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Leisure Wheels March 2019

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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never stop exploring

AS our lives become busier and we continue to fight the pressures of a struggling economy, micro adventures offer a realistic escape to the wilderness, simplicity and the great outdoors. The term ‘micro adventures’ was coined by British adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys and is defined as an overnight adventure that is small and achievable for normal people with real lives. Micro adventures are short, simple, local, cheap (yet still fun), exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding. Many people are tied down with 9–5 jobs but this concept challenges them to use the remainder of their time doing something different and exciting. These adventures can be as simple as an overnight campout or full moon hike. Some of the trips in Leisure Wheels are extended voyages that require a lot of time and money.…

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bringing back memories

WINNING LETTER Congratulations! Your letter wins you a Little Luxury Luxpure filter unit. We will be in contact to arrange delivery of your prize. I read your article on the legendary Roger McCleery in the January 2019 issue with a healthy dose of nostalgia and fond memories of an early chapter in my life that started by chance on a race day in the early ’80s in the commentary tower of the old Kyalami. A new colleague at the publishing house I was working at the time came from the technical side of a radio station and, after realising my petrolhead tendencies, invited me to tag along on the next race day. He was freelancing for the station and had access to the pits and control tower. He introduced me to the officials…

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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 Check out the #Suzuki #Jimny Black Bison Edition. Cool, or slightly over the top? Nhlabathi Nhlanhla: Defender and G-Wagon had a baby. Sean Fenwick: If you fit a turbo 1.5 or better engine to turn the wheels over, it will be just right. Andre J Els: WOW! Johan Kriek: Nice! And bolt on the biggest turbo one can find… Leisure Wheels @ Johan: Take it up to 170kW. Ben Visagie: Cool for sure. Eugene C Fredericks: I like it a lot. Phuti Khomotso Ratshabedi: Baby Jeep looking all good. Edgar Hibbert: Does it come with a V8? Leisure Wheels @ Edgar: Nope. Standard 1.5-litre engine. It’s official, folks #Volkswagen and #Ford are teaming up…

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coming home

Voetspore has, over the past two decades, used South Africa mostly as a point of departure, or as a place to come home to. One of the best endings we ever had to an journey was when we arrived at Sendelings-drift in 2009 after travelling all the way from Casablanca down the west coast of Africa. About 120 people in 50 4×4s were waiting on the banks of the Orange River. It was good to be back home again. Now we decided, with the next expedition, not to depart or arrive only in South Africa, but to do the entire journey in Mzansi. Voetspore South Africa starts in July 2019. We will go off the beaten track. We will explore inside the borders of our country. We are looking for the…

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been there, won that

The list of Alfie Cox victories is long and distinguished. Locally he won the Roof of Africa nine times along with multiple South African Enduro and off-road championships as a precursor to many international victories. He was the first winner of the very tough Erzberg Rodeo and completed numerous Dakar Rallys with a number of stage wins. He now runs a very successful KTM dealership with his family. IN A (FAVOURITE) NUTSHELL: Food: Meat and vegetables Movie: Not really into movies but I enjoy crime and detective shows on TV Singer: Freddy Mercury Hates: When things are untidy Place on Earth: Erzberg, Austria Holiday: Mauritius with my family Where did your love for motorcycles and racing start? When I was in school, my parents ran a taxi business so there wasn’t really any money…

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the land of bravery and hospitality

Rudyard Kipling immortalised one of Pakistan’s landmarks in 1890 with the line “When springtime flushes the desert grass, our kafilas wind through the Khyber Pass”. So up early, we head for the melancholy grandeur of this 56km road that cuts through the rugged Hindu Kush (Hindu: killer) mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan. For more than 2 500 years, the Khyber Pass was a vital gateway between Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Vast armies and emperors including the likes of Alexander the Great, Genghis Kahn and Queen Victoria’s British Regiments tried – and mostly failed – to secure the Pass from the feared and fiercely brave local Pathan; these fine, aquiline-faced tribesmen with piercing eyes refused for centuries to be dominated by invading armies. In the 1980s, the Khyber Pass became a…