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SA4x4 December 2019

SA4x4 magazine is written for anyone who loves to travel to wild places in their 4x4s. Covering beautiful routes in southern Africa and beyond, this title also deals with gear selection, vehicle reviews, and trail driving. This magazine contains everything you need to know about self-contained, vehicular travel in wilderness areas.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
Frequency:
Interrupted
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
ed’s letter

In the mad rush to pack, shovel in the kids, ensure you have all the right food and passports, and vehicle papers, the holiday getaway you have planned is often off to a frantic start. Sometimes it’s more frantic than the working months that came before. But when you are on your way it’s surely time to kick back, enjoy the thrum of the motor, the passing landscape, and, later, crack that cold beer and enjoy the fireside festivities. This is why we travel, after all. So that’s 2019 done, and after a brief break it’s time to get cracking on a fresh and breezy 2020. We all know the drill: new destinations, new challenges, more time to do the things that get you going. All of us at SA4x4 would like…

1 min.
write in & win!

This month’s winning letter from Eddie Fisher earns him a Picnic Backpack from Ironman 4x4 worth R1 895. It’s just the thing for civilised summer picnics for six people, whether out in the bush or on the beach. The backpack features adjustable shoulder straps and a series of compartments housing an insulated aluminium wine cooler, along with a set of six stainless steel knives, forks and teaspoons, a cutting board, bottle opener, butter knife, and salt & pepper shakers. The kit also includes six melamine plates and polycarbonate wine glasses, cotton napkins, a PVC washbag for dirty dishes, fleece blanket, and a vinyl-backed picnic rug.…

2 min.
forum

BY THE NUMBERS If you’ve ever wanted to know how an engineer evaluates a vehicle, take a look at Eddie Fisher’s spreadsheet, which helps compare the vital statistics of many of the key double cabs and SUVs sold in South Africa. Reading through the winners, it’s clear why the Ford Ranger Raptor has the best width to height ratio (i.e. it is the most stable, in theory), and the VW Amarok V6 has the best power to weight ratio. As Eddie states, “The differences are small, but they make a big difference in the real world”. CUT THE BLUR I receive SA4x4 via Zinio and I read it on an iPad. I have ONE request. Is it possible to have the maps, which refer to articles in a better resolution. In the November…

1 min.
overlander’s code

In response to a growing number of complaints about how we conduct ourselves in the wilderness, we decided to draw up and promote a code of conduct for overlanders. We’d like to include your input, comments and debate, so please send your suggestions to editor@sa4x4.co.za. FIREWOOD Take your firewood in with you; don’t chop down trees or gather dead wood within parks or wilderness areas. KEEP QUIET We go to the bush to appreciate the sights and sounds of the bush. No music, and nothing louder than a spoken conversation. RESPECT LOCALS – LAWS AND PEOPLE Obey the rules of the place you’re travelling through. Respect locals and their traditions; if they don’t like having their photos taken, don’t take photos. SUPPORT LOCAL TRADE Your spending money at the local shops and lodges will make them see you…

3 min.
part 3: tyres – the first line of defence

The four circles of rubber connecting our vehicles to the road are one of the most critical components on any drive, on any terrain. Yet they are all too often overlooked, or simply taken for granted. In reality, you are only connected to the road surface by an area of rubber the size of an A4 piece of paper. Take away the tread, and that contact surface is reduced to not much more than an A5 piece of paper. Despite this small patch separating terra firma and disaster, all too often tyres are the one component (or four components) where 4x4 owners try to save a little money. Big mistake! When selecting the correct tyre for your vehicle and your typical loads and speeds, look closely at the sidewall of the tyre where…

3 min.
of kettles, committees and wakes…

What on earth?!” you may ask, when considering this headline. “Has year-end madness struck early?” Well, not quite. These are in fact the collective nouns for groups of vultures depending on their activity. When in flight, they are a kettle; when resting on the ground or in trees, a committee; and whilst feeding, a wake. Your second question is most likely to be, “Why vultures as a topic at all?”. To cut a long story short, having just returned from a trip to Zambia and Zimbabwe, and witnessing the impact of the drought, it became very clear to me how important vultures are in the functioning of a healthy ecosystem. They are quite literally the sanitation department of the veld. Vultures are properly classified as the only vertebrate obligate scavengers, and…