Exploring the Nation’s Heartlands: A Journey with the Ford Territory

We traverse landscapes and cultures through South Africa’s Eastern, Western, and Northern Cape, and the vibrant cityscape of Johannesburg in the new SUV.

By Edward Makwana

I recently embarked on a travelogue journey traversing the picturesque landscapes of our gorgeous country from the Eastern, Western, and Northern Cape to the bustling cityscape of Johannesburg, in the new Ford Territory, courtesy of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (Ford SA). 

While the Ford Territory may not boast the opulence traditionally associated with luxury cars, it will certainly find itself in homes of affluent households where nannies’ duties may include driving for shopping errands and school runs. On the other hand, I have observed that it is not all discerning elites who own both a luxurious home and car. Some simply prefer a luxurious home and a modest vehicle instead of both. This is why the entry-level sports utility vehicle (SUV) segment is flooded with lots of new models to appeal to individuals seeking modest SUV vehicles. We are seeing this, especially with Chinese brands starting to dominate the SA market.

That said, the Ford Territory plays in a market teeming with competitors such as the Kia Sportage, Haval H6, Chery Tiggo 8 Pro, Toyota RAV-4, Mazda CX-5, VW T-Cross, Hyundai Tucson, Mitsubishi Outlander and the newly launched Jaecoo 7. Available in three distinct packages – Titanium, Trend, and Ambiente – and powered by a robust 1.8-litre EcoBoost engine mated to a seamless 7-speed automatic transmission, the Territory delivers an effortless driving experience. With pricing starting from R590 000 for the Ambiente, R646 600 for the Trend and ranging up to R771 600 for the Titanium, the Territory offers an array of impressive features, including a panoramic sunroof and advanced driver assistance systems, making the Titanium package a compelling choice for those seeking reliability, versatility and comfort for family endeavours in the entry-level SUV segment.

As I recount Ford SA’s travelogue experience in their new Ford Territory, it certainly showcased its relevance in a fast-growing segment where premium offerings take many forms. Reflecting on the Ford SA Travelogue experience this past weekend, it is clear that travel transcends luxurious boundaries, serving as a universal thread that binds us all. The trip served as a blueprint for exploration, guiding us along scenic routes and hidden treasures that exemplify the rich tapestry of our nation.

Day 1 of the Ford SA Travelogue unfurled from the coastal charm of Gqeberha, meandering towards Uniondale and the majestic Karoo via the scenic R102 and R62, culminating in the awe-inspiring Meiringspoort mountain pass. While Ford SA arranged select accommodations within their budget parameters, my recommendation veers towards the enchanting De Kleine Prince in Prince Albert, or other bespoke retreats artfully managed by The Perfect Hideaways team, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the Karoo’s serene embrace.

Day 2 ushered in a serene expedition through the tranquil back routes of the Karoo National Park, tracing the path to Loxton via the soul-stirring R381. A pit stop at “Loxton Lekker” offered a tantalising taste of local delicacies, including their signature “Karoo Kondensmelk Koffie,” a testament to the region’s culinary heritage. We continued our journey through Victoria West and Britstown. I would recommend pursuing the allure of the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, which always promises an unparalleled wilderness escapade and an idyllic conclusion to an unforgettable journey.

As you contemplate your next adventure, I would recommend considering a detour through Kimberley’s diamond-studded history, pausing to marvel at the legendary Big Hole, before journeying onwards to Gauteng, where urban allure awaits, completing a voyage as enchanting as it is unforgettable. 

My journey with the new Ford Territory testified to the enduring allure of exploration and the boundless possibilities that await those who dare to seek them.

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