Travellers keep flocking in Africa day out, and day in for different experiences; some travel in groups and others as individuals. However, all these need a reliable means of mobility for transfer from one destination to another. The first spot is landing at the airport and immediately a transfer to either the hotel or to another destination by road especially in Africa.
Most travelers visit the destination and hire a car from a local car rental company either from the airport or from a tour operator. These cars are normally hired either with a professional driver or as self-drive. It is interesting to hire a car for self drive as it’s always exciting to drive in a new foreign road that you haven’t used before.
However, it’s important to note that most of the sub-Saharan roads are not paved to fit many cars and because of its toughness, it becomes hard to navigate. It is best managed by 4x4 vehicles as it is capable of penetrating through the muddy inaccessible roads.
Preparation for 4x4 self-drive is vital because it enables you to carry all the necessary requirements for the safari, including mechanical tools needed. It’s a must before they hand the car to you to request for the mechanical tools because it’s for safety and the nature of some roads may break down the car during the safari. Some of the basic tools that you can carry include;
- Set of wrenches
A wrench is an essential tool that should be available in every tool box. These can help in tightening some of the loose nuts that might easily result into a default. It doesn’t matter any type can work, whether the metric or the standard wrenches are all good. However, it is good to have both through the standard set is rarely used. The metric normally starts with a size of 6mm up to 24mm.
- Set of Ratchet and sockets
The ratchet is in sets with all three, with sockets of all kinds or with the basic ones. Some of the sets come with ratchets and wrenches. Request for at least a big and a small ratchet set with its basic sockets. These retches can allow you to work with freedom; speed and accuracy as it can reduce time spend on the road fixing the car.
A perfect toolbox should be escorted with screwdrivers which are so basic. There are different shapes galore although the most common are flat, Phillips, Allen and Torx. In case of any fault that comes along the safari just check-out the box to see what screwdriver that is needed. Most of the ratchet comes with a few different screwdriver heads with the most common and sizes.
One too shouldn’t miss also in the tool-box is the hammer. This is used to remove dirt, grease and even rust which have stuck in some parts of the car. Most of the vehicle's parts are hard to use physical hands but rather to a hammer can handle it. Always note to move with the appropriate size of the hammer because big trucks like overlanders have to move it a club hammer.
This is a vital mechanic tool that should not miss in the toolbox. Though not all car job will require lifting the car up, sometimes it’s important to do that because it can ease repairing in case of a default under the car. Hydraulic jacks are lifting tools only but not to secure the car up. Use the jack stand in supporting the jack. The jack can help when replacing a fleet tyre. Note to drive with extra tyre because one may get a bounce and you replace it immediately.
- Jack stand
This is a tower-shaped tool designed to support the car's weight when it’s on suspense. It is usually positioned under the vehicle frame to provide additional support for elevating the car. This tool is important during a self-drive safari in Uganda because any fault in the axle of the car can easily be rectified as you enter under the base of the vehicle.
- Mechanic Gloves
People are very fond of disposable nitrile gloves for quick in and out operations or when working on car interiors where old mechanic gloves can leave some grease traces. Don’t use the latex as they are not resistant to most chemicals.
Get the best and serious gloves that can save you from indirect conduct with grease. Note that the moment your hands get messed up, you can’t work very well on the car.