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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.