Datsun #DatsunLetsGo Road Trip – Final Blog

Over 9800 kilometres - across 3 countries - in 16 days. Yes – the amazing thing about the #DatsunLetsGO road trip was that it was spontaneous, spectacular, and loved by a South African and two tourists – all in a Datsun Go.

The trip started in the heart of Jozi with Vesa, Jarmo and South African photographer and Instagrammer, Alessio La Ruffa (view his blog article about the #DatsunLetsGO Road Trip here). From visiting the ins and outs of Jozi, to heading off for the ultimate African experience at Kruger – on the whole, travellers enjoyed an incredible start to the road trip. Being surrounded by over 40 elephants was the most dangerous thing that happened on the trip, exhilarating, according to Vesa. The travel experience was harmonised with wondrous sights in places such as the Drakensberg, Durban and through the Garden Route – not to mention the decadent food along the way. 

Interview for DatsunLetsGO

One of the most unique paths was taken from Cape Town to Namibia. This was a seriously dressed out space with spans of the Karoo dessert – boasting utter South African brilliance.

Namibia was a seamless yet amazing experience for the travellers – going through borders and experiencing utter gems like vastly golden terrain and rural living. Botswana was also a great country to see, and the span of glistening southern African terrain spread for over 2000 kilometres of the road trip.

The comfort of the Datsun Go allowed the team to spend between 8 to 10 hours in the vehicle in just one day – stretching them to even more kilometres than originally planned. With a good fuel price in relation to other countries, it seems rather fitting to jump into a Datsun Go for a definitive road trip – right on our doorstep. 

Second DatsunLetsGO interview

Vesa and Jarmo say they had a great time in a beautiful country – with beautiful people, and food, all in the well-being of a Datsun Go. They plan on returning to our motherland in three years’ time.

Why not try an exhilarating experience of taking a road trip with your friends or family in a Datsun Go? Go on, be inspired, and be sure to share your experiences with us using #DatsunLetsGO. 

Remember to follow the journey and join in the conversation using #DatsunLetsGO on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Datsun originated in Japan as DAT-GO (the DAT-car) almost a century ago in 1914. The word DAT means ‘lightning-fast’ in Japanese but is also a reference to the three financiers who supported the business at the time – namely Mssrs. Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi – an acronym of the first letter of each name. Using the same logic, it was promoted as Durable, Attractive and Trustworthy, or DAT for short.

In 1933, Nissan’s founding father Yoshisuke Aikawa took over the business with a vision of “mobility for all”. The introduction of a light-weight, economical yet resilient car to meet the aspirations of young Japanese people in the early 1930s was named the ‘son of DAT’ – Datson - which later changed to Datsun. Local engineering and mass-production made the founder’s dream a reality.


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the return of the Datsun brand, Nissan's third global brand, alongside Nissan and Infiniti, in March 2012. Datsun will provide a sustainable motoring experience to optimistic up-and-coming customers in high-growth markets. Datsun represents 80 years of accumulated Japanese car-making expertise and is an important part of Nissan's DNA. Datsun already started sales in India and Indonesia, while sales in Russia and South Africa will commence later in 2014.


Nissan South Africa is the operational hub for Regional Business Unit South, serving Nissan’s key South Africa market and 42 other countries in Sub Saharan Africa, including Angola, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. In South Africa, the company offers a range of 28 vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands, including the popular locally-produced Nissan light commercial vehicles - the NP200 half ton pickup and NP300 one-ton Hardbody – produced at the company’s Rosslyn plant, north west of Pretoria. In 2013, the company made history with the introduction of South Africa’s first electric vehicle, Nissan’s flagship Nissan LEAF. This will be followed in 2014 by the reintroduction of the iconic Datsun brand, as well as the launch of the new Qashqai crossover and new X-Trail sports utility vehicle. Nissan South Africa is one of the top five automotive companies in South Africa. For more information visit our website at