Equipment

Recovery Equipment:

 

  • 2x waffle boards (used once, probably not essential and very dependant on where you are heading)
  • Hi-Lift jack (great piece of equipment, used often)
  • Hi-Lift winch kit (not yet used, good for emergencies but not essential)
  • bottle jack (only as backup for Hi-Lift)
  • forestry chain (mainly for winching with Hi-Lift, not essential and heavy)
  • recovery strap (used and essential)
  • tow strap (useful)
  • bow shackles (essential for many recovery methods)
  • short shovel (most important recovery item)
  • gloves (up to you, often too lazy to put them on)
  • compressor (very important, ours served us well)
  • tire repair kit (extremely useful and effective)
  • jump leads (important)


Electrical devices:

 

  • Ultrabook Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A (small, sturdy, silent but too small screen for photo editing/charging socket broke and could not be properly repaired/replaced by 15′ laptop)
  • Logitech laptop speaker (great in size and sound quality) (useful for watching series and movies on our lazy evenings)
  • 3x external hard drive (essential for backups)
  • bluetooth and USB mouse (I am no fan of working with touchpads so for me a must but otherwise entirely optional)
  • various 12V chargers (great to use instead of wasteful converter)
  • iPod Touch and iPod Classic (plenty of music, later replaced by smartphone)
  • Zoom H1 sound recorder (the idea was to record ambient sounds all over Africa but we did not get around to do it/would be good for audio diary/for us not worth the investion)
  • 2x simple mobile phone (one is enough as backup in the times of smartphones)
  • ctek car battery charger (very useful, often there are electrical sockets at campsites so you can always keep the car batteries topped up)
  • extension cord and multi socket (very useful)
  • intelligent battery charger for rechargables (important if you have any devices running on regular batteries)

later additions:

  • Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth speaker (great sound, sturdy, replaces our broken car stereo)
  • Lenovo 8′ tablet (great for navigation and quick internet access)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone (large enough screen for navigation, decent photos)
  • Schenker 15′ laptop (larger screen than previous laptop, a lot more power for photo and video editing, unfortunately a lot more power hungry)
  • Kindle eBook reader (we love regular books but to be able to carry more reading material these devices are great)
  • mobile printer (great to share photos and therefore memories with locals and friends)

 

Camera equipment:

 

  • DSLR Nikon D7000 (sturdy and reliable)
  • Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 standard lens (good always-on)
  • Tamron 70-300mm F/4-5.6 tele lens (nice range, could be sharper but bargain at the price)
  • Nikon 18-105mm 1:3.5-5.6G standard lens (good allrounder when going for walks/hikes)
  • Nikon Micro Nikkor 85mm 1:3.5G macro lens (great macro and portrait lens)
  • Nikon Coolpix P700 (Jasmine’s camera, rarely used but good image quality)
  • Nikon Coolpix S6400 (tiny pocket camera, rarely used)
  • GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition action cam (used mainly for filming scenic drives)
  • lens cleaning pen and cloth (important for sensor cleaning, loads of dust found its way into our DSLR)
  • Nikon remote trigger (for “selfies” and long exposures)
  • Mantona Scout tripod (great travel tripod, bargain)
  • fluid and ball head for tripod (worked well)
  • polar and UV filters (UV filters used for lens protection, not essential)
  • various SD and Mini SD cards (what else to put in the cameras)
  • foldable reflector (never used)
  • spare batteries (don’t forget)
  • Lowepro camera bag (good protection, raincover)

later additions:

  • Olympus OMD EM-10 (instead of Nikon D7000) (smaller DSLR replacement with micro 4/3 sensor, great little camera)
  • Panasonic 20mm F1.7 fixed standard
  • Olympus 9-18mm F4-5.6 wide angle
  • Olympus 45mm F1.8 portrait
  • Olympus 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 tele
  • Olympus 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 standard
  • remote trigger
  • Yuneec Q500 4k camera drone
  • Yuneec handheld gimbal for 4k camera

 

Water:

 

 

  • Shurflow water pump (great product)
  • ceramic filter (broke too often, replacement soon)
  • water purification solution (good to have when our filtration system broke down)
  • 2x 25l jerry can (cheap, easy to refill)

 

Navigation:

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  • Michelin Africa maps #741,745,746 (good large scale maps)
  • Asus eeePC mounted on dashboard (gave up in Ghana and replaced by smartphone)
  • GPS mouse (unreliable usb connection and not the best satellite reception)
  • compass (always good to have)
  • GPS-Software: TTQV, Tracks4Africa, Garmin Mapsource/Basecamp (Tracks4Africa is great in Southern Africa, OpenStreetMap generally good but less detailed, Mapsource/Basecamp good for planning, TTQV we never used)

later additions:

  • Smartphone with OSMAnd app (good solution which doesn’t take much space)
  • Lenovo tablet (to be used instead of smartphone due to its larger screen)

