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Leisure Wheels August 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.

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in this issue

3 min
defending the defender

WHO are the biggest critics when a new iPhone, Porsche 911 or Land Rover Defender is launched? Most often it is the owners and fans because they are the ones who made these icons iconic. That is the trouble Land Rover faces as it prepares to launch a new Defender at the end of this year. Defender fans are a special bunch of people… and they are upset. Many manufacturers have tried to reinvent their iconic brands and some have been successful. The new Volkswagen Beetle was not a runaway success but others – like the modern Mini and Fiat 500 – have become popular. But what many don’t realise is that these vehicles have become popular with a new audience. I bet few current Mini or Fiat 500 owners ever owned or…

5 min
lesotho memories

Thank you so much for allowing Alex to share his incredible story on How to shoot a real Basotho (June issue). I hope it inspires everyone travelling to Lesotho. The story brings back many childhood memories. I grew up in Mokhotlong and tourists were a huge part of our lives, then. I remember in the early ’80s when my American volunteer teacher told me she saw my village in a magazine/newspaper in Hawaii; some skinny girls smiling. I went home excited to tell my mom that American kids had seen my picture on a magazine and maybe one day those people would invite me to go and see their kids. Looking back now, I so wish I knew what story accompanied those pictures. Was it a story of a poor village…

1 min
leaded vs unleaded

I am the proud owner of a 2018 Honda HR-V. It is a superb vehicle. A comparative test in your mag would be an enjoyable read. This test could include some competitors such as the Hyundai Creta or Kona, Opel Mokka and Peugeot 2008. As I have explored a few of the game reserves in the Northern Zululand area, I feel the little HR-V handles gravel and sandy roads rather well. What are the chances of doing a road trip with vehicles like these? In a modern car, like the HR-V, what would the effects be if one happened to run it on LRP petrol? Would this damage the engine at all? An acquaintance of mine, on occasion, adds some two-stroke oil to his petrol. Is this okay, or could this also lead to…

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 FCA and Renault are considering a merger. The result would be one of the largest manufacturers in the world. Imagine the products that might come out of this merger. Johan Kriek: Yep, as someone who works with used vehicles, I prefer to stay clear of anything from Fiat Chrysler or Renault origins. Apart from the new Jeep Wrangler, it is so well thought through, you have to appreciate and love its capabilities and features. Wian Vermeulen @ Johan Kriek: there’s nothing wrong with Renault Dusters. There is a reason why there are so many on the roads. Johan Kriek: I overlooked the Duster, my bad. Marius Botha: Mergers are the future to…

6 min
khaudum: game park of contrasts

Visiting real wilderness areas in Southern Africa becomes more difficult each year. Too often, just when you believe you’re experiencing true, untamed Africa, a game viewer with Japanese, German and American tourists rocks up, taking selfies with a lion, elephant or African sunset in the background. But it is still possible to find true wilderness in this part of the world, and it is at Khaudum. This is a game park of contrasts, however. The Khaudum is situated in the northeastern corner of Namibia, bordering Botswana. Rarely visited, it is wild and with only rudimentary tourist infrastructure. Recently, new structures were erected at the southern and northern entrances. All that remained of the original offices are the signboards, warning visitors of elephant, lion and hyena in the camp at night. I have…

6 min
no place like mama afrika

While there are several theories regarding the origin of the name ‘Africa’, most agree it derived from Afri, the title for a group of people in North Africa near Carthage around the 3rd century BC and -ca, the Roman suffix for ‘country’ or ‘land’. In Latin, the word Africa means ‘sunny’, and the word Aphrike in Greek means ‘without cold’. Other researchers believe that the name came from Afri-uka, which means Motherland in the ancient Egyptian language. ‘Motherland’ is still used in reference to Africa even today. And so over time, I scribbled these words: Mama Afrika…you are recognised as the cradle of all humankind and the second largest of the Earth’s seven continents. With the inclusion of the disputed Western Sahara territory and the island nations off the continental coast,…