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Leisure Wheels April 2019

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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A shed at the bottom of the garden or an extra garage is a great space to have, a place to mend and make, invent and create. While my garage is used largely for tinkering on old cars and motorcycles, a garage has many uses. Some may use this space to escape a grumpy partner or noisy kids but garages have been used to do more ambitious things. Large companies like Harley-Davidson and Lotus cars were started in similar spaces. If real estate space prohibits you having your own garage, look around as the communal workspace concept is starting to grow in South Africa. The Woodstock Man Cave is one of the most successful and has been a catalyst to the expansion of the Cape Town custom motorcycle scene. These communal workspaces are…

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WINNING LETTER Congratulations! Your letter wins you a Little Luxury Luxpure filter unit. We will be in contact to arrange delivery of your prize. I recently did two trips to Botswana. On the first, I joined a luxury tented mobile safari with an itinerary which started in Kasane and ended in Maun taking us via Ihaha, Savuti, Moremi Khwai and Xakanaxa. Shortly thereafter, I joined my husband and a couple of friends on a similar trip (self-drive) where we drove a total of 3 488km and explored the areas between Maun and Kasane. Which did I prefer? Obviously, there is a cost issue which I have detailed below but both were amazing and each has its pros and cons. Although the actual bush experience is basically the same, I guess it all comes down…

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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 According to a Renault boss in Romania, a Duster bakkie is definitely coming. Turlowe Marc Manus: Nissan Renault wants to dominate the half-ton bakkie market they are already winning as there is no competition. VW and Toyota should step up their game, seeing as you can’t buy a half-ton bakkie besides the Nissan NP200. Andre van der Sandt: If anyone brings out a half tonner they will take the whole market from the Dacia NP200. Pierre du Plessis: The new Ford Bantam/Courier is coming in 2021. Marius Botha: Going to sell well. Make it 4×4 single cab and double cab. Sean Fenwick: I hope they build it here, it…

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no 4×4, no problem

One of the best things to do on a Saturday morning is spend some quality time with your 4×4. Either you’re in your garage, fitting a new gadget to your canopy, or you visit your local fitment centre to browse through their shelves and see what’s new. What is there that you may, perhaps, buy yourself for Christmas? But this is an activity reserved for blue beard overlanders. There are others who, up until now, have been armchair 4×4 enthusiasts, only travelling with the Voetspore team on TV. But there is a way of getting them into the market and this is through the rapidly growing 4×4 rental market. Anyone who recently travelled to Namibia, the Kgalagadi, Moremi or perhaps even the Richtersveld will testify to the massive increase in Hiluxes,…

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king of the desert

What does it mean to give Toyota its first win? It means a lot to me to give Toyota its first win. I am an Olympian and Toyota is a supporter of the Olympics. Furthermore, in my home country, if you don’t have a Toyota in your driveway, you are not a real Qatari. What was this year’s route like seeing that it was isolated to Peru? The route was really difficult from both a driving and navigating point of view. A big portion of the route was in the dunes and although we do well in the dunes, you can get caught out at any second. Often the route crossed over itself so the large number of tracks made it confusing in places. One advantage was the liaison sections were shorter which…

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kathmandu mission accomplished!

We crossed out of Pakistan into India at the Wagah Border, famous for its Retreat Ceremony where thousands of Indian and Pakistani citizens gather on either side every evening, chanting, ‘Hindustan!’ – ‘Pakistan!’ as they watch a pulsating military parade at the daily closing of the border gates. We had to endure a three-hour search of the expedition Landies: customs officials looking for explosives or any suspicious connection which could link us to the uneasy situation between India and Pakistan, before they wrote ‘Welcome to India’ in the Madiba100 Scroll of Peace and Goodwill. We’ve faced the gridlocked traffic of cities like Cairo, Kinshasa, Lagos and Nairobi before but nothing prepared us for the chaos, pandemonium and sensory overload of being among 1.3 billion people and driving in India. But with it…