TG drives the VW Amarok in Africa
Another epic Top Gear magazine feature from the archives: the only thing between us and certain death is a VW...
Posted: 17 Oct 2013
Beware, too, the kudu. The kudu is a large, well-built deer with twisted, razor-tipped horns a metre and a half in length. A male kudu can weigh nearly 300kg, with all its weight balanced at windscreen height atop a set of long, spindly legs. As you may have guessed, you do not want to hit a kudu. Local wisdom dictates there are two strategies for avoiding this. It's not simply a case of keeping your eyes peeled, because kudu are a) impressively camouflaged, b) very fast and c) easily spooked by cars, meaning they have a nasty habit of bolting from nowhere across the road in front of you. Strategy One is to drive very slowly, making sure you have enough time to brake to a complete stop, should a kudu jump out in front of you. On dirt tracks, this means limiting yourself to about 20mph. Everywhere. Strategy Two is to drive as fast as possible and hope you're past the kudu before it decides to bolt across the road. Top Gear, predictably, has adopted Strategy Two.