SA4x4 January 2019

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

What a pleasure it was to see the new Suzuki Jimny is everything it could be. It’s been updated with a cool modern electronic interface, but under the surface it’s as tough as nails. It keeps the ladder frame chassis, it keeps the solid axles, it keeps the low-range transfer case, and, what’s more, it engages that with a proper short lever. All positives. At the local launch Suzuki was also keen to demonstrate that its brake-based traction control system on all four wheels really works. It is definitely better than the open differentials that came before (cross axles would leave you hanging with wheels in the air), but the more hardcore off-roaders still want a locking diff. The brake system’s sensors take a moment to actuate, making progress a bit…

1 min.
write in & win!

This month’s winning letter from Zac Graham wins a double prize from Ironman 4x4, consisting of an LED Camping Lantern (worth R365) and a large axe/splitter (worth R770). The LED lantern is a fantastic little multi-function product (three settings – 100%, 50%, and flashing) that puts out 200 lumens of light, has an 80-metre beam distance and lasts for 6 hours of continuous run-time. It can sit on a table or be hung up for convenience. The axe... well, we all know what it does. This one is 700mm long, weighs 2kg, and features a forged carbon steel head and multi-core PVC/fibreglass moulded handle.…

9 min.

A NASTY AVOIDED On a recent four-week safari starting in Durban, and heading through Botswana’s and Zimbabwe main parks, SA4x4 reader and regular contributor Zac Graham and his travelling companions encountered only two nasty incidents of theft: both of them in South Africa. This is an extract from Zac’s story… “I met Peter and Lyn a day before we started the trip. Lyn had been in South Africa for a few weeks and had persuaded Peter to fly out from Perth to join her on a month-long safari. Our mutual friend, Joan, had suggested that Lyn ask me for advice on travelling in Botswana, and so she’d phoned me. The upshot of our conversation was that I would rent them my fully equipped Pajero and would introduce them to the vehicle… and…

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…

3 min.
the wild guide

Coined in 1854, the term ‘Ethology’ refers to the study of the way in which an animal’s habits (its behaviour) are related to its structure and habitat. It is important to note that there is no such thing as typical behaviour, because the typical animal is a mythical beast! However, patterns can be observed, hypotheses devised and tested, and a working interpretation of what an animal is doing obtained. This data can then be extrapolated, to create an accepted ‘normal’ behavioural model for that species. Without doubt, every person who visits a game reserve hopes to spot an African lion (Panthera leo). The epitome of strength, power and majesty, the lion is known to the Zulu people as ingonyama, which means the master of all flesh. Another Zulu term for a…