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Leisure Wheels June 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 case of wheel-ing and dealing?

I’VE been writing about vehicles for nearly 20 years. Over that time I’ve realised a few things. For one, you can never please everyone. It’s just the way it is. You can present what you believe is a most watertight argument about something, and someone, somewhere, will challenge your argument. Sometimes the person challenging your meticulously prepared argument has, well, a valid point to make. I present an incident which happened many moons ago as an example. We reported on the launch of the then all-new Toyota Fortuner. The writer mentioned that the Fortuner featured a part-time 4×4 drivetrain, just like the Hilux. A reader wrote, stating that it was not a part-time system, but a full-time 4WD set-up with a Torsen centre differential. Our man had clearly not had a ‘let’shold- hands-and-run-in-slow-motionthrough-…

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We welcome your views WINNINGLETTER Congratulations! Your letter wins you a R500 Trappers gift voucher. We will be in contact soon to make arrangements for delivery. HAPPY TO SEE NAMIBIA FEATURED What a pleasure it is to read your magazine, especially when you feature something from Namibia. I live about 90km from Solitaire and noted that in your photo caption on page 48 of the March issue, you mention that “the milk tart comes highly recommended”. I must advise you that the apple tart should be the one recommended, as it is on the food itinerary for all national and international visitors. Incidentally, my husband, my two kids and I travelled from Namibia to Turkey by road with a 1995 VW microbus. I regret not contacting you upfront to share our travels in your prestigious magazine. I am…

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operating in india

We always knew India was going to be different. There are many similarities between Africa and India, especially the African countries south of the equator. It is perhaps only the former Portuguese colonies of Mozambique and Angola that are really different in language, culture and architecture. Operating in Gaborone, Lusaka, Kampala or Nairobi is not foreign to us. But now we hit India. This first thing to get used to is that it is imprinted in every Indian to please. It is therefore exceptionally difficult to say “no”. To address this issue, the Indians developed what is referred to as a head wobble. It is by moving the head in a figure of eight when answering a question. You are therefore never sure if the answer is “yes” or “no”. Perhaps “maybe”. When…

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i. live. wild

Ivan Sonnekus once wrote about his relationship with his Land Rovers: “To seek adventure. Living life on the road. Following the journey of the stars. Knowing your compass never tells you truly where you are. For having the ultimate smile on your face. With the embrace of dusty cab or the neat sound when they start in the mornings. The thrill of climbing mountains or crossing rivers. You live, you experience. For with the green badge comes a mutual bond between man and machine.” But Ivan is not only big on words – he’s big on action, too. He has travelled thousands of kilometres through South Africa, taking in all the sights and sounds of his homeland. We spoke to the young adventurer about living life... and the Land Rover thing. When and in…

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pebbles of life

Damned mozzies are thick tonight. Out comes the Tabard; it lives in the back door wells of each Landy Disco, next to the bog roll. A headtorch, spare penlight batteries, biltong knife, gaffer tape, a pen and a notebook are generally in my driver’s door well. You know what it’s like on a long overland adventure – when you and your Landy become like a hermit crab moving everywhere with your house and knowing where everything is. Canvas bedrolls, bucket, tent, grub boxes, first aid kit and that secret box of Romany Creams that you’re trying to hide from the rest of the team. (After many days of no luxuries, I love going on to the radio and to the sound of crinkling paper and an obvious mouthful, asking the other…

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toyota’s ft-4x concept revealed

The Toyota FT-4X concept was on display at the New York International Auto Show in April. The FT-4X concept is boxy with retro styling, not dissimilar to the FJ Cruiser. The four-wheeldrive vehicle is underpinned by the automaker’s TNGA platform, which is used in the CH-R crossover. The FT-4X is also similar in size to the CH-R, just a bit bigger. Unlike the CH-R, it has a low-range transfer case. The cabin features a sleeping bag that stows between the front seats and acts as an arm rest, a lot of colour-coded storage bins and a removable radio that can be used as a boom box. The FT-4X even has a GoPro integrated into the driver’s side mirror and there is a removable picture window incorporated into the C-pillar that can…