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Leisure Wheels May 2017

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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12 Issues


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an unabridged bugger up

05/17Issue no 157I write this in a quaint little coffee shop in the town of Lephalale, in Limpopo. My family and I are en route to Botswana, and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. It’s the first time I’m taking my kids to Botswana; for traditional magazine features, a twoperson crew (consisting of a journalist and a photographer) normally rushes in and rushes out. There’s just never enough time to stop and smell the roses.Now that the kids are a bit bigger, I thought I’d take my family along: instead of showing them photos of a lion or an elephant and telling them about the trip, they’d be able to experience all these things for themselves. Camping in the wild with kids, with no fencing is still a little bit of…

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winning letter

NEW MACGYVER JACKWith reference to the MacGyver hydraulic jack on p22 of the February 2017 issue: in the ’60s my father bought a hydraulic ‘bumper’ jack; it was so easy and such a pleasure to use. Unfortunately it disappeared when he died and there is no replacement available, even when searching the internet.I was therefore delighted to see this jack advertised. I don’t know if it is a pure South African design or product, but on the video it does the job like our old jack. I will definitely try to source one, although I must admit that I have become quite accustomed to an air jack. ■…

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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.TOYOTA FAN AT LASTWith reference to the letter by W Jacobs, Toyota must fall, here is my reply.The Dakar vehicles have little or nothing to do with the cars you buy off the showroom floor, it’s simply good marketing. There is always someone moaning about some or other vehicle.I’ve been driving for 55 years and was never a Toyota fan, believing that they cater for the masses and do nothing particularly well, except providing good reliability in general. One vehicle being better than another is purely subjective while personal preference has a lot to do with it.As for copying other manufacturers, I don’t…

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heading for india

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.Where do you start? A new journey. A new expedition. A new television series. It is Voetspore No 13, and by now, surely it should merely be procedure. We have to be aware of the dos and don’ts. Of the pitfalls and challenges. But this time it is Voetspore on a different continent and a totally new scenario. This time we are heading to India.Voetspore has always been an African Affair. Ever since we started in 2000 with In die Voetspore van die Grotes, it was the African continent that demanded our attention. In 2015, we…

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a man on a mission

Scott Williams did 14 combat tours, from Iraq and Afghanistan to north Africa and South America. Nowadays, the former Air Force special forces major, who also happens to be a petrolhead of note, is committed to conservation and innovative ways of preserving our natural heritage. He is also actively involved in US combat veteran rehabilitation programmes.“E very day 20 US combat veterans commit suicide,” says former US Air Force pilot Scott Williams. “We’re striving to offer US Army vets a different option, to come to South Africa and put their experience to good use, and to learn to adjust and lead a normal life again.”But the Veterans programme is just one of the many projects the enigmatic Williams is busy with. Another is a 10 000ha reserve in the Baviaanskloof,…

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the curious case of the african pothole

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.I t’s been a helluva day – 14 hours to do just 158km on one of the worst potholed roads yet, lurching and swaying along, sometimes at slower than walking pace. Old broken tar, made worse by lorries carrying food aid up to the border. So it isn’t surprising that tonight around…