Camping – southern African Style
This is how a typical southern African selects their campsite.
- Arrive at rest camp and check out which sites are occupied
- Find the furtherest possible vacant campsite from the occupied site.
- In the case of multiple occupied campsites, employ the use of advanced trigonometry and geometry to determine which vacant campsite will be the furtherest from all currently occupied campsites, taking into account factors such as;
- Number of vehicles in other campsites
- Number of people and children in other campsites
- Nationality of other campers
- Park vehicle
- Wait until dark, or until the likelihood of other campers arriving has diminished to 0
- Set up camp
Camping – European Style
Evidence from our travels in Namibia suggests this is the how travelling European select their campsite.
- Arrive at campsite and check out which sites are occupied
- Find the closest possible campsite to the already occupied site
- In the case of multiple occupied campsites, select the campsite with the most immediate neighbours
- Park vehicle and set up camp immediately to establish territory.
Our conclusion to this difference in behaviour is that southern Africans like to enjoy the open space, and feeling of being alone and far from others. Our deduction is that Europeans travelling in Africa must miss the ‘shoe-box’ living of big European cities, and try to replicate it in African campsites.
So, if you happen to park in the campsite right next to us, please don’t be offended if we employ the above mentioned African techniques and find another spot.