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Leisure Wheels November 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.

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20. and counting…

THIS year Leisure Wheels celebrates its 20th birthday.It all started in 1998 with the all-new Mercedes-Benz ML, a vision that the sports utility vehicle (SUV) market was about to bloom, and a passion for travel and adventure.Today, the magazine is still managing to hold its own, growing on all fronts.There has been a marked shift away from normal passenger vehicles to crossovers, SUVs and double cab bakkies, which is a good thing for a niche magazine like ours, of course. It’s certainly a vision realised.This milestone offered an opportunity to reminisce about how media has changed so dramatically over the last two decades.Back in the late ’90s, digital cameras were still a pipedream, and the few that were around cost an arm and a leg. So we used high quality…

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We welcome your viewsEmail 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.WINNING LETTERCongratulations! Your letter wins you a Little Luxury Vitality mini water cooler. We will be in contact to arrange delivery of your prize.PRIUS WATT’S THE STORY?With the motoring world seemingly moving towards alternative propulsion like hybrid, plug-in and electric drivetrains, I thought it was maybe time for a mindshift in my own motoring buying ways.I’ve been looking at various smaller hybrid options, some listed in your Buying Used Guide in the October issue. I’m a Toyota fan, and the Prius has been around the longest of the lot, so it’s clearly a well-proven package.It was interesting to note the…

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

We’re driving down the West Coast in a fleet of Ford Everest and Ranger 4×4s this week to spot some flowers. Not a bad way to spend a week. #flowerspotting #Ranger #EverestKeep up to date with news, videos, photos and articles, with Leisure Wheels onlineLike our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LeisureWheels | Follow us on Twitter: @LeisureWheelsZA | Web: www.leisurewheels.co.zaHoffie Hoffman: Alas you left it a little late. But the West Coast is not only about flowers, so enjoy!Leisure Wheels @ Hoffie: Yes, the flowers were a bit earlier than usual Hoffie. And then the snow and freezing temperatures in Leliefontein and Karas, where there were actually some flowers, ensured that the poor flowers did not rise to the occasion, and remained very non-blossoming! The rest of the West Coast was amazing,…

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the price of a tiger

Johan Badenhorst is probably South Africa’s best-known overlander, with his amazing adventures televised on SABC2. He also knows a lot about patience – probably the best attribute if you plan on travelling the African continent.Johan with a tigerfish he caught in Zambia. The fish was released shortly afterwards.To catch a tiger in Africa is something special. I am obviously not referring to panthera tigres, largest of the cat species; they are only to be found in Asia. I refer to the fish, belonging to the family alestidae. To do so may be difficult and expensive, especially if you hunt for the big ones. Recently, Streicher and I made a trip up the Zambezi to look for a couple of decent size tigers. It became a costly affair.When I speak of…

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rebel (with a few causes)

Reghard Roets is one of SA’s top racing drivers and the reigning production class Simola Hill Climb champion. He also races inflatable boats at ludicrous speeds on the ocean. He is the quintessential adrenaline junkie, he lives his life by the motto ‘when in doubt go flat out’. He’s also the only person we know who can drift… a front-wheeldrive Audi (yep, seen with our own eyes).Teenager Reghard Roets learning the finer art of motor racing, with his famous movie director dad Koos Roets in the background.Reghard Roets grew up on a farm in Hartbeespoort Dam, spending many hours in the bush with his dogs. The petrol that courses through his veins hails from his dad, famous movie director Koos Roets.Young Reghard spent many weekends next to racetracks and at…

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africa’s ferry crossings

Kingsley Holgate is South Africa’s most famous adventurer, a renowned humanitarian and author. The 71-year-old founded the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, which aims to “save and improve lives through adventure”. He has handed out thousands of mosquito nets to help save people from malaria and more recently, provided people who are sight-impaired with glasses. Although he’s driven other brands over the years, he now won’t drive anything but a Land Rover. Mind you, the All New Discovery is rather comfy.Kingsley staring into tomorrow on the Ma Robert barge, during the Zambezi River expedition.We’re still on the Cape Town to Kathmandu Land Rover expedition and sitting around the camp fire near Quionga in Mozambique’s far northern province of Cabo Delgado, we get to discussing tomorrow’s Rovuma River ferry crossing.Ross has made contact…