SA4x4 May 2018

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

When we were working up the Shop Talk column this month with Johann Tyres Viljoen, there was a bit of a snag with one of the questions that had been asked. This was: ‘What is the best formula for rotating tyres?’ The question came up of including the spare in the process, and Johann just said, “Whoaa”. He’s been in the game so long that he knew what was going to happen: Trouble. In his words, we would be “opening a can of worms”, because most readers don’t want to add complications, and there are exceptions - this will work for certain vehicles, but may cause problems for others. Nor do manufacturers want comebacks for any reason; they are keen to protect their warranties. So, Johann opted to keep it simple.…

1 min.
write in & win!

The prize this month from Ironman 4x4 is an Explorer duffle bag and rechargeable outdoor camp shower which, combined, are worth R1945. The 65-litre duffle bag, made from waterproof 1000D PVC with YKK zips and strong webbing handles, is stylish enough for a 5-star stopover and tough enough to throw on a roof rack. It features a double laminated base, compression straps, and a zippered internal mesh pocket. The lightweight shower can be set up anywhere using the suction cup or the hook on the head - which has an easy on-off switch. The built-in lithium-ion battery gives an hour of run time, and can be recharged from your vehicle using the supplied USB/car adapter.…

15 min.

WHAT SPARES TO TAKE? The warning signs were there, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Apart from the usual rattling, clattering and whining, there was the occasional whirring which I hadn’t heard before. “What on earth is that?” I would say to myself while driving along a reasonably fast stretch of road on my way somewhere. “Oh, it’s gone... Good!” Given our mission, our destination and the isolation of our planned trip into north western Zambia, I started collecting all the spare parts I could think of. If something broke, I needed to be able to fix it in the bush. By the time we left the Joburg smog behind, I had accumulated an impressive array of spares for the expedition. I had all the obvious items: wheel bearings, spare…

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 FIREWOOD In 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…

4 min.
the wild guide why?

“Asking the question ‘Why?’ leads to far more fascinating experiences in the bush” Such a small word, and yet one which has had significant impact on scientific discoveries through the ages. Indeed, just such a question led to the discovery of the planet Neptune, before it was ever observed! As bizarre as this may sound, it was unexpected changes in the orbit of Uranus that led astronomer Alexis Bouvard to ask why these fluctuations were occurring. He hypothesised that they were due to the gravitational effects of an “as yet unknown planet”. In 1846, Urbain Le Verrier, (another astronomer) used mathematics rather than empirical observation to prove that the perturbations in Uranus’ orbit were indeed due to an unseen planet. Later that same year, Neptune – so named in keeping with…

3 min.
trail savvy gravel roads

Isn’t it strange that most South African male drivers (yes, that’s us) believe that as soon as they hit a dirt road, their skill level is suddenly on par with a driving genius combination of Sarel van der Merwe and Sebastién Loeb. The hammer goes down, the red mist descends - and before you know it, your vehicle is fishtailing all over the place while the family goes all wide-eyed and grips tightly on any handholds. Seriously, guys; what’s the rush? You are on holiday. Another 35 minutes on the road will still leave enough time to set up camp and crack a cold one. Rule 1: Slow down. You are going to see more of the surrounding countryside, and be far better prepared to avoid the usual giant potholes, stray cattle,…