SA4x4 April 2017

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.

South Africa
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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12 Números

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2 min.
ed’s letter

It’s hard to believe the Easter holidays are all but over, and we are racing towards the midyear break, when overlanding plans take shape, and a few longer trips are on the cards. So, to whet appetites, we’ve presented a story from SA4x4’s own intrepid adventurer, Anton Willemse, who recently took his family into the Delta region of Botswana. He was properly prepared and his Hilux well kitted, as was the second vehicle in the convoy, but a moment of inattention, perhaps unavoidably, led to a fairly long-winded and expensive vehicle recovery. There are some lessons there… and I think one of them involves fitting a snorkel. Sadly, there were more vehicle issues in the making of this magazine. When Andrew Middleton took his ageing Discovery on the engaging and scenic…

13 min.

JUMPING IN THE DEEP END As someone who enjoys 4x4 and camping, it didn’t take me very long to think about joining my mates on an adventure when invited. A weekend away in the Cederberg Mountains, doing some 4x4ing, camping and chilling with mates by a campfire, was exactly what I needed as a relaxing weekend away. I took my Suzuki Jimny with me and we made our way to the Boegoeberg 4x4 camp. Some adventure, a sprinkle of starry night skies, and the smell of burning wood featured in my daydreams the whole way there. Little did I know that I was about to test myself and my vehicle far beyond what I had imagined. Upon arrival, we made camp - which, by the way, was beautiful. Ladies I mean it: this is…

2 min.
column disco tales

RAMBLINGS & RUMBLINGS A friend of mine once told me explicitly that there really is only one thing in life that matters, and it’s not religion, having kids, being wise or any other typical convention. It’s just to have fun. His view was that, as we get older, we become progressively more boring, and we must fight this downward spiral tooth and nail by cramming as much fun into our short lives as possible. I liked what this guy said, and though I haven’t seen him in over 10 years, I live by this mantra as much as I can. My Discovery epitomises this style of living and I know it makes no sense, but who cares? It’s my life. During the past weekend, while however, looking at the old ‘Troll’ perched precariously…

2 min.
the lifestyle choice

Launched in 2012 as an alternative to mainstream one-ton pickups, the BT-50 hoped to tempt ‘lifestyle’ buyers. The philosophy was that car-like styling would attract people who work in the city and do lifestyle activities on the weekend (like dirt biking, cycling, camping, etc), and need a do-it all vehicle with style and capability. Unfortunately, the plan didn’t quite work out; and, despite extremely capable underpinnings, the radical Kodo design put many punters off. For this facelift, Mazda has introduced a much more subdued face to the BT-50, with new headlights and a front end that’s said to exude a more powerful presence. The interior has also seen a few notable updates, including a reversing camera integrated into the rear-view mirror, Bluetooth-controlled sound, a multifunction steering wheel, and cruise control. The…

1 min.
sheik’s delight

If the standard 463kW, 1000Nm twin turbo 6l V12 Mercedes G-Wagen was too pedestrian for your tastes, Maybach has come to the party with what they call the ‘Landaulet’. With only 99 models to be built in left-hand drive only, this extremely limited-edition Maybach marks the brand’s first foray into the off-road market. Next to Mercedes’ other special-edition G-Classes – the 6x6 and the 4x4², the Landaulet is not only by far the most powerful, but also the most luxurious. For extra legroom in the rear, this bush limo has been stretched by 578mm over a standard G-Class, with fully-reclining seats akin to those in a private jet. Rear passengers also get a glass partition between them and their chauffeur --this can be electronically raised, as well as turned from transparent…

1 min.
jeeves on wheels

What you’re looking at here, says Land Rover, is your own personal butler. A vehicle that not only takes you from A to B, but also learns about you as an individual; servicing your needs, but never intruding, just like a good butler. This is all thanks to a brand new, extremely high-tech infotainment system that allows for a minimalist, almost button-free, interior. The Velar, which has been confirmed for South Africa, fills a gap between the Range Rover Sport and smaller Evoque, in both price and size. This new design shaves about 50mm off the length and width of the RR Sport, creating a more nimble, city friendly machine. By size then, the Velar will go head-to-head with the likes of the Porsche Macan, BMW X4, Mercedes GLC, or JLR’s…