Safe to drive through venezuela?


We are a family of four who have been touring SA for 7 months. We're currently in Colombia and plan to drive across Venezuela to get to Guyana. We're British with a Chile registered car so are fairly conspicuous as tourists. Is it safe to drive across Venezuela or are the stories of carjackings and kidnappings true?

4WD Van MITSUBISHI DELICA with bed - Peru, Colombia or around

General information
Mitsubishi Delica 2800 turbodiesel intercooler
4WD with extra low gear and differential lock
Building year: 1996
Automatic gearbox
Right hand drive
ODO: 235 000 km

FS: Toyota 4Runner 1998 (Canadian reg) in Venezuela or Colombia


My father is putting up for sale (again) his 4Runner. He is currently close to Caracas, and will fly out of Bogota beginning of april.

Papers transfered in front of a notary, exchange in the no man's land (between borders) area of Colombia/Venezuela.

Here are the details:

1998 Toyota 4Runner, 3.4L V6, AWD, auto transmission, Diff lock. 190,000Km.
Timing belt and water pump changed before the trip. Air conditioning flushed. New battery.
Ontario owned and plated. Reliable vehicle, never broke down during the trip.