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Leisure Wheels April 2017

Leisure Wheels explores the exciting world of adventure motoring off the beaten track with an emphasis on breathtaking Southern African destinations. It’s the country’s leading magazine for those who love overland adventures, caravanning, camping, 4x4 and the great outdoors.

South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
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from landy. with love. or not.

THERE I was, stranded next to the road. Deziree, the 1971 Land Rover, had died on the way to our office. Thankfully I’d made it to the pavement. Being stuck in the middle of a busy road would have been less socially pleasing. So there we were, the dead Land Rover and I. I opened the bonnet, stared at the engine, fiddled a bit and tried to start the engine. No sign of life. So I stared some more, swore a bit, tried to start it again but curiously, still no life. I swore some more. Then I took out the phone and called in the cavalry. While I was waiting for the help to arrive, I started watching the reactions of other motorists as they drove past a classic, but dead,…

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winning letter

Email your views to editorial@leisurewheels.com or submit them via our Facebook page or the website at www.leisurewheels.co.za. Please supply your postal address, in case you win a prize. We welcome your views KUDOS TO JANNIE I must say that your magazine is really looking good and is a great read. I always look forward to enjoying it undisturbed on one of my flights. The Kalahari Tough Test article in the January issue brought back some memories of another great Leisure Wheels adventure trip. You guys sure know how to pick the destinations and put together an awesome adventure. After reading Jannie’s farewell piece I felt somewhat sad as he comes to the end of an amazing career, but also privileged to have been able to work with and get to know him over the years. I…

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shared on our facebook page.

Keep up to date with news, videos, photos and articles, with Leisure Wheels online Like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LeisureWheels | Follow us on Twitter: @LeisureWheelsZA | Web: www.leisurewheels.co.za What should you do when you are faced with a flooding road or low-water bridge? Here are some answers and video of a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado trying unsuccessfully to cross a flooding road. Benjamin Jones Best 4x4 tip I ever learnt? If you can’t walk it, don’t drive it. Charles Duckitt You make a camp, stand, make a fire and braai until it is safe. Michael Henry If he’d kept on driving he would have made it. Stupid driver, there’s nothing wrong with the car. Lawrence Tinacho This driver panicked. Never slow down when crossing running water. I once drove through more than 50cm with ease, but…

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the legend lives

A GPS navigation unit is an essential piece of equipment for any off-roader. Those who claim they travel without one are probably the same guys who brag about the fact that they did most of an off-road trail without engaging 4x4. It’s just plain stupid The introduction of GPS units for leisure use about 20 years ago made a huge difference to the way we travelled. During our first Voetspore expedition, I used a Magellan. It was a very basic unit, but those were the early stages of the GPS for the leisure market. The Magellan simply marked your route with very basic information regarding your location. For our next trip, we switched to Garmin. This early version was also uncomplicated and offered a minimum of information. In 2004, I received a wonderful…

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the lion man

Flip Stander’s working day is very different to most people. He normally catches up on sleep during the day, and works at night. And when we mean work, he tracks lion in the wild Namibian Skeleton Coast. Besides a few close calls with some of the more aggressive big cats, Stander’s big challenge is changing people’s perceptions and fears about the animal. Thing is, the desert lion population, which numbers about 150, is under threat, mostly from humans. Senseless killings of these animals have complicated his work immensely, but the eccentric researcher refuses to give up on his mission. And to think it all began decades ago when he saw a lion feed on a seal carcass. We spoke to the legendary conservationist. In what car did you learn to drive, and what…

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renoster koffie and a trip to south sudan

I throw another piece of twisted hardwood onto the fire. The sparks disappear into the starlit sky. In the distance, there’s the cry of a black-backed jackal and the hysterical cackle of a hyena. A goat potjie bubbles in the old three-legged cast-iron pot, next to the soot-blackened camp kettle. The roar of a Simba has everyone instinctively moving their old camp chairs closer to the fire. The tents form a circle around us and you can pick out the shapes of the overloaded Landies in the firelight. No cellphone signal here and, as the steam rises from enamel mugs of Renoster koffie, it’s time to share stories of adventure. “See what’s happening to South Sudan?” says Ross Holgate, using his cap to lift the hot kettle off the fire. He’s referring…