Travel & Outdoor
Go! Drive & Camp

Go! Drive & Camp July 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.
the great escape

‘I don’t need therapy – I just need to go camping!’ You’ve probably also seen this meme online while browsing social media. It’s been popping up onto my screen quite often lately and it’s clear that more and more people are feeling this way. It also seems as all that’s on a Facebook group wants to know when we’ll be allowed to go camping again. Much has been said and written about the effect of lockdown on your state of mind. I’m not a psychologist or a psychiatrist, but I think it’s safe to say the effects on people’s mental health aren’t good. When you consider it, that meme about therapy and camping is actually pretty deep. Essayist John Burroughs, a major driver in the creation of nature conservation in America, once…

1 min.
winning letter

Mias and Bessie 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 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.
a ray of light in our driveway

Mist was hanging over Secunda when we got up at 7:00. Another miserable lockdown day, I thought as I looked out the window. The mist made me even more morbid. Hopefully the sun would come out soon. Shortly before the lockdown, we spent a month at the Dube Reserve with my brother André and sister, Elna Janse van Vuuren, who came all the way from the Netherlands. It was lovely in the reserve and a special experience for Elna. She couldn’t believe that you could stand a mere 10 metres from a giraffe. The month flew by, of course, and we got back home in time for Elna to make arrangements so she could get home before lockdown. Our planned holiday at the sea in the Cape had to be cancelled and…

4 min.
the sounds of silence

Morning splash Every morning Dirk Crafford of Kleinmond makes sure he gets in his walk and he’s always ready to capture the dawn sun. “My wife Nadia and I have been walking 6 km every morning since the start of lockdown. I saw this body of flat water on our road and asked Nadia to throw a stone into it. I had my phone ready to take a picture as the stone hit the water. You can’t, of course, predict exactly how your photo will turn out. I took just one shot.” Even though it may sound as though Dirk got lucky with this photograph, much thinking went into it, too – Dirk says he had tried to take this kind of photo before and was therefore a little more experienced this time…

1 min.
send us your pictures

and we might publish them here. We’re not looking for traditional “prize winners”, just regular pics. Think of the type of pic you’d use as your Facebook cover photo; or something charming, such as kids warming their hands over a campfire. Whether the pic was taken with an expensive DSLR camera or a cellphone, if it’s good enough for your photo album it’s good enough for us. Dirk Crafford wins a Drive & Camp camera bag worth R520 – congratulations! Send your photos and contact details to leon.botha@media24.com…

5 min.
light at the end of the tunnel

As with other businesses, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have hit caravan manufacturers hard, but Conqueror’s Philip de Vries says he believes the local caravan market should recover quickly. Before level 3 went into effect, Conqueror was only allowed to have half its factory staff on site to keep production going. And, because of the curfew, they couldn’t even consider working shifts for increased production. The good news is that the vast majority of local caravan manufacturers – including Conqueror – were able to retain all their staff. Lockdown discontinued all exports. It’s a big blow to a manufacturer like Conqueror, who exports to Australia, America and Europe. They didn’t stop the production of export caravans and Philip says they also had to handle local orders as he had almost no…