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Leisure Wheels October 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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spot the fine

THE TRANS-KALAHARI highway is the fastest and most convenient means to travel by road from Gauteng in South Africa to Windhoek in Namibia. The road cuts through the western part of Botswana and 95% of it is in great shape. From a driver’s perspective, it is one of the most monotonous roads on this side of the equator. The road is pretty much straight. To make spotting wildlife easier when driving at night, the flora on both sides has been cut back about 30 metres. So, in Botswana, all you see for around 800km is a road and a straight line of trees around 30 metres from the road. At times, it gets so boring you almost wish for a donkey in the road so you can at least brake, hoot, swerve…

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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 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. OH, MOZAMBIQUE Seventy-eight years ago I was left bobbing around in a little fishing boat, in the ocean between Inhaca Island and Lourenco Marques (Maputo), after the boat’s engine died and refused to start up again. The waves appeared very big, because I was still so small then. Mozambique has been a home from home for our family from that time until now. Jannie Herbst’s moving farewell to Mozambique in the August issue, so close to my heart, really hit…

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are there any improvements?

Namibia became known over the years for its excellent community campsites. At Purros, Marble Camp, Van Zyl’s Pass… while travelling in one of Southern Africa’s last wilderness areas, one could camp in these well-run campsites. There are flush toilets, hot water showers and officials in uniform issuing invoices to overnight campers. But during a visit last year, I got a little concerned. The shower facilities at Purros were mostly dilapidated. At Marble Camp, a couple of taps were broken and had been for more than a year. Although ‘fixed’ with a rubber tube, they still leaked. It looked awful. None of the officials were wearing their neat uniforms that I had seen a few years ago. When I insisted on an invoice it was a serious search for a booklet that…

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from egoli to beijing

For the record, Ivan Zimmerman starred in the M-Net soap Egoli, 7de Laan, Vlug na Egipte and various South African movies. He’s also an avid surfer, stand-up paddle boarder, singer, songwriter and mountain biker. For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on Ivan the mountain biker, because what he has done on a bicycle is simply astounding. Most South African cyclists like to visit adventure farms where they can mince around in the woods for a few hours to build up a sweat. To get his cycling fix, last year Ivan cycled from Cairo to Cape Town. It took him several months, and he lost 10kg and grew a massive beard. For most cyclists, that trip would have been enough, but earlier this year, Ivan decided to tackle the Silk Road. This famous…

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okavango in a 4x2

Part 2 jannie@leisurewheels.com AS you will recall, we left our vehicle at Drotsky’s Cabins, and stayed further down the river at Xara Lodge. We highly recommend both establishments. Xara Lodge is a birders᾽ paradise with an international reputation, and for our next stop we travelled just 25 kilometres further north to the Mohembo border post in the Caprivi Strip, now called the Zambezi Region. Here, you immediately find yourself in the Mahango Game Reserve. The reserve has a rich diversity of animals and bird life, including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo and a variety of antelope. There are no tarred roads but there are dirt sections for 4×2 and 4×4 vehicles. We saw large numbers of the rare roan antelope and majestic sable. There’s no accommodation in the park and no camping allowed. But it’s worth…

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performance upgrades for amarok and kb

Steve’s Auto Clinic has introduced upgrade packages for the VW Amarok and Isuzu KB. The package for the Amarok, called the Mission Impossible upgrade, utilises a Plug & Play chip. The unit is plugged into the vehicle’s wiring system and can be unplugged at any time in a matter of minutes. It’s equipped with various engine maps, including a setting that pushes the power up to 170kW and 515Nm of torque. That’s as much as the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine VW will be offering in the facelifted Amarok once it arrives in SA. The maps include a security option, which renders the engine completely powerless. When selecting this mode, the driver can remove the in-cabin map selector and anyone trying to steal the vehicle will be incapable of driving off in it. Other maps…