SA4x4 September 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

Our special focus in this issue is a trip SA4x4 put together with Will Jansen, to take a handful of the country’s double-cab bakkies and a team from each of their respective manufacturers for an adventure in the Khwai and Moremi section of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. This is a magical part of southern Africa, and still a top overlanding destination renowned for its rich animal and birdlife. It’s an area that remains mercifully underpopulated, and while the tourist trade is consistently busy, we managed to find a quiet slot between school holidays and inside the best season for game viewing. Of course, we couldn’t have predicted the heavy rains in Angola that fell just before our visit. Sections of the road leading to Maun had turned into a quagmire, making life…

8 min.

SANI TRIBUTE The road snakes like a puff adder, its coils concealed by the mountains around it. The turns at the top of the pass could easily rival the sharpness of fangs. It was a clear day when we set out to take on the pass between South Africa and Lesotho, 1332 metres in altitude, to reach the Highest Pub in Africa. More than just a place for a drink, the pub is a reward. Summiting at 2876 metres above sea level, this is no small challenge. You need the right vehicle to take on the pass. Knowing this, I adjusted the seat of my grandfather’s 2005 Mazda 2.5 D 4x4 and turned the key. The coil light went out and the engine gave a disgruntled grumble as it rumbled into life. I headed…

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.
the wild guide

“I’ll follow the sun…” (The Beatles, 1964) September marks the beginning of spring in the southern hemisphere, and, as the late Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’”. With this in mind, it seems fitting to look at some of those creatures for which the arrival of warmer days is cause for celebration – insects. Although these are not usually high on the list of ‘things to see in the bush’, if they are on the list at all, it really is worth pausing for just a moment on a spring day to see what you can spot. Expect the unexpected… While the extinction of the dinosaurs ended the rule of reptiles and ushered in the era of mammals, in terms of sheer numbers our planet is…

3 min.
on track

When it comes to winch recovery, there is a sharp divide amongst enthusiasts about whether steel cable is superior to synthetic rope. No matter where you go, people seem to argue the merits of both types, making it hard for someone not in the know to get a definitive answer. In the past few years, the popularity of synthetic rope has escalated and it is now widely available; but is it the right choice for you? Steel cable For as long as winching has been around, the industry standard has been aircraft-grade steel cable, which is more durable than synthetic rope, but the durability comes at the expense of weight, strength and safety. Steel is the perfect type of line to use in highly abrasive terrains, such as when winching in and over…

7 min.
disco-tech all-new land rover discovery

Originally launched in 1989, the Discovery was based on Range-Rover architecture, sharing its driveline and chassis, but coming in at a lower price. This placed the Discovery between the off-road biased Defender and the more upmarket Range Rover. The position of the latest Discovery in the Land Rover group’s line-up is exactly the same as it was nearly 30 years ago – though, of course, the all-new Disco is more advanced than ever. Like most other 4x4s over the years, the Discovery has gone from a rough-and-tumble, solid-axle bushwhacker to a luxury barge that is primarily used by school-run mums and the odd caravanner. Despite this, the latest Discovery uses a host of new technology to make it possibly the most capable example of the breed to date, both on and…