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May 2019

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.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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ed’s letter

The adventurers who tell their stories in the pages of this magazine have done extraordinary things. To skip the humdrum routine of ordinary life and pursue a vision takes both courage and planning. It’s true that 4x4 feats might not match the achievements of such local heroes as Chris Bertish, who supped across the Atlantic, Riaan Manser, who has kayaked and cycled all around this continent, or Peter van Kets, who keeps racking up human-powered endurance milestones in exotic places.Wheeled pursuits give you a little more time to contemplate; and you don’t have to be a super-fit athlete to get your fill of adventure. Johan Louw and his 1954 Series 1 Land Rover.You also don’t need to have a fat wallet or masses of gear, which is precisely what…

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sa4x4

EDITOR Angus Boswell angus@sa4x4.co.za JOURNALISTS Andrew Middleton andrew@sa4x4.co.za Mikail Baker micky@caravansa.co.za DESIGN Hayley Davis, Claire Barwick SUB-EDITOR Denise Rossouw CONTRIBUTORS Paul Donovan, Lorraine Doyle, Ernst Hegenbarth, Andre du Rand, Stuart Reichardt, Simon Steadman Johan Louw SUBSCRIPTIONS Cindy Thomson subs@sa4x4.co.za 021 702 4200 AD SALES GAUTENG SALES Anton Willemse anton@sa4x4.co.za 082 775 2926Angela Devenish angela@caravansa.co.za 084 408 9120 WESTERN CAPE SALES Spencer Manuel spencer@sa4x4.co.za 082 351 2554 KZN SALES Brian Jefferies brian@sa4x4.co.za 082 772 5555 TRAFFIC MANAGER Denise Reid-Daly traffic@caravansa.co.za 021 702 4200 GROUP PUBLISHER Godfrey Castle PRINT AND PRODUCTION K.C Publications…

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write in & win!

The winning letter this month from Frank Versteegh wins him a Deluxe Hard Arm Chair, retail value R1095, from Ironman 4x4. This camping essential is sized for comfort, and uses a tough steel frame combined with a durable, but soft, seat material, but is also lightweight and easy to carry. Locking tabs ensure that it stays properly open or closed. …

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forum

FROM OOSTERBEEK TO THE KALAHARI The first time that I came to Africa from the Netherlands was in 1985. I immediately fell in love with what I call the “Chaos of Africa”. This is a continent where you can solve almost any problem with a big smile.At the end of last year, during the European winter, I spent a lovely three months travelling on my own from South Africa via Botswana and through Namibia back to Cape Town, during which I visited the most fantastic places and met awesome people. Just before I flew back in March, a friend invited me to join him on a 10-day 4x4 trip to the Kalahari. He didn’t need to twist my arm…It took me half a day to make up my mind…

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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 editor@sa4x4.co.za. 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…

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the wild guide the chacma baboon

With its coarse dark fur, and long ‘hangdog’ face the Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) is an easily recognisable bushveld inhabitant. Less well known is the origin of its name. The word “chacma” is derived from the Khoikhoi name for baboon, choa kamma, possibly onomatopoeic for their barking call; whilst the word baboon is derived from the French babouin, a name given to them by French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (Whew! No wonder he is referred to only as Buffon in most literature!). Modern baboons evolved as a distinct lineage prior to 2.5 mya. However, only with the advent of mitochondrial DNA testing was it revealed that approximately 1.5 mya a deep split arose in the Chacma lineages; resulting in the northern (Chacma ursinus griseipes) and the southern…

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