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Leisure Wheels August 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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fuel for thought

IN recent times the price of fuel has become quite topical.Even more so than the see-through dress worn by some Kardashian-ism or the latest political scandal. Even more than the king-prawn platter Camilla Parker-Bowles wore as a hat at Prince Harry’s wedding.Some say the escalating fuel price is due to international economic conditions. Some reckon it’s all connected to the oil price. South Africa’s GDP which decreased by 2.2% in the first quarter of 2018 also gets the lion’s share of the blame. Others believe SA motorists are simply being taxed more to fund government, er, well, you know… important government stuff. Like failing governmental parastatals and struggling state-owned enterprises (SOE).More than 30% of the fuel price is made up by taxes.Amazingly, you can buy fuel for much less in…

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JOHAN BADENHORSTThe man from VoetsporeThe amazing island of TigresRYAN SANDESLegendary trail runnerThe ups and downs of a running legendKINGSLEY HOLGATEAfrica’s most famous adventurerSmelling a rat! ■…

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right on!

Your ‘Dear Oom Cyril’ article in the June issue said it all. The authorities will not solve any of the road safety issues by hiding behind bushes.Moving violations can be captured on camera… like running a red traffic light. So why can’t institutions like the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) mount cameras on bridges and so on to capture those (mostly taxis) who feel that using the emergency lane is the best way to get past the queue of cars? Or even those who feel there’s nothing wrong with driving on the wrong side of the road?JMPD could become the biggest income earner in the history of South Africa with this method of cash collection. Or is this not in their best interests?Solly Zalansky JohannesburgIn Johannesburg, there are cameras on…

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the journey to tigres

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.The island of Tigres, off the coast of Angola, used to be a thriving fishing community. Now just getting to the island is a major challenge.On the island of Tigres, there’s a ghost town where a small community once lived, operating several fish factories. These factories harvested the incredible resources of the Atlantic Ocean, fed by the abundance of the Benguela current.The visit to Tigres is special. To get there, difficult.For the past five years, Voetspore has been taking touring parties to the island. We do this in co-operation with Rico and his son Matt Sakko…

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run baby, run

Only 81 individuals have completed all four of the Four Deserts trails, each of which is a 6/7-day, 250-kilometre self-supported footrace. Ryan Sandes has not only completed them, he’s won them all, establishing himself as one of the top endurance athletes of all time. Just don’t ask him to change a tyre for you.Competing in trail runs across the globe requires an extreme fitness regime. Luckily, Ryan resides in Cape Town, where theres no shortage of mountains to run up and over. (Photo credit: Craig Kolesky/Nikon.)Despite his success, Ryan remains a nice, humble guy. In addition to being the first person to win Four Desert races back to back, he was also the first to win endurance trail races on all seven continents.He’s a known philanthropist and a brand ambassador…

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a love affair with a continent

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 All New Discovery is rather comfy.Amina, the Spirit of Adventure dhow under full sail from Mozambique to the Somali border and back.Creaking, lateen-rigged dhows have traded up and down Africa’s east coast for over 2 000 years, leaving Africa on the monsoon winds to sail the azure-blue waters of the Indian Ocean (also known as the ‘Seas…