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Caravan and Outdoor Life

Caravan and Outdoor Life April 2017

Specialist travel writers produce colourful articles on touring southern Africa by car, caravan and motorhomes. The magazines covers tourism destinations with feedback from readers experiences. There is new product, tips and advice and reviews on the latest gear that will add pleasure to this lifestyle.

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2 min.
natural savers

I was recently on a flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. It was a very early flight, so it was still dark when we left my home town. I had some tea, and caught a little shut-eye as we headed north. I woke up in the middle of the descent, and looked out of the window. Nothing to see… we were in the clouds. But the next minute, as we dropped below the grey, my jaw also dropped. Below me I saw a lush green landscape. What a sight the bushveld vegetation is during times of rain! I’ve seen Joburg and its surrounds many times, and enjoyed the“urban forest”, so my shock was more because of the contrast between Gauteng and the Cape I had just left. As I write this…

10 min.
around the campfire

LIFE’S TOO SHORT NOT TO GO CAMPING My wife and I were married a year ago but have been an item for three years. Over the past year or so, we had been putting together a camping equipment collection so that one day we might be brave, pack up, and hit the road for a few weeks. Time ticked along, and my wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. This was devastating news, since she had been in remission for 12 years prior to this return. Six months of chemo and medication took a heavy toll on her as a human being, both physically and mentally, but she showed huge progress after the treatments. We decided that it was time to do what we’d wanted to do for so long, and go camping.…

2 min.
the good, the bad and the crappy of the kruger

One of our readers (see page 5) who has spent over 440 days in the Kruger National Park at various camps, says that “it is very sad that the overriding memory of the trip is of the ablution blocks, rather than the stunning sunsets, the cry of a fish eagle, the aroma of eggs and bacon on the skottel, and the many amazing wildlife sightings”. We asked our online fans whether they have had a similar experience. Did they think resorts can do more to keep ablutions neat? What had been their best or worse ablution experiences? Comments Johan Visagie I fully agree with him. There are not enough blocks for the number of campers when fully book in times like September. It is the smell inside that matters, so I think that Sanparks…

4 min.
camping must-haves

ESCAPE THE SUN The Gazebo Netted Inner from Campmor Outdoor is an easy to use inner net providing more protection from the sun and bothersome bugs. 80% of the shade net is used and is simply clipped onto the Gazebo frame. The net inner has 50mm Olive Seam Tape to close the netting, zip sliders and 25mm suspension clips. The netted inner comes with 20cm straight pegs and a lightweight netted carry bag. Available from Campmor Outdoor. For more information, visit TOP LOADING The new Off-Grid Roof Rack from Safari Centre is designed with 3 slots on the side profile, which allows for additional accessories and extra strength on the outer edges. There is a complete range of accessories available to match the rack; from gas-bottle holders to recovery tracks. Double Cabs: FROM R6 995 SUV…

5 min.
industry news

KRUGER IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS After coming under fire for less than attractive accommodation and services, Kruger National Park has made plans to revamp and improve their facilities to ensure that they meet international standards. The projects include a new safari lodge at Skukuza, a new management at Selati Station Grill House, refurbishments at Lower Sabie Rest Camp, and a new eco-friendly 4x4 trail. The R269.5 million Skukuza Safari Lodge project is set to open in 2018, and aims to upscale and increase visitor accommodation within the park with an extra 128 rooms (sleeping about 250 visitors) and a conference centre. This 3-star hotel will be funded by the Infrastructure Development Grant. Apart from the new Skukuza Safari Lodge, plans for the building of the Radisson Blu Safari Resort (a 240 bed establishment) at the…

2 min.
motoring news

MITSUBISHI TO RECALL 7 449 PAJEROS Mitsubishi Motors SA (MMSA) has issued a preventative recall on 7 449 Pajeros in the South African market for safety inspections and replacement of the Takata airbags. Mitsubishi is one of several vehicle manufacturers affected by the potentially defective airbag inflators. MMSA is currently busy contacting owners of affected models between 2007 and 2016, to arrange and co-ordinate the timing of the service inspections. Airbags will be replaced at no cost. The inspection and replacement procedure will take approximately one hour. An online VIN-checker is available online at for owners who want to check if their vehicles are affected. RENAULT KADJAR XP LIMITED EDITION The Renault Kadjar XP Limited Edition is the latest addition to the manufacturer’s Kadjar line-up. The XP 96kW 1.2 Turbo petrol with 6-speed manual transmission is based…