SA4x4 September 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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12,78 €(IVA inc.)
12 Números

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3 min.
ed’s letter

I was going to use this space to complain about the fuel price. Hell, at more than R16 a litre, everyone is doing just that. Then we can also moan about the economy, the latest election crisis in Zimbabwe, and the strange impact Donald Trump is having on global trade. But, seriously, those monthly fuel increases are killing us - especially those of us who use a large, thirsty truck to get from place to place. Soon enough, petrol or diesel will be more expensive than beer, and that will indeed be a strange turn of events. We might have to stockpile the fuel to prepare for the next big overland trip, as all the water-verskrik Capetonians have been doing for months with their Jojo tanks. In the meantime, we’ve responded…

1 min.
write in & win!

This month’s winning letter scoops a great double prize from Ironman 4x4: a Tyre Repair kit worth R695 and a Speedy Deflator worth R895. The Speedy Deflator is a quality brass item that screws onto your vehicle’s tyre valve, allowing you to remove the valve core for rapidly and accurately airing down any tyre before tackling tough terrain. The repair kit is a comprehensive set including metal awls, 30 repair cords, a digital tyre gauge and a handy carry case. Both these items should be in every off-roader’s travel kit.…

12 min.

TRIP OF A LIFETIME My name is Binoerah Fredericks, but everyone calls me Bee for short. My husband is Taufiq Fredericks, and my daughter is Nuriyah. For the past few years, we have regularly travelled in a convoy from Cape Town to the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and surroundings; it was only in the middle of last year that we decided to do a trip starting in Cape Town, and work our way up through JHB, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, and then work our way down along the coast. We raised the idea with the crew we normally travel with, but their immediate response was, “No, we need a whole year to plan that.” But my husband said, “Listen, if we don’t do this now, we might never get the opportunity again.…

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…

1 min.
join the sa4x4 forum

Want to ask advice about travel destinations? Get answers to technical queries? Give advice on products? Tell us about your latest build project? Promote an event or happening? Share your views about anything 4x4? Then join our new and improved SA4x4 FORUM today and get talking with fellow 4x4 enthusiasts. It’s super simple: go to and register with your name, a contact number and an email address. TRENDING TOPICS THIS WEEK Gooi Mielies 4x4 Pret Vastrap Snow driving Roof top tents Bos Otter canopy – any good? 12 000lb winch? Enough for an F250? Tyres with stronger sidewalls?…

1 min.
tyre life dilemma

I was told yesterday that the 80 000km warranty Cooper Tires gave me when I bought my AT3 tyres has been withdrawn. I bought these tyres because of the warranty and have had them rotated and aligned every 8000km as stipulated in the warranty. R3700 in tyre service down the line I now have no warranty. What recourse do I have, if any? I feel I was sold these tyres under false pretences. Cooper Tires has contacted Peter and assured him the warranty is still valid and operational. This is the full reply from Jenny Soons of Cooper Tires: “The good news is that the Cooper TyreLife warranty programme has not been withdrawn, in fact the programme is thriving. Since Peter’s registration in 2014, we have upgraded the package to include a…