SA4x4 July 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
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
1,22 €(IVA inc.)
12,78 €(IVA inc.)
12 Números

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2 min.
ed’s letter

Amid all the turmoil and political uncertainty, the scary tales of crime, state capture and endemic corruption, the options are still open. When you are gatvol, you can still jump into your 4x4 and escape to the bush. In this country – and indeed most of southern Africa – the bush is never that far away. This was the sage advice from Deon Belsher of Caprivi Safari Gear, late on a Friday after another tough week in the world of business. And he’s right. So, plan your escape, carve out some time, and, as Nike says, ‘Just do it’. Escapes we have aplenty in this issue. We have Andrew Stone reporting back on a fishing trip he and his family enjoyed at Dwesa on the Wild Coast, Kerry Fraser reliving some…

17 min.

BUDGET BOLLOCKS On receiving my latest 4x4 mag (thanks for the subscription, Dad!) for June 2017, my eyes were drawn to the article featured on the front cover – Budget Build. Yay, I thought, finally an article on how to put together an affordable, reliable overlander. All the key words in the first paragraph of the article were there: tough times, innovative ideas, budget-beater. “A practical, sensible choice”, to quote. Then I fell off my proverbial chair, muttering expletives in disappointment and horror. Anybody who considers a base price tag of R462k ‘affordable’ either has too much money, too much debt, or doesn’t actually understand what money is. And the article further disappoints. (I’m just beginning.) There’s absolutely no innovation here. It’s just about somebody who bought a car and then kitted it…

1 min.
a world uncovered

The terrible drought in the Western Cape has left Theewaterskloof Dam looking like a desert wilderness. The dry, cracking mud and dwindling pools of water are shocking to see. But in the midst of this devastation is a wonderful, unique opportunity for 4x4 drivers. The receding waters have exposed a landscape last seen before it was opened in 1980. The old farms, with vineyards still in neat rows and irrigation pipes exposed, are very interesting to see. You can drive the old farm roads and explore the strange landscape. Some areas are hard gravel, but watch out for the deep soft mud! One sight I found particularly interesting is an old tar road that had emerged, going through the dam. Parts of the road are still in pretty good condition and a…

3 min.
new model

ALL NEW MAZDA CX-5 Mazda’s all-new compact SUV spearheads a whole new generation of Mazda design. The new CX-5 is sleeker, safer, and also better-looking, thanks to new colours and styling. With options between three engines, auto/manual transmissions, and FWD/AWD, the new CX-5 covers all its bases. The Only AWD model in the line-up, the CX-5 2.2L DE Akera AWD Auto, starts at R557 500, which puts it in line with top-end models from VW’s Tiguan to the Hyundai Tucson. AWD CX-5s all get the potent 129kW, 420Nm turbodiesel mill, mated to a six-speed automatic box. The Mazda CX-5 comes with a 3-year unlimited-kilometre service plan, a 3-year factory warranty, 3-year roadside assistance and a 5-year corrosion warranty. MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER WINS TOP VALUE ACCOLADE According to the Kelly Blue Book or, a California-based…

4 min.

HARD HEADED Rhino 4x4 Evolution bumper The Argentinian designed and made Evolution 3D bikini-style wraparound bumper from Rhino 4x4 is now available for the new Fortuner. These bumpers undergo OE specification dynamic crash tests and are airbag compatible. Manufactured from 3mm and 6mm steel, they provide a class-leading approach angle. Evolution bumpers are winch compatible, have two snatch-rated recovery points, and the fitment deal includes not only two 60W LED fog lights, but also a properly strong form-punched bash plate. A white or matt black powder-coated finish is standard, and the centre insert above the winch plate is available in either a chrome or matt black finish. Extras include a winch, spotlight bar, spotlights and a front removable tow hitch. R31 995 010 595 0229 SHINE ON Ironman 4x4 camping/work LED lights Camping or…

18 min.
hooked on dwesa

Verdant coastal forests that extend almost to the water’s edge. Thunderous breakers that pound jagged rocks. Golden sands. Impossibly beautiful night skies. Mischievous monkeys, slithering snakes and graceful antelope. All coupled with a remoteness that brings on a sense of peace which can’t really be put into words. But I’ll try. Asked to describe Dwesa Nature Reserve in a paragraph, that’s my take on it. You see, visiting this pristine 3900-hectare Wild Coast reserve is like stepping back into the age of the dinosaurs. Standing on the wide expanse of beach in front of the cottages with no one else around can make you feel like the last person on Earth. It’s a completely primordial yet intoxicating feeling that will keep you going back for more. Fortunately, you won’t have to worry…