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Leisure WheelsLeisure Wheels

Leisure Wheels February 2018

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


3 min.
road tripping. gone a bit bad.

I’VE completed the 1 500km trip between Johannesburg and Cape Town on more than 50 occasions. I always prefer to use the N12, driving via Kimberley, and then linking up to the N1 at Three Sisters. I like to drive alone. It gives me plenty of time to ponder things, listen to my music as loudly as I want, eat unhealthy roadie food, and just relax. So, when our long-term Mitsubishi had to return to Gauteng in the beginning of December, and I had some meetings to attend in Cape Town, the modus operandi was clear cut: I’d drive the Pajero back to JHB. But even when navigating out of Cape Town’s outskirts, it was clear that roadworks and a never-ending line of long-haul trucks were going to make the drive quite an…

5 min.
be extra careful at the car wash

It was our last trip of such demanding nature so it had to be something special. Namibia’s remote wilderness of the Kaokoland and Damaraland was just the right attraction for this act of retirement. Equipped with many years of off-road experience, the right gear, vehicle and company, these two pensioners were ready to conquer Namibia’s mysterious and marvellous but inhospitable Wild West... for the last time. Roof racks obviously have their shortcomings; however, for this trip I needed one to accommodate additional fuel, an extra spare wheel, spate, fire extinguisher and so on. I bought a brand new Front Runner Slimline II, the strap-on type, because of garage door height restrictions. It was used for the first time on the day of our departure and served us well. Without a roof…

2 min.
mazda akera cx 5 trouble

Can anyone help? I am going to skip all the clichés (that you deserve) about how magnificent, great, wonderful and so on your magazine is and cut to the chase. My wife is a proud owner of a 2016 Mazda Akera CX5 Automatic with 33 000km on the clock and she loves the car. I agree it is a wonderful vehicle and no doubt worthy of the praise; however, things are starting to turn a bit sour. When the vehicle returned from its 30 000km service, it developed a problem with the gearbox. When travelling at about 80km/h and then accelerating to overtake, especially on an incline, the gearbox freezes, not changing down with the result that the vehicle does not accelerate. Instead, it slows down. You can imagine that this can be…

1 min.
setting the record straight

I was worried that I may have missed a potentially powerful ‘shoot-out’ between the premium midrange 4×4 SUVs available in Southern African when my annual subscription to Leisure Wheels was delayed in renewal over the August and September issues. Not so. This letter is primarily to ask when that will happen. Your February issue featured a ‘dust-up’ covering the lighter Fortuner, Everest and Trailblazer models. It’s a pity that the limited model range of Pajero Sports didn’t fit in there, so we wait for the battle of the bigger guns. I am the proud owner of a 2014 2.5 Pajero Sport. My experience is that it is not far off the current model. It is notable that a comparative off-road 4×4 test was conducted circa 2013, featuring the Fortuner, Pajero Sport, Trailblazer…

4 min.
protecting your bakkie’s bak

Why were these items not included by the manufacturer? Many of these are not optional extras. They are essentials. Best example is probably the rubberising of a pick up. This is always the first port of call when we prepare our Voetspore vehicles for an expedition. Whether you use a pick up as a workhorse or as a leisure vehicle, it needs to be rubberised. Over the years we realised that there are a variety of rubberising products available. This may be the reason why vehicle manufacturers don’t include it as standard on a pick up. It is something like fitting a radio of your choice in your car during the period when few vehicles had factory-fitted music systems. Like radios, there is a huge difference in the quality of the various…

4 min.
life without limits

Hanneke Dannhauser doesn’t do easy. When others are ready to give up, she’s really just warming up. “I really ascribe to Usain Bolt’s philosophy,” she says. “He once said: ‘I don’t think limits’. I agree with this. So many of the limits we accept in life are self-imposed. I don’t give up. I’m a fighter. I love a good challenge, and I love achieving my goals.” You need look no further for evidence of this than the fact that she once completed a race on a fractured ankle. Hanneke had fallen on an obstacle and injured her ankle, but didn’t give up. She literally crossed the finish line on her hands. She is renowned for her grit, which came in handy during the 2017 Toyota Fortuner 4×4 Challenge. Joining mountain-biking champion Bianca Haw,…