Go Land Rover. The reasons are in Cruiser vs Defender in the Sahara overland forum, but basically, given similar levels of maintenance. Defenders win out IMHO as they are tougher and will go over rougher ground. Cruisers are more comfy and easier to drive. Resale values in Europe...well, France likes Defenders, UK is suspicious of Cruisers. Parts in Africa are 50/50 for both apart from Egypt (almost no landy parts).
Defenders are easier to load (interior shape), will carry more and last longer. In everything but dune sand they eat Cruisers off road.
I should add my CV - I have a 12 year old One Ten Defender that Ive taken through Europe and across the Sahara. Ive driven TLCs, Mitsus, Rangeys, Discos, Nissans, Cherokees and Wranglers and, though TLCs are capable in the desert, Ive yet to meet anything (apart from first-model Range Rovers) that compares in all-round ability to a Defender.
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Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but wheeltracks..... tread lightly.