Cars & Motorcycles
Leisure Wheels

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.

South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
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in this issue

3 min.
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…

7 min.

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. WINNING LETTER Congratulations! 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…

1 min.
here are some of your thoughts, 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 Hoffie 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, too… especially Noup! Hoffie @ Leisure Wheels: And you probably found that close to the coast the flowers last longer, particularly succulents. The ‘route’ (4×4 only) along the coast from Brand se…

5 min.
the price of a tiger

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 an expensive journey, I do not imply anything about the lodge and guide fees. Those fees, we knew, were going to be in dollars (US, not Namibian or Zim) and we knew what we were in for before we set off. The problem was that the real…

6 min.
rebel (with a few causes)

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 airshows sharing in his dad’s passion. He discovered the thrill of the internal combustion engine racing round the farm on an off-road bike where a whole new exciting world opened up. The family later moved to Linden in Johannesburg where Reghard says he miraculously managed to finish matric at his first attempt, despite spending way too many hours fiddling with engines and racing cars. His dad sent him into the big wide world to learn about life and racing the hard way. His first job was working on…

6 min.
africa’s ferry crossings

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 with Gaston, the ferry captain who lives on the Tanzanian side of the river; seems we’ll have to be up at dawn to tackle the buggered track down to the police post to book out of Moz in time to make the ferry on the incoming tide. Gaston has warned us that if we miss the tide there’ll be no crossing and so with nyama sizzling on the coals and refills of our dented enamel mugs, we get to reminiscing about the many crazy challenges of river crossings in Africa and the…