 

Tools:

 

  • workshop manuals on laptop (great)
  • axle oil pump to screw on canister (used several times)
  • spanners (must)
  • adjustable spanner (useful)
  • ratchet and sockets (important)
  • braker bar (useful for stubborn bolts and nuts)
  • wheel hub socket (not used on this trip, needed to replace front wheel bearings)
  • screwdrivers (must)
  • mole wrench (used often)
  • pipe wrench (used several times)
  • 2x torque wrench (used for wheel nuts, otherwise useful for more complicated repairs on engine but not essential)
  • grease gun (essential to keep everything lubricated on an old car)
  • hammer and lump hammer with rubber attachment (at least one hammer is a must)
  • various pliers (used often)
  • hacksaw (used for some alterations)
  • multi-meter (not used but useful to solve electrical issues)
  • flat and round metal files (used occasionally)
  • 12V Makita drill with battery leads (not a must but makes your life a lot easier if you need to drill something)
  • Allen keys (if you have those kind of screws)
  • punches and drifts (not used yet)
  • sand paper (good to have, used several times)
  • length of pipe (not used)
  • g clamp (useful)
  • silicon gun (not used)
  • gloves (useful)
  • crimp pliers (used many times for wiring)
  • 2x foldable jack stand (great to work under the car anywhere)
  • brake bleeding kit (not yet used)

 

Spares:

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  • 3x oil filter (important)
  • 3x fuel filter (important)
  • 1x air filter (important)
  • 10l engine oil (important)
  • 10l gear oil (important)
  • 4l radiator coolant (can use normal water in emergencies but good to have some coolant concentrate)
  • grease (important)
  • 1l brake and clutch fluid (important)
  • 6x glow plug (probably unneccessary but ours are rare)
  • set of wheel bearings (we replaced the front bearings beforehand so probably not neccessary)
  • radiator hoses (good to have in case of damage or leakage)
  • fan belt (with and without A/C) (should always have one spare)
  • brake pads (probably unneccessary in most areas)
  • brake master cylinder (normally overkill but we actually had to replace ours in Namibia)
  • wheel cylinder (probably unneccessary)
  • water pump (good to have if yours gives up)
  • radiator cap (bring one)
  • tie rod ends (probably unneccessary but we replaced our in Morocco)
  • wheel nuts and studs (probably unneccessary but a few can’t harm)
  • water temperature sensor unit (probably unneccessary but tiny so rather bring it)
  • drain plugs (we used several)
  • universal joints (probably good to have one)
  • alternator brushes (easy to bring)
  • starter (heavy and bulky but our 12V system is quite rare)
  • fuses (must)
  • light bulbs (bring some)
  • voltage regulator (probably unneccessary but ours is mechanical and not known to be too reliable)
  • battery terminals (used as two of ours broke from the vibrations)

 

Useful Items:

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  • cargo straps (used a lot)
  • hose clamps (used occasionally)
  • cable ties (essential for all kinds of repairs and fixes)
  • self welding tape (used a lot)
  • electrical wire in different diameters (used for additional electrical appliances)
  • duct tape (essential for all kinds of temporary fixes)
  • nuts, bolts and washers (used a lot)
  • screws (used occasionally)
  • Sikaflex (not used yet, probably just for preparations)
  • super glew (used a lot)
  • 2m fuel hose (good to have)
  • gasket paste (good to have)
  • gasket paper in different strength (good to have)
  • exhaust repair putty (good to have but not essential at all)
  • WD40 (for all kind of uses)
  • sheet metal  (never used)
  • square tubing (never used)
  • old rags (used all the time)
  • wire (good to temporarily attach things)
  • water hose (for drinking water system repairs, not used)
  • seals and o-rings (never used but small and good to have just in case)
  • teflon tape (used)
  • Quiksteel (not used yet but very versatile)

 

Security & Safety:

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  • inbuilt car safe (very important, saved our valuables when our car got broken into)
  • various hiding places (just for some emergency cash or so)
  • fake wallet (was ignored so far)
  • 2 fire extinguishers (requirement in some countries)
  • 2 warning triangles (requirement in some countries)
  • 2 high visibility vests (requirement in some countries)
  • curtains (more for privacy when sleeping inside the car)

 

Cooking & Food:

 

 

