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Leisure Wheels December 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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diesel hunting – it’s on!

I must admit, I was never one to rush to a filling station the day before a fuel price increase to fill the tank to the brim, just to save a few rand.I tried once. There was a queue of frustrated motorists waiting in a line. Two of them started bickering with each other because one supposedly pushed in. They squared off, like two Bangkok hookers fighting over a tourist brandishing a thick wad of US dollars. There was plenty of circling, waving arms, shouting about each other’s mothers.I’m still not sure if they actually knew each other’s mothers.Thankfully, it never came to blows. Or a knife- or gunfight. I eventually managed to fill my vehicle’s tank and saved about R35, just as the impatient old lady waiting in line…

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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 LETTERCongratulations! Your letter wins you a Little Luxury Vitality mini water cooler. We will be in contact to arrange delivery of your prize.GIVE FORD SOME CREDITIn the October issue you raved about the Volvo XC60 and about all the extra features. For example, if you press a button it will stay in the lane, slows down to the speed of the car in front, and so on.I have a Ford Kuga 2.0TDCi AT that is four years old with all the features you have mentioned. A new Kuga is R150 000 cheaper than the Volvo. Give Ford a bit of credit.I tow…

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into the thirstland

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.Voetspore’s Johan Badenhorst has resurrected the Dorslandtrekker 4×4 route, the first trip takes place in May 2019.South Africans, and more specifically the Afrikaner, are known to be a very stubborn people.Over the centuries, whenever they were threatened by a foreign power, they left, looking for their freedom elsewhere. This was the case with the Voortrekkers who left the Cape, the Boers who returned over the Drakensberg when once again confronted by the British Empire, and the Afrikaners, who left for Patagonia in Argentina after the Anglo Boer War.But the best example of stubborn Boers who would…

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barrydale’s fastest export

He is one of SA’s most successful racing drivers, winning the Dakar Rally in 2009 in a factory VW Touareg. Raised on a farm in the Klein Karoo, he is quiet, reserved and polite, quite unlike some of his predecessors who used to throw things out of hotel windows and had a reputation for causing trouble. This is Giniel de Villiers. A gentleman, a businessman, and a multiple racing champion.Giniel de Villiers won the 2009 Dakar Rally in the VW Touareg.Giniel de Villiers was born in Barrydale in the Western Cape. He grew up on a farm near the village, which is situated near the Overberg and Klein Karoo. Attending school there until grade nine, he then moved to Paarl Gymnasium, where he matriculated.He was 16 years old when his…

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from tanzania. with love

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.Jambo! from Tanzania.The name Tanzania was created from the words Tanganyika, Zanzibar and Azania, the ancient Greek name for the east coast of Africa. With its friendly Swahili culture, great wildlife and adventure possibilities, ‘TZ’ remains one of our favourite countries in Africa and this journey up its southern coastline, studded with…

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renault does right by the duster

Welcome to the all-new Renault Duster, which follows in the footsteps of a car that basically revamped the French manufacturer’s image in South Africa.We were big fans of the original car for two reasons: much like the Toyota Rush, the Duster was exactly what consumers needed at the time it was launched. The economy was in the toilet, fuel prices were skyrocketing and new car prices shot upwards at an alarming rate.Along came Renault and introduced a spacious, capable SUV with loads of equipment at an extremely reasonable price. Never before has a car been so in tune with the times, which meant Renault sold thousands.In addition to all of this, it was more capable off-road than any all-wheel-drive SUV had the right to be. We even took the Duster…