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We are cel­e­brat­ing ad­ven­ture this month. Not only does this in­clude an ad­ven­tur­ous, beau­ti­ful re­design of Road­trip (let us know what you think of the new lay­out, de­signed by Ryan Ab­bott), it also com­prises a trib­ute to Land Rover, the ve­hi­cle that gave sub­stance to the con­cept of a mo­torised African sa­fari, and a re­spect­ful nod to the new Toy­ota RAV4, the ve­hi­cle that started the SUV craze.

The world­wide ad­ven­ture in­side th­ese pages starts with a visit to Pel­i­can Point and Walvis Bay in Namibia in the lat­est com­pact cross­over coupé from BMW, the new X2, con­tin­u­ing from there to Swakop­mund and up the Skele­ton Coast to meet the Lion Man, Dr Philip Stander, and his trusty old Land Cruiser near Ter­race Bay. And what bet­ter ve­hi­cle for this trip than the re­cently facelifted Prado, the lat­est Cruiser in the Toy­ota line-up and an ad­ven­ture ve­hi­cle with­out equal.

For an ad­ven­ture of a dif­fer­ent kind; pay­ing a visit to all the surf­ing hotspots on the East Coast of South Africa, con­trib­u­tor Jim Free­man used an­other iconic road trip ve­hi­cle, the ven­er­a­ble Volk­swa­gen Kombi, in top-of-the-line Cal­i­for­nia Coast guise, while we also ex­plored the Brakke­duine dune trail close to Oys­ter Bay in the tough-look­ing Mit­subishi Tri­ton Ex­treme.

Our ad­ven­ture trails con­trib­u­tor and au­thor of the pop­u­lar ad­ven­ture blog The Day­walk­ers, Jac­ques Kok this month finds him­self amongst wild an­i­mals on the scenic grass­lands of Ezemvelo, close to Bronkhorst­spruit, while travel writer Brian Berk­man tells us more about his first self-drive ex­pe­ri­ence within the en­vi­rons of the vast Kruger Na­tional Park.

We also tell you more about an ad­ven­ture with a dif­fer­ence – travers­ing Lake Baikal in Siberia, the old­est, deep­est, and big­gest lake in the world – in Mazda CX5 AWD mod­els, and on the other side of the tem­per­a­ture spec­trum we nar­rate the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of a group of Ja­panese ad­ven­tur­ers who re­cently re­traced the epic orig­i­nal route of the iconic Paris-dakar Rally Raid, tak­ing on the vast Sa­hara Desert in a very im­prob­a­ble ex­pe­di­tion ve­hi­cle … the lat­est plug-in hy­brid Toy­ota Prius.

Hav­ing cov­ered des­ti­na­tions rang­ing from ice cov­ered lakes to burn­ing deserts, beau­ti­ful beaches to bushveld, we did not for­get ex­otic is­lands, as Jim Free­man, mounted on a Har­ley and a BMW ’bike, found that while Mau­ri­tius may be a par­adise for mo­tor­cy­clists, it is not for the faint-hearted.

Fi­nally, we pay trib­ute to the 70-year her­itage of Land Rover, also high­light­ing the unique and spe­cial Landies as­sem­bled in South Africa, be­cause with­out ve­hi­cles such as the orig­i­nal Se­ries Land Rovers, ad­ven­tures as we ex­pe­ri­ence it to­day would not have been pos­si­ble.

Here is to many more years of ad­ven­ture …

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