SA4x4 June 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

I had the pleasure of being guided along a mild farm track by well-known TV presenter and 4x4 personality André de Villiers during the launch of the latest Amarok in Clocolan in the Eastern Free State. Not to take away from the vehicle’s ability, but it certainly wasn’t being stretched as we negotiated some grassland tweespoor and a few rocky ridges on the Prynnsberg Estate before stopping for sundowners with an endless view over the region’s sandstone koppies. That was great, but it was Andre’s laconic comment over the radio a few minutes before that got me thinking. “4x4-ing is no longer about hard travel to remote places,” he said. “It’s now about getting to a destination on gravel roads – and once there the people are interested in the…

18 min.

THE LONG, SLOW WAY DOWN I was yearning to make a trip across the country for a holiday. My previous trips were basically paid-for as it was mostly business. Now that I’m retired a trip has a completely different feeling to it, and to top it all there was no time factor involved. We did not need to be anywhere at a particular time. We left our home town of Edenvale, taking sand roads and back roads that were fairly devoid of any traffic. On the first night we stopped over in Ficksburg, but the caravan park was disappointing so we moved on to Clocolan where the caravan park had gone to ruin. Fortunately a function had been set up at the showgrounds and we were invited to stay there the…

7 min.
the big v

South Africans love to tow boats, caravans and trailers, often at the same time, and it was these land trains that were the subject of some confusion among the German hosts at the 2009 launch of the Amarok in Argentina. How, asked the South African devil’s advocate, would this four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel be up to the task? What was needed was a V6, something with the required grunt. No amount of persuasion by the Germans along the lines of fuel efficiency, emissions or actual turbo-induced pulling power, would sway his opinion. The big V6 is now here, but back in 2010 local reaction to the 2.0-litre turbo four was slightly mixed. Was this bakkie too sophisticated to be a real workhorse? Did VW in fact have the credentials to make a proper…

5 min.
easter jeep safari concepts

Grand One Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original Grand Cherokee, the Grand one is based on a modernised version of the 1993 ZJ. The classic Jeep is powered by a 5.2-litre V8 mated to a four-speed auto. 33-inch BFG Mud Terrains, twin lockers and a 2-inch lift round off the classically styled package. CJ66 Take a Jeep Wrangler TJ frame, hang a 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park body on it, add in Wrangler JK elements, power it all with a 5.7-litre Hemi and you have the Jeep CJ66. The narrow-body CJ66 made its debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas last year and boasts Dana 44 axles, a 2-inch lift and a two-way air system which allows drivers to inflate or deflate tyres on the go. Occupants will be…

4 min.

PUMP & RINSE Eco Pressure Shower What’s not to like about a simple shower system that uses no electricity and is instead pressured by a foot-operated pump? The Ironman 4x4 Eco Pressure Shower uses a 12-litre TPU bladder which can be left in the sun to warm (or filled with the required temperature of water up to 50 degrees C.) A few presses on the pump is good for six minutes of pressure while the anti-kink hose and on-demand trigger system regulates water flow as you wash dishes, hose down the dog or rinse off oneself and fellow campers. It is durable and packs into a compact carry bag. R850 011 634 7600 IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS LIGHT Lightforce Genesis 210mm LED spotlight You want the best and brightest? Head down to your local…

12 min.
jewel in the kzn crown

Hanging back from the rest of the group, I perched on an undulating grassland dune, waiting to grab a few photos. Looking down, I watched as iSimangaliso CEO Andrew Zaloumis followed the game track, together with his wife Tracey and Lindy Duffield, the marketing manager at this ‘Place of Miracles and Wonder’. They skirted a thicket of Umdoni trees atop the 30 000-year-old dunes, and disappeared from view. As I lifted my camera, a scream pierced the air, and within an instant all hell broke loose. Through my zoom lens, I saw Tracey running towards me on the forest edge, with a massive buffalo bull less than 10 metres behind her. I dropped the camera and shouted loudly, hoping to distract the dagga-boy, but this had no effect whatsoever, and an instant…