When you go camp­ing with a Con­queror Com­man­der, your end des­ti­na­tion is your only con­cern – be­cause with this off-road caravan on the hitch, you can head up to Kosi Bay, the Oka­vango Delta and even the wide, open plains of the Serengeti.

Go! Camp & Drive - - Contents - Text and pho­tos Leon Botha

There’s a hand­ful of time­less in­ven­tions that still look and work like they did when they first saw the light. Things like barbed wire (patented by Amer­i­can Joseph F. Glid­den in 1874), the pa­per­clip (in­vented by Wal­ter Hunt from New York, in 1849), and the fly swat­ter, which was de­signed out of ne­ces­sity when the US state of Kansas was plagued by a ter­ri­ble fly in­fes­ta­tion. In off-road caravan terms you can say the same about the Con­queror Com­man­der, be­cause 15 years af­ter it was launched it re­mains true to the blue­print. For a caravan to still have el­e­ments of the orig­i­nal ver­sion af­ter such a long time means one thing: It’s a prop­erly de­signed caravan, for campers who want to tow with their off-roader un­til they can’t drive any fur­ther. We hitched up the Com­man­der and en­tered at the bot­tom of the Kruger Na­tional Park, went all the way to the top, and ex­ited at the gates of Pa­furi. In Shing­wedzi the mother of all thun­der­storms touched down, and while it was wreak­ing havoc on the mopane trees’ branches around us, the Com­man­der re­mained un­per­turbed… ready for all the camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ences yet to come.


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