On the far Northern border of South Africa lies a luxury safari lodge, Tau Game Lodge, in malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. We travelled over 360 km with the Isuzu D-Max 250 double cab X-Rider from Johannesburg to experience what the 4th largest game reserve with 27 major animal species in the country has to offer. The reserve is bounded by Botswana in the north, the spectacular Dwarsberg Mountains to the south, and the Marico river to the east.

The Isuzu D-Max delivered on the journey with its muscular styling and peace-of-mind performance that comes standard. The car brought up to 130 kW of Power, 380 Nm of Torque and an optimised automatic transmission which allowed for a dynamic driving experience.

The vehicle is versatile, tough, and hardworking. It conquered just about anything the tar and gravel roads threw at us. No wonder why – during its 40-year partnership in the country and 80 years in the game – Isuzu has become an integral part of South Africans’ love of outdoor activities. While Isuzu D-Max is available in a variety of 4X2 and 4X4 models with varying levels of specifications – reliability, durability and capability are always in the DNA of every Isuzu.

As the vehicle of choice for leisure and everything in-between, we believe Isuzu has rightfully earned its title as ‘South Africa’s best-loved bakkie’, and will continue to develop innovative vehicle solutions that add value to anyone’s life.

Outside, the Isuzu D-Max double cab’s bold design and versatility make an impression without a hint of pretence. Integrated LED Daytime Running Lights complement the new front-end styling and increase the visibility of the vehicle, ensuring a safer drive. The new, aerodynamically crafted front-end design is bolder and more striking than ever before. The bold 18-inch alloy wheels grab attention as much as they grab onto any road surface.

Inside, the luxurious seats – trimmed in genuine leather contact surfaces and durable synthetic leather side facings – are electronically adjustable, ensuring that you are always travelling in the lap of luxury. The Isuzu D-Max is a better way forward, maintaining the same standard of design and innovative features like a 9″ touchscreen integrated infotainment system with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and iPod/USB ports.

Once inside, finding the perfect position is simple due to the easily adjustable seats (6-way). on top of that, the 3-point seatbelt, avoids the belt cutting into your neck ever again. Steering wheel can be adjusted by tilting it up or down to find the ideal position.

All this and more proves that the D-MAX is indeed a dynamically designed vehicle with superior comforts and safety innovations, placing your entertainment and comfort at the top of the priority list.

Pricing: Between R480 000 and R713 900.