Seven countries down, one to go for Nissan Daring Africa 2024

Nissan Daring Africa rolls into Kenya

Daring Africa 2024, Nissan’s overland adventure that comprises four Nissan Navara bakkies and an X-Trail travelling from South Africa to Egypt, across eight countries, has completed its Kenya leg, the expeditions penultimate stop before transitioning to Egypt.

A convoy of Nissan Navara bakkies, representing the entire range that is manufactured in South Africa, left Rosslyn in Pretoria, Nissan’s African LCV manufacturing hub, at the end of March on an eight-country odyssey that will culminate in Cairo.

The journey was conceived to celebrate Nissan’s African footprint and their 60-year-old commercial vehicle footprint on the continent with the Navara, which is built in Africa by Africans. The last step of this odyssey will see the convoy reach Cairo and in doing so formally link Nissan’s African LCV manufacturing hub in South Africa with their Egyptian passenger vehicle manufacturing facility.

The journey, which began in Rosslyn, South Africa, took the team to Maputo in Mozambique, before heading up the coast and turning inland to reach Zimbabwe via the country’s renowned Eastern Highlands. After a stop in Harare, the expedition travelled to Zambia around the Kariba dam, heading east to Lake Malawi through the Luangwa Valley. From Malawi, Daring Africa 2024 traversed the northern part of Tanzania, before entering Kenya.

Heading into the Nairobi National Park, the Daring Africa convoy was met by executives from Nissan Kenya (Crown Motors, a subsidiary of Motus Africa) before driving to Nissan Kenya’s state of the art showroom in Nairobi, which was opened in 2022. Nissan is represented by Motus Africa in Kenya and in several other East African markets.

The expedition was designed to showcase the capabilities of the Navara, which is bult in Rosslyn outside Pretoria and which will soon be made available in North African markets and is due to be launched in Egypt shortly. However, the expedition has also been a wonderful platform to showcase the Nissan X-Trail, which is proving its worth as the daring family car in support of the expedition alongside the Navaras.

All the vehicles in the convoy including the X-Trail and the Navara, which are unmodified as they rolled off the production line in Rosslyn completed this journey without any mechanical issues, or as much as a flat tyre, showcasing that they are able to conquer Africa’s toughest adventures with ease.

The Daring Africa expedition will now transition to Egypt for the final instalment of this odyssey.

Daring Africa 2024 is a celebration of the Nissan vehicles built in Africa. The journey will link the African bakkie manufacturing hub in South Africa with Nissan’s Passenger Vehicle assembly plant in Cairo, while showcasing the incredible partner network that Nissan have along the route.