SA4x4 January 2020

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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12 Números

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3 min.
ed’s letter

Here we are then, launching into the year of clear vision: 2020. Because it’s the right spirit in which to start a new year, full of hope and energy for the upcoming 12 months, and with a determination to bring positives like the Rugby World Cup win into play. That was a victory against heavy odds, and it’s exactly the kind of boost we needed. If congratulations went to a superb team clawing back the odds, then by the same token we need to support efforts to clean up the parastatals, root out the graft, and get this incredible country back on track. What can it mean for overlanders, travellers, and 4x4 enthusiasts? As a small, but relatively vocal, well-connected, and financially-effective bunch, we can be key players in getting tourism back…

4 min.

DUSTER MAKES MABUA & BACK! Mabuasehube is a rare jewel in the southern Kgalagadi that has lured me back at least a dozen times. The name itself evokes images of mystery and beckons the adventurous to experience the barren wastes of Botswana. Having made my previous journeys in my V8 Defender, V8 Discovery, and a 3.0-litre Toyota double cab, I was interested to see if my recently acquired, versatile little 4x4 could cope – a Renault Duster. My fellow travellers were in a 3.0-litre Ford diesel 4x4 bakkie, a 4.0-litre Toyota Land Cruiser, and a 3.0-litre Toyota Prado. Quite tough opposition! Having slept at Kuruman, where we all met, it was a good drive to Tshabong where we fuelled up before hitting the road. When we reached was deflate and consensus led us…

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…

1 min.
wider rider

Eddie Fisher’s letter in December’s edition makes interesting reading, but I must question the conclusion that the Ford Raptor wins the Width to Height ratio. If ‘Higher is Better’, then the Nissan Navara at 1.14 is way better than the Raptor at 1.08 – or any of the others. Overall, without any weighting of the three factors considered, it seems that achieving best ‘Height to Width’ result and second-best in both ‘Length to Wheelbase’ and ‘Power to Weight’ makes the Navara the best overall choice. Just saying... Mike Meyer Hi Mike, our apologies – a typo slipped through when we inputted the table. The Raptor is the wider vehicle, which gives it the stability needed for higher-speed gravel travel. - Ed…

4 min.
the pint-sized predator

Although this is a cheeky misquote from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it is so apt when applied to the subject of this month’s article – the Dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula). What this southern African small carnivore might lack in stature, it surely makes up for in attitude! A Dwarf mongoose weighs between 210-350g on average, with a maximum shoulder height of about 7.5cm and a total length (including their tail) of 35-40cm. The Dwarf mongoose is the smallest of the family Herpestidae (derived from the Greek herpestes, a creeper – likely referring to their way of scurrying through the bush) and is highly social, living in cohesive groups of three to 30 individuals. Within each business – the collective noun for a group of mongooses – there is a rigid…

6 min.
leaf vs coil springs

The leaf versus coil debate has been going on since Land Cruiser 70 Series drivers got jealous of the comfy ride in coil-sprung Land Rover Defenders. We joke, but both leaves and coils have a range of benefits and drawbacks that suit different vehicles and needs. How you value these attributes could affect your next choice of vehicle… The task at hand Your vehicle’s suspension system is possibly the hardest-working, least understood, most abused and under-maintained aspect of your rig. The average bakkie is expected to safely carry a ton, but remain comfortable and stable when empty on the school run. Suspension needs to be flexible enough over rough terrain to keep all four wheels planted while in an axle twister, but at the same time contain body roll when speeding along…