Road Trip - - TRIP GEMS -

Power: Torque:

Trans­mis­sion: 0-100 km/h: Top speed:

Econ­omy: CO2 emis­sions: Price:

2,393 cc, 4-cylin­der turbo diesel

110 kw @ 3,400 r/min 400 Nm @ 1,600 – 2,000 r/min 6-speed au­to­matic 12.7 sec­onds 170 km/h 8.2 l/100 km (claimed) 217 g/km R511,100 Good grip in muddy con­di­tions, spa­cious in­te­rior, and com­fort­able and quiet ride qual­ity.

The base model does not have as many ex­tra fea­tures (for ex­am­ple, re­verse cam­era and sen­sors, touch screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, etc.) as stan­dard. Power re­sponse when over­tak­ing is also some­what want­ing.

But, be sure to leave some space for the three-course din­ner which is served af­ter re­turn­ing from the 16h30 game drive. This meal stretches out over a cou­ple of hours, be­gin­ning with an amuse-bouche (usu­ally a light soup of sorts) af­ter which your cho­sen starter ar­rives, fol­lowed by an aper­i­tif (usu­ally a sweet-flavoured sor­bet) be­fore your cho­sen main ar­rives, and the night ends with the desert of your choos­ing.

Af­ter get­ting up at 05h00 each morn­ing to make the 06h00 game drive, I would sug­gest tak­ing a mid-af­ter­noon nap if you want to make it through all of the cour­ses. The com­mu­nal pool area is a great spot for this. Equally as ap­peal­ing is your bed back in your chalet. Po­si­tioned be­hind glass doors, the bed over­looks the ex­panse of green

bushveld that sprawls out in front of your pri­vate pa­tio – the per­fect set­ting for a peace­ful af­ter­noon lie-down.

Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this ex­cep­tional sense of lux­ury and free­dom for three nights, the idea of climb­ing into a car and mak­ing the four hours’ drive back to Knysna, fol­lowed by an­other six hour drive back to Cape Town, seemed daunt­ing. Luck­ily, the spa­cious in­te­rior of the For­tuner matched with its smooth drive qual­ity made the jour­ney an easy one to bear.an ele­gant, ex­clu­sive game lodge with never-end­ing views it is not; but, the For­tuner did still af­ford us the lux­ury of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing that free­dom. Does this mean that Toyota lived up to its prom­ise? We will leave that up to you to de­cide.

Sure-footed and ca­pa­ble, our ve­hi­cle made light work of the sloshy road. The mud-strewn sides of the For­tuner were the only signs that we had in­deed driven over some tricky ter­rain.

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