Two special Top Gear episodes presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. In 'Botswana Special', our intrepid explorers, attempting to reach the Namibian border, have to traverse arduous salt pans, do battle with the Kalahari desert, and see if they can navigate the foaming torrents of the Okavango Delta. In 'Vietnam Special', equipped with, of all things, motorcycles, the adventurers have to cover the entire length of the country in just eight days.
Top Gear: Great Adventures is back and included in this fantastic DVD is: BOTSWANA SPECIAL The starting point is a little village on the border between Zimbabwe and Botswana. James was the first to arrive, in his 1985 Mercedes 230E. Next up was Jeremy with a 1981 Lancia Beta Coupe. Finally, Richard turned up in an Opel Kadet made in 1963, which he immediately bonded with and named Oliver. To reach their destination on the Namibian border, the boys had to negotiate the vast openness and primordial sludge of the Makgadikgadi salt pans, the choking dust of the Kalahari Desert, not to mention the treacherous rivers and hungry wildlife of the Okavango Delta. Along the way, they encountered more or less every dangerous animal known to man, including hippos, elephants and the apparently testicle-crazed honey badger - as well as petrol shortages, flying vice-presidents and the Stig's African cousin. Incredibly, the cars survived everything Africa could throw at them - including being dismantled, crashed, drowned and shot. Of course the presenters were well motivated to keep their cars moving: anyone who broke down irreparably would be forced to complete the journey in the spare car - an irritatingly unstoppable Volkswagen Beetle. VIETNAM SPECIAL: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May go to Vietnam and are told to travel the entire length of the country in just eight days, thereby achieving what the American military failed to do in ten years. First they must each buy some suitable transport for the trip, but the several million dong they have in their pockets prove to be rather less money than they thought, especially in one of the most expensive car markets in the world. Nonetheless, the boys are resourceful and, with the wheels eventually sorted, they set off on one of the most spectacular and incredible road trips Top Gear has ever attempted. EXTRAS : Botswana Special - Extended Version: Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Andy Wilman and