SA4x4 December 2017

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
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12 Números

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2 min.
ed’s letter

Wow, that was a heck of a year! As you read this issue of SA4x4, most of us should be at the end of that mad race towards the December finale, wrapping up work commitments and making sure everything is in order for the summer break. First things first: we at SA4x4 would like to wish all of you readers and our advertisers safe travels, and trust that all of you will get a chance to recharge your batteries – whether at the coast, in the bush or just relaxing closer to home. Nobody needs reminding that times have been tough. Even the politicians are admitting that there are real economic problems, from rampant corruption and state capture to the sorry business of state-owned enterprises holding out their begging bowls. But we are…

11 min.

THE BACKGROUND The Theart family visited Mabuasehube in August 2016, and were dismayed by the conduct of fellow campers. Charl writes: “My wife and I are members of the Boland region Honorary Rangers of SANParks and would like to bring the type of conduct of some visitors to the fore, as it goes against the Overlanders’ Code. However, my comment is not all negative, as some visitors are very well-behaved.” MABUASEHUBE MADNESS As ‘n gesin, wat sedert 1994 Botswana verskeie kere besoek het, bly dit steeds vir my, persoonlik, en vir ons as gesin, ’n unieke ervaring om die ongereptheid van die omgewing met elke nuwe besoek weer opnuut te beleef. Die opgewondenheid wat met elke beplanning gepaard gaan verander nooit nie, en raak inteendeel net meer en meer intens met elke besoek.…

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…

1 min.
from our website

SNATCH STRAPS VERSUS KINETIC ROPE Jurgen Cobarg And remember to open the bonnet to protect the windscreen and yourself just in case something breaks. Henk Vallentgoed Be careful what you publish with regards to rope-type soft shackles. I would not recommend using these items as a replacement for a proper rated bow shackle when doing a snatch recovery. The filament used in the making of rope soft shackles might be extremely strong, but should never be shock loaded (as in a snatch recovery). BERG TO BUSH TRAIL – A BREAK FROM REALITY Eric Devy Great stuff Mike Voss. Makes me proud to be part of a Rock Solid Team. There is #nolimit CONNECT WITH US ONLINE Website: Facebook:…

2 min.
from facebook

GENERAL TIRE HAS UPDATED ITS POPULAR GRABBER AT AND MT TYRES Kevin Wright Glad they’ve upgraded. They need it. I’ve had shocking experiences with the current Grabbers – replaced 5 in 18 months. And that’s on normal dirt and tar roads. No 4x4 tracks or routes. Sidewalls are as soft as a marshmallow. Hope they’ve improved their sidewall specs. Rajesh Ramkawal I’ve had outstanding reliability on these tyres. Heading for my fourth set at circa 240 000km. 3% off-road duty cycle. FORTUNER 4X4 NOW IN 2.4 GUISE Richard Middelmann R118 000 less for dropping 400cc? Seriously, what’s the point? Etienne Schoeman The point is that now, with a budget of only R506 000, you can find yourself in a new Fortuner 4x4 auto. And if you did have another R118 000 to spend, you can now pull into 4x4…

3 min.
the wild guide

“We owe the amazing diversity of wildlife that we are able to view on a safari to the dynamic equilibrium that exists between grasses and trees in the Bushveld/Savanna” If ever there appeared to be an unlikely combination of bush-related topics, I would agree this might be it; but, as John Muir the Scottish-American naturalist (1838-1914) is believed to have said, “When you tug at a single thing in nature, you will find it is attached to everything else”. Southern Africa is home to some 1000 grass species, of which at least one third occurs nowhere else on earth. Although this rarely attracts attention, it is arguable that most animals are either directly or indirectly dependant on grass - and this includes humans. Research has shown that it is not only extant…