• Petra Vandecasteele

Would you trust a Land Rover?

Updated: Jun 12

There is nothing more entertaining than a hot debate fuelled by passion and righteousness. Canon versus Nikon, Apple Mac versus Microsoft, and of course, the classic Land Rover versus Toyota. Backs straighten, fists tighten, and hair raises at the slightest hint of an opposing opinion. How about you, which side are you on?


In my younger years I took part in a solo overland expedition from Brussels to Cape Town. From 1994 - 1998 my team mate and I zigzagged no less than 70 000 km over the dusty tracks of Eastern and Sub-Sahara Africa ... in a Land Rover.




Even though I complained bitterly at the time about the incessant breakdowns and getting my feet wet every single time we crossed a swollen river – not to mention the overwhelming amounts of dust coming in from all sides – the Landy was an extraordinary travel companion. I never doubted its ability to take on the next challenge, and boy, did we get challenges!

Years later and keen to also experience the much revered Toyota, I eventually converted to the Land Cruiser. I found its power beyond compare and thoroughly enjoyed getting out as clean and dust-free as I got in. And, I certainly didn't miss the swaying of the Landy which always made me wonder whether it would topple over or not.


The verdict? However much I enjoy driving a Land Cruiser, I'm still emotionally attached to my sweet old Defender. For many the Defender is the only 4x4 that truly embodies the ultimate 'Out of Africa' safari look, and I guess I'm one of them.


How about you? Are you a Land Rover or a Toyota fan?


I haven't been on a proper 4x4 adventure lately, and because I miss it so much I have been planning a really cool trip for February/March 2021. This 4x4 South Africa Adventure, however, will be a ‘men only’ experience. But ladies, don't worry, because a wild woman's adventure is coming soon. To share in the fun I invite you to join me on one of these fabulous 4x4 adventures in the wilderness. Men or ladies, interested? Pop me an email to ask me for more information!

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