This gallery shows my beloved 4X4s. For those of you who are into these things in a big way, they probably look rather ordinary; but for our family they took us each year into the Lesotho mountains and the semi-desert of the Kalahari as we looked for increasingly remote places to explore and fenceless sand tracks which disappear into the distance of brittle yellow grass, acacia thorn trees and baobabs.

Looking at most of our photos of the vehicles, we (and all the kids) seem to spend most of the time on the roof rack or hanging off the side of the vehicle. Bad parenting, perhaps, shocking disregard for Health and Safety, but what a feeling for the countryside you get from up there!

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