SA4x4 December 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

It’s that time of year when you suddenly realise it IS the end of the year. Another one has flown by even quicker than the last, it seems, and there are plenty of things still to strike off the ‘to-do’ list. No matter, another 365 days are looming over the next hill. The trick will be to get the planning right, and the time off, to make it to your dream fishing destination, or to visit that elusive natural wonder, or eventually do that traverse across West Africa that has been on the back burner for a decade. Plenty of philosophical quotes and catchy ad lines tell us how to start: Nike says “Just do it”; and a famous Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single…

1 min.
write in & win!

This month the prize from Ironman 4x4 for the winning letter is a perfect camping combination worth R1090. First up is a 65-litre Explorer duffle bag, made from waterproof 1000D PVC with YKK zips and strong webbing handles. 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. Then, for all those night-time outside tasks where you need both hands on duty, there is the Ironman 4x4 LED sensor head lamp. It has three brightness options, a red rear light, and an on/off sensor activated by a wave of your hand.…

7 min.

GOUKYK AT YOUR SERVICE I would just like to add my 6d (sixpence) to the Land Rover history in South Africa. I joined the South African Air Force (SAAF) in 1969, straight after school, as an apprentice motor mechanic. The SAAF were using Land Rovers of nearly every available sort in different applications – short-wheelbase, long-wheelbase and Forward-Control types. The latter were converted to mobile workshops, stores and communications offices, signal offices and radar control posts – to name but a few. I cut my teeth on the repair and maintenance of these and many other old types of vehicles and equipment then still in use in the SAAF. The Land Rovers of those years were very reliable and easy to maintain. There was plenty of space in the engine compartment for…

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.
answer & win a 120w flexible solar panel kit from tbv solar

TBV Solar makes a range of lightweight and flexible monocrystalline panel solar kits ideal for remote camping. The panels are encased in a hardy 600D camouflage fabric which folds flat for convenient carrying and storage. These highly efficient “plug and play” kits range in output from 120W (three panels) to 250W (six panels) and have a built-in MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) module to optimise transfer of sunlight into energy. Included is a USB charging point for small electronic devices. The panels are hardy. They are designed to withstand the standard test of a 227g steel ball dropped from 1 metre. Kits are supplied with a 10-metre cable so the panels can be set up in the sun while the vehicle stays in the shade. Brad Harrison plugs and crocodile…

4 min.
the wild guide

As the festive season approaches, I am sure that many of you are looking forward to a holiday at the coast. In light of this I thought we would take a look at a few of the amazing creatures that inhabit the many tidal rock pools found along our 3000km coastline. One of the weird and wonderful life forms that are easy to spot in rock pools are sea anemones, with their gently waving tentacles. Although they resemble delicate flowers, anemones are actually primitive animals that are closely related to jellyfish and corals. They stick to rocks by an adhesive disc and, lacking a hard skeleton, are supported by the water inside their body cavity. Their tentacles, packed with microscopic stinging cells, called nematocysts, are used to entangle and paralyse small…