With a nod from our guide in the driver’s seat, we spotted giraffes in the distance and just like one of the long-necked animals, I stood tall, through the roof, peering out ahead with binoculars to see for myself.

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Mercedes Maybach G650


Mercedes-Maybach is about the extremes of luxury and there’s nothing more extravagant than the fabulously over-the-top G650 Landaulet


A few years back Mercedes-Benz made a very wise decision to squeeze more life out of its top-end, luxury brand Maybach, which until then had been reserved for its stretch wheelbase limo. I bet nobody imagined this would be next.


Deep in the wilderness of Botswana, we were given a rare chance to experience how the uber rich might Safari with the new Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet.


The G650 Landaulet is a vehicle which not only ticks all the off-roading boxes but adds even more exclusivity than the regular top-end AMG Mercedes G-Class as only 99 will be made and all will come with the 630bhp, twin-turbocharged, 6-litre, V12 AMG engine.


This was handy in case we inadvertently disturbed a giant rhino or lion as we’d have the AMG grunt combined with the unparalleled 4x4 capability of the G-Class to escape.


Despite being 578mm longer than a G-Wagon, the rear of the G650 is strictly for two only with individual leather seats that recline almost to a full flatbed like an airline business class seat, except this one’s in the sun if you decide the fold the roof down. [Continued…]

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