Iveco Daily 4x4



Before we met, Paul and I both did some overlandin­g through Africa, and we both travel abroad frequently for work. Lockdown changed that – it prompted us to buy the Iveco, with a new focus on exploring southern Africa.

This one was for sale for a while – we first took it for a test drive in November 2019 and finally bought it in August 2020. The previous owner had already kitted it out with recovery gear such as a winch, compressor and two spare wheels. It also already had an inside and outside kitchen, three fridges, a gas stove, taps, dual water tanks, two fuels tanks and a grey water tank. We also have an inside shower and loo – and a queen-size bed!

We have a long-term plan to drive the Iveco all the way to China, so it must be a vehicle we can live in, even when the weather is terrible. (We are currently upgrading our solar power and battery set-up.)

The footprint of the Iveco is similar to a normal 4x4, but its load-bearing capacity is almost double. It’s big enough to sleep and work inside, but small enough to navigate most roads with ease. Occasional­ly, however, we’ve been in situations where the Iveco was too high to clear overhangin­g trees – like on the coastal 4x4 route between Black Rock and Kosi Bay, for example.

In the photo on the right, we tackled the narrow dirt road in the Baviaanskl­oof.

Paul is semi-retired and I run my own consultanc­y and work from the road. I need good connectivi­ty and electricit­y to charge my computer, as well as a sense of “office space”. I’ve had conference calls with the UN while sitting in the Karoo National Park!

At the end of 2020, we set off on a six-week trip that turned into an unforgetta­ble threemonth trip (about 10 000 km). We got as far as Mozambique (top picture) where we put the Iveco through its paces in the sand, which was a new experience for us. One dune in Xai-Xai took us a couple of attempts and some digging to get us over the top, but we made it!

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