SA4x4 October 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.

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2 min.
ed’s letter

Some of the greatest discoveries and insights in science have come about at the same, or almost the same, time. The nature of the planets, the story of evolution... there are many instances. One hesitates to call it grand design, though it seems to be more than mere coincidence. So it was that strong themes emerged in putting together this issue. And, strangely indeed, widely-spread contributors were engaging with the same things. In her column, Lorraine Doyle shows how giraffe are pollinators and sculptors in the bushveld, while Bryan Havemann’s Game Watch column focuses on clever giraffe physical adaptations. Then the Baobab spread its influence: Paul Donovan in his Bush Craft column writes about the many uses of this remarkable upside-down tree as a source of water, food and shelter.…

9 min.

MURPHY AT WORK For my 50th, we planned a three-and-a-half week trip around Botswana during August. All was going well, and then, with 315 000km on the clock of my 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, the vehicle was attacked by a piece of firewood in the bush at Chobe. The piece of firewood had been used by dumb drivers who had got stuck in the sand - then left the wood buried in the sand. As Murphy’s Law would have it, the piece of wood went through one of the breather holes in my aftermarket bash plate, and then through the radiator, resulting in the engine overheating. Apparently the temp sensor on the Prado does not register overheating when there is no water in the system, until it is too late. Thankfully, we had…

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…

3 min.
from our website

DUST & GLORY The recipe was simple: bring together a bunch of SA’s top-performing bakkies and put them head to head in an epic adventure. From the urban sprawl of Johannesburg to deep within the Okavango Delta, these five vehicles would be tested to their limits and beyond. We had a real mix-and-match of vehicles, too, ranging from the ubiquitous Hilux 2.8 to the all-powerful V6 Amarok, and including the handsome 3.2 Ford Ranger, the surprising Mitsubishi Triton and, of course, the Mazda BT-50. Derick Vermaak Well, firstly, I would say it is always a good idea to compare apples with apples. Secondly, after finishing the trial run, you should also compare driver experience. And thirdly, unfortunately some people are hooked on name brands no matter what (once a Bull always a…

1 min.
from facebook

LANDROVER EMERGES A Land Rover has emerged from the sand on Gwithian Beach in Cornwall, England, 30 years after it was swamped by the rising tide. Apparently Ronnie Hanney drove his wife and daughters to the water’s edge in January 1990, when the car became stuck in soft sand. Tim Moore Nice wash and polish, a new battery and off she goes! Leon Koen Stuff that only a Landy can survive. FIAT PANDA 4X4 CROSS Had a blast in the new Fiat Panda 4x4 Cross. 875cc; two cylinders and under R250 000 makes it the smallest and cheapest AWD on the SA market! Surprisingly capable too, thanks to traction control, hill descent and a clutch-based AWD system. Jaco Speedy Roos More flex than a Toyota Hilux. Daantjie Badenhorst I like it very much. Etienne Schoeman Base model starting at R229k! Vir ‘n ding…

3 min.
the wild guide

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” (Albert Einstein) Einstein is best known as a visionary physicist, but he was also passionately interested in all the complexities and interactions of the natural world. Nature is indeed an intricate web of many interconnected threads, and I am always amazed that the more I look, the more remarkable and unlikely are the relationships I discover... The time before the arrival of the first rains is a stressful period for many bushveld animals, as food is often in short supply after the dry winter season. Vegetation growing along river courses is frequently the only source of nutritious browse for animals such as giraffe (Giraffa camelopardus), and even that may be insufficient. These uniquely beautiful creatures, with their long eyelashes, necks and…