SA4x4 June 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.

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2 min.
ed’s letter

The tourism marketing people have lots of fancy terms for what they try to promote. When it comes to a destination, ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors rank among their key phrases. Turns out this issue of SA4x4 has lots of those. Who can argue with the amount of push and pull required to cycle from the Kunene River mouth to Swakopmund, which is the theme of Jacques Marais’ Isuzu-supported Beyond the Desert Edge adventure. Then Calum Buckmaster of the Barefoot Adventurers’ club touches on some of the highlights of his epic overland saga from Cape Town to Kenya – in a heavily overloaded diesel Tuk-Tuk with a top speed of 40km/h. And lots of hills where the little Beastie said ‘ayikhona’. So lots of push there. If you dig a little more, excuse…

9 min.

BRAND LOGIC Why a Warn winch? This is the question I recently ran into when kitting out my new Hilux Revo. In the “good old days” you had a choice between Warn and Ramsey, and if you were lucky, one or two others. Now we have a regular smorgasbord of choices, with most of them leaning towards the eastern cuisine. While Warn is still available in several guises, these winches do command a premium price compared to other brands – sometimes to the tune of three or four times the price of a winch sourced from China. I finally decided to go with Warn for two reasons: known reliability and quality, and aftermarket support. My choice was the sleek new waterproof Warn Zeon winch. Once it was fitted, we went off on…

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…

3 min.
shop talk

Whether or not you have obvious damage like a puncture, it is always important to inspect your tyre after every 4x4 trip to check for cuts, chipping and sidewall damage. Heat damage: Driving for extended periods at low pressures, such as on a long dune trip through Namibia, will cause a surprising level of heat build-up along the sidewalls of the tyre. Heat is created because the rubber, canvas and wire elements in the tyre flex and potentially delaminate. The risk here is that severe tyre damage may not be visible, as strands of tyre break within the tyre. Look for bulges and deformation. If you pump a heat-damaged tyre back up to road pressures and then reach highway speeds, you face the serious risk of a blowout. To properly inspect…

4 min.
the wild guide

“Impala are amongst the most graceful and beautiful of antelope. Yet they are rarely given a second glance” This month, I would like to start a series of articles focusing on animals that are frequently overlooked because they are so often seen. Oxymoron? Indeed. True? In my opinion, definitely. Let me explain… With their shiny rust-coloured coats and long slender legs, Impala (Aepyceros melampus) are amongst the most graceful and beautiful of antelope - yet they are rarely given a second glance. The reason? Because they are ‘common’. Despite their obvious abundance, they are unique enough to be classified in a tribe of their own, the Aepycerotini; and are the only extant representative of the genus Aepyceros - from the Greek aipos ‘high’, ceros ‘horn’. Fossil evidence shows that modern impalas have remained…

5 min.
sand: the grainy truth

All over South Africa, and especially in Namibia, sand is a vital part of any 4x4 adventure. Once the skills to conquer it have been mastered, sand driving is possibly the most fun you can have in a 4x4. In this chapter, we delve into some of the tips and tricks to keep you on top. Drop the pressure Arguably the most important aspect of sand driving is tyre pressure. If you try driving on sand with hard tyres, you’ll soon find yourself struggling. When you reduce pressure by as much as 50% below standard, the footprint of your tyres is lengthened, thus spreading the load over a bigger area. A common misconception is that a softer tyre widens the footprint of the tyre, and although this is not technically true, the…