SA4x4 April 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
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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12,78 €(IVA inc.)
12 Números

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2 min.
ed’s letter

A decade back, if you’d said that electric off-roaders would become mainstream by 2020, most sceptics would’ve had a good chuckle. Please, sir, turn to page 18 and read all about the Rivian R1T. Then turn the page and read about the Bollinger B1 and B2. Within a year or so these vehicles will be widely available, joining a new sector of electric SUVs and vans being moved to market by almost every other significant manufacturer from Audi, to Porsche, to Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar Land Rover. These two are being developed and manufactured in the United States, and although neither is yet fully production-ready, the world out there is ready to sign up for ownership. Both are hardy trucks, with good ground clearance, height-adjustable suspension, and sturdy bodies made for work. They…

7 min.

BRAGGING RIGHTS In the feature article in your February 2019 issue, African Waterways Part 2, the author Andrew Middleton mentions that Victoria Falls is the world’s largest waterfall. But is this true? The following criteria may be used to determine this: width of the waterfall, height of the waterfall, and the volume, or flow, of water over the falls. Victoria Falls can indeed claim to be the largest on the planet since it has a combined width of 1708 metres and a maximum height of 108 metres, resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. However, if we consider height, the Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 metres – in a league of its own. But some people claim that the Iguacu Falls,…

1 min.
write in & win!

This month’s winning letter from Grahame McLeod wins two great prizes from Ironman 4x4. First up is a Quick Fold Camping Step worth R550. This clever, lightweight step is ideal for getting access to your 4x4, trailer, caravan or that high shelf in the workshop. Fold the legs away and it also works as an entry mat to your ground tent or rooftop tent. Features include a glow-in the dark top surface, non-slip tread strips and foldaway legs. The second item is a multi-setting LED camping lantern worth R365 that puts out a super-bright 320 lumens with a beam throw of up to 80 metres. It doubles as a carry lantern or area light.…

1 min.
overlander’s code

In response a 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 will make them see…

3 min.
the wild guide wild dog running…

Following on from last month’s article about the Spotted Hyaena (Crocuta crocuta), I thought I would deal this month with another amazing animal that has also been long misunderstood – the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus). A distant cousin of the wolf and domestic dog, the wild dog split from the ancestor of other canids two to three million years ago. The Painted Wolf – the other name by which the African wild dog is known – is the only extant member of the genus Lycaon. Dutch zoologist Coenraad Temminck first described the wild dog in 1820, errantly identifying it as a Hyaena (Hyaena pictus). Seven years later, the British anatomist and naturalist Joshua Brookes established that it was a member of the dog family, renaming it Lycaon pictus. Despite sharing enough…

6 min.
is bigger better? why you should avoid large rims on your 4x4

From the purple low-riders of Los Angeles to the blingedout SUVs in rap videos, we’ve all seen the trend. Huge wheels are now an intrinsic part of motoring culture and modern car design. While giant rims with painted-on tyres may look great stuffed under a wheel arch, they have several drawbacks which are most obviously highlighted off-road. Take the new Land Rover Discovery, for example. Its standard fitment wheels range from 19- to 22-inch, a trend echoed on many premium four-wheel-drive SUVs. This makes a mockery of the 4x4 capability of these vehicles. From personal experience and simple common sense, we know that large wheels destroy any inkling of 4x4 ability - no matter how many diff locks we have, and despite having a traction control system cleverer than a NASA space…