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Leisure Wheels December 2016

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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cry, our beloved southern africa

OVER the past two months we’ve travelled more than 15 000km in Southern Africa. We were in Namibia, Botswana (twice), Zimbabwe (twice), Mozambique, Swaziland and, on two occasions, in Lesotho. And sadly, Southern Africa is in a sorry state. And I don’t mean the respective economies, or the drought, or politics, or the state of the roads, or any such matter. I mean the people. And specifically, the people with a uniform and a badge who we are supposed to respect, and in whom we are supposed to trust. Botswana has, for years, been a beacon of hope in our region. With a government apparently intent on actually doing the right thing, a prosperous economy, friendly people and amazing tourist destinations, Botswana seemed to be a shining example of what a successful…

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winning letter

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. DRONE TO THE RESCUE My husband is an avid photographer and a drone fanatic when it comes to aerial photography. His drone travels with us wherever we go. Drones are somewhat of a contentious issue at the moment, their use in many areas being prohibited; however, on a recent escapade into the Mabuasehube/Kgalagadi Transfrontier Parks, we were rescued with the aid of the drone. In October, we travelled with friends up to Mabuasehube with the intention of driving across to Nossob and spending three days in the Kgalagadi. We set off for Nossob having taken what we believed was the correct road.…

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can i go too? pleeeease?

The most frequent request we get as a team is: “May I join you? You guys have such a wonderful time, I’d like to go with.” The answer is always the same: “Sorry, but we have a settled team. Each guy is a professional in his own right. A cameraman, a photographer, a logistics man... we always travel as six men in three vehicles. There is room for no more.” This is very sad. How can we deprive so many wonderful men and women – people who love the great outdoors, people who are comfortable camping, guys and girls who can cook gourmet meals on an open fire, people who have an intimate knowledge of nature – the opportunity to join in the fun? There is a solution, of course – why don’t…

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nothing is impossible

I developed a love for nature at an early age. In many ways, nature has been my biggest teacher. In 1974, at the age of 16, I attended a wilderness leadership course. That experience profoundly changed my life. When the course ended, we were asked: what we were going to do when we got back to school to be an asset to the planet? Well, shortly afterwards, I discovered that there were plans to build a solid jetty in a lagoon system near Saldanha Bay. This was a huge issue, since it would have changed the currents in the lagoon system, which would have driven certain species to extinction. To prevent this, R15 000 was needed for an environmental impact study. I didn’t have that kind of money, but I decided…

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having a braai in puma country

jannie@leisurewheels.com Destination Cape Town. I was hoping this month to report on a week-long Cape trip the missus and I had planned using back roads (mainly dirt) and staying over at interesting towns. Then the bombshell. The spouse was diagnosed with the Big C and the medical men recommended immediate surgery. That put the kibosh on a journey to which we were looking forward, and meant I had to come up with a Plan B to fill my allotted space in this issue of Leisure Wheels. Fortunately, we at Leisure Wheels are well travelled and have a treasure trove of interesting stories. If you have a good memory, you will recall a trip to Argentina that we (my late colleague Johann van Loggerenberg and our wives) made around 10 years ago. The behind-the-scenes story…

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sema shenanigans

November once again saw the hosting of the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. And as usual, there were some properly crazy OEM concepts. Jeep and Mopar unveiled the CJ66 Concept, a Wrangler TJ with a distinctly retro vibe. The vehicle is based on something called the Tuxedo Park; a series of trim packages released in the 1960s to give the Jeep more of an upmarket look and feel. The CJ66 boasted 17-inch wheels with 35-inch tyres, a two-inch lift kit and a Mopar V8. But the CJ66’s V8 and 35-inch tyres seemed downright simple and conservative when compared to the craziness that was the Toyota Land Speed Cruiser. As the picture undoubtedly illustrates, it’s been dropped quite a bit. Why? Because this vehicle is not meant to go…