depends on your preference.

5.     You need a vehicle, mostly 4x4 with low range or super electronics, high ground clearance. I also have 4x2 tours.

6.     You need a tyre pump and spade.

My experience?

I drive the roads in Africa on a regular basis. I do about 12 to 15 tours per year. I lead holiday convoys through Africa.

I am a professional 4x4 safari guide.

 I cover the area from Cape Town to Kenya.  I am also a certified 4x4 driver instructor and can help you understand your vehicle.

Low range.First and most important, the vehicle must have low range. Low range is a gear selection that provides lower speed and higher torque than the normal gearbox. This normally also means that the vehicle can handle rough terrain. Ie it will have good ground clearance.


If you are renting a vehicle, read further? How to choose a 4x4 safari vehicle

Fuel range. As a tour guide I normally advise my guests to be able to do 1000km on a tank of fuel. Fuel stations can be out of fuel for a day or two. Thus carry extra fuel if needed. Remember in deep sand your vehicle uses more fuel than on the asphalt road. Extra fuel can be carried in Jerry cans

Tyre pump. If you drive in sand and mud, it is essential to deflate your tyres for better grip, and not to get stuck. When back on the asphalt you would need to re inflate your tyres. A good pump is important and your vehicle should have one.

Tents. most 4x4 safari vehicles comes with rooftop tents as seen in the above picture.

The choice between rooftop and ground tents are often discussed. In my tours, I normally see a 50/50 split between rooftop tents and ground tents. Both are used and safe as long as you keep to the wilderness rules.

If you rent a vehicle with 2 rooftop tents, please remember that everybody on top of the vehicle will wake up at night if one person moves.

Spade. Something most people forget.This piece of equipment helps to dig you out of trouble when the time comes. Don’t be without one. Digging with your hands are dangerous ( scorpions and thorns ) and it is not pleasant.

Jack A high lift jack is important in case you have to lift the vehicle in rough terrain. High lift mechanical jacks are the most popular for this reason, however the air lifting jacks are safer but more complicated and prone to damage. Either of the two is good.

Fire extinguisher. This is a legal requirement in most countries. The item must be serviceable at least 1kg. Vehicles do catch fire in the bush when parked on dry grass. Especially vehicles with petrol engines. The catalytic converter becomes very hot. Be care full.

How do I guide a tour?

I drive in front in my own vehicle, I am in contact with you by means of a two way radio that I provide, I tell you about the area, the culture, the history and wildlife.

At night I make sure we are prepared for wildlife. I do all the camping bookings pay the park visitors fees. I help with 4x4 driving tips.

I am a trained first aid provider and carry all the 4x4 recovery equipment.