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Caravan and Outdoor Life

Caravan and Outdoor Life April 2018

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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South Africa
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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2 min.
interesting times

“Let me tell you, the first months of 2018 have been more interesting than we've seen in probably 20 year in the industry... and there's more to come!” There’s an old saying, apparently Chinese, that goes,“May you live in interesting times.”While at first it may sound like a blessing, the expression is commonly used ironically, implying that “uninteresting times”are more peaceful and less filled with disorder. I’m going to shift gears on that and say that I prefer interesting times, they’re just more exciting, especially in the caravan and camping industry! And let me tell you, the first months of 2018 have been more interesting than we’ve seen in probably 20 years in the industry. The recent trade shows have featured a surprising amount of new products being launched onto the market. From…

9 min.
around the campfire

CAMPING FIX I love camping in a tent, but my wife doesn’t. We’ve never owned a caravan, so I suggested we buy one so she could come with me more often. But to my horror, she refused, saying it's simply glorified housekeeping in a small space. I’m not a nag, but with continued tenacity, persistence and much wisdom not to overdo my gentle persuasion, my lovely wife one day submitted and agreed to go tent camping with me. I booked a midweek spot at Pilanesberg (with electricity) and off we went for a couple of days. We had a great time and she saw how happily I sweated and strained in the heat to set up and then break camp. She realised that time had marched on and that the additional years added to…

2 min.
camping gear

Tow by hand Make less trips between the car and your camp with the Tentco trolley, made with tough Oxford nylon. The rubber wheels can handle most surfaces, chugging up to 68kg of gear from place to place. The trolley weighs just 10.5kg and folds up, so it won’t take up too much space. Price: R1 190 For more information, visit www.tentco.co.za, email info@tentco.co.za, or contact 011 397 6451/2. Old school is cool Some things just looked better back in the day, and Snomaster knows there’s no school like the old school. This compressor-cooled 50L Retro Beverage Cooler is a stylish way to keep your drinks cool at home and on the go in your motorhome or caravan. Available at selected outlets! Price: R2 950 For more information, visit www.snomaster.co.za, email mark@snomaster.co.za, or contact 011 392 5315. Hot…

4 min.
industry news

NEW STAFF, NEW PRODUCTS AT NATAL CARAVANS & MARINE Natal Caravans and Marine will be introducing several new and innovative trailer, caravan and motorhome brands into the KZN region. The first brands to hit the showroom floor are Eagle luggage trailers and Echo off-road trailers and caravans. This will be followed by Quantum Luxury Caravans, Invader Off-Road Camping Trailers and motorhomes from Motorhome-World. This isn’t the only exciting development at Natal Caravans and Marine – owner Geoff Courtis is also enhancing his staff complement with two big names in the caravan industry: Gavin Kolih and Cindy Powell. After having spent 34 years with his family business, Durban Gypsey, which was sold to Imperial in 2013 and operated under Durban Campworld, Gavin has made the decision to resign from Durban Campworld and has now joined…

11 min.
showoffs

The Beeld Holiday Show is known as the “launchpad for leading manufacturers in the caravan and camping industry” – and this has never been more true than 2018. Caravan & Outdoor Life popped in at the show in Midrand in February to get a first-hand look at some of the new caravans, trailers and motorhomes on the market. This year, a total of over 30 new caravan and camping products were introduced to South Africa. Here’s a quick look at some of the interesting products we saw. ABBA CAMPERS WEEKENDER Jos Joubert from Abba Campers has unveiled the first of his new Weekender campervan conversions. As a trained and approved installer of the German ReimoVan Concept products, Jos says they decided to start the conversion range with the Weekender concept: “Statistics have shown that this…

1 min.
where are we?

HOW TO ENTER To win this Suzuki multi-tool set, simply send an email with the subject line “Where are we” to editor@caravansa.co.za, and tell me where we took this picture. Please also include your name, contact number and address. LAST MONTH'S PIC KOLMANSKOP Ghost towns should probably scare people away, but Kolmanskop is one of Namibia’s most famous attractions. Just 10km from the popular holiday town of Lüderitz, the former mining village once revelled in the wealth found deep below the surface. In 1908, a worker named Zacharias Lewala came across a diamond, and soon, Kolmanskop was transformed into a part of South West Africa’s Sperrgebiet. During its glory days, the town had electricity, a casino and even the southern hemisphere’s first ever x-ray facility. How times change! Today, Kolmanskop is a shadow of its former…