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Leisure Wheels March 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


4 min.
it’s a long, long road…

IN 1933, BRITS CAMERON GILG and Walter Kay drove a Morris Eight from London to Cape Town. The journey, which covered more than 20 000km, took 158 days to complete. It was the first London to Cape Town record. Over the years, the record was broken several times: in 1963, a Ford Escort smashed the time, completing the journey in 13 days, eight hours. This record stood for 47 years. Only in 2010 did a Land Rover Discovery team improve the record to 11 days and 11 minutes. The year 2012 was a big year for the record run. First, a British team in a tiny Fiat Panda 4x4 broke the record with a 10-day run. A few months later, another Brit crew – in a Land Rover Discovery 3 – reduced…

10 min.

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 R500 Trappers gift voucher. We will be in contact soon to make arrangements for delivery. BUYING YOUR DREAM CAR I find your new articles about buying used 4×4s very interesting and especially in the December issue where you had a look at The 200 Club. I read Mr van Rooyen’s choice of wheels with great interest, thinking that he would offer some serious advice. I could not help laughing; the little write-up was just about spot on. To cover the pitfalls and highs of all these models in detail would take up the whole December issue. Having said that, I am…

2 min.
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 “After much deliberation, including a period where we were ‘arrested,’ we left the roadblock R700 poorer.” http://bit.ly/2hPn6e7 Johan van der Linde If you travel Africa you should expect this and not complain and make as if you are special or different from all other travellers here. This was your choice, so stop moaning and enjoy the ‘Africa experience’. You’re not a baby anymore. You’re a grown up and know what is happening out there. It was your choice to do this trip and you should have done your homework. Brett Beresford Carter Thirty years ago, neither Zimbabwe nor Botswana were like this. I guess this is the point of the post…

6 min.
get organised

I t is truly amazing how poorly prepared even experienced African travellers can sometimes be. The lack of proper preparation is often the main reason a bribe is paid. And then we blame the corrupt officials in Zimbabwe, Mozambique or the DRC. The only way to stay out of trouble and avoid greasing the palms of the officials is to not present an opportunity. This we know. Yet, way too often, we are the guilty party. I am not only referring to first-time travellers to the continent, nor people who have a once-in-a-lifetime safari to the Serengeti. I am also referring to people like us, the Voetspore team, who do this for a living. Despite the more than 250 000 kilometres we’ve racked up, visiting 40 countries on the continent, we do…

6 min.
a life in the saddle

T o say that Andrew McLean is an avid cyclist is a gross understatement. Andrew lives and breathes cycling. “Whenever someone proposes a holiday destination, I immediately ask if I can bring my bike. If it’s not a place where you can cycle, I probably won’t go. For this reason, places like Thailand have never appealed to me,” he says. He cycles six days a week, getting up at 3:30 every morning to spend some time in the saddle before clocking in at his well-known cycling store, Cycle Lab. Leisure Wheels sat down with him to chat about his cycling career, the rising popularity of mountain biking and fistfights on the Cape Epic. How did you get into cycling? I was studying physical education with the aim of becoming a teacher. One of…

6 min.
from soweto, with love

I was born in the Tladi Clinic, a few months after the 1976 Soweto Uprising, armed with just a white cloth nappy and an appetite only for breast milk. A few years later, I was to start at Entokozweni Crèche. Both mom and dad were at their prime then, and helped keep the economy going and growing. That meant Mme Dorah (an elderly neighbour), married to Ntate Frans, was to help look after me when my parents were at work. Ntate Frans owned a huge white Ford pick-up that was driven on special occasions, or whenever he felt like fetching me from crèche. It carried a black and white ‘TJ’ number plate at each end and had a massive bench seat that could easily seat four rugby players. Not that I knew that…