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Leisure Wheels November 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 new age of africa

I write this after completing the annual Seven7 Drive, covering 7 000km in seven days in aid of kids with cancer. Oh, how I can elaborate on “man-withbadge syndrome”, the terribly reckless driving habits, the trucks on the N1 highway that pass other trucks directly into oncoming traffic, the impatient nincompoops who jump the line at border posts, and so on and so forth. But instead of harping on about such matters, I’d rather focus on a different phenomenon, one that has unobtrusively taken a firm grip on parts of Southern Africa. During our Seven7 Drive trip we spent one night in China. The Sogecoa Apart Hotel offers a spread of authentic Chinese cuisine, prepared by Chinese chefs. The rooms feature appliances covered in Mandarin instructions, and the layout is as simplistic…

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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 SCARE TACTICS We are regular visitors to South Africa (from Switzerland) and drive a Range Rover and BMW X3 when here. We have some more professional travelling experience from development work engagements all over the continent and our definitive car choice since 2001 has been a white diesel bakkie, for all the reasons you ponder in your editorial piece entitled ‘Scare Tactics’, in the September issue of your magazine. We have driven several thousand kilometres this way through SA in rural and urban places and never had any criminal issue with these humble looking and decent cars. A bakkie conveys a local farmer’s…

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damaraland – a hard land

N amibia is a prime destination for South Africans. It is especially the 4×4 enthusiast who crosses the Orange River and finds a playground at our north-western border. High on the list is the Namib and Kaokoland. But I’ve always been of the opinion that Damaraland is by far the most attractive. A recent visit to the vast open land confirmed it. Damaraland lies north of the Swakopmund/Windhoek road, east of the Atlantic Ocean, south of Sesfontein and west of Outjo. It is a huge, wild, rugged open space where the geographical evolution of the terrain is clear to see in the uncovered and dramatic rocks of the area. Surprisingly, Damaraland hosts a fair bit of game. The black rhino of the area are elusive. You can count yourself extremely lucky if you…

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living the dream

A lot of people dream about swapping a corporate cubicle for a life of travel and adventure, but few actually do it. Martin Slabbert, however, did what many people only allow themselves to dream about. A few years ago, he purchased the well-known Explore Africa Adventures safari company and changed his life completely. These days, he’s always on the road, travelling to some of the most beautiful spots on the African continent. While this life has its own challenges, it’s not a decision that he’s regretted for a second. Having paid his dues in the corporate world, he’s now living the dream. Leisure Wheels spoke to him about his dramatic career shift. Can you give us a bit of background on yourself? I was born and raised in Bloemfontein. After military service…

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in the spirit of adventure

Packing for the start point of our next expedition called Extreme East, this time in specially kitted new Land Rover Discoverys, with our old Defender 130 loaded up with supplies, we got talking about the wonderful African east coast adventures we’ve had over the years. One of the craziest was to travel all the way to the Somali border and back. With these thoughts in mind, I dug out an old journal. On its sea salt-stained cover are the faded words, ‘African Rainbow Expedition’. Our objective at that time was clear: travelling in Land Rovers, inflatable boats and by Swahili dhow, we were determined to explore the entire coast of East Africa from Durban to the Somali border and back to Ihla de Mozambique. It was a year-long journey using the…

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new models

PAJERO SPORT LAUNCHED LOCALLY The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has arrived in South Africa and the line-up consists of two derivatives, a 4×4 and a 4×2 model, each powered by the brand’s new-generation 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine. Mitsubishi’s new-generation MIVEC four-pot turbo diesel engine produces 133kW at 3 500r/min and 430Nm of torque at 2 500r/min and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (including transfer gearing with low range for the fourwheel- drive derivative). The new Pajero Sport 4×4 gets the latest version of Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4-II 4WD system, which now boasts electronic off-road assistance, too. Hill-Descent Control has been added as well as four off-road driving modes: gravel, mud/snow, sand or rock. It also has a lockable rear differential. The vehicle rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and has a ground…