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    Hi everyone!

    As someone potentially getting into 4x4'ing specifically for camping and safari I would imagine renting would be the best option in the interim.

    Was looking at Bushtrackers to hire a 4x4 single cab two sleeper and heading somewhere close to Jhb to cut my teeth on camping.

    Any newbie mistakes I should avoid or things I should be aware of?

    Thanks!!

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    Hi

    What do you drive at the moment?

    How long are you planning to camp your first time?
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    Audi Q5 TDi.... first outing would be just a week.

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    My 2c would be to hire a camper trailer and take it to Dinokeng, from there you can look at your experience decide going forward
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    I second the rent first proposal, but do a few trips with a variety of trailers/ caravans to decide what works best for your setup. Not everyone likes getting up into a trailer top tent.
    Others prefer the setup.
    Enjoy the process, you do not need everything on trip1, add as and when you really need stuff.
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    another vote for the rent first option ....


    There is no such thing as the "perfect" setup ...


    Different kits work better for different types of trips, ie long trip with over-night stops in different places (now you really want a quick pitch solution) vs a few days in a camp (now you can take some time to pitch a larger rig that offers more ....

    how many people in your group ?

    sleeping arrangements ?

    weekend trips, or a more than a week at a time ?



    YOUR best rig will differ from the next guy. Best to figure out what works for you before buying ....

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    I would say simplicity is key. Bigger is not always better. Think about your needs and then rent something for a trialrun weekend. Then you have a base to work from. I see a lot of newbie campers most enjoy the experience more so those with an open mind.

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    Do NOT go to camping shop until after your first few outings..you will end up with 50 kg of things you don't need
    There is no task too simple for some people to complicate !



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    I've been through the lot, from RTTs, to ground tents to trailers. They each are best for different types of camping. I now run RTTs and a trailer, depending on my destination, how long I am staying and how many of us are going. Sometimes I take the trailer AND the RTTs.

    For long stays, trailers are best.
    For a tour with just one night stops, RTTs are best
    For going into difficult to tow areas where you plan to stay longer and you have the packing space, ground tents and stretchers are probably the answer,

    All the above are also dependent at how many people you have in your party and the space available in your vehicle.

    BUT ABOVE ALL:
    Rent first and do so for al least 4 or 5 trips before making up your mind on what your would like to buy.
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    Talking from experience my first bit of advice to you will be Less Is More!

    You do not need all the paraphernalia the camping shops want to make you believe is essential. If I were allowed to take only one piece of equipment apart from the sleeping stuff and eating equipment it will be a flat bottom cast iron pot. In there one can boil water, cook a breakfast, (upside down the lid serves as a frying pan as well), cook a complete meal, bake a bread and use it to wash the dishes in.
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    Rent first. Whatever you rent will be kitted out for 4x4 camping and you will learn the basis and what is important. Most of these providers are experienced and know what is required. Take your time and learn from the wealth of experience on this forum.
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    We also started with renting first which gave us (actually SWAMBO) a good idea of what she wanted - the only mistake I made was to first rent a Jurgens Exclusive and only then the off-road caravans (Echo Kavango, Jurgens Xplorer).

    We then ended up with the Exclusive which is not bad but obviously not what I envisaged - but at least we do camp which I don't think we would have done if we got something else.

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    Renting works well. Go for the trailer/caravan option for normal camping trips and for the 4x4 vehicle when doing an overland trip to namibia or botswana ..

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    Thank you gents this has been super helpful!!

    I think camping trailer is the answer for now.

    It's just my 6 year old daughter and I - hopefully my dad comes along too. He's got a couple of 4x4s which we could use.
    We plan to go for only 3 or 4 nights. My daughter is so flipping excited, but I'm not quite sure she knows what she's in for... ### cold at the moment too.

    A newbie question.. are there any reserves where you can put up camp wherever you like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chopper_jr View Post

    A newbie question.. are there any reserves where you can put up camp wherever you like?
    No.

    You have to camp at a proper campsite.

    Much safer too, and also generally with some kind of bathroom.

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