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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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Botswana is heaven for wildlife photographers. Sandra Hughes captured these large cats beautifully on two recent trips.WINNING LETTERCongratulations! 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…

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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 onlineLike our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LeisureWheels | Follow us on Twitter: @LeisureWheelsZA | Web: www.leisurewheels.co.zaAccording 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

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.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…

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king of the desert

Nasser-Al Attiyah has dominated the world of cross-country racing for the last few years, winning the FIA’s Cross Country World Cup between 2015 and 2017. He has competed in the World Rally Championship, World Touring Car Championship and a number of other series. The affable racer is also an accomplished skeet shooter who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He recently won the Dakar Rally for the third time behind the wheel of a Toyota Hilux.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…

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kathmandu mission accomplished!

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.Heading for Kathmandu under Nepalese flags.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…