Easy rid­ers

Harry ex­plains how he got his Land Cruiser ready for Africa’s roads, Nor­man brags about how smoothly his Hilux runs with the Sen­sa­tion on the tow bar, and Japie says his Tata is per­fect.

Go! Camp & Drive - - My Wheels -


He kit­ted his Land Cruiser out prop­erly and now he’s ready to tackle Africa’s roads, says Harry Pohl from Nel­spruit. I bought my Land Cruiser new for R600 000 in Fe­bru­ary this year. Be­fore that I drove a Volk­swa­gen Amarok, but was look­ing for some­thing with more load ca­pac­ity and in which I would sit a bit higher. I also pre­fer a ve­hi­cle that drives com­fort­ably and that has enough ground clear­ance for tough ter­rain, and that’s why I ul­ti­mately de­cided on the Cruiser. I also think you feel more at ease driv­ing through Africa with a Toy­ota in­stead of a Volk­swa­gen. I named my Cruiser “Ind­abuscha”, and am very sat­is­fied with its abil­ity to con­quer any 4x4 ter­rain. The ride is a bit hard and bumpy, but it’s not the end of the world. I kit­ted it out with a winch from EFS, a Kil­ber bull bar, a heavy-duty rear bumper with two swing arms for the spare wheels, a De Graaf ex­haust sys­tem, air com­pres­sor, in­verter, spot­lights, a roof rack, Rhino canopy, gas bot­tles with fit­tings, al­loy wheels with Cooper off-road tyres, a two-way ra­dio, 80 ℓ long-dis­tance tank, stor­age tray sys­tem, water tank, air sus­pen­sion, and pro­tec­tion plates for the en­gine. It’s now pretty com­plete and ready to tackle any rough ter­rain. I have no com­plaints, not even about the 20 ℓ/100 km it gives me. The best des­ti­na­tion we’ve vis­ited with Ind­abuscha was Mabuase­hube in Botswana. There are no fences and the game walk around freely. It’s a true ex­pe­ri­ence.

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