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Leisure Wheels February 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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GYSOT is a slang abbreviation for ‘Get you some of that’, popularised by the enigmatic Richard Rawlings from the United States-based Gas Monkey Garage and the Discovery Channel series, Fast N’ Loud. But times are tough here in the RSA, and there’s a whole lot of negativity going on. This is why I reckon we should adapt Rawlings’ abbreviation for a uniquely South African approach: GYSGN, or ‘Get you some good news’. So I’ll kick this issue off with some good news stories, to set the mood. Trevor Noah. The host of the US-based Tonight Show and renowned stand-up comedian was born in Soweto and lived much of his childhood in poverty. His mother was instrumental in his forming: even though there were times when there was not enough money for food, she…

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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. WINNING LETTER Congratulations! Your letter wins you a CAT watch to the value of R1 200. We will be in contact soon to make arrangements for delivery. CORBELLED HOUSES AND MORE The words expressed by Johan Badenhorst in your December issue are very true. Many people believe that you have to travel beyond our borders without realising the wonderful experiences that are available right here in our own beautiful country, and at a much lower cost. I have recently returned from a trip through the central Karoo, an area that many insist has nothing to see. My main purpose was to visit the Tankwa Karoo National Park…

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a plane, a ship… and the kunene river mouth

O n the Namibian coast there are certain places that mere mortals like us are not allowed to visit. These are reserved for conservationists, researchers and perhaps someone with a wallet big enough to buy his way in. But for us, these places are out of bounds. The southern part of the Namibian coast with its well-protected diamond areas are well known. The Sperrgebiet is an area that tourists, 4×4 enthusiast photographers and fishermen know to be the forbidden land. But this, too, is the case further up north. One can travel past Henties Bay, through the gate into the Skeleton Coast Park at the Ugab River, all the way to Torra Bay and even Terrace Bay. Five kilometres north of Terrace the progress, travelling north, is abruptly halted. To enter this area,…

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man on a mission

In what car did you learn to drive, and what was your first car? Any fond memories of them? I learnt to drive in my mother’s Mini. My first car was a blue Volkswagen Beetle. We always had to push-start the Beetle as the battery was dead. We would also squeeze seven people in the VW to go and watch the cricket at the Wanderers cricket grounds. What is your favourite 4x4 that you’ve owned or driven on an expedition? The Mercedes-Benz G-Glass – there is no better vehicle for an adventure. How did you get into the life of an adventurer? I strongly believe one does not become an explorer, I believe one is born an explorer. Although I was too young to recall, my parents have always said that there was something different…

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smile… and wave!

Kingsley Holgate's Land Rover journeys have taken him to every country on this continent. This is what he advises: "When it comes to damn roadblocks, we first check out if it's standard police, military with weapons, or ragtag militia, and immediately inform the others down the line by radio in our rather colourful, not to be repeated code "Important is friendliness, an unflustered manner, polite words of greeting in the local language if you can, and immediately open with a statement-question like: "You have a beautiful country Sir. But how far is it to Mpulungu? How is the road? How is security?" And so you chat and the mood changes. Humour and patience are key. Always remember that while the Swiss might have developed the clock, it's good old Mama Africa who…

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how low can you go?

Kia’s latest little hybrid crossover, the Niro, has set a Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle. The vehicle travelled across the Unites States, from California in the west to New York in the east. During its trip of 3 715.4 miles (5 979.3km), the Niro averaged 76.6mpg – that’s a mere 3.07 litres per 100km. “We’re extremely pleased with the Niro’s recordbreaking performance,” says Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KIA Motors America. “We set out to build a vehicle that offers real-world utility, great looks and fantastic mileage, and setting the Guinness World Record title confirms our achievement.” The Niro EX was driven by Wayne Gerdes of Carlsbad, California, and co-driver Robert Winger of Williamsburg, Virginia, using only 48.5 gallons or (4.1 tanks) of petrol. The vehicle…