I’m sure you’ve seen plenty about the Jurgens Safari Xcape in this magazine. They’d be included in articles ranging from travel adventures to innovative DIY projects. This little off-roader really is a looker. And now, it’s even more handsome, thanks to a rugged facelift. Actually, the latest changes are not just on the outside, as there are quite a few modifications on the inside as well.
I got to tow the Jurgens Safari XCape Facelift 2016 for a short trip up to the Ganzekraal Coastal Resort. From my campsite, it was literally 50 metres to beach. Sounds idyllic, right? Unfortunately, even though it was summer, the weather was grim – the wind tanked that night as only the Cape Doctor can!
However, it certainly was an excellent test for setting up the XCape. The caravan is designed for two people, and I was impressed by the simplicity of setting it up… in terrible weather, nogal.
The first thing you’ll notice on the outside is the new look – redesigned decals and charcoal chequer-plate elements, with black 15” rims to add to the style appeal.
The macho aluminum tread-plate simply screams “bush”, “outdoors” and “off-road”. This van is meant for the outdoors. And, following recent caravan and trailer trends of “living outside your van”, the exterior pantry has been enlarged.
The outside split hatch (on the passenger side) has been moved back to sit over the wheel, and provides more work surface, which now includes drawers and shelves as well as canvas frontage. The size of the hatch has been increased, and where the two-plate stove on the older models took up more than half of the work surface, there is now room for the stove and a wash basin, and you still have space left to work! Moving the hatch back has made room in the front (in the nose) for an outside fridge (now a 60L SnoMaster Fridge/ Freezer) on a slide.
We have to note that having the larger outside kitchen area means that there is no longer a window on the left side of the van. However, the pop-up roof has also been improved to add more headroom. Instead of just lifting on one side as before, the new model has a traditional pop-top. The XCape also has an outside privacy cubicle with a hot- and cold-water shower.
As you step into the new Xcape, the first change you’ll notice is that all storage spaces now have removable, canvas zip doors, and that the bed sidehatch is bigger.
Replacing the solid doors with zippered canvas means that there’s no chance of finding your cupboard door lying on the floor after an off-road trip, even when tackling Van Zyl’s Pass – I’ve recently completed that trip, and, let me tell you, it’s hard on a van!
There is no shortage of packing space in the Xcape. Apart from the bed and a small shelf, every conceivable surface inside can be used for storage!
The bed is large and comfortable. The design guys have used a clever sliding section to create an extra-large sleeping area, which is held up on the outside by four support legs. There is an extra canvas awning which sets up over the slide-out section of the bed on the outside, to protect you from the sun and rain.
The interior curtain fabric has been changed, and is now in natural grey tones, and the finishes and furniture are in grey.
Jurgens Safari Xcape Information
Overall length: 4670mm
Overall width: 1850mm
Height (roof closed): 2170mm
Height (roof open): 2750mm
Track width: 1513mm
Independent swing-arm suspension
Steel stone protection
220V power-pack & charging system
External shower hose
60L water tank
2 x Jerry cans
Geyser – 220V or gas