SA4x4 October 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
1,22 €(IVA inc.)
12,78 €(IVA inc.)
12 Números

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2 min.
ed’s letter

Our Rad Rig this month is a familiar one: a Jeep Cherokee XJ that we have seen being transformed over the course of a year of intense refitting. It’s the brainchild of three 4x4 enthusiasts, the “Bros”, whose story has featured regularly in the pages of this magazine. Their plan was simple: buy an old banger, and turn it into something special through a combination of sponsorship and crowdfunding. If you bought a Broject T-shirt or soft shackle online, or at any of the various shows and events at which the Jeep was shown, you were in with a chance to win the completed project. Brilliant, we thought. And ambitious. But the Bros are persuasive, and just over a year later, they’ve got a truly stunning Rock Crawler to give away.…

1 min.
write in & win!

The winning letter this month wins a 48-litre Maxi Case from Ironman 4x4, worth R1995. These super-tough rotomoulded LLDPE (Linear Low Density Polyethylene) storage cases have a wall-thickness of 3.6mm, which can take the knocks. Ironman 4x4 supplies them in a variety of sizes. This one is 410mm in each dimension, and is just the business for keeping your recovery equipment, camping gear and tools in order. They are all secure, too - featuring lockable heavy-duty latches with strong moulded hinges.…

12 min.

SNOW DRIVING – THE REAL DEAL Having had much experience of driving in snow of various sorts, reader Joe Palmer was bemused by the range of comment received online regarding the best way to tackle snow conditions. He says these comments varied “...from good sense, to plain dangerous driving.” This prompted him to weigh in with the full article below… “In recent years, we no longer experience spring here in South Africa, as we seem to go right into summer conditions in September. However, I read the comments and advice on snow-driving in the September 2018 edition of SA 4x4 with chills running down my spine. The comments varied from good sense, to plain dangerous driving. Even with winter behind us, I still decided to speak out rather than to let it…

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 Yakima racks in South Africa Looking for original Steyr-Puch Haflinger engine Hilux transfer case locked up Mahindra Scorpio S10 SUV on tour Roof top tents: which is the best?…

3 min.
the wild guide

“Experiments have shown that it often takes only a single encounter with a toxic prey species for a predator to learn to avoid it” In last month’s article, we looked at the ingenious adaptations that enable the Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) to survive, and thrive, in its arid savanna home. This month I would like to explore a different type of survival stratagem, namely colour, which is employed by a wide variety of animals you are likely to see in the bush. And we are not talking only about ‘fifty shades of grey’, but also vibrant, bright, ‘outthere’ colours! Many predators search for their prey visually. As a result, numerous prey species have evolved special body colouration to reduce their chances of being eaten. For some, this entails making use of the ‘dull’…