SA4x4 August 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
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12 Números

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3 min.
ed’s letter

One of the reasons for owning a four-wheel drive is that it gets places others can’t. Obvious, that. It might be your favourite remote fishing spot. It might be a high mountain trail where you can look out over the world. For many, it is a distant camping site from where you can hike, run, cycle, or just sit around and braai in peace. For me, it is a chance to get to a campsite immersed in the bush from where I can hike deep into the mountains or forests for a few hours. To connect with my inner hunter-gatherer and silently observe the plants, the birds and the stones. There is nothing better than to gaze over an unpopulated landscape and let the city stresses slough off like an…

1 min.
write in & win!

This month’s winning letter earns regular contributor Dr Martin Briggs an Eco Pressure Shower from Ironman 4x4, worth R950. This shower needs no electricity, nor does it need to be hung overhead. Pressure for the 12-litre bladder is simply provided by a foot-operated pump. Cleaning up - whether after hiking or camping or rinsing off a bike, dog or car - is a simple one-handed operation using a trigger on the shower head. Made from strong and hard-wearing plastic material, the Eco Pressure Shower can handle water temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius, and can be left in the sun to heat up. It all packs into a compact carry case with drainage holes.…

10 min.

BATS & BEESTS INSPIRES The article, Into TSETSE TERRITORY, by Kerry and Michael Fraser in the January 2017 issue, warned us of the expenses involved in a trip to Kafue in Zambia. They found that “… every man and his dog had their hand out to fleece us”. However, a year later, my wife and I were sufficiently encouraged by reading the article Bats and Beests by Andrew Middleton (in the February 2018 issue) to have recently returned from an eyeopening trip to Livingstone, as well as to the Kunene and Zambezi Rivers - and, of course, to the Kafue area. Although the buffalo grass was high in Kafue, rendering game viewing difficult, we camped at KaingU and Roy’s Camp (Hook Bridge), both of which were pleasant. Tsetse flies were only a nuisance…

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…

2 min.
shop talk

Wheel balancing describes the distribution of mass within a 4x4’s tyre and its wheel. A poorly-balanced tyre or wheel will cause a vibration or wobble, which will generally gain severity as speeds increase. When you purchase a set of new tyres, it’s important to balance all four tyres: every tyre may have a small imperfection which may be accounted for by adding a weight to the opposing side of the wheel. The amount of weight needed to compensate for this imperfection is judged by the size of the imperfection: the more unbalanced a tyre is, the more weights should be added to compensate. Because of their heavy construction, their large tread blocks and the sheer quantity of rubber used, oversize mud terrain tyres are notoriously difficult to balance. This will often…

3 min.
the wild guide

“They call me MISTER Pig…” (Pumbaa, The Lion King) Warthogs are African members of the pig family (Suidae), famous for their long, upcurved tusks and facial ‘warts’. The term wart is something of a misnomer, however, as these protuberances are actually thick pads designed to offer protection – mainly to the eyes – and most especially during sparring between males. Boars have three pairs, but sows have only two pairs, lacking the set situated on the sides of the jaw in males. For much of the 20th century, it was widely thought that all extant warthogs belonged to the same variable species (Phacochoerus aethiopicus). However, in recent decades we have been realised that two species are present: the Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus), and the Desert Warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus). The Common Warthog –…