U1550l Camper Trip Through South African Wildernes
Here are some photos from a customer in South Africa who recently spent 4 months travelling across his native land in search of solitude and wilderness. Hearing the Unimogs reputation for reliability and ruggedness he sourced and refurbished this 1997 U1550L and kitted it out fit for purpose.
The left photo is in the extremely wild and undeveloped South Khadoum Game Park in Namibia where there are said to be more elephant than human visitors due to the low level of tourist infrastructure. I believe the tree in the background is a baobab tree - reputed to cure malaria, asthma, measles and dental disorders and impressively they are said to live for up to 3000 years! The right-hand picture is of the Puros Canyon in Kaokoveld, beautiful but not a place to linger for long as it is used as a passage for the huge mammals that travel up and down the river! Elsewhere on their travels they encountered mighty black-mane Kalahari lions who roared through the night - making them grateful for the protection of the Unimog! Later on, they were glad of the mogs size and bulk when a large bull elephant leant casually against the side of the camper as it plucked leaves from a nearby tree!
Passing through a scorched desert in the Khadoum, the Unimog was really put to the test as the sand was very thick, very hot and extended for over 300km! It struggled through at an inflation of 2.5bar although the engine temperature gauge was pushed up to 95 degrees which caused the clutch to send hints of protest. After some careful diagnosis we gave advice and assistance to help see them through the desert and then sent parts once they reached a garage which resulted in satisfied customers who made it home safely. Hurrah AV!