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Leisure Wheels October 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

2 min.
no excuse to not go exploring

DURING the recent SA Festival of Motoring, a couple of interesting trends emerged. Firstly, the majority of the cars launched were SUVs. Haval showed an improved H2, BAIC launched its B40 and VW pulled the covers off the T-Cross, Amarok Canyon and Polo Vivo Dune. VW also confirmed that the T-Roc will be coming to SA in 2020. Next door, Audi showcased the new Q8 and unveiled the Q3 and all electric E-Tron. Those are just the manufacturers that chose to exhibit at Kyalami, the barrage of new launches across these segments is never-ending. For us that is a good thing: it means more cars in which we can go on adventures. It’s no surprise then that the SUV body style has been the biggest growing body style in South Africa…

4 min.
will the defender need defending?

In response to your editorial in the August issue of Leisure Wheels, the Land Rover Defender is a funny vehicle; you either love it or hate it, there is no middle road. If you’re a fan, you’ll wear the badge (and a few oil stains) with pride and if you’re not, well, you probably drive a Toyota. Yes, there is something that Toyota has got right and it’s called the 70 series. Come to think of it… Suzuki, Jeep and Mercedes have also got it right with the Jimny, Wrangler and the Gelandewagen. These are all vehicles that have stuck to the recipe and are extremely competent when the going gets tough. Over the 68 years of production, Land Rover evolved from the Series 1 to the Defender, managing to keep…

1 min.
shared on our facebook page

The new MG Extender bakkie was launched in Thailand a few days ago, to take on a brace of competitors in that country’s lucrative one-ton bakkie market. The Extender is apparently based on an existing SAIC bakkie called the Maxus. Chris de Beer: As some of the commentators rightly say, a lot of the SA buyers are brand-conscious but many are not, which is proven by the fact that Mahindra, JMC and GWM do well. This bakkie has no reason not to sell in SA. Armand Geldenhuys: I own a Mahindra Scorpio and it’s honestly a great alternative, I hope this MG does well because it looks amazing and I’d love to see it on our roads. Gladwin Tumiso Modise: Right price and good aft er-sales care, you have a winner. Marc Dunster: Don’t…

4 min.
looking for peace and quiet

Being without your cellphone for 30 minutes became the unthinkable. To be constantly in touch with the rest of the world via email or WhatsApp has become the norm. Phones, ranging from R1 000 to R20 000, all mini computers with cameras and apps are in the hands of the poorest of the poor to the rich and wealthy. Social media drives the information age we live in. Is it possible for destinations without access to networks and the internet to draw tourists? On our Voetspore in South Africa journey we found many places that draw people for that very reason. When we arrived at the Tankwa Karoo National Park we were met by Natasja Smith at the Park’s headquarters. We asked about the facilities at the park (which are excellent),…

7 min.
zambezi vision

As I scribble these notes sitting on the riverbank 100km upstream from the Zambezi Delta, our bolt-together pontoon boat swings lazily in the current and a small pod of hippo grunt nearby as the setting sun turns the water pink and gold. It’s ‘magic hour’ on the Zambezi. We’ve set up camp under a wild fig tree that’s home to thousands of noisy, twittering giant fruit bats that mess in our camp stew and try to outdo the orchestra of riverside bullfrogs. This great river starts life inconspicuously in a small, spongy, cup-like valley in northwest Zambia, at a gently sloping watershed that divides Africa like an invisible line. For it is here that a drop of rain falling on the west side will travel by way of the Congo River…

5 min.
shaun of the cricket

Shaun Pollock hails from a famous Scottish cricket lineage: his grandfather Peter was born in Edinburgh before immigrating to South Africa, eventually playing for the Orange Free State. His uncle Graeme is still considered one of the best batsmen to have ever played the game. So cricket is certainly in Shaun Pollock’s blood and there was never any doubt he would follow in his grandfather and uncle’s footsteps. Born and bred in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, the young Pollock honed his cricketing skills while studying for a bachelor of commerce degree at the University of KwaZulu Natal. He made his Proteas debut in 1995 and soon became an integral part of the national squad as a highly skilled all-rounder. When the Hansie Cronje scandal broke in 2000 and Cronje received a lifetime ban, Pollock…