When we decided two years ago to buy an off-road camping trailer for our stay in Africa, our choice quickly fell on the company Bushwakka Africa. We already knew off-road trailers from various manufacturers from many trips through southern Africa. Bushwakka’s presentations on the internet were was very informative, compared to other providers, many details were developed in the most sophisticated way and evidently constantly being optimized based on practical experience.
But how should we make a purchase from Germany?
In short, it wasn’t a problem at all!
Starting with a very pleasant email contact, Jasper Hewitt made almost everything possible so that we could first have a look at our dream model (Sundowner EVO 2) during our next stay in Namibia. Jasper personally traveled to Windhoek from South Africa especially for this, we hadn’t expected that.
Since the live tour confirmed our virtual impressions and expectations in every respect, we ordered our “Sundowner Evolution II”. A decision that I haven’t regretted for a minute. Of course, at the beginning, I was concerned about whether the deal would go smoothly across two continents and with the handover of at least half the purchase price already made … ?! But despite the distance and despite Corona, everything went very reliably and seriously.
Jasper regularly sent us pictures of the production status of our trailer, which of course really fueled the anticipation of the handover, which would be in 6 months on our return to Africa. We could choose the handover time ourselves and Jasper transferred the trailer to Windhoek and also took care of the registration and approval in Namibia so that we could take over our top-quality sundowner in September 2021.
With his friendly, competent, and resourceful manner, Jasper turned the handover into a very special event. The entire trailer was built up and down again under his guidance. Very useful, because once you’ve done something yourself, you can remember the details later. Although we were impressed by the simplicity and speed of setting up and dismantling the camp at the Sundowner, there are a few things to consider.
We then undertook the maiden voyage to the Kaokofeld with some very demanding off-road sections. We just wanted to know …
..our towing vehicle an old Toyota Hilux Raider that has already been through a lot, and the question was of course whether the trailer would also take part ?!
To cut it short: whether tricky uphill or downhill passages, whether Pulfersand stretches, whether deep sand, whether fast drive over washboard slopes or water crossings and of course on the solid tar road…. The trailer shows excellent driving characteristics.
It must be added here that the Bushwakka company individually adapts the axles and the tires of the trailer to the existing towing vehicle, which not only has a positive effect on the driving characteristics but of course, also enables the spare wheels to be used universally.
Although it had rained quite a lot in Namibia last year, the north, unfortunately, didn’t get much of it and the already dusty roads here after 3 years without significant precipitation caused a layer of dust on the car and trailer, as I’ve rarely seen before. So it is nice in the afternoon when you set up the camp that the sundowner is actually perfectly sealed. No dust in any sealed area, that’s great and a huge gain in comfort. We traveled 2600km of rough dusty roads in Namibia.
The kitchen, the shower, the completely self-sufficient solar-powered 90ltr refrigerator, the lighting everywhere you need it, the enormous storage space, … are also a huge gain in comfort.
We can only warmly recommend the trailer and, above all, the service.
Many thanks to Jasper Hewitt and his team.