Week two

From visiting various sites in Johannesburg, to hearing the roar of lions in Kruger National Park, the Datsun road trip continued to Bothaville. Here, Vesa and his fellow travellers took some time out to visit car collector. A distinctive man, in the midst of majestic farmland, collects Datsun vehicles. Much to our travellers’ liking, he embraced the visit and on the whole – it was definitely worth the trip

Datsun SA - Cape Town at night
Cape Town

Heading out of Bothaville, the next stop was Durban. Travelling through the mist-filled mountains of the Drakensberg, Vesa, Jarmo and Alessio thought this experience was one of the best. Warming up to the sun and humidity in Durbz, it was almost forgotten that the Go travellers were in the midst of winter. The beach and culture were breath-taking – so was the food.

Crayfish in Cape Town

Vesa and team then moved to the Eastern Cape. With a touch of history, Grahamstown somewhat reminded Vesa of the Midwest in the US. The Garden Route never seizes to amaze and the team enjoyed stunning views through George. The Datsun Go had a bit of a cheeky start on the way to Cape Town and the team had to halt due to a flat tyre – although this never stopped the Go from carrying on with the road trip! It certainly proved to be one strong piece of work.

Driving along the R62, the team travelled to Cape Town and stopped to view ostriches which were a great experience for Vesa and Jarmo. A short break was taken in Kleinmond, where the Go and its friends all had a bit of a time out after many kilometres driven.

Cape Town was an absolute treasure of an experience – not to mention the decadent flavours from the Atlantic Ocean – the crayfish at Beluga Restaurant was incredible!

Grahamstown Buildings

After many days of snapping, singing along to tunes in the Go and eating scrumptious meals in the Cape, it was time to head to Namibia.

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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 http://www.nissan.co.za