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Leisure Wheels December 2017

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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what women want

It’s just after 9pm. The kids are sleeping. I stare blankly at the television screen, watching highlights of Protea batsman David Miller scoring the fastest ton in T20 international cricket. This makes me happy after a long day at the office. As does some J&B on the rocks. The missus interrupts. She reminds me of a conversation we had a few months ago. She and two fellow mommies have been planning a weekend away, without any kids, for quite a time. That weekend is now just around the corner. Thankfully – it was more a case of luck really – I had managed to keep that weekend open. Phew. So at least that is not a crisis. She also reminds me that I had promised to organise a car for them to…

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her experience camping in africa

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. I have been married to Martin Slabbert from Explore Africa Adventures for the past 30 years. Because he advertises in Leisure Wheels, we get a free copy of the magazine every month. During his absence from home, I usually page through it and am sorry to say, but there are very few, if any, contributions from women. I do not want to get involved in a battle of the sexes, but I am tired of letters and articles from men. Most of the articles are experiences through the eyes of men or the stories of the ‘manne’ travelling with Johan Badenhorst. I sometimes wonder…

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a bull bar conundrum

I currently have a wrap around nudge bar supplied by ARB as a standard aftermarket product to Toyota. I want to upgrade this to a bull bar for aesthetic reasons. HERE ARE THE PROBLEMS, HOWEVER: 1. Only the top suppliers have stock, at inflated prices. 2. Most of the companies that I’ve spoken to say that you must fit spacers to keep the nose up. Others say this is not necessary, with some saying you should upgrade the front suspension as well, at great cost. 3. I have spoken with my Toyota dealer, who confirmed that the installation of a bull bar would not affect my warranty, which I extended to five years/90 000km on purchase. 4. I have owned a 1980 Toyota 4×4 single cab and fitted a full metal bull bar and a…

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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 "I believe that we are witnessing the death of the GPS as we know it," says Johan Badenhorst in his latest Voetspore diary. https://goo.gl/tZrLUq Mpho David Rambuda He should try MapFactor and many other offline cellphone navigators. All you do is download maps, search and store destinations when you still have cellphone network coverage. Ian Robinson When the first GPS-equipped phones came out, I immediately lost interest in my GPS unit. In truth, a phone is just more convenient. Joshua Buhrmann What about the download maps option with the Google Maps App that’s recently been added? If you download the maps (which are customisable), you don’t need cellphone signal…

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the ev syndrome – a treatable condition?

Much of the global population live in developing countries with huge distances between towns and with very little in terms of public transport, be it by road, rail or air. Of those who can afford a vehicle, many have to buy used cars with 250 000km on the odo. Perfectly insane Europeans want to ban vehicles with internal combustion engines altogether. They follow ideologies that don’t even work on paper, let alone in practice. They think that we all live on flat surfaces near power outlets and (like themselves) live within a small radius from work and leisure. When I arrived at work the other day at just past 7am, I passed a car being recharged (pictured). Eight hours later, it was still plugged in. It needed more than the allowed 3.5…

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a little bit of everything

My first introduction to Kaokoland was when Pieter Pieterse (writer, traveller, cook, TV personality and raconteur) took me to this barren land when we produced Van die Kaap tot die Kunene, Pieter’s third and final TV series. We entered Kaokoland at Sesfontein, and from there, went north to Opuwo, Okangwati and Epupa. A few years later, I accompanied Jan Joubert on his first Dorslandtrek 4×4 expedition and made use of the opportunity to do a 50/50 documentary on the possibility of a hydro-electrical scheme at the Epupa waterfall. Getting to the Kunene Delta has been, and still is, very difficult. This is a restricted area, fiercely guarded by Namibia’s Nature Conservation. Driving along the coast is not challenging. Getting permission is, though, but another 50/50 programme offered the opportunity. Hannes Holtzhausen of…