This is going to sound very counter intuitive. When you're solo travelling way off the beaten track, and with little chance of an easy recovery either due to simply getting stuck or worse breaking something you become very risk adverse. So when you REALLY need 4x4 you do your best to avoid needing it to demonstrate that we came across a German who had had to pay around $6k to get his broken Toyota recovered in Mauritania. Plus another German in a massive MAN overland truck who had been stuck for 2 weeks. It took a tank recovery vehicle to eventually recover him!!Great to read!! What fun!!
Definitely given me itchy feet as we have been thinking of a similar trip. Interested to know whether you have needed the 4x4 for the terrain you have crossed or was that a nice to have just in case?
Ah yes the Toyo fanboys will try to scare you to death.