D4 to Rua­cana

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - MIFFBUSTERS -

I own a Land Rover Dis­cov­ery 4 and I am about to do the drive from Rua­cana to Epupa Falls, then south via the Khowarib Sch­lucht to Ses­fontein. Other ve­hi­cles in the group are Land Cruis­ers – a 100 and a groot me­neer 200 V8. The Cruiser guys told me they have their towropes ready. The D4 is an awe­some ve­hi­cle, but I have two reser­va­tions: the elec­tron­ics and the dreaded 19- inch rims. The route from Rua­cana is the river road which seems to have plenty of rock while the Khowarib sec­tion is 80 km of sand. Nei­ther of th­ese are friends of the 19- inch rims. Have any of you taken the D4 along this route? Shall I rather trade in my D4 for a Cruiser be­fore I go?

Hugh Drum­mond Ed – I pre­sume that you have the fac­tory tyres fit­ted. Although th­ese tyres are tougher than one thinks, it is al­ways bet­ter to take as much pre­cau­tion as pos­si­ble. An op­tion is to invest in a set of Cooper Zeon LTZ all ter­rain tyres. Th­ese are fit­ted to Kings­ley Hol­gate’s Disco 4 and when I met up with him in Botswana he had only good things to say about them. Take with a good qual­ity tyre re­pair kit and tyre levers, also throw away the orig­i­nal jack and re­place with a de­cent bot­tle jack. En­joy the trip.

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