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Hello,

 

undecided what vehicle to hire for our safari.

Three weeks around Zimbabwe or Zambia, possibly driving up from Jo'burg or collecting in Kasane or Vic Falls.

Going into National Parks mainly.

 

TD 5 camping equipped: we know is a workhorse, has good road clearance and sits higher so possibly better game viewing. Old models. Slower speed (to get from town to town sometimes huge distance) and uses more fuel.

 

Hi-Lux camping equipped: new models 2012. More comfortable drive, easier on fuel consumption. Faster speed.

 

 

Hubbie says the Landie as it has more internal space to spread out whilst driving and put camera gear, etc. Says the Hi-Lux will be more car-like and thus cramped in the cabin area. He also thinks that the TD5 has larger windows to open for photographs.

 

 

 

Does anyone have any advise?

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@@appleblossom is the Hi Lux a double cab or not .I am a Landy fan,but have a bigger model than TD5 and it has more power and has greater ground clearance.But for what you guys want take the Hi lux.

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Hello A&M,

yes it's a double cab and the Landie, as you probably know, is a four door.

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If it is just the 2 of you, then do the Hilux. Plenty of room for 2 people. When we rent a Hilux, we get the double cab with the hard top on the back. Plenty of room for equipment, supplies, luggage in the back. We carried 4 people without too much effort. If you get the type that has the tent on top, it really makes it convenient and frees up room in the back for more equipment and luggage.

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@@appleblossom then take the Hi Lux if it is a double cab,like@@urologysteve says got lots of space then.Just make sure the Hi Lux has big enough fuel tanks,if not insist they give you extra jerry cans for fuel.We found a chap in Khwai who was about to run out and not a petrol station for 400km.

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I see that you are from the UK - then you should be punished by having to drive a landrover. :):):)

 

Just kidding the landrover is a very capable vehicle. Its got coil springs rear and front, and is a more comfortable ride, but the key is in the wrong side.. The Hi Lux is capable - and has a reputation for being more reliable and very strong, (ask Jeremy Clarkson) but leaf springs at the back and not so comfortable.

 

Its really up to your own taste. I have had to swallow my words about landrover all too often.

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The Hilux we are renting in Namibia next month has 120liter fuel capacity (as did the last one we rented). That is a huge advantage for traveling these vast distances. Fuel stops are not like we are used to. So, having the long range tanks is a great advantage.

 

If you can strap a jerry can on outside, that is great. In a hilux, you do have the ability to store it in the covered bed, so it is not stinking up your car. Although, I would try to keep it secure outside the car if possible.

 

We haven't had any issue with the Hilux windows and game viewing.

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