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Leisure Wheels January 2018

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.

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having a gas. or not.

OUR recent sojourn to Australia to drive the new Nissan Patrol Y62 also saw us experience liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hybrid powertrains.The Aussie government did, until recently, offer a subsidised LPG gas conversion for citizens’ vehicles. We had a spin in a Nissan X-Trail 2.5 4WD that is fitted with such a system.Essentially, a high-pressure tank is fitted to the vehicle. In the X-Trail a 60-litre tank was fitted in the space normally occupied by the spare wheel. A filling valve is mounted just above the standard fuel tank filler. Virtually all filling stations sell LPG gas. The price is unregulated so customers can shop around for the best deal.It works like this. You stop at the LPG gas filler station. You attach a gas hose to the valve on…

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sani pass in a 2005 volvo xc70

Reading the Adventure Drive with the Volvo XC90 Cross Country in Mozambique in the October issue really brought back some memories for my family. In April 2010, we spent our midterm vacation at one of the southern Drakensburg resorts, where we travelled in our 2005 Volvo XC70 2.5T petrol Geartronic. I had bought the car in 2009 with just over 100 000km on the clock for use as a weekend vehicle and for holidays in areas where a vehicle with some light off-road capability would be required. The Volvo served us well and I sold it in 2014 with close to 200 000km on the odometer. The ‘light’ off-roading was tested to the limit on this trip, when I decided that a jaunt up the Sani Pass would be a…

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Johan Badenhorst is probably South Africa’s best-known overlander, with his amazing adventures televised on SABC2. He also knows a lot about patience – probably the best attribute if you plan on travelling the African continent.It was time for the Voetspore team to reflect on everything they experienced since we started travelling the African continent in 2000.Twelve guys in five Cruisers retraced our original route from Cape Cross in Namibia to the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It was without doubt the most enjoyable of all our journeys. Never before did we have so much fun during any of our expeditions.The terrain was not that challenging, it was mostly familiar sites. Not only did we visit them during the first trip, but many of us have since returned during holidays with friends and…

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the dakar dream

Born and schooled in Brits, Hennie de Klerk worked for Sasol for a couple of years before founding his own company (TreasuryOne) in 2000. Motorsport has always been a passion for him. He started out in track racing before transitioning to off-road. This year, he’s taking on the biggest off-road race in the world: the Dakar.It’s not often that a lifelong (and seemingly impossible) dream becomes a reality, but that is exactly what happened to Hennie de Klerk. As you’re reading this, he is taking part in the 2018 Dakar, competing in a Volkswagen Amarok. Before he set off, Leisure Wheels spoke to him about his vehicle history, the Dakar dream and his Mustang-powered Amarok.When and in what car did you learn to drive?Like many South Africans, I suspect, I…

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surviving somalia

Kingsley Holgate is South Africa’s most famous adventurer, a renowned humanitarian and author. The 71-year-old founded the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, which aims to “save and improve lives through adventure”. He has handed out thousands of mosquito nets to help save people from malaria and more recently, provided people who are sight-impaired with glasses. Although he’s driven other brands over the years, he now won’t drive anything but a Land Rover. Mind you, the Discovery 4 TDV6 is rather comfy.If you want to travel through a country as dangerous as Somalia, youd better have an armed escort.Last month’s column was written on the banks of the Ruaha River in Tanzania, and we couldn’t reveal our Extreme East Expedition’s true destination for very serious security reasons. We had to keep it completely…

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alfa suv launched in south africa

Alfa Romeo’s first SUV, the Stelvio has launched in South Africa, with a starting price of a cool R810 000 for the Super Stelvio, while the limited First Edition will set you back by R946 000.The Italian brand’s flagship, high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio (now officially the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring) is set to be launched here in South Africa in the third quarter of 2018.ENGINE AND GEARBOXThe Stelvio derivatives currently available are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an output of 206kW of power and 400Nm of torque. The entirely aluminium four-cylinder engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, driving a carbon drive shaft. The Stelvio is also fitted with Alfa Romeo’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system.According to Alfa, the eight-speed automatic transmission fitted to the Stelvio is specifically…