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

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2 min.
ed’s letter

In the 4x4 world, when a car as potentially game-changing as the Defender is re-launched, there is a lot of hype and excitement. To be offered an early chance to showcase the talents of the latest from Land Rover is an honour, and here it is! Testing has shown its breadth of ability in all sorts of places, from harsh desert to rocky trails and serious mud baths. There’s an all-new chassis, not the Discovery chassis we all thought would underpin the new vehicle. The images show not a huge amount of suspension articulation, certainly not on the level of previous-gen Ranger Rovers and their ilk. But that all matters much less these days, as modern traction control systems compensate. We don’t have all the details yet, but our prediction is…

4 min.

HUMANITARIAN TRIP IN BOTS No matter the country, rural areas are a great challenge to work in and even in a well-equipped country like Botswana, certain regions do not receive the government attention and resources they need. Which means that when you go overlanding you need to be prepared for everything from hard sun, to heavy rains, to corrugations that will remove your kidneys. So in June/July one Defender and one Patrol undertook a task to drive from Cape Town to Maun, then around the Okavango Delta and through a private concession, which is something we’ll never forget. It was a great task and the expensive toys did well. Of course, challenges like these don’t come without surprises, but this is why we do what we do, right? The aim of our two-week…

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 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.
from our website

ALONE FROM PUROS TO KUNENE Comments hans1: Can my wife and I drive safely alone from Puros to Kunene? By ‘safely’ I mean vehicle-wise, with a Fortuner and Cooper Discoverer tyres. What would the best route be, and how long would the drive be? SA4x4: In the absence of comment from other readers, this is our advice: This is a remote region, so read about conditions in all the travel guides you can lay your hands on. Before setting out, you should be 100% sure your vehicle is properly equipped, recently serviced and you know how to handle mechanical breakdowns. You’ve covered the tough tyres angle, but still, have two spares, a puncture repair kit and compressor. We usually do not advocate solitary vehicle travel. Rather go with at least two other vehicles. If…

4 min.
home sweet home…

In much the same way that we have different styles of houses, birds too have different types of nests. Similarly, features unique to the climate – air-conditioners in hot climates, double glazing and underfloor heating in colder climes – are replicated in the construction of nests. Clearly birds have neither fans nor heaters, but they do choose sites and materials adapted to their individual environmental niches. In this article we will focus on just a few of the remarkable ‘homes’ created by our avian cousins. The ones which come to mind first, based on the sheer intricacy of their design, have to be the nests of the various weaver species. As the name suggests these nests are constructed by the intertwining of pieces of grass until a ball-shaped nest emerges. Made solely…

6 min.
vital statistics

What is wheelbase, and how does it affect your rig off-road? We take a look at the pros and cons of different vehicle lengths, and how to alter your driving approach to match. People with shorties are always adamant that their vehicles are the best off-road. Lighter, nimbler in tight situations and in general more fun. Long wheelbase pundits claim extra packing space and more stability under certain conditions. So, what exactly are the strengths and drawbacks of a short or long wheelbase vehicle and what would best suit your needs? First things first: wheelbase simply refers to the distance between the centres of the wheels of your vehicle. A short wheelbase (SWB) version of the same vehicle will handle and react to inputs completely differently to a long wheelbase (LWB) of…