It's not uncommon for crossovers and SUVs to get adventurous-sounding names to convey the marketing department's desire for consumers to see the vehicle as rugged and ready to brave the unpaved trails of the remote reaches of earth. But how many vehicles can live up to the promise of their name? Arthur St. Antoine wanted to find out on his South African Safari trip in this episode of Epic Drives. His vehicle of choice? Not a Land Rover Defender or Toyota Land Cruiser, both common fixtures on the African continent, but a humble, common 2014 Subaru Forester XT.
How would this favorite of urban hipsters and suburbanite moms hold up in the rough and tumble of the South African wild? St. Antoine was determined to find out. He started his quest in the Johannesburg suburb of Soweto, where the seeds of the anti-Aparteid movement were planted that ultimately resulted in the historic election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa in 1994. St. Antoine's Soweto tour guide warned him of the dangers of wild animals, and wished him safe travels.
Once out in the bush, St. Antoine saw lions, cheetas, impalas, and hippos. But he remained undaunted in his quest to find the rare white rhinocerous. With time running out, a helicopter and a professional game researcher were employed to track down a specimen, which was tranquilized and fitted with a tracking bracelet. Across rugged trails, water crossings, and open plains, the Subaru never missed a beat, proving the effectiveness of its 8.7-inch ground clearance and 250-hp turbocharged boxer engine. Check out St. Antoine's adventure in the video below!