SA4x4 May 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 Números

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2 min.
ed’s letter

The adventurers who tell their stories in the pages of this magazine have done extraordinary things. To skip the humdrum routine of ordinary life and pursue a vision takes both courage and planning. It’s true that 4x4 feats might not match the achievements of such local heroes as Chris Bertish, who supped across the Atlantic, Riaan Manser, who has kayaked and cycled all around this continent, or Peter van Kets, who keeps racking up human-powered endurance milestones in exotic places. Wheeled pursuits give you a little more time to contemplate; and you don’t have to be a super-fit athlete to get your fill of adventure. You also don’t need to have a fat wallet or masses of gear, which is precisely what makes Johan Louw’s story so inspiring. His wanderlust happens to…

7 min.

FROM OOSTERBEEK TO THE KALAHARI The first time that I came to Africa from the Netherlands was in 1985. I immediately fell in love with what I call the “Chaos of Africa”. This is a continent where you can solve almost any problem with a big smile. At the end of last year, during the European winter, I spent a lovely three months travelling on my own from South Africa via Botswana and through Namibia back to Cape Town, during which I visited the most fantastic places and met awesome people. Just before I flew back in March, a friend invited me to join him on a 10-day 4x4 trip to the Kalahari. He didn’t need to twist my arm… It took me half a day to make up my mind about the…

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…

4 min.
the wild guide the chacma baboon

With its coarse dark fur, and long ‘hangdog’ face the Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) is an easily recognisable bushveld inhabitant. Less well known is the origin of its name. The word “chacma” is derived from the Khoikhoi name for baboon, choa kamma, possibly onomatopoeic for their barking call; whilst the word baboon is derived from the French babouin, a name given to them by French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (Whew! No wonder he is referred to only as Buffon in most literature!). Modern baboons evolved as a distinct lineage prior to 2.5 mya. However, only with the advent of mitochondrial DNA testing was it revealed that approximately 1.5 mya a deep split arose in the Chacma lineages; resulting in the northern (Chacma ursinus griseipes) and the southern (Chacma…

5 min.
recovery tracks and how to use them

Recovery tracks work on the same principle – no matter whether they are the steel or aluminium ‘sand ladders’ that overlanders have been using since WW2, modern composite versions, or a host of other fold-up or roll-up contraptions. Quite simply, when you are on a soft or slippery surface, these all spread the load under your wheels to provide a grippy platform that helps you to get going again. At SA4x4, lightweight plastic recovery tracks are our first go-to recovery aid, and we never leave on a four-wheeling trip without them. The Australian company, Maxtrax, was one of the first to perfect a composite version which is semi-flexible, tough and effective. That was back in 2005; and since then, dozens of clone products have arrived on the market with similar looks but…

5 min.
8 ways to use your recovery tracks

We have listed some of the more common uses for composite recovery tracks below, although they can, of course, be used in almost any off-road situation. 1. Sand or mud recovery Recovery tracks work the same way in either sand or mud. If you get bogged in deep sand or mud, it’s vital that you first dig away the piles accumulated ahead of both front and back wheels, in the proposed direction of travel. Obviously, this reduces resistance: that’s what the spade section of the composite tracks is made for. However, having a good pointed shovel on hand will make this part of the task easier. Next, position your recovery tracks ahead of the wheels that are most bogged down, by pushing them by hand as far under the wheel as possible.…