Nissan Patrol Does Namibie: Girl power!
Four girls, who hardly knew what the function was of the second gear lever in the Nissan Patrol, have just travelled through Namibia, with its wild expanses that can be so terribly cruel to woman and machine. Massive sand castles, broken bones, boats, strange plants and even a bit of the moon were on the agenda!
Text: Melissa Lewis
Photography: Melissa Lewis & Friends
Imagine four girls, who have never gone off-roading before, tackling one of the most popular 4x4 destinations in southern Africa – Namibia.
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Okay, so we didn’t do any intensive off- roading, but the Namib dunes are no small challenge for a group of beginners, and the trip turned out to be a major learning curve for all of us.
Our vehicle of choice was the Leisure Wheels Nissan Patrol 4,8-litre GRX, which LA Sport had kitted out with all our adventure- hearts’ desires: TJM suspension, LAS Pro Roof Top Tent, LAS Pro 270 (awning that opens up 270 degrees around the car), an LAS Pro Cooler and tyre repair kits with a TJM compressor.
Besides all that, the Patrol comes standard with comfort features such as air-conditioning, a full-sized spare, sunroof, digital compass and fog lamps, not to mention 190 kW of power, a smashing 425 Nm of torque and 668-litres of luggage space. Now all we needed was the experience!
So, with girly luggage for four fitting snugly, we headed up through Botswana, into Namibia. Our first observation was how spacious and comfortable the Patrol is. Tar roads were a breeze, and even sandy roads brought no rattles, and felt like tar. On the Khomas Hochland road, the Patrol’s tail did kick out on some loose gravel, but quickly straightened out again.
The second observation, made by Ronelle van Zyl, was that Namibia isn’t one massive desert, and is intensely beautiful!