Being outside your house is slightly more frowned upon now than it was in 2019. If you know one of these daredevils, make sure they’re well-equipped.
Land Rover Defender 90
from R1,36 mil | landrover.co.za
You’ve probably seen this one in pages (like Stuff) and on billboards, all while saving up every cent to buy one. The Land Rover Defender 90 is the ‘baby-Defender’ and features two doors while a few high-end features. You can have them back, if you’re willing to pay for the extras to be installed. The stock version is packed with driver-assist tech and allows for a stellar off-roading experience. If you’ve got the means, spoil yourself.
Top-down view uses cameras placed around the vehicle are perfect for helping navigate this beast in tight terrain.
Side view is your eye around the sides — this’ll help if you’re traversing a tight canyon or narrow path.
There’s also lane-assist, shown in the windscreen HUD as two green lines — the cams have to clearly see the lines, though.
Stanley Classic French Press
from R870 | outdoorwarehouse.co.za
Just because you’re roughing it doesn’t mean you must forget the luxuries of home. When in the bundus, bring along a snazzy French press flask capable of making the dopest coffee in the bush. Just combine some hot water (in your container), some ground beans and you’re set for another hiking trail.
Fujinon Techno-Stabi 12×28 Compact Binoculars
from R11 200 | kameraz.com
Keen on birdwatching? These will elevate your game. Their compact size, relatively low weight and ease of use can’t be understated. They’ll keep your eyes on target without putting any extra strain on your shoulders.
R3,500 | incredible.co.za
For the first time, you can have true Sonos sound on the move. How has it taken this long? Your tent will be the life of the bushveld with this one. Connect via WiFi or Bluetooth – the Roam is perfect for when you’re off the grid.
Trailboss 500W Inverter
from R1,400 | outdoorwarehouse.co.za
If you’re not roughing it proper, a small car inverter is perfect to keep the vitals charged. Electronic vitals, that is. Pop this one into a 12V car charging port and it’ll output 230V. Charge up a laptop, smartwatch or smartphone with no issues.
Primus Lite Cooking System
R1,300 | yuppiechef.co.za
Cooking for two, minus a kitchen? This small gadget makes it so easy that you’ll forget luxuries exist. Complete with a 1-litre cooking pot, the Primus Lite sits atop a gas canister and cooks whatever’s on the menu. Hopefully it’s not bugs.
Rogue 22L Canvas Ice Cooler
R2,700 | outdoorwarehouse.co.za
Keep things cool properly. This’ll contain up to 22 cans of beer, or actual food and water if you’re going somewhere more remote. Covered in canvas, it’s waterproof and sun-proof to a degree, while being insulated and easy to carry.
Garmin Instinct Solar Smartwatch
R5,500 | takealot.com
Make sure your wrist-tech never dies with the Garmin Instinct Solar. It recharges using the sun, and features GPS, health monitoring, satellite connectivity and route mapping. Never get lost, while keeping fit and staying in motion.
Under Armour Sportsmask
R500 | underarmour.co.za
If you’re among humans, be considerate of them. The UA mask is designed for longer wear thanks to its breathability and comfort. Works best when you’re moving a lot and the elements are against you.
DJI Air 2S
R21,000 | takealot.com
You’re outside, so a drone is a must. In this case, opt for DJI’s Air 2S with its 20MP camera sensor for 5.4K video at up to 30fps. Or 4K at 60fps. Either way, this thing only weighs 600g, so it’s perfect for camping.
Luminaid Solar Lantern and Power Bank
R800 | yuppiechef.co.za
Popup lights are small and light, in more ways than one. No outlets in the badlands? No problems, since this one makes its own power using the sun. It’ll also give your phone a boost while lighting up your campsite.
Zippo Arc Insert
R580 | takealot.com
Have a spare Zippo case? Upgrade it with an arc lighter insert. This’ll give you better fire-power when out exploring the African wilds. It’s also rechargeable, so there are no leaky refills clogging up your backpack.