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March 2019

SA4x4 magazine is written for anyone who loves to travel to wild places in their 4x4s. Covering beautiful routes in southern Africa and beyond, this title also deals with gear selection, vehicle reviews, and trail driving. This magazine contains everything you need to know about self-contained, vehicular travel in wilderness areas.

South Africa
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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12 Issues


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ed’s letter

Towing a trailer can help keep vehicle weight down if you are more than two-up. An adventurer who goes by the handle of SMCS on the well-known southern African portal, the 4x4 Community Forum, is about to embark on an extended overland journey through southern Africa and further north. Man, that sounds good. He tells us that the driving will be solo, as he goes about the business of photography and videography, with an expanse of two (or possibly up to four) years of travel stretching out ahead.I was fascinated by the posts that followed. Old hands at the overlanding game, including Tony Weaver, Tijmen van der Steenhoven and Stan Weakley, among others, weighed in with their opinions on the best vehicle to select, and how he should be…

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write in & win!

This month’s winning letter earns Jan van Rheede van Oudtshoorn a set of the ultimate recovery tracks from Ironman 4x4 – Total Traction by TREDs – valued at R5295. As our recent Waterways Expedition proved many times over, these bright green tracks will prove their worth whenever self-recovery is required. Engineered and manufactured in Australia, they are 1.1-metres long, are semi-nesting to take up less space, and feature a four-channel design to improve stiffness. Aggressive ramp teeth and all-over hex nodules ensure grip, while the side handles and shovel front-end add to their utility value. ■…

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RAISING THE BARAt the age of 70, my wife and I have found that on our overland trips, changing a wheel on our Isuzu is becoming harder. To move the wheel around is still OK, but to remove and fit the wheel on the studs is becoming difficult.To resolve the problem, we came up with a mechanism which I think is very simple but very effective. We are happy to share it with 4x4 readers, as I think we are probably not the only “older people” who still do 4x4 trips.From the attached photos, one can actually see how the system works. I have also attached a sketch with dimensions to give an indication of the size of our lifting device. Basically, it consists of a cantilever arm made…

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overlander’s code

In response to a growing number of complaints about how we conduct ourselves in the wilderness, we decided to draw up and promote a code of conduct for overlanders. We’d like to include your input, comments and debate, so please send your suggestions to editor@sa4x4.co.za. FIREWOOD In Take your firewood in with you; don’t chop down trees or gather dead wood within parks or wilderness areas. KEEP QUIET We go to the bush to appreciate the sights and sounds of the bush. No music, and nothing louder than a spoken conversation. RESPECT LOCALS – LAWS AND PEOPLE Obey the rules of the place you’re travelling through. Respect locals and their traditions; if they don’t like having their photos taken, don’t take photos. SUPPORT LOCAL TRADE Your spending money at…

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panel winner

SA4x4 would like to congratulate Brian Rees of Muldersdrift, who was chosen the winner of our recent competition run in conjunction with TBV Solar. He wins a three-panel 120W flexible panel system. The correct answers to the questions were: an efficiency rate of 20%, and a total weight of 4.2kg. Thanks to all you readers who responded to the competition and flooded our inbox with entries. ■…

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the wild guide

Sociable and smart are not words that usually come to mind when Spotted Hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) are mentioned. If anything, hyaenas are seen as sneaky and vicious, cringing scavengers that inspire a queasy mixture of fear and disdain. Yet, after spending 20 years studying them, Professor Kay Holekamp from Michigan State University came to view them as “smart, biologically and socially complex, jam-packed with surprises”. Having had the opportunity to observe a den first-hand, I, too, have become fascinated with these multifaceted predators and their unique biology and behaviour.First amongst their Pandora’s Box of surprises is that although they resemble dogs, all four hyaena species are actually more closely related to cats - their common ancestor being a catlike tree dweller which also gave rise to mongooses and civets.…