SA4x4 November 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
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12,78 €(IVA inc.)
12 Números

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3 min.
ed’s letter

Tour guides know a thing or two about camping, and how to keep it simple. This was amply demonstrated when we drove on the Berg-to-Bush tour in Limpopo, which we have written up for this issue of the magazine. Our guide, Klaas Boonzaier from Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD), has been a key figure over the years in setting up the wilderness trails and camps, keeping them running and ensuring that the local communities obtain the benefits that tourism can bring. A lean and wise man with a vast knowledge of the bush, he has clearly camped a great deal and led many of these bush-camping experiences. I wasn’t surprised to learn that he is also a keen biker, because he clearly leans towards the minimalist approach. This trip showed up some…

10 min.

LOST OUR COOL With the weekend approaching fast and everything set to go, only time is standing in your way to hit the road to your remote destination of choice. The work stress has got the better of you, so you break the shackles and book a campsite at the most remote site you can find within comfortable driving distance, where the average guy in his Polo cannot disturb the peace. You have spent the week making sure everything is done before the time of departure arrives. Meat and food have been sorted, water is in (plus some cold ones) and ice for the period you will be away. So, cooler boxes are in, the Checkers bag of hubby’s clothes, the wife’s wardrobe, wood… everything you have on the list has been…

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

UNDERBODY ARMOUR Whether you’re rock crawling or overlanding, the added safety that underbody protection provides may be a lifesaver for you and your vehicle. Just picture the scene: driving through the Namib, you hear a ghastly CLUNK - and you realise that the middelmannetjie was harbouring a jagged rock. There’s a hole in your sump and oil is gushing out. You wouldn’t be the first person to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a damaged vehicle, and you won’t be the last, but all this could easily be avoided with a decent bash plate. Jurgen Cobarg This is a well-researched article with lots of good info, but does one need it for the type of overlanding 95% of all people do? I would say no, it just adds weight. The same…

1 min.
from facebook

PAJERO SPORT ARRIVES Although the previous Pajero Sport was getting long in the tooth, Mitsubishi’s latest offering is set to stick it to the Everest and Fortuner with a combination of new tech, safety features, style and capability. Peter John Erasmus I looked at the vehicle today. I am very impressed. I think the 3-year/100 000km warranty is not good enough. Other manufacturers (Korean) offer a better proposition. Stuart Reichardt Not the most dashing rear end. I’ve seen better butts. James Shelley Impressive, but agree the tail end is dreadful. Can you imagine the replacement cost of the lights? Keen to see if it is better than my Pajero. Peter John Erasmus You can’t see the butt when you are driving, but I do agree with you. I think a few vehicles’ butts have been incorporated. Dirk Uys Look forward to…

3 min.
the wild guide

“In many traditional cultures, it is believed that marriages held under the Marula tree are divinely blessed” Legend, tradition and folklore abound in Africa, and are often viewed with some scepticism in this, the post-modern era. However, it would seem that much received wisdom still has the potential to reveal startling information about the natural world in which we live; elephants, bees and the marriage tree being no exception… Legend has it that Hare acted kindly towards Elephant during a year of drought by helping him to find water, and was rewarded with a tusk. This he planted in his garden where it grew into a beautiful fruit-bearing tree which he named Marula. However, this tusk was so precious to Elephant that to this day, he seeks it out under the Marula…