Self drive 4×4 reizen door Zuidelijk Afrika

Self drive 4x4 reis met Land Rover Defender


Self drive reizen door Zuidelijk Afrika. Wie wil het niet? Een rondreis met 4×4 door Namibie en Botswana, individuele vrijheid en kamperen in de bush. Uitgestrekte en ruige natuur, bijzondere plaatsen bezoeken, contact met de Himba, de bosjesmannen en oog in oog staan met de big five!

Op de speciale website vind je een compleet aanbod van self drive 4×4 reizen door Zuidelijk Afrika. Tevens kun je er terecht voor voordelige autohuur en een professioneel safari advies.

Enkele van de pakketreizen op

20 dagen Zuid-Afrika en Botswana

21 dagen Namibie

24 dagen Namibie en Botswana

Tevens zijn er kortere self drive reizen beschikbaar van 11, 14 en 19 dagen. Maatwerk is natuurlijk ook mogelijk.

Land Rover Defender 130 Stationwagon

Op zoek naar een mooie compleet gereviseerde Land Rover Defender 130 Stationwagon? De Tongasabi Safaris 130 is nu te koop! Het de perfecte wagen voor een overland reis door Afrika. Betrouwbare 200Tdi, laatste specificatie R380 versenellingsbak, airconditioning etc. etc.

Foto op deze pagina: Land Rover Defender 130

another white Christmas?

Like last year we might get another white Christmas… 

Kanga in the snow

Kanga the white 200Tdi Land Rover Defender parked in the snow. Last night minus 14, bit of a change compared to the African heat!

The S2a project back on the road…

Finished the S2a Land Rover project, the 1965 SWB 88 Land Rover is now back on the road. Canvas hood and pastel green color.  Next job will be getting a MOT (APK in Holland). It has been a busy summer, lot’s of ‘normal’ work and still working on a few other vehicle projects. This little green Landy will be used in and around town on sunny days…. no door tops and a bit ‘The Gods must be crazy’ look!

Terrafirma coil springs suspension

Busy with the “normal” work load but have find some time in between to sort out the spring trouble on the 130 Station Wagon. Last summer I’ve replace the sagging Britpart rear springs with my ‘old’ Old Man Emu 754 ones but those turned out to be way to strong for the weight of the vehicle. I’ve now found the perfect spring (hopefully) with the right load specifications of 330 lbs/in and a free spring length of 435mm. These new TF019 springs are manufactured by Allmakes and their Terrafirma brand. I’m awaiting my spring order and will update my blog as soon as these Terrafrima springs have arrived!



Terrafirma TF019 rear springs medium duty for Land Rover 110 and 130. There are several ratings available including heavy load like the old OME springs I’m replacing at the moment. For front I do consider to match the rear springs with the TF018 spring. The rating of those springs should be good enough for my 130 fitted with Superwinch X9 winch and (steel) steering protector.

Land Rover LT230 Transfer Box

Busy with work, holiday and now some vehicle maintenance. Still sorting out the springs on the 130. Will post more on that one a little later. Main problem with the Defender 130 Station Wagon is a real bad oil leak.  The EP 80/90 oil is leaking via the intermediate shaft out of the LT230 transfer box.  The unit has been reconditioned 35.000km back by a professional company….

I do expect the o-ring seal on the intermediate shaft to be broken and searching on the Internet revealed it to be a common problem.  It should be an “easy repair” but the only way to get to this rubber seal is by taking out the transfer box of the vehicle and dismantle it! So it’s actually a lot of work!

As I do have two other LT230 units on the shelf I’ve decided to recondition one of the boxes by myself! OK I’m not novice to gearboxes, reconditioned two Series 3 gearboxes back in the nineties.

As it is difficult to take a picture of the actual leak I’ve edited the image below. The red circle on the left is the intermediate shaft. The right circle is the input gear / shaft and connecting to the main gearbox, a LT77.


The first image is the oil leak of the LT230 fitted to the vehicle right now, second image is the serial number with suffix ‘E’ and another engraving which might be a referrer to a previous reconditioning of this transfer box. This actual unit is 1992.  The third image, the complete box dismantled into pieces. The fourth image a close up of the gears, on the left the intermediate gears + shaft. On the right the main shaft with differential.

My next step is ordering all new bearings, seals, gaskets and some small bits and pieces. The most difficult of the full reconditioning job is to get the bearing pre loads right. Main shaft & intermediate shaft. Special tools are needed which I don’t have.

Timing Belt change 200Tdi Defender

This weekend I’ve changed the timing belt of my 200Tdi Defender (Kanga).  I’m glad I did as the old drive belt did have some serious damage! See the two pictures below. Mileage on the old belt 22.000km.

At this stage it’s wise to replace the cam shaft and crank shaft oil seals + fit a new genuine tensioner. I did also replace the waterpump. Belt OEM made by DAYCO.

On this Land Rover website page you can read and down load a full article on changing the timimg belt of a 200Tdi.
Tools I’ve been using are the Difflock Timing Kit and the Difllock Crank Shaft Pully Tool.

Springs and shocks @ 130 Defender

Spend some time this weekend on changing the suspension on my 130 Defender. New shocks and front springs. Some funny noises triggered this repair job. Removing the plastic cover above the front suspension turret revealed a sheared off shock absorber bracket. No wonder that side did feel a bit spongy!

Yellow Britpart HD front springs replacing the old ones. New HD shock absorber turrets and Delphi De-Carbon gas dampers.

Self Drive Botswana August Offer

New self drive safari to Botswana on offer! Based on 6 nights in Moremi Game Reserve (incl. Okavango Boat trip + wild camping on Island) + two nights Chobe National Park Savute.

An 8 nights safari to be extended with Kasane / Chobe River, Maun, Makgadikgdi, Central Kalahari and other places of interest of your choice. The Moremi – Chobe Savute section is based on start 15 August end 23 August.

We will supply you with a 4×4 vehicle + camping gear and design together with you the full safari itinerary. Please contact Marco via Email or telephone +31748510174, competitive rental rate & excellent value 4 money!