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Leisure Wheels July 2018

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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12 Issues


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the bad. and the good.

So there we were, stopped at a red traffic light, in between several other vehicles all waiting for the light to turn green. The next moment… bang! A vehicle drove into us! The same vehicle that was stopped behind us just a few seconds before, also waiting for the light to turn green. What the heck? It was a well-used Nissan X-Trail, which had – thankfully – managed to hit the tow bar on our vehicle first, destroying the Nissan’s radiator. But there was still significant damage to our vehicle’s bumper. Right… deep breaths. Get the name and details of the idiot driver who, for some unexplained reason, decided to take off while all the cars around him were stopped. But he refused to hand over any information. More deep breaths. A medic…

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enough already about van zyl’s pass

We welcome your views 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. Congratulations! Your letter wins you a Little Luxury Vitality mini water cooler. We will be in contact to arrange delivery of your prize. Dear Leisure Wheels, I have read the Kaokoveld article (Retracing Kaokoveld, May 2018 issue,) and as a proud, home-grown third-generation Namibian, I am not amused by what is published about a spectacular part of Namibia by a so-called ‘experienced’ overland/4×4 traveller. The driver’s senses were working “overtime” in the Hoanib but his decisions “where to travel are not based on doom-mongers”. If that little bit of sand was so stressful, how will he manage the oh-so-famous Van Zyl’s Pass? Probably…

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here are some of your thoughts, shared on our facebook page.

According to recent news reports, the police in Mpumalanga are clamping down on LED light bars. Over the weekend, many vehicle owners were fined and, in certain cases, light bars were confiscated. Where do you stand on the LED debate? Should you be able to fit them legally, or are they a hazard to other road users? (Pictured is our ex-long-term Jimny, fitted with an LED light bar.) Mike Ruger: I have an LED light bar between my headlights. It has an independent switch and is only used in the bush and off-road at night (obviously). I am having a shade-cloth cover made that must be removed when I use it. I don’t see how it can still be illegal. If I am pulled over and fined then I am well within…

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good traffic cop. horrible traffic cop.

The first time I became aware of them was about 30km north of Lindi on the Tanzanian coast. I was on my way to Dar es Salaam from South Africa and took the Mozambique route to avoid the border crossings at Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. But they got me: the Tanzanian Traffic Police. If they stop you and, even before greeting, demand your driver’s licence, you know you’re in trouble. All went well on the route north. In Mozambique I abide by the speed limits in every town. In the past I have had several run-ins with traffic officials. This happened especially for exceeding the speed limit in areas just outside the towns and villages, or at places where the speed limit is ‘uncertain’ for the traveller. Not this time. When…

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the strong man

Ross Holgate lives the life most people can just dream about. Travelling through Africa with his dad Kingsley and his wife Anna, on countless humanitarian missions. But where did it all start? And where is it all heading? Ross tells us more. When did you first start to drive, and what was your first car? Or bike? I started to drive in a Series I Land Rover when I was about eight years old. Dad used to take me to the beach at low tide, engage low-ratio, push the windscreen down and place a block of wood on the accelerator. The only advice he’d give was: “When in doubt or when you feel the vehicle getting stuck, head as close to the sea as possible and find the hard sand.” He would…

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crazy landy adventures between the covers of a book

A Love Affair with a Continent. That’s the name of my upcoming book. A book (I hope) will become a bit of a collector’s item for travellers in Africa. We’re racing to launch it on 18 July, the centenary of Madiba’s birthday. It’s dedicated to Mashozi, my late wife. As a family, with Ross our son and a great bunch of adventurers, we travelled Africa for over 40 years and she became the most travelled woman in Africa. Five years in the making, this self-published, 450-page book has great imagery and in colourful chapters, tells the stories of our expeditions to embrace every country in Africa, including all of her island states. But fear not: we don’t take ourselves too seriously and the opening of the book carries a handwritten note (see…