Camping around animals

Many people believe that sleeping in a tent on the ground is more dangerous than sleeping in a rooftop tent. That, I think, is a bit of a misconception.

Whether venturing into the bush in a 4x4 or on my motorbike, I always either ground-camp, or simply sleep beneath a tarp. Apart from being bothered by the odd bug or two, and mosquitoes, I never really feel vulnerable. But, if you do, here are my top tips for ground camping.


Select a site away from animal activity. If there are footprints, droppings, recently flattened grass, or trees with huge great

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