May/June 2020

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.

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1 min.
submit your photo & win a fredlin hoist

There’s no point in driving around with your roof rack/ rooftop tent if you’re not on holiday. Save fuel (and wear & tear) by installing a Fredlin hoist. This proudly South African product solves the problem of where to store your roof rack/ rooftop tent, canopy, or even a sports car hardtop: up and out of the way! The Fredlin hoist fastens securely to your garage roof or carport, is easily installed and can be operated by one person. TO ENTER One Fredlin hoist will be given away every month to the lucky reader featured in Me & My 4x4. Simply send a photograph – 1MB or larger – and the answers to the categories shown above, to editor@sa4x4.co.za. Vehicle and driver must be featured together in an off-road setting. (No driveway…

2 min.
ed’s letter

The scale of the COVID-19 pandemic has surprised us all. As has the severity and impact of the lockdown restrictions imposed in South Africa since late March. It was the right thing to do but, as with any severe action, the medical gains in containing the potential spread of the virus are slowly being outweighed by the massive costs in lost business. It shows just how fragile both our health systems and our economies really are. A brief pause in the large scale of time is a healthy thing, but for all of us involved in meeting human demand, from manufacturing cars to offering great tourist escapes, that pause is weighing heavily on lost income. We can’t make the usual decisions or go about planning to expand or reinterpret our income…

4 min.
growing younger & the art of disguise

Whilst ‘growing younger’ sounds like the sales pitch for a new anti-ageing cosmetic, it is indeed a scientific fact. Well, in some insects at least! One of the weirdest phenomena in all of nature is the ability of certain insects to grow younger, or put another way, age in reverse. Termites are one such example; honey bees another. Termites practice division of labour via a caste system, with each caste having a specific task. Only the ‘royal couple’ are able to reproduce, whilst workers and soldiers forgo this ability in order to perform the tasks of foraging and protection for the good of the colony. Ants often raid termite nests, killing many of the soldier termites. This results in a disproportionate ratio of worker to soldier termites. The colony can remedy this…

15 min.
sahara sojourn a journey to chad’s tibesti mountains

The rugged Tibesti Mountains are as far as you can get from civilisation in Africa. Situated in the centre of the Sahara, in northern Chad, it’s a long four-day 1 500km journey from the capital, N’Djamena, much of which is on tracks, or pistes, that is not for the faint-hearted. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the area attracts only a few hundred determined adventurers a year and, in 2016, I was to be one of them! From Johannesburg, I travelled by Ethiopian Airlines to N’Djamena with a night stop in Addis Ababa. Arriving in N’Djamena, I met up with my fellow travellers; like me, they also wanted to travel to the middle of nowhere in search of raw adventure with Milan-based tour operator, Spazi D’Avventura. Meeting Pierot, Tibesti connoisseur After breakfast, we met…

9 min.
snakes alive!

I was damn glad that tonight we were looking for frogs and aquatic stuff in a croaking and groaning swamp, rather than rare snakes! I knew my companions would go ape if they found a deadly twig snake or mamba, but for now, I was happy the hunt was on for other goggas. I had met medical doctor Colin Tilbury that evening, just before heading out to the mud hole. Johan Marais, the Snake Man, whispered in my ear: “Colin is probably the world’s best authority on chameleons.” We were heading back at quite a lick towards our camp, Gugulesizwe. Colin Tilbury, sitting behind me, kept saying rather loudly, “Chameleon… chameleon… chameleon.” I couldn’t help but ask: “What bloody chameleon?” In reply, Colin asked our campsite head ranger, Mbongeni Myeni (MB…

8 min.

KUKONJE & BOTSWANA’S RIVER FLOWS I was most interested in reading the article on Botswana’s Hunter’s Road in the April issue of SA4x4. It certainly is a challenge with all that black cotton soil in the rains! In the article, the author mentioned that they visited Kukonje Island. Although more people are familiar with Kubu Island, I agree with the author that a visit to its sister Kukonje Island is worthwhile. Although both are located on Sowa Pan, the two islands are very different. Kubu is much smaller with rounded outcrops, boulders, and small cliffs of granite which are dotted with massive baobabs. In contrast, Kukonje is much larger and is made up of a flat horizontal sheet of dolerite, a blackish igneous rock. This has resulted in the formation of a…