  • Engel Refrigerator (too old and therefore noisy and uneconomical, very reliable though, replaced in Namibia)
  • dutch oven for baking and cooking on open fire (heavy but great piece of equipment for slow cooked stews and baking over fire)
  • cutleries (4 of each kind to be able to invite people)
  • sharp knives (one or two proper ones are enough)
  • frying pan (replaced in Namibia by a very lighweight aluminium pan)
  • large and small sauce pan (replaced by small camping pot set in Namibia)
  • foldable strainer (very useful but not essential)
  • chopping board (must)
  • peeler (can use a knife instead but small and useful)
  • can and bottle opener (must)
  • cooking spoons (one flat and one deep one are enough)
  • 2x thermo cup (never used since it was too warm for us to drink coffee/tea during the day)
  • plastic plates, bowels and cups (light weight and sturdy, we replaced the plates with stainless steel ones)
  • storage boxes (rako or rako style boxes work great)
  • espresso cooker (great when you can find espresso powder which is not always possible)
  • egg holder (good idea as protection but we always have more eggs than it can carry)
  • lighter (must)
  • 5kg gas bottle (we chose gas over petrol)
  • foldable grill (very useful also to keep pots out of the direct fire)

later additions:

  • National Luna Twin Weekender 40l fridge + 10l freezer (much more economical and quiet, great to freeze meat and keep ice cubes)

 

Washing & Cleaning:

 

  • plastic drum acting as laundry machine (used to handwash clothes until we lost it in Angola)
  • liquid detergent
  • dish washing liquid
  • dish washing bowel (broke on the trip, replaced by foldable bucket)
  • toilet paper
  • sponges
  • dish brush
  • dish washing towels
  • rubbish bags
  • multipurpose rope for hanging up clothes
  • clothes-pegs
  • clips to reseal bags

 

Hiking:

 

  • 2x isolating mat (replaced by small size inflatables in Namibia)
  • Camping Gaz portable cooker (very simple, great for a quick coffee or boiling water)
  • small set of pots (small and light weight)
  • Coleman tent (not used yet but hopefully soon)
  • 2x three season sleeping bag (good enough but replaced by better models by now)
  • large backpack (not needed and brought back to Germany)
  • camera backpack (stolen in Namibia)

later additions:

  • small backpack (for day or multi day hikes)

 

Camping & Sleeping:

 

  • pillows
  • mattress
  • sheet (replaced by sleeping bag liners)
  • roll out table (great, lightweight and durable)
  • 2x camping chair (both did not survive the trip)
  • hammock (great for days off driving)
  • mosquito coils (no idea if it works)
  • mosquito net (used when having a room away from the car)
  • 3x small torch (China stuff so cheap but not too bad)
  • 2x head torch (good piece of equipment but ours were cheap Chinese ones)
  • camping lamp and candles (the lamp somehow always ran out of battery)
  • axe (nice to make firewood but not essential)
  • machete (not used very often)
  • small wood saw (not used yet but good instead of axe or machete)
  • 2x binoculars (used a lot in the national parks to spot and observe animals)
  • solar shower (never used)

 later additions:

  • lightweight hammock
  • Frontrunner camping chairs (great chairs that fold up very neatly)
  • foot chairs (luxury but great to put up your feet after a long day)
  • different camping lamps (we still have to find a good solution)
  • Petzl headtorches (cheap and practical)
  • Nitecore rechargable torch (bright, good quality and charged over micro usb)

 

Literature:

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  • Africa Overland Bradt Guides
  • West Africa The Rough Guide
  • Egypt Lonely Planet
  • Sudan Bradt Guides
  • Ethiopia Bradt Guides
  • Somaliland Bradt Guides
  • Kenya The Rough Guide
  • Uganda Bradt Guides
  • Rwanda Bradt Guides
  • Tanzania Bradt Guides
  • Mozambique Bradt Guides
  • Malawi Bradt Guides
  • Zambia Bradt Guides
  • Zimbabwe Bradt Guides
  • Botswana  Bradt Guides
  • Swaziland Bradt Guides
  • South Africa Eye Witness
  • South Africa Rough Guides
  • Namibia Bradt Guides
  • Angola Bradt Guides
  • Congo (DRC & Republic) Bradt Guides
  • Gabon Bradt Guides
  • Cameroon Bradt Guides
  • Nigeria Bradt Guides
  • Ghana Bradt Guides
  • Burkina Faso Bradt Guides
  • Sierra Leone Bradt Guides
  • Morocco The Rough Guide
  • Field Guide to the Larger Animals of Africa Chris and Tilde Stuart
  • The Safari Companion – A Guide to Watching African Mammals Richard D. Estes
  • Birds of Africa – South of the Sahara Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan
  • Complete Swahili Teach Yourself
  • Swahili Phrasebook The Rough Guide
  • The Scramble for Africa Thomas Pakenham
  • In the Shadow of Man Jane Goodall
  • Gorillas in the Mist Dian Fossey
  • Sandgropers` Guide to Better Fishing (Australian)

 

Entertainment:

 

  • fishing equipment containing two rods and reels  as well as some fresh and some salt water accessories (used frequently but not very successfully)
  • games e.g. Chess, Backgammon, Memory, Fluxx (used occasionally)
  • coal, paper and pens for drawing and painting (not used yet)