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
The Amarok seems up to the challenge. As it slithers up a long, dusty incline, it occurs to me how very good cars are at... surviving. Especially big, no-nonsense pickups like this one. Much better than humans, certainly. Stick a pickup in 50° heat or -20° cold, and it'll soldier on regardless. A human will rapidly become cooked/frozen.
Over the rise, and from nowhere, the most astonishing vista unfurls before us: a monstrous, half-mile-wide chasm slashed straight across the landscape, dropping 500 metres vertically to a snaking river below. This is, I discover later, the Fish River Canyon, the world's second largest after the Grand Canyon. There are no signs, no noticeboards, no warning you're about to plummet into one of the world's natural wonders, or even that it's there. I like that. You're on your own out here. Want to survive? Better make sure your car's up to it. And watch out for the MurderZebras.