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Leisure Wheels January 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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a legend – now on his own time

I MET JANNIE HERBST in 1997. The first issue of Leisure Wheels was in the making, and Jannie and the late Johann van Loggerenberg needed an apprentice to help with the legwork for the new magazine. I joined the small team not long after that meeting and soon realised that I was in the company of two printing industry legends. A few months into the job, Jannie sent me on assignment to Magoebaskloof with former Mitsubishi Motors public relations man Bennie van Rensberg, in a Colt bakkie. I was to photograph a 4×4 trip and do a short write-up. By then I had obviously figured out that Jannie was quite the photographic legend. So keen to impress, I decided my old, basic Pentax 35mm SLR was just not going to cut it. So…

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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. RIGGED PETROL PUMPS I have been purchasing your magazine for the past 15 years and enjoy every article. However, I was hoping that someday I would come across something that bothers me a great deal and that I have observed over the years, but nobody else seems to notice. I feel that most filling stations, if not all of them, around the country are ripping us off. Notice every time that you fill up your car, the pumps always count more…

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be safe

The Voetspore team has hardly had a problem with security on 11 expeditions. So the question beckons: Is this just luck? To a certain extent, yes. We have been extremely fortunate. Once a gas bottle was stolen in Uganda. They brought it back later that day. One of our guys lost a jacket in Tanzania. This was due to carelessness. One evening the mattress that my son Streicher put out to dry disappeared and now an Ethiopian has a good night’s rest every night. Gideon’s flip flops went astray during a night’s camping in one of Africa’s most populous countries. But that’s about it. No other theft. No other threat to our security. No threatening behaviour by the locals. There was one night, perhaps, when things could have gone the other way. We…

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guiding the way

A ndre has done a bit of farming, run a commercial fishing operation and even completed a solid stint in the corporate world. Leisure Wheels spoke to him about his most memorable adventures and his favourite spots in Africa. What was your first job? I grew up in the bush and spent my first two decades in what was then called Ovamboland, right on the border between Namibia and Angola. My first job, which I got at the age of 19, was to literally put up the border between Namibia and Angola. I was given a bakkie, a truck, a crew and loads of wire and wooden poles. We would spend Monday to Friday putting up the wire fence, but elephants would trample it almost as quickly as we could put it…

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end of an era

Time flies” is an overused cliché – but oh so true. The realisation is slowly sinking in that my time working for a living is up. Finito. Although this is the January issue of Leisure Wheels, you are probably reading this column in December, which means it is my last month as an employee. Although I stepped down as editor a year ago, I remained in the office with my colleagues. Except for doing a helluva lot less, it didn’t feel like that much had changed. But now, office chats about things 4×4 and the great outdoors will be a thing of the past. There won’t be the variety of 4×4 vehicles in the driveway, and there won’t be any calls from readers seeking advice on this and that. Invitations to motor shows…

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subtle tweaks for fortuner and hilux

Toyota South Africa recently made some smallish but welcome tweaks to both the Fortuner and Hilux line-ups. All 2.8 GD-6 and 4.0 V6 Fortuner models are now equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, replacing the previous 17-inch rims. These are fitted with 265/60/R18 rubber and make use of distinctive counter-flowing spokes, with a machined finish accentuating the dual-dimensional design. Those who favour a larger tyre profile for serious off-roading probably won’t be impressed by the change, but the average buyer will undoubtedly like the flashier new rim. The entry-level 2.7 VVTi and 2.4 GD-6 models retain the 17-inch ‘dual rib’ alloy wheels. However, the good news is that the 2.7 VVTi and 2.4 GD-6 Fortuner derivatives are now furnished with leather interior trim, replacing the current textile offering. This upgrade doesn't impact cost. The Hilux,…