Cars & Motorcycles
Leisure Wheels

Leisure Wheels February 2020

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

in this issue

2 min.
what to look out for in 2020

MOST of the global trend-spotters in the automotive industry are not living in real South Africa, the challenges here are unique and the solutions South Africans need are just as special. Internationally, experts forecast the imminent rise of electric and self-driving vehicles. The Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron and electric Golf are set to arrive this year but I don’t expect them to blow out the lights initially. There is still work to be done on the charging network and we need Government to come to the party by reducing the high tariffs levied on imported EVs. Tesla promised to launch locally in 2019 and still hasn’t arrived; and 2020 seems unlikely unless these high tariffs decrease. The forecasters also tend to herald high-end, high-tech, high-priced vehicles which will gain little more than novelty…

4 min.
big engine, little fuel

Firstly I would like to congratulate Leisure Wheels for a magnificent read, since the days that you published a magazine only every three months! I would like to comment on your statement, “Are they special enough?” in the October 2019 issue. It is interesting to see that with your comparison tests on these bakkies, the Ford Ranger Raptor, came out worst on fuel consumption of some 13.85 litres/100km even though it has the lowest engine displacement of 1 996cc. The question I would like to ask here: why has Ford gone this route of reducing the engine displacement, but the fuel consumption increased? It is also interesting to note that the VW Amarok V6 returned the best fuel consumption of only 10.25 litres/100km even though it features the biggest engine of 2 970cc. Johan…

1 min.
here are some of your thoughts

SHARED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE Wimpie Jordaan: Reality check: because it sells the most, doesn’t mean it’s the best. Jaco du Toit: 1st Amarok V6. 2nd Amarok 2L. And then the rest! John van Niekerk: Toyota is the best you can get. Quintin Robinson: Best 4×4 will be the Land Cruiser. It’s built for that purpose only. It’s between Amarok and Navara for the all-round winner. Paul Stan Ford: The Ranger Raptor is a beast. Jonathan Bydendyk: The worst design I’ve ever seen. Even beats out the Toyota FJ, Nissan Duke and Fiat Multipla. Johan Kriek: Well, its design is fresh, different, unique and simple! Range anxiety applies though… Nelius Car Man: What? Really? I will rather have a Rivian at three times that price than be seen in this…. uhm… thing. Pieter Labuschagne: I first thought this was…

6 min.
the end of innocence

Kaokoland: a place where you can set up camp in a dry riverbed, knowing that tomorrow morning, when you wake up, all your belongings will still be there. There is no need to lock up everything as you go to bed. Unfortunately, it seems, things have changed. Recently I was travelling with a group of Voetspore Safari guests in Kaokoland. This is an epic 4×4 journey, jampacked with highlights. There is the Kunene River, the Epupa Falls, the iconic Van Zyl’s Pass, the Marienfluss, Rooi Drom, the dry riverbeds of the Huarusib and the Huanib with its desert elephants and other wildlife… this is, for many, the ultimate 4×4 excursion. Kaokoland is not for the fainthearted; definitely not for the novice, unguided. This is the reason we accompany groups of up to…

5 min.
bringing the ‘girls’ back

One of the many aspects of expedition life that we seldom write about is when, at the end of a long journey and after some of the team have flown out to attend to family and business commitments, a couple of die-hards remain and volunteer to bring the vehicles and all the kit back home. There have been some wonderful homeward-bound journeys and they always have a different vibe. The urgency has gone and the big push is over. However exhausted, there’s that great ‘Mission Accomplished‘ upbeat feeling, knowing that through thick and thin you’ve reached your end point, everyone’s survived and the adrenaline has drained from your body. The Landies are still going strong (despite a few dents), the tough Cooper tyres have got plenty of remaining tread, there’s leftover…

5 min.
confessions of a tank girl

Where does the love of motorcycles come from? As a child I never had a serious desire to own or ride a bike. Nobody in my family had one and even though I had a scooter in high school, it was purely for the comfort of getting to all my extracurricular activities without bogging down my mother for a lift. At 27 I moved back to Johannesburg after working in Secunda for four years. I was bored, I didn’t have many friends and I figured I needed a hobby. Biking came to mind, it seemed like a good idea. What motorcycle do you ride? I’ve had some epic bikes in my life. Probably the most famous was a KTM950. His name was Tonto and he was pink. I still have the first bike…