16 Tips for Camping in Africa

The following Camping Tips will make your camping trips not just easier but also loads more fun.

Camping in Africa can be an exciting, majestic and wondrous experience all at once, though you tend to want to make is as easy and comfortable as you can while still enjoying the simplicity of what camping should be. Following is a few tips to help you make the best of your “African Safari” camping style.

Tent tips

Camping Tips will make your camping trips
  1. While you are on a camping trip, you make your tent your home, and as you will with your house, you need to treat it with care.
  2. A good way to prepare for a camping trip is to set up all your equipment before hand in your back yard to ensure you know how your equipment works and you have everything you need. After a long drive and nearing closer to night, the last thing you want to do is pend hours trying to set up what should have been done in a matter of minutes.
  3. Never set up camp at the bottom of a hill or valley where, if it should rain, the water can push down plants and mud on top of your camp. Always look for a flat and open space with soft soil without any roots or bumps to cause uncomfortable sleep.
  4. A tarp can prevent your tent from teasing and it also helps against water damage. The tarp or ground sheep is the same shape as the tent, just a bit smaller and keeps the tent clean as well.
  5. It is always a good idea to take off your shoes before entering the tent as to avoid any debris, small branches and even insects to be carried into the tent. This will ensure the tent stays clean and it also saves the tent floor.
  6. When choosing a tent, consider how many people will be sleeping in the tent as well as leaving room for your bags. An upright standing tent is always a better bet if you need more space but this does take up a lot more space as well, so weight isn’t a real issue, then this is the way to go. When a tent is manufactured, the company doesn’t take into consideration that your baggage will be stored in the tent as well, hence buying a slightly bigger tent than the amount of people it will sleep is a safe bet for enough room.
  7. Always be aware of your surroundings and when you camp at a wildlife area, never leave your camp unattended for long periods of time, and don’t store food inside your tent as this may attract wildlife to your tent.
  8. Never leave your tent unattended and make sure every time you move in or out to zip up your tent, this will ensure that bugs, snakes and scorpions can’t get inside. Generally wild animals wouldn’t come into your tent as they tend to see it as a closed unit, however there have been a few exceptions, so make sure your tent is always zipped closed.

General Tips

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  1. The easies way, and the most effective, to control your body temperature is to dress in layers of clothing.
  2. It might not seem like it, but even seasoned campers can get lost, know how to use a GPS, map and compass.
  3. Practice makes perfect, and practice can save your life. You need to know how to make a fire, use a sharpener for your knife and how to tie different knots. You never know when you might need to use any of these.
  4. A very handy tool you won’t necessarily think of taking with on a camping trip is a door map. It comes in very handy outside your tent but make sure not to leave it out at night, especially when there are hyenas around.
  5. The one thing to never leave at home is a roll of Duck Tape, yes, duck tape, it can be used for MANY things.
  6. It is important at all times to have good lighting at your camp site, invest in a good, reliable torch. The newer LED torches are dual functional as they can convert into a spot light as well.
  7. Always remember to pack extra batteries. There are quite a few tools, such as your torch and head lamp that uses batteries and you never know when they might run flat.
  8. A pair of earplugs can’t do harm, throw it into your bag as a backup in case you get some loud neighbours if you camp at a public site

Talking about Tent Tips, if you are still looking at Tents for your next camping trips then you should have a look at the great pointers given on the article Buying a Tent, perfect for every first time buyer planning a camping trip.

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