FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT -

Upon my re­turn from a week-long ad­ven­ture through Morocco, a friend asked me a pe­cu­liar ques­tion: “Didn’t you ever feel scared at all?” That got me think­ing. To be hon­est, there were a few ner­vous mo­ments with Morocco’s se­cret po­lice, es­pe­cially in Casablanca. They’re not the friendli­est bunch, and we’ve heard har­row­ing tales of com­pany CEOs de­tained for weeks be­cause of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties with visas and pass­ports. But apart from deal­ing with grumpy au­thor­i­ties, never once did we feel threat­ened or un­safe in Morocco, even when ex­plor­ing the nar­row al­leys and derbs of the me­d­ina by our­selves at night. I re­cently met Louise Ot­ter, a strong­willed, well-trav­elled woman, who led an 11-month, 45-coun­try ex­pe­di­tion through Africa. Dur­ing the trip, Louise stayed in the same Radis­son Blu ho­tel in Ba­mako, Mali, a month be­fore mil­i­tants killed 20 hostages in a mass shoot­ing there last year. De­spite this, Louise trav­els fear-free and with­out in­hi­bi­tion. Then it hit me: the real rea­son we travel is that if we don’t, we give in to our own pri­mal fears and in­se­cu­ri­ties. It’s the very fear that ex­plodes when fu­elled by anger, iso­la­tion or poverty. It’s the fear that drives us to re­treat to the nar­row-minded ‘us-ver­sus-them’ men­tal­ity that pompously dis­re­gards our com­mon con­nec­tion with other peo­ple. In short, travel broad­ens the mind, no mat­ter how ‘dan­ger­ous’ a des­ti­na­tion is. This month, we fea­ture our unique visit to Marrakech in Morocco and find out why the Range Rover is such a pop­u­lar ve­hi­cle there. We fea­ture the five best self-drives through the Kruger Na­tional Park and we pro­vide you with more good rea­sons to be a Landy owner (re­fer­ring to their Road­side As­sist ben­e­fit). Also, next month, we bring spe­cial trib­ute to na­ture’s fairer sex in Au­gust/Septem­ber’s Women’s Month is­sue. Send us your sto­ries, we’d love to hear (and pub­lish) them. Happy Rovin’ An­ton Pre­to­rius Editor

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