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Leisure Wheels September 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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dealer wheelers

A FAMILY MEMBER was recently involved in a traffic accident when a minibus taxi decided to test the integral safety characteristics of her Honda Jazz by ramming the little hatch from behind at around 100km/h. The Honda handled the challenge most admirably, considering the rear door landed up where the rear seats used to preside. The driver had to be cut from the wreck, and using the jaws of life, the emergency personnel effectively cut the roof off, severing the vital A-pillars in the process. Amazingly though, the driver suffered only whiplash and minor bruising. Since all motoring matters in my extended family normally get referred my way, the task of finding a replacement vehicle, by default, landed on my doorstep. Not that I mind too much: I like the thrill of…

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winning letter

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. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE The biggest threat to road safety in South Africa is alcohol. There is absolutely no reason to drink and drive. As most people are aware, drinking and driving could lead to serious injuries, death or permanent disabilities. I would like to encourage all drivers to follow these six road safety commandments: 1. Don’t drink and drive. 2. Don’t speed. 3. Don’t overload your vehicle. 4. Insist on vehicle and driver fitness. 5. Wear your seatbelt. 6. Promote pedestrian safety. Jeffrey K Moela Moroke Thank you for sharing this reminder, Jeffrey. Although these points should go without saying, unfortunately on our roads this isn’t the case. – Ed. Write a…

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here are some of your thoughts, 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 Cruiser bruiser! The latest creation from 4×4 Muscle Trucks is based on a Land Cruiser 79 V8 Pickup. No expense was spared on this build, and it features all the 4×4 party tricks… and then some! Thakhani Daba, check this out boy. – Mulalo Makhale Ja, that’s big machine. Why so many spotlights, I mean you can’t talk yourself out those? – Thakhani Daba Why all the spotlights.... if it’s illegal? – Ludwig Swanepoel We take a look at well-known 4×4 and off-road racing personality Deon Venter’s 1974 FJ40 (pre-restoration). See more: http://bit.ly/29UVDlh As a young man, that was my first 4x4 ride experience - Philip Strydom Love it. - Syd Bwanaisa Jeep’s upcoming Wrangler bakkie…

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choose your travel companions with care

We just completed Voetspore Expedition #11. It was a reunion. We celebrated the 10 previous trips by redoing the first one with five Land Cruisers and 12 team members. This is a big group – double the size of all the previous excursions. Over the years, the team changed a little. Not all the guys could go on all the trips. When one was not available, he had to be replaced with someone who could fill his shoes. That is why, even though we normally travel as six guys in three vehicles, 16 men have had the opportunity to be a Voetspore team member since 2000. For this reunion trip, I tried to get as many of them together again. When I started planning the trip I was worried that the dynamic…

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just do it!

Riaan Manser manages to inspire you from the moment he says hello over a shoddy satellite phone connection from his position on a boat on the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Hawaii and California. As we talk, he’s busy sipping on his morning coffee, which his wife, Vasti, just made for him. They’re on their honeymoon, but unlike other couples on honeymoon, they’re not sailing along the shore, snorkelling and stopping over at quaint coastal towns. No, Riaan and Vasti are rowing from California to Hawaii. They get up every morning at 8am and row until 8pm on a six-metre boat. Sounds strange, but honeymoons are supposed to be about bonding. And what better way to bond with your new life partner than spending a month with nothing but fish (and some sharks)…

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easy road to paradise

I am having travel withdrawal symptoms. Now that I have taken a back seat when it comes to day-to-day running of Leisure Wheels, I have time on my hands. I’ve been in the publishing game (newspapers and magazines) for 48 years, and regarded flitting round South Africa and beyond on regular assignments one of the perks of the job. Now that I am a man of leisure, cabin fever has set in, and in one of my restless moods, suggested to the missus that we hit the road. Destination: somewhere we had not been before. We decided on the road on the western side of the Okavango Panhandle in Botswana. This enters Namibia in the Caprivi Strip, now renamed the Zambezi Region – a name so unromantic. Botswana is regarded as one of…