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Leisure Wheels May 2016

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.
charge of the electric brigade

OVER the last decade, alternative energy cars have progressed from cool theories to more practical, real-world vehicles that are now actually sold to customers. Still, in our minds, the electric car is cool on paper, but we hardly considered it a technology that would make a pronounced impact on our lives any time soon. That was until an electric BMW i3 eDrive arrived at our offices. The i3 eDrive has an electric motor with 125kW and 250Nm of torque. That torque though, is available from 1r/min, so it blasts out of the blocks like a bat out of hell. It will reach 100km/h in just seven seconds! But that’s only part of the story. Unlike the all-electric Nissan Leaf, which is just a run-of-the-mill hatch that happens to be electric, the i3 pushes design…

22 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. 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. WINNING LETTER ENGINE POWER AND GEARBOXES I enjoy your magazine but it seems most of the motoring public (your readers) don’t understand some of the basics of engine power and gearboxes. I am not an engineer but have some experience with development of armoured vehicles; however, your technical experts may be able to give better explanations. Perhaps you could give a simple explanation of what a vehicle manufacturer does when deciding which engine and gearbox option to go for to achieve…

5 min.
ship it!

TRANs-CONTINENTAL journeys or an expedition on the island of Madagascar implies shipping your vehicles to and/or from the destination. That’s if you don’t have time to drive the vehicles there and back, or have a friend with a few months to spare who could take the vehicles to the departure point, or collect them once you’ve finished the journey. Over the years, we’ve always chosen the shipping option. The first time I loaded Voetspore vehicles into a container, it was at the end of some dramatic events. We were in Egypt, but we were there ‘illegally’ . To enter Egypt with your vehicles, you need to have a valid, Egyptian-compatible, Carnet de Passages en Douane. This is a temporary import/export permit, enabling you to cross with your vehicle from one country…

6 min.
the big beard of africa

AS you’d imagine, Kingsley Holgate has many stories to tell. And boy can he tell them. We can’t remember ever being anywhere near bored in his company. It’s not just the content, but the way he tells a story that’s so remarkably powerful. He’s also a charitable man. Communities all over Africa know the Kingsley Holgate Foundation for its simplistic, yet life-changing donations. These include donating mosquito nets, reading glasses and LifeStraws, a device that purifies water as it flows through the body of the straw. He’s a passionate Land Rover enthusiast, but he doesn’t give up when the road ends. That much we know thanks to his most recent adventure to find the beating Heart of Africa. Kingsley and his team departed Johannesburg late last year to find the geographical heart of…

8 min.
ver in die ou kalahari

I WAS sitting on a red dune at the end of a hot day, killing time before dinner with my wife, Maryke. The sun was setting behind a cluster of camel thorn trees and hordes of guinea fowl were coming home to roost – only the unmistakable shrill sound of their squeaky chitter and the red dust cloud against the amber skyline betrayed their position. Ah, another day, another great Kalahari sunset, I thought to myself, sipping some red wine. The harsh call of a rooibekfisant and the bellows of distant cattle join the beautiful cacophony of the Kalahari twilight symphony. And before the moon was up, we were treated to a magnificent show of heavenly bodies. What a magnificent place this Kalahari is. Our trip had taken us from Randburg to Kakamas where…

21 min.
rejoice the return of the ’tuna

HUMBLE FOUNDATIONS The first Fortuner was, in essence, a Hilux with an SUV body. Why burden the company with millions of research and development costs when you can simply lower an SUV body (along with a bespoke SUV rear suspension), on top of an already developed chassis with an already proven line-up of engines? Although some other manufacturers offered vehicles of the same underpinnings and design concept, none of them got within spitting distance of the Fortuner’s sales figures. It must have made an indecent pile of money for Toyota. And it deserved all its success, because it seemed to be tailor-made for South Africa’s unique conditions and motoring requirements. We drove one as a longtermer and although it was by no means perfect, it excelled as a Jack of all 4x4 trades. Toyota…