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Go! Drive & Camp April 2019

A 132-page lifestyle magazine for campers, caravan and 4x4 enthusiasts and adventure travellers.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Media 24 Ltd
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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the fairest cape

According to the latest statistics available online, more than 1,7 million tourists visit the Western Cape every year. That’s an astonishing number of people who book more than 23 million bed nights and spend around R6 billion in the province. Considering what the Western Cape offers to tourists, however, it’s no surprise that so many of them flock to that province. Think about it; even Francis Drake, the famous seafarer and explorer of yore, described it as the fairest Cape that he had seen in the whole wide world. And who are we to argue with Sir Francis? From the West Coast to the Garden Route, from the Great and Klein Karoo to Cape Agulhas, and from the Cederberg to Table Mountain, few regions are so diverse and so spectacularly beautiful. It’s…

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winning letter

Johan and Petra win a cooler bag worth R220. Whether you’re a camper, fisherman, or sports fan next to a cricket pitch; this cooler bag has room for a lunch box and a 1,5 ℓ cool drink bottle. The lid also has space for a coffee flask. The interior is lined witrh PVC, which makes it easy to keep this bag clean and hygienic. The bag has a short strap that reaches over the top and attaches with a Velcro strip, and also a longer shoulder strap if you’re going to carry it over longer distances. It’s an ideal picnic accessory or padkos bag.winkel.weg.co.za…

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letters

100 000 KM, NOT (QUITE) OUT I refer to the article “Stay gold, Ponyboy” in the February 2019 issue in which Piet and Hannetjie Dunn recount how they travelled with their 1974 Jurgens 580 B Deluxe caravan. It is an achievement indeed. My wife Petra and I have a similar story. On 28 January 1974 we bought a Ford F100 bakkie and on 11 November of the same year we purchased a Jurgens 600 A Elegant caravan. We bought the caravan from a Jurgens dealer in Welkom and still have it today, even though it’s mostly in storage. Since then we have, however, switched towing vehicles. We first put a Ford Fairmont GT engine into the F100 and it improved the vehicle in many ways. Then we towed with a 3 ℓ model…

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the call of the dirt road!

Dirt roads are simply the best roads for your off-roader. Where’s your favourite? Christine Ferreira We love Die Hel, the Baviaanskloof, the Kgalagadi and the south of Namibia. Andre Kulu Cruywagen I always look forward to driving the Swartberg Pass. And then of course Die Hel, too. Leonie van der Westhuizen Nothing beats the two-track roads in Botswana. Gerhardt Nieuwoudt The road from Khutse to Xade in the Central Kalahari makes me very happy and satisfied. Follow @wegrysleep on Instagram and mark your photos with #wegrysleep, and we might repost them on our stream or feature them here. Dot Els Chalmers The road between Opuwo and the Epupa waterfall in Namibia holds a special attraction for us. Diana Henrico The Cederberg area is our best. I can’t wait for our next camping trip there. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD If you’re in the market for…

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a weighty matter

A couple of days ago I got a call from a dealer asking for assistance with a customer’s vehicle that had a bit of a weight issue. The customer had recently bought a double-cab bakkie with a camper unit mounted on the rear. Once packed and ready to hit the road on an overland trip, there was an issue with the rear suspension. It was an obvious weight problem with his camper setup. “Massively heavy springs may be able to carry the load, but this would put undue stress on other components, such as the chassis mounting points, axle load limits and braking system.” After looking at a picture of this setup, I elected to decline any involvement in this issue. The camper unit was quoted as being around 600 kg by…

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don’t fall for rankings

Sometimes I wonder if people who compile lists that rank camping sites do their homework at all. It is often clear to me that the people who compile these rankings have never once visited the campsites. This, however, does not prevent them from using terms such as value for money, clean and neat, rustic, elegant and whatever else they commit to words. Recently, someone published a list of the 50 “best” family-friendly campsites on a well-known website. This list is based on comments made by people on the websites of these campsites. “I get the impression there are many bored people lurking about on the Internet who love to write nonsense.” To use the comments made on campsites’ official websites for this purpose is a dangerous game because it is something that can…

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