SA4x4 January 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

So, when is a good time to plan that bucket-list trip? Should you wait for the moment when the kids have left the nest, your business no longer needs your hand on the tiller, or your Bitcoin thousands have turned to millions? Or should you throw caution to the winds, ignore all the chaos of local politics and economics, and do it right now, this year? There’s nothing to be done about those ratings agencies that have just voted SA into junk status, nor can one second-guess the outcome of the ANC’s elective conference which will influence who might be next in the running to try and fix the hash of the Zuma years… Forget all that noise - instead, raise the flag of hope that 2018 will be better than 2017,…

10 min.

THE END FOR LAND ROVER? Civilian involvement with 4x4 vehicles could possibly have started with Jeep as one of the original icons, and with Land Rover pretty much up there as well. Without going into major debate as to what the ultimate 4x4 vehicle is, one can say that Land Rover was one with incredible history and certainly a legend as far as off-road vehicles are concerned. Some years ago, it was stated that of all the original Defenders ever produced, some 75% were still on the road. That says a lot as far as reputation goes, for any vehicle manufacturer. It’s amazing that a motor manufacturer could actually take this vehicle off the market. If it was because the vehicle no longer met the required safety/ emission regulations in Europe and elsewhere, I…

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

Chris Collard of Overland Journal shares his guidelines for the tools and equipment required for back-country vehicle repairs. He calls it his “Vehicle-based suitcase”. Jurgen Cobarg I am stunned. Why not just tow a spare vehicle? Alternatively use a solid and reliable vehicle such as the Toyota Land Cruiser 4.2. Should you get into trouble you can rest assured that help and spares are never far away… ANYWHERE in Africa, or for that matter South America, etc. Christiaan Rudolph de Wet With this extensive list, there will be no space for anything else. You should rather take absolute necessary equipment and leave the type of industrial tools at home that you should be able to secure en route – like welding machines – and heavy spares like spare axles. I mean you…

3 min.
from facebook

Steve Hattingh This is a good article on DC to DC Chargers. Can use either InterVolt or CTEK chargers. I am using the Discover EV Traction Deep Cycle Battery together with the CTEK D250S DC to DC charger which also allows solar panels to be integrated. Grant Spolander › This article is making a blanket statement that DC-DC chargers are the “answer” in every circumstance, which is blatantly untrue. Perhaps the author can explain why Avis Safari rentals (who have a massive 4x4 fleet) once used DC-DC chargers, only to replace them with “old school” solenoid systems? The reason is simply because in most cases DC-DC chargers take too long to recharge a battery. The driving time is not practical. I would rather have 80% restored power within the first 4 hours (solenoid system) than…

3 min.
the wild guide

“The divide between large and small cats – Panthera and Felis – has more to do with the ability to purr than with size or behaviour” As designers of high fashion prepare their 2018 collections for the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris, the African savanna presents its own unique designs through a very different catwalk display. Enter lion, (Panthera leo), leopard, (Panthera pardus) and cheetah (Acionyx jubatus) – Africa’s large cats. With its tawny coat, regal mane and piercing golden eyes, a lion is indeed a creature of beauty. Long revered, (and even worshipped by some), its ascendency as the king of beasts is actually relatively modern and may have coincided with the rise of humans. The fossil record reveals equally impressive sabre-toothed cats contending with a lion-sized cat…