Part of travelling is also sleeping. We didn't want to fuss every day to put up a flapping tent. The alternative is sleeping in the car but this can be cramped and claustrophobic and difficult to keep the inside mosquito free but is also safe with a metal box around you. We decided to buy a rooftent, like sleeping in a car a rooftent gives the freedom to stop and camp on any kind of terrain. This type of tent is mounted onto the roof-rack on the car. They are stored by being folded in half and unfolding is done quickly with minimum effort by using the ladder to open and unfold it. The ladder is running down to the ground and used to support the overhanging part of the rooftent. The mattress and sleeping bags can stay inside.

Sleeping in a rooftent means that you're sleeping 2.5 m above the ground which has some advantages too. You're high and dry above the wild animals (except elephants and giraffes) but also far away from crawling insects such as scorpions.

Finding a rooftent appeared to be not as simple as all the books indicated. Not only that rooftents are not that much used in The Netherlands (although it would be nice to stay high above wet grounds) but we needed a bigger sized rooftent. The bed should be longer than 2.1 meter. Peter sleeping with his feet outside the tent would probably attract hyena's but most of all mosquitoes. After looking at several brands we decided to buy a Howling Moon tent at Aart Kok Adventure. The tent is 2.40 meters long, very suitable except for the lenght of the ladder. The ladder was approx. 20 cm. to short which resulted in using stones to touch the ground. After some arguments Mrs. Kok we could order an extra part of the ladder (we had to pay for it) and now the rooftent is perfect.

The rooftent with the short ladder. This problem is solved now.