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Leisure Wheels September 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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scare tactics

THE cellphone rang. It was a Durbanbased number I didn’t recognise. For a while I had been avoiding answering calls from unknown numbers – inevitably those calls ended up with an uninterested “how are you?” on the other end of the line, and someone who wants to sell me something I don’t want or need. In that process of avoiding calls from unknown numbers, there have been a few missed business calls, too. Authentic business-related calls. So it’s a bit of catch 22: avoid the “how are yous” or miss a few (possibly) important calls. For quite a while though, the telemarketers left me alone. I was happy. So when the unknown Durban-based number appeared on my phone’s screen, my brain started calculating the options: there are a few people and companies we…

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buying a 4x4 for under r200 000

Your recent articles on buying specific vehicles below a certain threshold, made me decide to write this letter about my own experience in buying a secondhand 4×4 SUV for below R200 000. Towards the end of last year, I decided to decrease our fixed monthly expenses and the axe fell on my Amarok Double Cab 4Motion, which was the only vehicle on a lease in our fleet of five. My plan was to use whatever was left over after the bank had been paid off to buy another vehicle. I sold the Amarok on the internet easily and with R200 000 in my bank account, I started searching for a vehicle over the Christmas period. My only way of finding a suitable vehicle was through the internet, as I live in Mossel…

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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. A ROUNDABOUT TRIP IN A HYUNDAI ACCENT I appreciate the concept of overlanding, but in reading Leisure Wheels I’ve discovered that driving for pleasure can be undertaken in any type of vehicle, not just specialised SUVs. The February 2017 issue of your magazine, in particular, was a mindbender for me. Reading about a Porsche 944 and Suzuki Super Carry used in vastly different but equally unexpected ways, made me realise that driving can be fun whatever vehicle you’re in. So it was with great excitement that I prepared to take a trip from Durban to Swaziland to attend the birthday party of a good friend.…

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death of a device?

Ever since we left Cape Cross in March 2000 until recently, every step of our journeys has been planned, mapped and recorded on a GPS. In the recent past, I have written quite a bit in our monthly Voetspore diary about these navigation tools. I see this as just as much a part of a safari as Old Man Emu suspension, winch, long-range fuel tank and all-terrain tyres. Yet now, after completing the Indian Expedition, I believe that we are witnessing the death of the GPS as we know it. Over the last few decades, we have experienced tremendous development in the field of electronics. We have witnessed the development of fax machines, PCs, cellphones and the GPS. Pocket-sized electronics are not science fiction anymore. Today it is science fact. It is…

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life is a highway

IN A (FAVOURITE) NUTSHELL: Food: Hamburger. Drink: Tonic water. TV Show:Bundesliga. Favourite sport: Handball. Movie: Steven Spielberg’s The Duel.Band: Coldplay. Place on Earth: Ayers Rock, Australia. Holiday destination: Venice, Italy. Rainer Zietlow has spent his life doing crazy things with cars. In 1988, when he was 18, and just six weeks after getting his licence, he set off on a road trip with some friends. They travelled from Germany to Niger, where they sold their Mercedes-Benz 230E and headed home. He was immediately hooked. This was what he wanted to do with his life. In 1996, he undertook his first round-the-world vehicle tour, and these days he spends his time setting new vehicle records. He has partnered with Volkswagen and Goodyear for these record attempts, and he supports the international charity organisation…

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where the wind speaks: landies, land yachts & living traditions

Sitting around the campfire, we reminisce about a crazy expedition we cooked up called ‘Land Rovers, Land Yachts and Living Traditions’. The two specially kitted-out Disco 4s and the big 130 Defender take us through eight countries in eight weeks to the wild, nomadic South Omo region of southern Ethiopia to do what nobody has done before: land yacht the dust-devilled, barren and blistering Chew Bahir, a dry salt lake on the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. To get to Chew Bahir, we cross Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, a dramatic, sometimes empty landscape where you can easily die of thirst. The area is full of wildlooking nomadic tribes, cattle and livestock wars, too many old rifles and Kalashnikovs traded from South Sudan and Ethiopia and bought with cattle and camels. We…