The Bundutec Defender Trophy moves from Limpopo to Kwa-Zulu Natal this year.
Marius Roberts takes the new Land Rover Defender D90 along to see if it still has what it takes to inspire the devoted following of the old model
The trip explores the Maputaland area, travelling from the bush of the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park to the beaches of Sodwana and then back again to the remote Ndumo Reserve. Bush camping and overlanding at it’s best!
On the trip we visit Nyalazi campsite, just outside the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park, then travel through the park to the Somkhanda Community Reserve where we bush camp in big 5 territory. The second day sees us travelling through the beautiful landscapes of Maputaland to end the day at Bushbaby Camp, another community run campsite. Then we have a short drive up to Sodwana Bay to enjoy some time on the beach before the long drive up the coast through the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park and inland to Ndumo. The last day brings us full circle back to the Baobab Inn near Hluhluwe.
All in all, the Bundutec Defender Trophy Maputaland 2022 was an awesome adventure and is highly recommender to anyone who owns a Defender.
As for the new Defender, from an off-road point of view, it was extremely capable & handled everything the trails threw at it. River crossings, ruts, dunes, corrugated roads, all were dispatched without complaint. But it is less customisable than the old model, we found that Defender drivers want to modify their vehicle and make it their own, something that the new Defender does not offer in the same way.