Travel & Outdoor
Go! Drive & Camp

Go! Drive & Camp June 2020

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

South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
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R 252
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
i miss everyone

“My daughter says the first thing she wants to do after lockdown ends is to go camping at that place with the heated pool” It’s easy to start imagining things when you’re trapped at home for weeks while the government tries to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. When we were first instructed to work from home, my wife (also a journalist) and I settled in at the dining room table. For the next day or two, we would tell each other every now and again how lovely it was to work together like this. That harmony was to be short-lived. I started noticing how she responds out loud to anyone who sends her an email. “Yes, I’ve known about this since yesterday. I just haven’t had time to follow up on it yet.”…

1 min.
winning letter

Henry wins 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 luch box and a 1,5 ℓ cool drink bottle. The lid also has space for a coffee flask. The interior is lined with PVC, which makes it easy to keep this bag clean and hygenic. 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 a padkos bag for a road trip. winkel.weg.co.za…

4 min.

The good and bad about Namibia At the beginning of October 2019, my wife, Marianne, and I passed through the Alexander Bay/Oranjemund border post for an extended Namibian tour. We drive a Ford Ranger and tow a Skipper Oyster caravan. The border crossing was effortless and we were through within 15 minutes. Our first overnight stop was Shark Island and we travelled via Rosh Pinah to Lüderitz. The road is now tarred all the way and you don’t need a permit like in the old days. The scenery is still spectacular but different due to mining activities in some sections of this area that has removed the topsoil to find diamonds. We took a beating with the wind on Shark Island, but we accepted it as part of the experience. It was the…

4 min.
panoramic memories

Echoes of above Samsung A3 When the opportunity presents itself, she seeks out the peacefulness of the Eastern Free State, says Jolanda Grobler from Kriel. “My mother, Stienie Grobler, and I went on a three-day trip in March and popped in at the Kiara Lodge between Clarens and Golden Gate. We decided to explore the place and walked to their dam. It was late afternoon and I captured this beautiful scene in front of us.” It is certainly a beautiful scene, and the water is like a mirror on such a wind-free day. The photo doesn’t have a specific focal point, but all the finer detail is captured on the centre horizontal line. The blue-grey clouds don’t make the picture any more interesting, and the same goes for a third of the lawn in…

3 min.
manufacturers put their shoulders to the wheel

Despite enormous financial losses due to the national lockdown, vehicle manufacturers in South Africa voluntarily joined the fight to help get us through the COVID-19 pandemic. Nissan South Africa provided 12 vehicles to the University of the Witwatersrand so that health workers could visit the communities of Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa, Winterveldt, Hammanskraal and a number of others north of Gauteng to test for the virus. Ford gave a monetary contribution to the Gift of the Givers Foundation and produced 57 000 plastic face shields in its Silverton plant, all donated to essential service providers. Ford and its subcontractors hope to provide half-a-million face shields in an effort to slow the spread of the virus until an effective vaccine is found. Peugeot-Citroën South Africa, as well as Ford, made several vehicles available so that…

1 min.
bobo helps to stall the virus

Bobo Campers, one of the largest local motorhome rental agencies, had to suspend business because of the COVID-19 restrictions. But Tim Bouwers, who runs the company, has turned that challenge into a helping hand. Camper Rescue, a new division of Bobo, is registered as an essential service. The company can now use its fleet to help slow down the pandemic. Tim explains that their motorhomes can be used as transport vehicles and serve as temporary accommodation for healthcare workers: they have bathrooms, kitchens and sleeping spaces, after all. Bobo has already made available 12 of their units in Namibia to the health authority free of charge, so that staff do not have to commute daily. Bobo has three models available to rent (with space for two to six people to sleep): the Discoverer…