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Leisure Wheels May 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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an unabridged bugger up

05/17Issue no 157 I write this in a quaint little coffee shop in the town of Lephalale, in Limpopo. My family and I are en route to Botswana, and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. It’s the first time I’m taking my kids to Botswana; for traditional magazine features, a twoperson crew (consisting of a journalist and a photographer) normally rushes in and rushes out. There’s just never enough time to stop and smell the roses. Now that the kids are a bit bigger, I thought I’d take my family along: instead of showing them photos of a lion or an elephant and telling them about the trip, they’d be able to experience all these things for themselves. Camping in the wild with kids, with no fencing is still a little bit of…

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winning letter

NEW MACGYVER JACK With reference to the MacGyver hydraulic jack on p22 of the February 2017 issue: in the ’60s my father bought a hydraulic ‘bumper’ jack; it was so easy and such a pleasure to use. Unfortunately it disappeared when he died and there is no replacement available, even when searching the internet. I was therefore delighted to see this jack advertised. I don’t know if it is a pure South African design or product, but on the video it does the job like our old jack. I will definitely try to source one, although I must admit that I have become quite accustomed to an air jack.…

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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. TOYOTA FAN AT LAST With reference to the letter by W Jacobs, Toyota must fall, here is my reply. The Dakar vehicles have little or nothing to do with the cars you buy off the showroom floor, it’s simply good marketing. There is always someone moaning about some or other vehicle. I’ve been driving for 55 years and was never a Toyota fan, believing that they cater for the masses and do nothing particularly well, except providing good reliability in general. One vehicle being better than another is purely subjective while personal preference has a lot to do with it. As for copying other manufacturers, I don’t…

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heading for india

Where do you start? A new journey. A new expedition. A new television series. It is Voetspore No 13, and by now, surely it should merely be procedure. We have to be aware of the dos and don’ts. Of the pitfalls and challenges. But this time it is Voetspore on a different continent and a totally new scenario. This time we are heading to India. Voetspore has always been an African Affair. Ever since we started in 2000 with In die Voetspore van die Grotes, it was the African continent that demanded our attention. In 2015, we left the continent for the first time as we travelled to the island of Madagascar. But technically, Madagascar is still part of Africa. This time it is off to another continent, to a country so…

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a man on a mission

“E very day 20 US combat veterans commit suicide,” says former US Air Force pilot Scott Williams. “We’re striving to offer US Army vets a different option, to come to South Africa and put their experience to good use, and to learn to adjust and lead a normal life again.” But the Veterans programme is just one of the many projects the enigmatic Williams is busy with. Another is a 10 000ha reserve in the Baviaanskloof, in the Eastern Cape. His Solve.ITorganisation offers a different and innovative alternative to conservation and global issues such as wildlife, water, food and natural resource security. He’s also a petrolhead. He’s owned a 1955 Chevy two-door wagon that was powered by a modified, supercharged V8 engine. With nitrous oxide gas. Now presiding in South Africa with his…

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the curious case of the african pothole

I t’s been a helluva day – 14 hours to do just 158km on one of the worst potholed roads yet, lurching and swaying along, sometimes at slower than walking pace. Old broken tar, made worse by lorries carrying food aid up to the border. So it isn’t surprising that tonight around the campfire, we get to recount the story of the African Pothole. The French have the Eiffel Tower and champagne; the Dutch, their tulips and cheese; the Irish, their Guinness; the Cubans, their cigars; and the British, their tea. We in Africa have the Pothole and no adventure is complete without the persistent hiss of escaping air from a cut tyre, or worse still... a burst tyre with accompanying rifle shot-like explosion that, if it happens in a war-torn…