SA4x4 November 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.

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2 min.
ed’s letter

It’s that time of year when planning and preparation for the year-end break reaches a peak. Things might not extend to a new vehicle, but they will certainly include a revision of the accessories you do have, and a wish list of the things that would make a difference to the camping experience. Resist the urge to go out and buy every gadget and gizmo ever invented to tickle your overlanding fantasies. Try to ignore the salesman at the lekker local fitment shop who steers you towards the latest, niftiest outdoor wonder and lets your imagination do the rest. Yes, there’s a heck of a lot of desirable stuff out there, and much of it no doubt makes life in the bush a little easier. But there’s another side to this…

1 min.
write in & win!

This month’s top letter from Jurgen Höntsch wins him a hamper of super-useful Ironman 4x4 goodies, worth R1 850, that should be in every overlander’s kit bag. First up is the Ironman 4x4 tyre repair kit, which includes 30 repair cords, quality reaming and insertion tools, a digital gauge and a carry case. Next is a robust tyre pressure gauge with a double-sided head to enable access to any valve stem for a quick and reliable pressure reading. Finally, for those repairs that happen in the dark, there is the Ironman 4x4 ultimate work light combo consisting of a 420 lumen USB rechargeable work light with a magnetic mounting, and an 80-lumen battery-operated pen-style work light.…

7 min.

KAOKOVELD SORTED My first visit to the Kaokoveld was in 1982 and the most recent ‘solo trip’ was in 2017, so herewith my advice to Hans 1 (October 2019 issue/SA4x4 Forum – Advice on travel alone from Puros to Kunene)... Firstly, if you think that safety is in numbers, think again! Group travel can be just as dangerous, as people tend to do strange things when in a group that they would never do when travelling solo. Overconfidence (and lack of concentration) is the reason for most vehicle damages that occur as they feel compelled to prove their driving skills and vehicle capabilities. So, in my opinion, if you have some off-road skills, a reliable and well looked-after 4x4, some spirit of adventure and a portion of self-confidence, you can do it.…

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…

4 min.
the lion who didn’t want to look like a giraffe!

If lions are the ‘king of the jungle’, then leopards have got to be its ‘prince regent’! Powerful, athletic, graceful and stealthy, they are the epitome of an apex predator. Leopards are one of the most adaptable of all cats, having a wider distribution than any other large carnivore. The fact that it is the most common large predator found in southern African fossil deposits, which date back 1-1.8 million years ago, pays tribute to this adaptiveness. The word ‘leopard’ stems from the Greek words leōn (lion) and pardos (panther), and the ancient belief is that it is a hybrid of both. Such an idea is, of course, the stuff of legend, with the lion and the leopard having diverged from a shared common ancestor some 2-3 million years ago.…

4 min.
why weight is the enemy

Guys like to be kitted. There’s even a sense that if you have more stuff than the folk in the campsite next-door, that you’re a better, more organised person. That smug sense will be wiped clean away when it comes to the reality of driving your 4x4 laden with all that clutter. Quite simply, an overloaded vehicle is a dangerous vehicle, not only in the handling department, but also because it is more prone to mechanical failure. Apart from the strain on the drivetrain, a vehicle that’s too heavily loaded at the rear will have overly light and unresponsive steering, the vehicle will wallow heavily in corners, it will sway and lurch at speed, the suspension will be close to the bump stops which risks damage to the springs (coils or…