SA4x4 February 2018

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

Tyres are the make-or-break element of any overland venture or 4x4 trail – in fact, of almost any excursion off the tar. They are at the core of the extra traction needed to get through sand, gravel and rocky sections. For every sort of terrain, you alter the pressure to ensure the optimal longer ‘footprint’, and this is largely determined by the tyre you are using and the load being carried. I would add that the most important criteria when selecting a tyre for overlanding are firstly strength, particularly in the sidewall area as punctures and serious tyre damage will stop your holiday in its tracks; then grip, with larger block tyres better at the right pressure in tough terrain; and longevity, because offroading is hard on tyres and you want…

9 min.

OVERLANDING EN SEKURITEIT Die overlanding artikel “Berg to Bush” (SA4x4 November 2017) veroorsaak dat ons almal graag so ‘n trip sal wil onderneem in ‘n 4x4 saam met ander, maar wat doen jy as jy nie ‘n 4x4 voertuig het nie? Overlanding hoef mos nie noodwendig net oor ruwe terrein in die bundu te wees nie. Kies net noukerig jou roete oor begaanbare paaie en geniet... Tog sou ek ook baie graag ‘n 4x4 wou hê! Hier is my storie… Daar is so baie pragtige plekke binnelands en aan die kus om te sien. Ek is ‘n pensionaris, en elke keer wanneer ek my 4x2 bakkie opsaal met my rooftoptent om weer te gaan verken en te geniet, is dit opnuut vir my ‘n avontuur, ‘n groot voorreg en genade van Bo.Tot…

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…

2 min.
from our website

Pieter Oosthuizen took the C13 in southern Namibia to Rosh Pinah, then took a less followed route to the west of the Fish River Canyon, exploring some 4x4 trails along the way (SA4x4 Dec ‘17). Chris Stockwell It would be nice if you gave us co-ordinates and a better description of how to do such a trip rather than this brief waffle about how nice it is. Wim Van Den Berg Is it possible to give a detailed description of the route your writer travelled? Duane Du Plessis Can most of this route be driven in a 2x4 vehicle (with fairly good clearance)? Retha Fourie Molier I have driven the C13 with a 2x4 2.7 Nissan diesel. The road is fine. Always make sure you have an extra tyre. We pack all our stuff…

4 min.
the wild guide

Mention the word scales and most of us cast a furtive look in the direction of the bedroom cupboard where the dreaded machine is stored… surely that triple chocolate sundae couldn’t have been that bad! So, you ask, what does this have to do with nature and the environment? The answer: nothing! As is the case with so much of the English language, this is a classic example of one word having incredibly disparate meanings. The scales that I am referring to have nothing to do with weight measurement, and everything to do with water-proofing, protection, movement, thermo-regulation and camouflage. Scales are one of the three most common body coverings in animals, the others being fur and feathers; but, unlike the latter two, scales have convergently evolved (i.e. they have appeared…

1 min.
rules for safe winching

1. Always use as few connections as possible – avoid steel shackle connectors, and use soft shackles instead. 2. Always winch off a live tree – dead trees can be hollow and have rotten roots. 3. Never wrap winch rope back onto itself. Use a tree-trunk protector on the anchor. 4. Keep the strap low to the ground – the less leverage on the tree, the less likely you’ll be to rip it out. 5. Never use a snatch strap as a winch extension strap – it’s not designed for this application. 6. Winch lines can become tensioned or snap without warning – stay clear. 7. Always agree on clear signals between spotter and driver before you begin. 8. Only the spotter talks directly to the driver – everyone else speaks via the spotter. 9. Keep the area…