Namibia Desert Truck Roll17th October 2017 // Bronya Bouchia
There have probably been a few occasions where you are out and about in the Uniab Dunes, Namibia, and your truck has rolled over on the desert sand. It happens. When this happens, you need to know that any gear you have with you will be safe. We can tell you that a Peli can protect it, and we have proof from a Doctor…
Meet Dr. Philip Stander, part of the Desert Lion Conservation group in Namibia. When out in the deserts of Africa, Dr Stander always kept his most important equipment stored in the best possible case. A Peli.
“Whilst searching for the Terrace Male lion at night in the lower Uniab River, a judgement error resulted in the Land Cruiser sliding down the slip-face a small dune and overturning. This was most unexpected; excessive winds over the past 4 days had completely changed the shape of a small dune on an established track, which had been driven 6 times during the past ten days.”
Everyone was reported to be fine after the incident, but what was left of their gear? And a better question, how were they going to keep out of the harsh sand storms?
“Although the Land Cruiser escaped with only a few scratches after being overturned in the Uniab dunes, there was a lot of damage to the equipment that were on top of and inside the vehicle.
However, none of the sensitive and expensive items that were stored in Peli cases were damaged. Several Peli cases were then also used to build a rudimentary shelter against the wind and fog whilst waiting for help to arrive from Terrace Bay.”
They came, they saw, they rolled and they were even made into fort! And still, they protected.