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Mahangu

Churchill said: "My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best." We followed his advice and chose a vehicle that has earned the prestige of the most reliable 4x4. The Toyota HZJ78 is the best vehicle that money can buy for a trip around the world. At least if one is willing to give up too much comfort. But we could place our vehicle in a 20" container. Something that saved us a lot of money and trouble when shipping ...

We named our vehicle Mahangu (link to photo galerie). In Southern Africa this is the name of a millet and locals say it does satisfy their hunger. And travelling is food for our itchy feet...

Vehicle:

  • Model: Toyota LandCruiser Typ HZJ 78
  • Engine: diesel 6 cylinder
  • Power: 96 kW
  • Fuel tank: 220 l in total; 2 tanks of 90 l each plus two Jerry cans of 20 l each
  • Range: 1,200 - 1,800 km (depending on terrain and driving style)
  • Dimensions: height 2.35 m, length 5.1 m, width 1.7 m, distance between wheels 2.98 m
  • Weight: 3,100 kg 

  • Fording depth: 70 cm
Car outfitters: Our Accessories:
  • Accessories: tyres on bold split rims (6 tyres); Safari snorkel; Webasto auxiliary heating; Scheelmann heated seats; Engel fridge with capacity of 32 l; 2 sand ladders made of aluminium; air compressor, bull bar, air locker and suspension from ARB; 2 snow chains; lifting bag (4 t); 2 tow ropes (10 m, 4 t); 2 fire extinguishers; 3 additionals door locks; Awning  any much more
  • Navigation system: 2 Garmin GPSmap 276C and a Nüvi 1300 including world map and many others
  • Navigation programmes: Garmin Map Source
  • Water tank: 50 l tank made of chrome and steel, SHURflo water pump, 2 Katadyn filters plus 2 additional (foldable) plastic water tanks of 10 l each
  • Energy: 2 solar panels for supply of 2 batteries (Optima yellow Top), 3 bus bars of 12V
  • Means of communication: Motorola Iridium satellite telephone, Samsung Galaxy S plus, Apple Powerbook G4, Acer Notebook Extensa 5630Z, Canon Printer PIXMA iP90
  • Photography equipment: Nikon digital camera D200 with two lenses ( AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1:2.8 G ED and AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6 G ED); Canon PowerShot SD870 IS and Canon waterproof case WP-DC17