Adventure Afrika Issue 13 (Nov 2021)

Adventure Afrika: a new, exciting and diverse magazine title which will be printed alongside an Afrikaans offering – Avontuur Afrika. Aimed at outdoor and adventure enthusiasts, Adventure-Avontuur Afrika will bring your dream trips to life with engaging content, packaged within multiple platforms to accommodate and cater to our audience preference. The core content pillars being entertainment, education and awareness; the content promises to push boundaries and showcase a world of adventure to print and digital audiences alike.

South Africa
MNA Media
R 30
R 300
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min

The typical business presentation is not guaranteed to light your fire. But occasionally one will throw up a spark that gets you thinking. This was the case the other day when 4x4 Mega World’s CEO, Deon Venter, said a few words at the announcement of a joint venture with Tyrelife, local distributors of the Mickey Thompson and Cooper Tires brands. This was at the swanky new premises in Paarden Eiland in Cape Town, which has now added tyre fitment, balancing and alignment to its retail offering, using state-of-the-art equipment. It’s now effectively a one-stop shop, dedicated to all things 4x4, outdoor and overlanding. Deon told us how 4x4 Mega World had grown to 32 outlets over its 25 years in operation, selling quality equipment and becoming the biggest distributor outside Australia for…

3 min
over to>> you!

BRAIN POWER Identify the Mountain Passes and routes in southern Africa in the block below. The words can appear horizontal, vertical or diagonal and can be in any direction. Diaeresis and circumflex are not used. *The “pass” is taken out to spare some space. ABEL ERASMUS BAVIAANSKLOOF BURGERS CHAPMANSPIEK CUNDYCLEUGH GRAY HORNS LAINGSNEK MEIRINGSPOORT MOORDENAARSNEK ABEL ERASMUS BAVIAANSKLOOF BURGERS CHAPMANSPIEK CUNDYCLEUGH GRAY HORNS LAINGSNEK MEIRINGSPOORT MOORDENAARSNEK OLIVIERSHOEK SABANA SMUTS SWARTBERG TRADOUW VAN REENENS APE BOMA BURKE CHUNIESPOORT DE BEERS GROOTRIVIER IKHUPE LONG TOM MESSELPAD NONESIS OU KLOOF SANI SPEKTAKEL SWARTMODDERFONTEIN UITKYK WENEN BAILEY BOSNEK CALA ECCA JACK MAGOEBASKLOOF MOLTENO NORMANDIEN PAKHUIS SATANSNEK STORMSRIVIER UNIONDALEPOORT WILDEPERDEHOEK BAINS BOTHAS CATS CLOETES GAMKA GYDO JOUBERTS MONTAGU PIEKENIERS SHAWS TARKA BASTERSNEK BOTTERKLOOF CEDERBERG COLLINGS GANNAGA HELSHOOGTE KOO MASHAI MONTROSE OLIFANT PRIESKA SIR LOWRY STUDER TINTWA US You ask – we answer Do you really need a snorkel? I am considering a snorkel for my 4x4. As far as I can tell, it appears to be a relatively affordable modification when compared to other off-road accessories. However, I’m not completely sold on the benefits, especially when so many people are unsure about whether or not a snorkel is even necessary. Apart from the “it looks badass” argument, is a snorkel a worthwhile investment? – Leon Groenewald We asked Deon Venter from…

2 min
letter to the editor

Manie van der Merwe writes: First off, I’d like to congratulate you on your first year in the industry – what an amazing achievement in an industry many people are neglecting. Thank you for taking the time to find adventures and share them with us – it allows us dreamers to travel with you. When reading through a couple of your back issues recently, I spotted the article by George and Marlene van Deventer titled “Magical Malawi”, and memories of my very own Malawi trip came flooding back. When my brother-and-law, Chris van der Spuy, and I dreamed up and planned our Malawi moment way back 1990, travel information was not as readily available as it is today. In fact, Malawi was very much uncharted territory for South African overlanders. Since a challenge…

8 min
making headlines

Giving wild dogs a chance South Africa’s Kruger National Park is home to a number of endangered species, including the most vulnerable African wild dog. The park has the largest contiguous population of wild dogs in South Africa, but elsewhere this important species is threatened by habitat loss and population fragmentation. These fragmented groups are in turn more vulnerable to a variety of attacks, as well as disease This is where the Ford Wildlife Foundation has stepped in, donating Ford Rangers to provide support to 27 ecological protection initiatives which are part of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation programme. “Without the Ford Ranger much of the work we do would not be possible because wild dogs roam in large remote areas,” explains Grant Beverley, senior field officer in the Kruger for the…

5 min
gear & gadgets

Brawn and beauty Opposite Lock now stocks the Piak brand of Australian 4x4 accessories and body armour, of which the Elite No Loop Bar is one of the quality offerings. The slimline design blends neatly with the flowing frontal lines of most modern 4x4s. It is also offered with loops for added headlight and bonnet protection. Made from high strength, low corrosion steel and finished in a hard-wearing matte black powder coat, this rigid bullbar features a split front panel to ensure optimum engine airflow, and can also accommodate OE front parking sensors. It is winch-ready and standard spec includes fog lights and twin high-lift jacking points. Piak bullbars are available for a range of popular bakkie and SUV brands sold locally, and carry a two-year warranty. *Available from Opposite Lock:…

14 min
free to roam - the karingani story

When myself and two colleagues from Ironman 4x4 Africa accepted an invitation from conservation marvel, Michelle Pengilly, to join her on an expedition through the southern parts of Mozambique, we expected something inspirational and exciting. And oh my, did she deliver! I do realise that calling her a marvel is a very bold statement, but please allow me to explain why she is a hero in the modern world of conservation. Michelle made the bold move of abandoning a successful career in banking to pursue the promise of freedom and fresh air in Africa. After a few years spent as a guide, she realised that her calling was even bigger, and that she wanted to actively contribute to the preservation of the natural world. Her husband, Grant, felt the same way,…