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Caravan and Outdoor Life

November 2019

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

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

When speaking to a manufacturer who wants to remain anonymous, he was concerned at the growing amount of what he called ‘Fake News’ in our camping and caravan industry, and he asked me to warn campers not to always believe what they read on the Internet. Thanks to social media anyone with a cell phone can post information, from good to bad, or even false information, and on a variety of social media sites. There is no recourse. An example could be: vindictive campers who have made a noise late into the night and were reprimanded by the campsite manager – the campsite or manager then faces a barrage of negative social media posts about the resort on the World Wide Web. Or, for another example: manufacturers understating their products’ GVM and…

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travel editor

On my latest foray into another wonderfully scenic trip to Bivane Dam, it simply reaffirmed my love for all things South African – more particularly my innate desire to let the outdoors in. Bivane Dam is about mountains married to water, surrounded by a huge tract of pristine KwaZulu-Natal unspoilt bushveld. What Bivane Dam offers is a host of energetic activities like hiking, canoeing, white water river rafting, quad biking, and mountain biking. The dam is also a well-known fishing spot, with 700-odd hectares of water on the main dam itself. The surrounding area is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The main campsite on the shore of the Bivane Dam is really superb. On this trip I towed a luxurious Destination caravan, so I was limited to camping…

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news editor

Join us as we revisit Tamboti Vreugde Holiday Resort set in the beautiful Dinokeng Game Reserve, though water is scarce at the moment and rain is sorely needed, this resort offers something for the whole family away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We have a look at the new Mitsubishi Triton 2.4-litre double overhead cam 16-valve inter-cooled diesel double cab. The new face-lift model is different from previous generations and deserves a test drive. Take the tour with us as we get down to the nuts and bolts of this rippled and muscular offering from Mitsubishi, promising a styling that is different and sporty. We also get up-close-and-personal with the new Stealth Evo 6 XHR-594. The H stands for hybrid, which is new to SA caravan industry lingo. So…

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caravan and outdoor life

[ GROUP PUBLISHER ] Godfrey Castle [ EDITORIAL ] EDITOR Godfrey Castle godfrey@caravansa.co.za JOURNALISTS / ASSISTANTS Richard van Ryneveld Stuart Reichardt Mikail Baker SUB-EDITOR Shannon Latimer DESIGN Hayley Davis (head), Claire Barwick [ DIGITAL ] WEBMASTER Michael Slater DEVELOPER David Kimberley SOCIAL MEDIA Paul Castle Mikail Baker WEBSITE QUERIES Paul Castle paul.castle@caravansa.co.za 079 475 1370 [ SUBSCRIPTIONS ] CINDY THOMSON 021 702 4200 subs@caravansa.co.za [ ADVERTISING ] ADVERTISING MANAGER Dean Castle [ 021 702 4200 ] dean@caravansa.co.za W CAPE, N CAPE, E CAPE Lyndi Burger [ 072 779 5832 ] lyndi@caravansa.co.za GAUTENG Toni de Lange [ 082 698 6051 ] toni@caravansa.co.za KZN, F STATE, N WEST, Brian Jefferies [ 082 772 5555 ] MPUMALANGA, LIMPOPO brian@caravansa.co.za ADVERTISING SUPPORT Denise Reid-Daly sales.support@caravansa.co.za [ PRINT MANAGEMENT ] KC PUBLICATIONS Michael Norwitz michael@kcpublications.co.za…

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around the campfire

PRIVATE HIRE? Although there might be others in the same boat, or should I say caravan, I am a pensioner and can't afford to buy a small caravan or rent a commercial motorhome. My wife and I, as a sort of grand finale, would like to tour this country with a motorhome, which will avoid us having to tow a trailer, but it did occur to me that there might be many folk out there with caravans etc. that are not in use and they might be prepared to rent them out to get a return on their investment. The idea I have is to seek someone willing to hire out a VW Villeria (Autovilla?) or something like that, in good condition, for a month or two at a reasonable cost…

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plugged in

Advice on towing Comments Callie Theron: As an older couple, we are thinking of moving from a Bakkie Mate to a small, 2- to 3-berth gravel road caravan. Any suggestions? We would also appreciate suggestions on a towing vehicle that is not too big – we don’t really want anything as big as a double cab. We would appreciate any suggestions. Gerd Kopanski: I assume you envisage a gravel van and not an off-roader or 4×4, because most tend to be fairly heavy. I also assume you have discounted a single cab bakkie with a rooftop tent. That leaves the ‘gravel’ vans, and the 2- and 3-bed versions are fairly light, i.e. from 800kg to 1 100kg GVM, but offered types/models are fairly scarce compared to the other above-mentioned types. You must have a towing…

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